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Discovered at the Otis Mountain Get Down Fest: Khruangbin

I was at Otis Mountain Get Down this weekend in Elizabethtown, NY, and the band Khruangbin headlined Saturday night and provided me with one of the best musical experiences of my entire life. Aside from the fact that Otis is my favorite music festival, this was just the most amazing psych-rock band to see late at night. They're a trio from Houston, Texas, and they draw inspiration from the late-'60s psychedelic funk stylings of Thailand. They had an amazing vibe, and incredibly subtle-yet-tight drummer (think Bernard Purdie), and the flyest guitar sounds. 

It's also worth mentioning that Otis is an incredible music festival. The curator, Quillan George, lives in Oregon now but went to college in Burlington and was/is a big part of the music curation scene there. The whole lineup was stellar. The band Lewis Del Mar (on the cover of The Deli's 2016 SXSW issue) was also really amazing. - Dan Rome





New Track: "3000 AD" - Purling Hiss

On October 14, High Bias, the new album from Purling Hiss, will be released via Drag City. It's latest single “3000 AD” envelops with the band's customary trademark of heavy, as Mike Polizze haze-hinted subconscious vocals intermingle with a ripping combination of explosive guitar licks and the anchoring of unrelenting backend. There’s a physical power enforcing an emotive sentiment. Purling Hiss will be headlining Johnny Brenda’s on Sunday, October 30.

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New Track: "Lovely Times" - Suburban Living

Get swept away with the beautiful new track from Suburban Living! "Lovely Times," which premiered earlier today at CLRVYNT, is the second single off the band's forthcoming album Almost Paradise, which was recorded by Jeff Zeigler and is due out on October 7 via 6131 Records. Suburban Living will celebrate its arrrival with a hometown show on Saturday, October 8 at The Foundry. (Photo by Melissa Anne Tilley)





New Track: "Fur" - Needle Points

Produced by Scott McMicken (of Dr. Dog), Feel Young, the long-awaited sophomore album from Needle Points, will be released on September 23 via the band's own label NeedLove Records. Its latest single, “Fur,” hones in on a somber psych scenario as the tormented ache of Colin Holloway’s vocals meld with heart-pounding keys, spiked by a fuzzed-out, final sprint to the finish. Those looking to hear more should head to Johnny Brenda’s this Sunday, September 18 for their release show that also includes Mystic Braves and The Dream Ride.

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Happy 10th Anniversary Week, Johnny Brenda’s!!!

For those who’ve been lucky enough to live through the renaissance that Philly’s music scene has been experiencing for the last decade or so, we’d like to remind you of a time when the next big thing in music was not likely going to be discovered in your favorite local DIY space. With the exception of R5 Productions, who was only consistently booking the First Unitarian Church at the time and just starting to gain a great reputation nationally in the indie music scene, many of the music venues were known more for ripping off artists than helping to nurture the music community. However, once Johnny Brenda’s renovated its second floor into a concert space, it was a total game changer - forever raising the bar in Philly. (Thank you!) We finally had a world-class music venue that actually cared about the artists’ and concertgoers’ experience. (What local musician out there didn’t appreciate the complimentary Greek plate in the backstage when he or she first performed there?) Johnny Brenda’s became a cornerstone for the arts & culture community in Fishtown and throughout Philadelphia.
 
This week marks the beloved establishment’s 10th Anniversary as a music venue, and they’ll be celebrating it with some kick-ass events that start this evening with the soulful, powerful ache of Hop Along frontwoman Frances Quinlan, the polished indie-pop of Hurry, and the “heavenly blues” of The Goodbye Party. You also surely don’t want to miss Tuesday night’s psych explorations with Bardo Pond, Birds of Maya, and Chris Forsyth. The rest of the week’s festivities will also include evenings with Rocky Votolato, The Album Leaf, IGNITE Philly, and much more. Cheers to all the good folks at JB’s! - Q.D. Tran
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