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New Track: "Calling Out" - Sports

Ohio transplants Sports are a much-welcomed addition to the local music landscape of Philly. The rambunctious powerpop gets our booty shaking and limbs joyously flailing in all directions, before we collapse, gasping for air. Below is "Calling Out," the band's second contribution to its split 7" with San Francisco's Plush, which is now available via Father/Daughter Records. You can find the gang at Pilam on Wednesday, November 8, where they'll be joined by Boosegumps and Brooklyn's Yucky Dusters and Fits. (Photo by Hunter Prunty)

   

Weekend Warrior, September 22 - 24

Summertime has come and gone, and fall is upon us. However, those in need of some music therapy can hone in on one place, and make a two-day appointment. This Friday and Saturday, World Café Live hosts the succinctly named Philly Music & Arts Fest. Among the plethora of local artists canvassing both levels, the spellbinding free-floating melodies of Kississippi, the experimental existential-searching of Eric Slick, the serenading surges of Abi Reimold, the cruising, cosmic psych-pop of Ceramic Animal, and the infectious, rumbling emotives of Cayetana. The quintet of Tiny Hueman kicks off the affair on Saturday afternoon with the endearing open-book of Dominic continuing down the line. Familiarity meets futuristic in the groove-spiraling, psych folk of Pine Barons. Exploring personal depths with a robust energetic push, Sports instantly adheres. And the episodic, comforting narratives of Slaughter Beach, Dog and the candidly soulful hip-hop, hybrid observations of Ivy Sole serves as a snapshot of a lineup that offers a solid sampling of the litany of artistic excellence within our city. – Michael Colavita

Other places where the locals will be hanging out this weekend…

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Philly Music Fest: (Upstairs) Slomo Sapiens, Kississippi, Harmony Woods, Abi Reimold, Skull Eclipses, West Philly Orchestra/(Downstairs) Chris Kasper, Eric Slick, Ceramic Animal, Work Drugs Cayetana, SAT Philly Music Fest: (Upstairs) Tiny Hueman, Sea Offs, Dominic, Local Smokes, Shannen Moser, Sports, Ivy Sole New Sound Brass/(Downstairs) Sixteen Jackies, Cheerleader, Pine Barons, Deadfellow, Slaughter Beach Dog, Strand of Oaks, SUN (Upstairs) Jeremiah Tall

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Frances Doefeen, American Trappist, Greg Mendez, SUN Matt Pond PA

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Career Crooks, SAT Phantasm (Release Show)

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI This Way To The Egress (Record Release)/Petunia, Lawn Talk/Philly Soul Syndicate/FeauXX, SAT No Gods, Assayer/Total Discharge/Fame Lust/Labyrinth, DJ Ha, SUN Full Blown Cherry/Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Long Hots

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Remote Control

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Burlesque-N- Beyond Presents: Music To Strip Bi

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI The Russells, Automatic Colors, Down The Way, SAT Dev79

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT Only On Weekends, Saver, Faringwell, SUN Boogieman Dela (Album Release), E. Berrios / Twiceyoung

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI 1AM, Shon Goner, Jermie Falcone, Scottie Kash, SAT Mo Lowda & The Humble, SUN Jim Stephens, Boy Wonder, Xpresidents, Melissa Clampffer

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Long Miles, SAT Soraia (Record Release)

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Muppet's Titanium Stardust Machine, Mercury Retrograde, SUN The Tisburys, Mat Burke & The Pain Killers

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Breathing, House Plant, The Ardvark Felon

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI S.R. Frost & The Sanctuary Band, Samryebread, SAT The End A.D.

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Cozy, Shark Tape, Under This Fire, Stealing Fame, SAT Matt Duke, Greenough+ Wilde

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SUN Conjunto, Ensemble Novo

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT DJ Kevin Kong SUN Burnt Sienna

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SUN You’re Welcome Philadelphia

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SUN Solarized, Callowhill

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT DJ Haram, DJ  Delish, Andre Altrez,  SUN Yowler, Junipur

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Cavity Kids/Sidenail, Kelsey Cork, SUN The Retinas, Tremellow

LAVA Space (4134 Lancaster Ave.) SAT Manikineter, Downtrodder, Disappearances

Double H Ranch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Loose Tooth, Clique, Yankee Bluff

 

   

New Track: "Making It Right" - Sports

We already knew that Ohio's Sports had recongregated in Philly, with members Catherine Dwyer and Carmen Perry spawning wonderful side projects in Spring Onion and Addie Pray. Well, the quartet just announced that it will be releasing a new 7" split with San Francisco's Plush. Check out its lead single, "Making It Right," which premiered this morning over at NPR! And keep a lookout for the its arrival on October 20 via Father/Daughter Records. 

   

Weekend Warrior, February 24 - 26

The weather’s unseasonably warm temperatures may push one out the door in search of good musical times. Luckily the docket is full of excellent opportunities. Among the plethora of performances on the slate, First Unitarian Church plays host to a pair. Proceeds from tonight’s Indie Pop Prom will go the Pink Fund. As for the billing, the incisive, empowering songwriting of Sad13, a.k.a. Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz), keeps things real, delivering in a contagious, free-flowing, instrumental platform. Similarly, Sports navigate personal depths through an avalanche of momentous pop rock. The blooming, experimental jangle of Mercury Girls and the nostalgic, melodic pop-punk of Swanning shape a stellar evening, which also includes headliners, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Meanwhile, Saturday’s 10th annual Two Piece Fest will be offering an all-day affair, exploring the full spectrum of dynamics among duos. You can view the full list of performers for the festival HERE.
 
Creeping into one’s foggy, THC-filled mind, the cosmic conquests of folk-psych outfit Shadow Band celebrate their freshly landed album, Wilderness Of Love (Mexican Summer), with a release show this Saturday at Baird Mansion Atrium. Likewise, the trio of No Thank You sets sail with their new album, Jump Ship (Lame-O Records), with a show tonight at Everybody Hits. The album exhibits an impassioned, emotive exploration with a cathartic air that makes one stay onboard. - Michael Colavita
 
Where to enjoy global warming this weekend…
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI The Indie Pop Prom: Sad13, Sports, Swanning, Mercury Girls, SAT Two Piece Fest: The Afterglows, Brown Rainbow, HIRS, Hulk Smash, Peter & Craig, Puke Party, Righteous Aquarium & Jet Lightspeed, Sour Spirit, Stadium Armory, The Great Swamps. Ursula, Writhing Squares
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Trevor Project Benefit: Mannequin Pussy, Abi Reimold, King Azaz, Caracara
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Vita And The Woolf, SAT Chestnut Grove, Sarah Larsen
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Sad Actor, Dulls/Black Urn, Moros, SAT Lito and the Shepherds, SUN Wolves Attack, Urban Resist, Fell Into Yesterday/ Here/Now, Heavensake, Pray To Keep
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Fools Reign, Alfred James Band, One and Done, AfroBear, SUN S.T.O.P., Mitch Esparza, DJ psiLOSybin
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Beats, Brews & BBQ: August John Lutz II/Philly Bloco, SUN (Upstairs) Who? What? When? Why? & Werewolves?/Band of Brewers: Volume 5
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Adlib (Album Release), Mad Squablz, Oliver Spitts, Grateful Meds, SUN The Drowned God
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Dear Friend
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Perfeckt Touch (Record Release), Davey and the Chains, Haunted Homes, SAT Gene Wildest, Lucida, Ronald Regan? The ACTOR?
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Trickster Sister, The Yellow Pines
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Everlit, Holy Smoke, Pravda, Makhaira, SAT Bohemian Mule, Endless Taile
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Aviance, Da Rezarekt, The April Skies, Sweet Eureka, SAT Sheep, Tangeena Barren, Marley Kropp
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Carolyn Thorn (EP Release)
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Control For Smilers, The Space Cats, Bazmati Vice
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Seeing Snakes, The Charley Few, The Junkyard, SAT Jake Clarke/Spur Split LP (Release Show), Dark Mtns, Harmony Woods
 
Baird Mansion Atrium (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Shadow Band (Record Release), Fursaxa, Snake Eats The Moon
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Janelle, Groovy Movies, Mavis The Dog
 
Glitter Galaxy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Pinkwash, Hermit Thrushes, Weather
   

New Music Video: "Reality TV" - Sports

Ohio transplants Sports are reissuing their second album, All Of Something, on cassette via Father/Daughter Records. Below is the new music video for their single, "Reality TV," which was directed and edited by Nick Nazmi. You'll find the group sadly but fondly watching friends partying around them and giving the gang love on their own SportsTV channel. Its ending feels rather bittersweet, but Sports have some more good news for their friends and fans with the release of their debut, Sunchokes, on tape, as well as digital streaming services like Spotify and iTunes. (Photo by Jess Flynn)