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Courtship. release video for "Bad Fun," play the Troubadour on 3/31

"A little bit of fun never hurt no one," goes the pleasurable axiom by courtship. On their video for "Bad Fun," the indie pop duo of Eli Hirsch and Micah Gordon mix business with pleasure as a bouncy, piano-led beat takes them through an imaginary daydream.

"Bad Fun" is the latest single off of their still-unannounced forthcoming full-length effort. Catch them at the Troubadour opening for The Hunna and Coasts on March 31.


Vlad Holiday brings thoughtful indie-pop to Elsewhere 04.03

New York's indie-pop sensation Vlad Holiday is a force to be reckoned with. Just take his latest single, the ambient and melancholy "Children" - channeling the likes of M. Ward and The National; Holiday waxes nostaglic for simpler days and laments a certain loss of innocence that comes with the territory of growing up. Moreover, Holiday seems to long for the kind of blind optimism that drives so many of us to plunge headlong into life and love, for better or worse. "Lie to me and say goodnight/It'll be all right/Lie and say this world is fine/That we will be all right." Vlad Holiday is playing a release show for his latest single at Elsewhere on April 3rd, with support from Des Rocs and Lip Talk. Listen to "Children" below! - Ethan Ames


Weekend Warrior, March 23 - 25

Sundays are usually a good day to wind down and reset for the workweek, but if you are looking to squeeze in some more sweet tunes before you return to your studies or that job you should have left months ago, head on over to Johnny Brenda’s! You’ll find the beautifully melodic garage-pop of The Vernes kicking off the festivities with a new batch of tunes, helping you to forget the trials and tribulations of life. However, if you are ready to delve deep into the corners of your mind, the contemplative tunes of indie darling Abi Reimold will surely help to stir up some emotions that you just might not have known were there. All this rad local support will be leading the way to the synth-pop concoctions of Nawlins duo Video Age. (Abi Reimold Photo by Bob Sweeney) – H.M. Kauffman

Other places where you can wait for spring to arrive already…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Philly Loves Phife & ATCQ, SUN Abi Reimold, The Vernes

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Taggart, Thee Glitterbombs

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Northern Liberties/Ramona, Tiny Hueman/DJSC/Trieves, SAT Earth Telephone, Tact/Shawn Kilroy/Fame Lust/Stateschoolgirl, Leo, Phil Yeah, SUN Blank Pill, Tim Motzer

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SUN Loverlorn

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Andrea Valle, SAT Heavens Edge

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SUN In the Presence of Wolves

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Deb Callahan Band, SAT (Upstairs) DJ Rahsaan, (Downstairs) Echoes, SUN (Upstairs) Sistahs Attune

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Wrong Planet, SAT The Parsnip Revolt, Civil Holdup, Zupang

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI DJ HA

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Heavy Temple, High Reeper (Release Show), Hound, SAT Tioga, Vanderlyle, SUN American Trappist, Jackson Pines

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Internal Rhyme, Tiani Victoria, Kohn, The Digital Crates, Balmour, OG Juan Shinobi, SAT The Rectors, RunHideFight, SUN Voltheque, The Dull Blue Lights/Knightlife, Los Festingos, Curtis Jr.

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Dave Joyce, SAT Possum Kingdom, Lithium, SUN Reece Stacks

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dirty Soap Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Ty Asoudegan, Paulette Branson & Mixed People, Chad Jenkins Band, Michaela DeBenedictis, SAT Primatives (Album Release), Andorra, Knightlife, At Best, The Good Mess

Century Bar (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Resilient, SAT Clamfight, Goat Wizard

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Left To Vanish, SAT DJ Mighty Mike Saga

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Philly's Foxes/DJ Chris Urban, SAT DJ Brian Toll

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Xpresidents, SAT Jac with no K, Easily Fooled, Tyler Asay

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, Control For Smilers, SAT Cabin Dogs, SUN The Whiskeyhickon Boys

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI Heavensake, Midfield

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Dark Thoughts, Loose Tooth, SUN Mavis The Dog

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Fred Beans, Tristan Kavanagh, SAT DJ-Sun, The GoAround/Slow Reader, Patches and Pins

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Rebecca Zimmerman

JJ’s Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Coping Skills, Snakeboy

Hole Foods (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Slaughter Beach, Dog, Sleepy Freak, Greg Mendez, Moto Surf


Death By Piano share EP title track “Countdown” + play release show at Elsewhere on 4/2

There is a slow burn soul that runs throughout the synth-pop created by Brooklyn duo Death By Piano. The six songs on their debut EP “Countdown” emerge at a measured pace with singer/keyboardist Kalen Lister and producer/instrumentalist Greywolf crafting a deliberate, moody feel. On the title track (streaming below) deep bass synths and electronic beats create a pulsating groove leading to the vocal hook “please – please don't turn the lights out - give me space to shake off the in crowd.” A spacious ambiance emerges at the midpoint, where beat-less waves of sound pulse behind Kalen's emotive vocals. With the beats returning, the ultimate declaration is to “look the wolf in the eye, don't back down.” The EP is now available for pre-order, with the full release on April 6. To celebrate, the band will play their release show on 4/2 at Elsewhere. - Dave Cromwell


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