In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are 4 local bands we <3!
Thursday, February 14: Bleeding Rainbow at Johnny Brenda’s
2013 marks a new chapter for Philly punks Bleeding Rainbow—née Reading Rainbow—whose major label debut Yeah Right dropped last month to much fanfare. On it, the band indulges both fuzzed-out soundscapes and raging melodies (see: the shred-tastic “Pink Ruff”), while adding confidence and nuance to their trademark harmony-laden sound. Their Valentine’s Day show at JB’s should prove the perfect ANTI-V-Day celebration: some people prefer to spend Valentine’s Day with their sweeties, nestled in a corner booth at a swank restaurant; others prefer sweaty venues, and the chance to rage. If you’re in the latter category, this is your jawn.
9:00 at Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., $10. Tickets available here.
Friday, February 15: Toy Soldiers at Kung Fu Necktie
Since forming in 2007, Philly’s Toy Soldiers have proven an unstoppable force on the local scene, bringing rootsy, ramshackle melodies, high spirits, and a sense of old-fashioned, rock’n roll revelry to each and every performance. The brainchild of front man/guitarist/harmonica-guru Ron Gallo, Toy Soldiers spent the past year touring and playing more than 120 shows, winning fans with their energy and songwriting, and will release their second full length, The Maybe Boys, this Spring. We doubt that KFN’s tiny stage will be able to contain their vigor—this will be a celebration that spills off the stage, and into the crowd. Get ready Philly.
7:30 at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., $10. Tickets available here.
Friday, February 15: Pissed Jeans at Underground Arts
Philly sludge-punkers Pissed Jeans are the type of band every 30-year-old Hukser Dü fan wishes he was a part of—exploring banal topics like health care and cafeteria food with wit, fury, and the force of 10,000 angry mosh pits. In the past 8 years, they’re released four full-lengths, including the recent Honeys—which offers both biting commentary (the incisive “Male Gaze”) and hilarious diatribes (the uncomfortable “Bathroom Laughter.”) Label Sub Pop describes it as “a recorded loop of a marching band being pushed down a waterslide,” which is pretty much the best description we’ve heard yet. This show will be a total rager, so come prepared.
9:00 at Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., $12. Tickets available here.
Saturday, February 16: The Spinto Band at Johnny Brenda’s
If The Spinto Band were an item of clothing, they’d be a cardigan; if they were a TV star, they’d be Zooey Deschanel. There’s something so lovable and adorkable about these local rockers, who infuse jaunty pop songs with lush harmonies and an undeniable sense of optimism. Live, the band is equally delightful, bobbing around the stage like twee marionettes and inciting dancing. Their Saturday show at JB’s will celebrate the release of their new record Cool Cocoon, released through the band’s own Spintonic Recordings label just nine months after their 2012 record, Shy Pursuit. Check out this sweet vid of “What I Love” to get psyched, then ask yourself—is it possible to want all 5 Spintos as your valentine?
9:15 at Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., $10. Tickets available here.