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Weekend Warrior, February 16 - 18

I was asked to write this week’s Weekend Warrior because there are few (if any) Philly bands that I have come to know better than Creepoid. In a way, this Saturday feels like I’m about to attend the funeral of old friends whom I’ve grown up with, which is actually kind of true. I remember first discovering the band in my earliest days of writing for The Deli Philly. I became enamored with their first single, “Pink Tag Sale,” which I discovered while searching for new music on MySpace. (Lol…does anybody else remember those days?) We eventually met at a show in South Philly, and bonded over our love of consuming weed and alcohol, which I’m sure is a common connection that they have with many folks. However, what really kept me coming back to their shows were their beautiful melodies and explosive jams, as well as the air of unpredictability that always seemed to surround them.

Case in point – the grunge-psych quartet of Sean Miller, Anna Troxell, Pat Troxell, and PeteJoe Urban had just sold out their release show for the Horse Heaven LP at Kung Fu Necktie. There was a sense of something special building that evening. Well, at the band’s very next show a week after, I attended another packed performance at Tritone, a defunct music venue that used to inhabit where The Cambridge now stands, across the street from beloved Philly institution Bob & Barbara’s. Things were certainly chaotic that evening and not quite going the band’s way. We were all having fun before their set, and probably got a bit too lit – some more than others (PeteJoe ;-). Long story short – the band ended up imploding on stage, which nearly ensued into an all-out brawl amongst themselves. I remember leaving that show thinking: “Shit – I just watched the end of Creepoid.” I texted Pat the next morning to see if that was true. They were all hungover at breakfast, laughing about what had happened the night before.

Ha…I guess, in a way, it’s been fortunate that the band has lasted this long, and I am thankful that it has. This Saturday at Union Transfer will surely be bittersweet, but I’m certainly looking forward to seeing old friends, familiar faces, and a kick-ass Creepoid show for one last time. Hope to see you there as well. And of course, #BringWeed! – Q.D. Tran

Other places to hide out from all this global warming…

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Pissed Jeans, SAT Creepoid (Last Show Ever), An Albatross, Mannequin Pussy, Night Sins, SUN Civil Youth

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Bardo Pond, Honey Radar, SAT DJ Mike Nyce: Philly Loves Dilla

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Foxtrot & The Get Down, Chris Paterno Band, American Dinosaur, SAT Friendship

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.)  FRI DJ Deejay, SAT Almost Isles/Matthew Law, Craig Dash, SUN Internal Rhyme, Harvey Cash, Lord Trippy, Kris Gears & Neu Age Music, Reseyolo, OG Juan Shinobi/Dumal, Mob Terror/Medusa's Disco

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Carroll, Lizdelise, Swim Camp, SAT Los Ricos

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Rockers Galore, I Yahn I Arkestra, King Sound Vibration

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Nugent’s Follies

TLA (334 South St.) SUN August Burns Red

Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Poundside Pop, Bok Nero,Voss

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Greg Sover Band, The Peace Creeps, SAT (Upstairs) Local Smokes/(Downstairs) Ceramic Animal, Sixteen Jackies 

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Super Collider X: Redhat, Nobi Khan, Malevil, Dred Scott

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Kingfisher, Bison's Big Bang

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Cave Women, Cabana Wear, Sad Actor, SAT Brother Martin, John Dominy, Kate Dressed Up

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Mali S.A.V., Lowz the Undead, SUN Kyle Rotunno, Ethan Pierce, Matthew Rineer

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Love Catastrophe, Needlefish, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT Sun For The Villains

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Heavy Temple

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Ben Aire, SAT Spectre’s Speakeasy / Ed Christof

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Slomo Sapiens (EP Release), Tulpa, Kelsey Cork & the Swigs, SAT Tubey Frank, Seraiah Nicole, Jackson Howard, Rachel Andie, Curtis Jr., Athensville

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Big Mind, Jah People, SAT Box Of Rain, SUN Whiskeyhickon Boys, Hambone Relay/Four Lean Hounds

Space 1026 (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Ada Babar, Nina Ryser

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Andrew Milicia, ialive

LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mavis the Dog, Busy Bee, Canine 10

The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Kate Dressed Up, Veev, Kerin Maguire, Justin Angelo

Lizard Lounge (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Zach Krall Band, Well Room

Hole Foods (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Yung Sham, Cooking, Borzoi Boy

Castle Productions (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mattress Food, A Day Without Love, The Orderlies

HH Ranch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Sing Bird of Prey, Trash Boy, Secret Nudist Friends

Goo Lagoon (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT My Name Is Tom, Borzoi Boy, Whine Moms

Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Cheap Dinosaurs, Shadow Band


Ticket Giveaway: Final Creepoid Show w/An Albatross, Mannequin Pussy & Night Sins at Union Transfer This Saturday

The good lady and gents of Creepoid will be ending it all this Saturday, February 17 at Union Transfer, and we'd like to send you to their funeral. Accompanying them to the hereafter will be pals An Albatross, Mannequin Pussy, and Night Sins, with DJ sets from Bushy & Nicky Money. To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line "Bring Weed". Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck!

Weekend Warrior, March 10 - 12

As one descends into subterranean cement-lined confines of Underground Arts this evening, a cavalcade of the city’s heavy-psych noisemakers will meet you on the inside. Cultivating a cozy temperamental air gently permeating the auditory system with hazy melodies before escalating into the ethereal, Creepoid delivers the calm and then the searing storm.  Speaking of sear, Purling Hiss pummels and rips through a fog-filtered, psych lens, delivering raunchy riffs among unrestrained rhythms. Meanwhile, with their new album, Pleasure Suck, due out in two weeks via Tiny Engines, the disorienting but enchanting surge of The Spirit of the Beehive will be on display. Likewise, the “raw rock fury” of Ecstatic Vision, whose aptly titled forthcoming album of the same name, will be available next month via Relapse, torching a menacing mesmerizing hole in the mind in the process.
For those seeking other accommodations, the bombarding, brutal, soul-crushing stomp of Pissed Jeans will celebrate their new album, Why Love Now (Sub Pop), with a pair of sold-out release shows Friday and Saturday at Boot & Saddle and PhilaMOCA respectively.
Other places to fuckin’ rock this weekend…
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Creepoid, Ecstatic Vision, Purling Hiss, Spirit of the Beehive, SAT Scott Sorry, The T.C. Cole Riot
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Pissed Jeans (Record Release), M Ax Noi Mach, Body Spray, SAT Thrills, Sad Heaven
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) John Dominy, Sun Hat/The Snails/DJ Deejay/One Sixty, Malevil , SAT Sabbra Cadabra/Dominic, Norwegian Arms/Fame lust, SUN Argyle Rings, Timelapzzz, Elaine Rasnake/The Up! Up! Ups!, Line Leader, Cabbage, The Lot
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Evil Sword (Tape Release), Ursula, SAT Pissed Jeans (Record Release), Mannequin Pussy, Prowler
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI Strand of Oaks
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Flightschool, SUN Questlove
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT LoveKilledKurt, LeCompt
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) John Byrne Band, No Irish Need Apply, SAT (Upstairs) The Quixote Project, Smoke & Bourbon, Pawnshop Roses
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Zario DeCola-Heller, Novyy Stil', SUN Popular Creeps, Deuteronomy
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SUN Andorra
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, Shy Boyz
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs? & DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN DJ Case Bloom, Francisco Collazo
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Dean Sharon, Super Bonanza, Fitzwater, Railroad Fever, SAT Delmont (CD Release), The Good Mess, Hartline, Kevin McCove, SUN Trained Attack Dogs, Brown Sugar, Decontrol
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Posers
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Dj Double Leo, Solar Circuit, Jam Traffic, SAT Red X, & Madame Jones
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Richie Navigator, Starter Jacket, Sunday Muse, SAT Blood Sound, The Silence Kit
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, Cabin Dogs
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Hoser, SpaceWater, Mirrorsigns, Bungler, SUN Queen Jesus, Crooked Spine, Spot Collins

Ticket Giveaway: Creepoid, Ecstatic Vision, Purling Hiss & The Spirit of the Beehive at Underground Arts This Friday

There is a killer, not-to-be-missed, psyched-the-fuck-out, locals-only bill happening this Friday, March 10 at Underground Arts with Creepoid, Ecstatic Vision, Purling Hiss, and The Spirit of the Beehive, and we'd be happy to get you in on us! To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line "Bring Weed". Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck!

New Creepoid EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

It's supposed to be a rainy, dreary day in Philly, and we are happy to provide you with a fitting soundtrack. So burn one down, and get lost in the dissonant drone and power chords of Creepoid's rad new EP Burner (WavePOP Records), which you can now stream and purchase below! It's ok. We give you permission to do/be nothing today.


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