Sarah‘s pick for the weekend kicks us off with a little production from the left coast. “Eclectic producer Shlohmo plays Johnny Brenda’s tomorrow night to kick off the weekend! the 22-year old DJ hailing from Los Angeles will likely be showcasing his fresh new full-length album, Dark Red, which just dropped yesterday. The album explores darker tones with heavy, warped synths in his ambient tracks which will surely bring dark, funky vibes to the already electric upstairs of Johnny Brenda’s. Shlohmo will be preceded by fellow producers Purple, who will be doing his set live, as well as Nick Melons. Check out some of their work and come on out to a night of electronic eclecticism.” – Sarah Hughes
You absolutely cannot go wrong on Friday night. First, there’s Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. I saw this group open for… moe….? Maybe? I think? At the Electric Factory within the last couple years and they’re a phenomenal live band. Milkboy Philly is a great venue for this band, too. Intimate and lively. Not to mention the opener, Universal Funk Order. These are two high energy real rock, funk, and groove kinda bands that will pack you in and give you all the reason in the world to dance the night away.
Or if you wanna dance but are more into the electronic scene, look no further than Disctrict N9ne, which plays host to Gent & Jawns. The duo and I have had our words via twitter about their name and how jawn is the worst thing to come out of Philly since the latest Rocky movie, but all that aside, they throw down some of the best trap and drum and bass that I’ve heard in a while. The two opened for Diplo at Union Transfer, and for Paper Diamond at TLA last year, so it’s good to see these guys finally getting a headlining spot. They’ll be bringing it, and you should, too.
Griz @ TLA *EDITOR’S PICK*
This show has been marked on the calendar for some time, now. Griz has been comin’ up pretty steadily and has earned himself a dedicated, large, and growing fanbase. I’m not surprised he sold out the TLA, or Terminal 5, or 9:30 Club. I’m just surprised it didn’t happen within minutes. His new album is just ridiculous. There’s not really another way to describe it. (You can listen below) And tickets have been gone for a while now, but until midnight Wednesday night, you can enter to win a pair tickets from us both on Facebook and on Twitter. I suggest you do both to boost your chances. Winner will be announced on Thursday. (Must be 18+). Oh yeah, The Floozies will be there, too. God LAWD this show is gonna be insane.
Didn’t get tickets to Griz? Well your decisions are bad and you should feel bad. But don’t feel too bad! There’s another great show up town just a ways. Jauz will be at Soundgarden Hall for the LIC after party, with special guests Victor Porfidio and Philly DJ, Evan Riley. This is a real solid alternative to the Griz man so don’t worry about FOMO. You’re gonna have a ball. And if you’re already gonna be at LIC, this is a great way to get all sweaty and rub your paint off on someone, like our photographer Conor Gray who will be there. He just told me he really loves it when he gets your nasty sweaty paint on his camera. So go give him a big ol’ hug.