Brother JT, The Photon Band

Brother JT

Frequenters of Johnny Brendas know that there is only one Brother JT. This is the guy from Bethlehem who bangs to his own lysergic drum. He defines the underground aesthetic, something that he has done for three decades, and his new record, "The Svelteness of Boogietude"(Thrill Jockey) shows him expanding his psychedelic horizons to deftly incorporate jazz, ballads, later period T. Rex, and of course, the ever present extended guitar workout. Even noneother than Indie Rock avatar, Byron Coley is on record as admiring the new album's "huge riff-based anthems that balance glam dynamics with mystical history on the head of a pin." It's inconceivable that anyone who truly digs rock will not be sucked deeply into the vortex of Boogietude.

The Photon Band

The Photon Band takes the stage to celebrate the release of their seventh full length release, "Pure Photonic Matter (volume 1) (Nod and Smile). Part one of a planned trilogy, which may expand into a quadrilogy when all is said and done, this album's varied sounds are like most Photon Band releases: as much a part of the expansion of the universe as time itself. The Photon Band have been playing and recording loud, fast, quiet, slow, melodic, chaotic, sloppy, impassioned tunes since longer than you can remember. Pitchfork once stated that the Photon Band "sounds as though someone slipped powdered glass into a wad of bubble-gum." At the heart of their sonic tumult is confused dreamer, Art DiFuria, who finally escaped Philadelphia in the summer of 2010 for sunnier southern climes, amidst speculation that the band was finished. As the occasion of it turns out, these were empty rumors. DiFuria will amble up the coast in time to once again fill Johnny Brenda's with his cacophony of inspiration, with the help of his ever-willing accomplices. Leave earplugs home at your peril.

As the mythological Phoenix and the forests of the American Northwest know all too well, fire is devastatingly destructive — but it can also be the catalyst for a glorious rebirth. Philadelphia’s JJL learned this firsthand when a fire claimed their practice space along with all their musical gear earlier this year. After a tremendous outpouring of support from family, friends, fans and the community they have reemerged with their debut recording (The Tiger EP) in hand and a new sense of purpose in mind.

JJL puts the "power” in power trio, with Philly music scene veteran Jay Laughlin on guitar and vocals (Lenola, Like A Fox, Turning Point), long-time drummer Pete Girgenti on drums (Like A Fox) and Derek Zglenski (Belgrade) recently joining on bass guitar.
The music contained in the colored grooves of The Tiger EP is a return to form for Jay; loud metallic riffs, spidery melodies, bombastic drums and fluid bass runs. They’ll present these unrelentingly heavy songs in their full sonic spectrum at a record release show at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, November 14th.



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Brother JT, The Photon Band with JJL, Jeremy Grites and Mike Kennedy spinning throughout the night

Saturday, July 6 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:15 PM at Johnny Brenda's