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.


"JJL is the new project from Philadelphia based singer/guitarist Jay Laughlin best know for his work with his past bands Lenola and Like A Fox. JJL is a three piece band featuring Jay on vocals/guitar backed with the ex-Like A Fox rhythm section of Pete Girgenti on drums and Brian Wilknson on bass. This is just another step forward in the long journey Jay has taken in his past bands where a foundation of rock-solid songwriting is married to Technicolor production resulting in satisfaction for the soul and brilliant sonic candy for the ears. The vocals float and soar while effected keyboards & buzzsaw guitars guide the songs along a happily disorienting ride, all above a massive sounding rhythm section. JJL is an adherence to to song tradition while also sounding like it's being beamed back to you from the future, covered in beautiful static and gloss.

A proper full length is in the works, This show is a chance to get a sneak peek at what's to come!"



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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