New Year's Eve with The Lawsuits & TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb
Commonwealth Choir, Dan Ran (of Oddcake, DJ sets)
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
This event is 21 and over
Recognized as the City of Brotherly Love’s ‘crown jewel,’ The Lawsuits have secured their place in Philadelphia’s vibrant music scene. With a fearless approach to music, the group doesn’t follow traditional rules of genre, pulling inspiration from blues to reggae, Americana to gospel, to make a sound that is effortless and beautiful.
The band released their debut full-length album, Cool Cool Cool, in October 2013 to wide critical acclaim. Their sound has been described as “one that incorporates strong storytelling, crisply built up instrumentation, and heartfelt vocals. These components infused with an omnipresent energy create songs that creep into one’s head for the long haul.”
In Fall 2014, the group released Tumbled. Culture Collide describes the EP, "serving as the follow up to 2013’s full-length debut Cool Cool Cool, Tumbled comes packaged as a teaser representation of The Lawsuits' next release. They've found a way to seamlessly traverse indie-folk, feel-good pop, soulful classic rock, and bluesy Americana in four digestible tunes."
TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb
TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb are a band of so and so's who sound like Bob Seger high on cocaine in the bathtub watching Werner Herzog movies.
Or more specifically "A cross between the Mountain Goats, Tom Waits and the ghost of Captain Beefheart serenading the crowd at a drunken rodeo." - The Deli Magazine.
MANUFACTURING JOY - the band's 2nd full length self release is alive and kicking. The reactions have been overwhelming. Philadelphia Citypaper featured the boys on the cover of their October 4th music issue, saying "the band's second self-released full length is a strong step forward for an outfit already considered one of Philly's most potent live acts." Philadelphia Weekly featured the album, alongside releases by Pink, Meek Mill, Major Lazer and Sun Airway as one of the 5 new Philadelphia albums to buy in their annual Fall Guide. WXPN, in their exclusive interview on The Key blog, said "TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb spin wandering, interweaving stories about outcasts and outlaws on dramatic benders, suffering from cocaine nosebleeds and bourbon hangovers as they cling to their last thread of sanity. Manufacturing Joy takes these stories of desperate living and uplifts them into danceable jams."
Since the release of their first full length album, "Idiots" in the Spring of 2010, TJ Kong and Co. have spent most of their time touring the country and becoming more or less a machine of soulful joy. In that time they have been invited to perform at POP Montreal, South By Southwest, CMJ Music Marathon, Denver GABF, Truck America and O Positive festivals and have opened for bands such as Mercury Rev, Yarn, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Phantogram, These United States, Here We Go Magic, White Rabbits, Dax Riggs, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, etc.
Their music has been described as a rare blend of Jump Blues, Whiskey Soaked Balladry, Bootstomp Country, Punk, Soul, Folk and Gypsy rock.
"Playing Americana 'slash blues', the duo sing, wail, lament, and brood over being drunk, hungover, alone, depressed, sweaty, and lost. A simple recount of a whiskey-inspired tradition on guitar and harmonica."
- Pop Montreal
"A contemporary-ancient brand of Americana similar to The Band or, at its crankiest extreme, Captain Beefheart... with a dirty Mersey Beat that'd shame the Animals."
- Philadelphia Citypaper
"It lands somewhere between The Basement Tapes and Anodyne, with a ragged, lo-fi aesthetic and lyrics drenched in heartbreak and whiskey.”
- Pop Matters
“A post-apocalyptic fall-out shelter house band.”
- Philadelphia Weekly
- CBS Philadelphia
Golden age indie-rock from Doylestown, Pa. A sea of boom-chucks and ooo-la-la's, their violently lush arrangements blend towering harmonies over 60's garage rock & 90's alternative. Their debut EP Shirtless - recorded and produced by the band themselves - was released in late September 2013. Now heading back in the studio, the Choir is gearing up for a busy end to 2014.