johnny brenda’s

  • Starcrawler Take Over Eraserhood (Tonight at Underground Arts)

    I vividly remember five years ago, a quartet of teens looking like the supporting cast of Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmine thrusting their way through a beyond-sold-out Kung Fu Necktie (and an exceptionally sweaty and crusty cast of punks there to see A Giant Dog) to take the stage of...
  • Tropical Fuck Storm: “In the states people just go berserk!” (11/3 at JB’s)

    “It’s good to be back after everything went to shit,” says Gareth Liddiard, frontman and guitarist of Australian art rock band Tropical Fuck Storm.  Since the pandemic the quartet has released a handful of releases, including their third full-length (Deep States), a joint EP with King Gizzard & the...
  • Get to Know Man On Man, 10/30 at JB’s

    “When we go the extra yard and do something that’s unexpected and ridiculous, we get really good results,” says Man On Man.  Comprised of boyfriends Roddy Bottum (Faith No More, Imperial Teen, Crickets) and Joey Holman (Holman), Man On Man is a self-identified, “unabashed queer rock band… that confronts...
  • Hear Madi Diaz Talk About Love, 10/26 at JB’s

    Nashville-based Americana singer/songwriter Madi Diaz has played a handful of ginormous shows in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection since the August 2021 release of History of a Feeling, her ANTI- debut, which NPR Music called, “freaking superb,” and which even earned a Tweet from Kathleen Hanna. ...
  • Momma at Johnny Brenda’s

    Momma, the indie slacker rock band from Los Angeles, tour for their latest album release, “Household Name,” at Johnny Brenda’s on 10/7/22....
  • The Ballroom Thieves: “It feels like we aged about ten years in the past two.” (10/20 at JB’s)

    “Generally playing Johnny Brenda’s is a good memory,” says Calin Peters, one-half of Boston-based indie folk duo The Ballroom Thieves.  The last time I spoke with the band’s other half (in March of 2020, just before COVID put live music on hold), and Calin’s husband, Martin Earley, he told...
  • Flashing Back to 2016 with Cate Le Bon (10/6 at UT)

    This February Welsh art pop singer/songwriter Cate Le Bon released her sixth studio album, Pompeii, courtesy of Mexican Summer.  NPR claimed the album and artist, “made meaning out of high-art nonsense, turning simple, quotidian things into freaky and oblique images, the stuff of heady and sensual dreams,” and The...
  • 5 Reasons to Come See Grace Ives This Friday (9/9) at JB’s

    This February Brooklyn-based alt pop star-on-the-rise Grace Ives played to a sold-out crowd in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection when she opened for Remi Wolf at Union Transfer.   Since then, she’s released her sophomore LP, Janky Star (the follow-up to 2019’s 2nd, which dropped 6/10 on...
  • Velvet Rouge’s Gina Zo: “You’re gonna be blown away!” (9/14 at WCL w/ Paul Cherry)

    “We’re a band who has very fun, sexy Rock N’ Roll music,” says Gina Zo of her Philadelphia-based quartet, Velvet Rouge (formerly known as Zo).  Gina Zo – a contestant for Team Blake on season 10 of The Voice at 17 and former Director of Marketing for Joan Shepp...