Chris Forsyth

Weekend Warrior, April 26 - 28

An adventurous, intricate yet free-flowing, musical atmosphere opens itself up when listening to All Time Present (No Quarter), the new double album from Chris Forsyth. The Philly guitar maestro is slated to perform at a pair of record release shows this Saturday and Sunday at Jerry’s on Front. The record instills a meditative, mystic-oriented aesthetic throughout its ongoing instrumental-led journey. Forsyth tactfully maneuvers across a vast expanse, locking into hypnotic, long-form stretches that exhibit a controlled, cathartic fire - one that continuously burns, flaring up at opportune moments to demonstrate uninhibited, raw prowess. While Saturday’s show with Garcia Peoples is sold out, there are still tickets available for Sunday’s performance, where he will be supported by Poughkeepsie, New York’s Cold Hands. – Michael Colavita

Other places where you can lose/find yourself this weekend…

Jerry’s on Front (2341 N. Front St.) SAT Chris Forsyth (Record Release), SUN Chris Forsyth (Record Release)

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI &More, Great Time, Dahi Divine, SAT Mt Vengeance, Foxy Contin, Poppy

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Countdown from Ten

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI OOLALA, Molly Rhythm, Dirty Soap/Riot Nerd, SAT Fame Lust

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Christinna O, SUN  Laser Background, Writhing Squares 

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Shannen Moser, SAT Lunacy

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Scarlet Cimillo/(Downstairs) Karl Blau, SAT (Downstairs) The 9th annual Rockin’ Docs for Diabetes Cure

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Drew & the Blue, SUN IATT, Collider, Lost Continent, No Remorse For The Fallen

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Swift Technique (with special guests Zilla Rocca and Curly Castro), SAT Femme Freedom V: Fundraiser: Rachel Andie, Bree and the Reeds, Genevieve Marie Chambers & Friends, , Kicking Down Doors, Roberta Faceplant, SUN iNFiNiEN, Nakama

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Full Bush, American Speedway, Broke Body, Under 95,SAT Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease, The Deadeyes, SUN Bright Yam Suns

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Rad and Kell, The Barker Brothers, SAT Overwinter, Kahlil Ali/Bad Shapes, Brick Nova, Telyscopes

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Adam Travis & The Soul, Possum Kingdom, Underwater Robots

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Center City Jazz Festival/El Dwellers, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Century (1350 S 29th St.) SAT Static Brothers, VulturePeak, The Plibmen, Jesus Hating Liar

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI DJ Mighty Mike Saga

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT DJ Brian Toll

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Apple Juice Jones, SAT Sitting in Cars, Cassettes, Jamie and the Guarded Heart, Weezadelphia

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI PhillyBloco, SAT Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers, SUN Whiskeyhickon Boys, Four Lean Hounds, Chris Grunwald

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Thin Lips

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Cult Objects

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT J Solomon, Stone Cold Grace

Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St., 3rd Floor) SUN The Invasive Species, Forgotten Bottom, Aphid Daughters

Ruba Club (416 Green St.) FRI Desertion Trio

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) FRI Dear Forbidden, Babe Grenade, SAT World Below, SUN Fixation, Controller

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) SAT DEL, Francisco Collazo

Pickle Rehearsal Space (5213 Grays Ferry Ave., Unit B14) SAT Revolution, I Love You, Rasan In The Heyday, Beach Bod

Lizard Lounge (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Eliza Bird, Earthboy

Hubris House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Chairman Dances, All Boy/All Girl, Buddie

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Wallflower Observer Presents Elevated Earthlings: A Celebration of Planet Earth: Jello Vibes, Sonni Shine

   

New Chris Forsyth Double LP Available for Streaming

Ahead of its official release on April 12 via No Quarter, All Time Present, the new album from Chris Forsyth, is available for streaming, courtesy of NPR's First Listen. Setting sail on an adventurous path, a reeled-in, ruminating, atmosphere juxtaposes the searing, soaring, psych-rock peaks with pensive, instrumental valleys. A mythical, sonic story evolves over the long haul. Jerry’s on Front will be hosting a pair of record release shows on April 27 and 28 (the first of which is sold out), with the latter being supported by Cold Hands.

   

New Track: "Mystic Mountain" - Chris Forsyth

All Time Present, the forthcoming double-album from Chris Forsyth, is scheduled to arrive on April 12 via No Quarter. “Mystic Mountain” engages the ongoing spiritual journey in the search for meaning/answers. Embracing a comfort in one’s existence and surroundings, a laidback groove progresses. Amid that even-keeled march, flares of psych guitar emerge, illuminating the terrain. You can catch Forsyth’s record release show at Jerry's on Front on Saturday, April 27, supported by Garcia Peoples.

   

Happy 10th Anniversary Week, Johnny Brenda’s!!!

For those who’ve been lucky enough to live through the renaissance that Philly’s music scene has been experiencing for the last decade or so, we’d like to remind you of a time when the next big thing in music was not likely going to be discovered in your favorite local DIY space. With the exception of R5 Productions, who was only consistently booking the First Unitarian Church at the time and just starting to gain a great reputation nationally in the indie music scene, many of the music venues were known more for ripping off artists than helping to nurture the music community. However, once Johnny Brenda’s renovated its second floor into a concert space, it was a total game changer - forever raising the bar in Philly. (Thank you!) We finally had a world-class music venue that actually cared about the artists’ and concertgoers’ experience. (What local musician out there didn’t appreciate the complimentary Greek plate in the backstage when he or she first performed there?) Johnny Brenda’s became a cornerstone for the arts & culture community in Fishtown and throughout Philadelphia.
 
This week marks the beloved establishment’s 10th Anniversary as a music venue, and they’ll be celebrating it with some kick-ass events that start this evening with the soulful, powerful ache of Hop Along frontwoman Frances Quinlan, the polished indie-pop of Hurry, and the “heavenly blues” of The Goodbye Party. You also surely don’t want to miss Tuesday night’s psych explorations with Bardo Pond, Birds of Maya, and Chris Forsyth. The rest of the week’s festivities will also include evenings with Rocky Votolato, The Album Leaf, IGNITE Philly, and much more. Cheers to all the good folks at JB’s! - Q.D. Tran
   

The Micro & Macro Struggle of Taiwan Housing Project at Ortlieb's Sept. 20

Taiwan Housing Project, the Philadelphia-based brainchild of Kilynn Lunsford (originally of Little Claw and Tyvek) and Mark Feehan (of Harry Pussy), successfully bridges the gap between indie rock and screamo, delivering emotional live shows fueled by Lunsford’s haunting vocal performance and perpetual, reverberating basslines. Many other bands (Sunflower Bean and Bully to name a few) have recently amassed interest employing these same sonic elements. Especially with a younger audience, this success makes sense: Taiwan Housing Project and noise-pop, in general, is in your face, a constant reference to micro and macro struggle, becoming a political force in addition to an accessible, raucously fun musical release. They will be opening the bill tonight at Ortlieb’s with Solar Motel guitar virtuosos, Nick Millevoi + Chris Forsyth, and headliners, Black Spirituals. Ortlieb’s, 847 N. Third St., 7:30pm, $10, 21+ - Blake Oetting