The Writhing Squares

Weekend Warrior, January 12 - 14

Blast off into the weekend, as the tandem of Kevin Nickles (Ecstatic Vision, Taiwan Housing Project) and Daniel Provenzano (Purling Hiss, Spacin') continuously pushes the boundaries, fusing hard-driving, raw rhythms, space-transmitted vocals and blasts of tangential-tracing free jazz into a Krautrock-melting pot of sound. Developing layers of flavor through inventive instrumental combinations, The Writhing Squares cultivates an air of surprise and intrigue as one straps into the sonic shuttle uncertain of what discoveries lie in the future. This Saturday, at PhilaMOCA, the Philly outfit will be opening the proceedings, followed by local punk/reggae-groovin' legends, Scram. This leads the way to the DC instrumental trio of The Messthetics, which includes former Fugazi members Brendan Canty and Joe Lally, whose debut album is due out later this year via Dischord Records. (Photo by Peter Kerlin) - Michael Colavita

Other places to hang this weekend…

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Destroying Angel, Void Vision, SAT Scram, The Writhing Squares

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Frankie Vado, Joey Stix Experiment, Jordan Brown, Dolores, Tammi Jean, SAT The Dove & The Wolf, Carroll

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Cold Fronts, Big Nothing, SAT Restorations, Tiny Vices

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI John Dominy, Sun Hat/Purling Hiss, Long Hots/DJ Deejay, SAT Peachy Nightjar, Mr. Lisp/Evil Sword, Necrosexual/Fame Lust/Night Sweats, SUN The Boardwalk Kings, A Day Without Love, Weekend Athlete

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Abbey Road: A Collective Performed by Members of Looseleaf and Other Special Guests, SAT The Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SUN A Night of Stardust

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Daniel de Jesús

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI So Far Gone: Dirty South Joe, Magglezzz, SAT (4pm) PnB Rock, (8pm) PnB Rock, Shawn Smith, SUN Low Energy

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Riot Nerd Presents: A Live Music & Burlesque Tribute To Emo

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI West Fire, Think Machine, Rusty Blue, Decontrol, SAT Apex Predator, Near Nightmare, Nasuta, Agents of Aggression, Crown of Earth

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Osler Circle: A (Hard Day’s) Night For Children’s Hospital

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Parsnip Revolt, Katie Barbato

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Sophie Coran, Joshua Chase Miller, Ellen Siberian-Tiger, SAT The Space Cats, Tektonic

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The People (EP Release), My Son Bison, SAT The Upticks (Album Release), S.R. Frost & The Sanctuary Band, Delmont

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI A Minor Error, It Makes Sounds

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Sylo, Astro 8000, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Keystone Mountain Boys, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Russells, Kate Dressed Up

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Royale, SAT Ian Saint Laurent, SUN Thunder Snow Cone: Love Hurts Freak Show

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, Deluxedo, Knightlife, SAT Somethin’ Divine (EP Release), You Do You, The Sly Foxes, Breaklite

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Worldtown Soundsystem

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Hurry, Empath, Knifeplay

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Sunchoke/Crimson Masks, Some Birds, Uncle Dan, SAT The Four Of Us Are Dying, Zombie Shark, SUN Fred Beans, Rabbits To Riches, Kenny 3

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mike Mulli & Dead Flowers, Busy Bee, Rachel Andie

The Sound Hole  (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Masie Blu

All Nite Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Sun Organ, Coffee, Leadrs, Ursula

Playlist: The Deli Philly's Anniversary Takeover of Y-Not Radio

Thank you, all, who tuned in yesterday to Y-Not Radio for The Deli Philly's takeover, and extra special thanks to Josh T. Landow for the invitation and support over the years! Below is the playlist that I shared, and if you haven't taken a listen to it yet, please feel free to do so now and enjoy. As always, I hope that you discover your new favorite artist and latest obsession. You deserve it. TREAT YO SELF! - Q.D. Tran

The Retinas – “Accident”

Abi Reimold – “Morning”

Eric Slick – “The Dirge”

Allison Crutchfield – “Rose Knows”

NAH – “Same Fucking Line”

RemoteControl – “Wasteland”

The Writhing Squares – “Astral Trane”

The Afterglows – “Born Again”

Spring Onion – “Egg (Driving Song)”

Cherry – “Alligators”

Jo Kusy – “New Devil Beat”

Honey Radar – “Ft Wayne Mermaids”

Them Jones – “Outburst”

Queen of Jeans – “Rollerdyke”

Suburban Living – “Lovely Times”

LOUDS – “Speak”

Residuels – “Valley Of Fire”

 

The Writhing Squares Record Release Show at KFN Aug. 11

Kevin Nickles (Ecstatic Vision, Taiwan Housing Project) and Daniel Provenzano (Purling Hiss, Spacin') rocket through space as The Writhing Squares. Tonight, the duo celebrates their latest album In The Void Above (Siltbreeze) with a performance at Kung Fu Necktie. The hard-driving record circles as components of chaotic noise emanate amid the locked-down bass and percussion, while the vocal interjections serve as captain-esque reference points. Splashed with the additional sonic colors of flute and saxophone, this noise-rock meets jazz ambiance steers toward the unexplored in a twisted futuristic groove. This evening’s festivities will also feature the local psych-punk of Igneous Eyes and the commanding psych-rock power of Birds of Maya. The genre-elusive, jazz-rock freak-out that is Massachusetts’s The Blues Dream Box completes this adventurous night of music. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $8, 21+ (Photo by Ben Leaphart) - Michael Colavita

New Track: "Balloon To The Moon" - The Writhing Squares

Launch into the stratosphere while you listen to “Balloon To The Moon,” off The Writhing Squares forthcoming LP In The Void Above, which will be released on July 29 via Siltbreeze Records. The bass-anchored propulsion swims in a funky, jazz-accented vessel, providing intriguing twists. The saxophone jumps off that backend drive and psych-oriented vocals, emerging through the clouds. Catch the duo with Alto! and Valley Exit next Tuesday, July 5 at Kung Fu Necktie! (Photo by Ben Leaphart)

The Writing Squares Opening for NYMPH at Everybody Hits June 5

Hard-churning, covering large expanse, pushing the cosmic pedal to the floor, and hitting an array of spaces, The Writhing Squares' sonic shape is an interesting one. Stepping into Everybody Hits this evening, the duo fuses psych and free jazz in a fuzzy, deep-diving union. Finding rhythmic footing while integrating textured openings, it’s a world that’s accessible yet adventurous. Tonight’s show also features the twisting, territorial, out-there jams of Igneous Eyes and the enchanting psych/shoegazing daydream of Myrrias. The joyous, wandering jazz-psych combination of Brooklyn’s NYMPH completes this headie night. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8:30pm, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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