We are extremely excited to announce a special concert to celebrate our 3-year anniversary. On July 11th at PhilaMOCA, we will present three of our favorite local bands. Up-and-coming indie-rock trio Shark Tape will kick things off. Swift Technique, Philadelphia’s finest funk/jazz band, will follow with their energetic, thrilling live set. And rock-and-rollers TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb will finish off the night before they head out on a summer tour.
Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door and are on sale now via Brown Paper Tickets. All ages are welcome. Here’s a little bit about each band and why we love them so much:
TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb have blossomed into one of Philadelphia’s finest rock-and-roll acts. Their sophomore LP, Manufacturing Joy, came out in September and quickly gained our attention and praise, as well as love from WXPN, City Paper, PhillyWeekly, and more. Anchored by Dan Bruskewicz’s gruff vocals and gift for storytelling, the album wraps whiskey- and cocaine-soaked stories in a unique blend of folk, rock and blues for an rollicking live show. We wanted this show to be a party, and Kong & the Bomb certainly know how to throw down.
Swift Technique was one of the first local bands I “discovered” when I started The Swollen Fox three years ago. This being our first anniversary show, I knew they needed to be my first call. Their blend of NOLA-style funk and jazz, along with their hip-hop and other influences, makes their live performance one big party—while their individual musical talent makes it jaw-dropping. These growing Philly funk legends have opened for The Meters, Wu-Tang Clan, Questlove, Wale, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and many more.
Shark Tape are a bit new to the Philly music scene, but their name continues to pop up more and more. They introduced themselves in 2012 with a four-song EP, followed by another EP and another new song at the end of the year. Their small yet quickly growing catalog displays the trio’s musical proficiency and a remarkable knack for song-craftsmanship.