New Year's Eve with The Lawsuits & TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb

XPN Welcomes:

New Year's Eve with The Lawsuits & TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb

Commonwealth Choir, Dan Ran (of Oddcake, DJ sets)

Tue, December 31, 2013

9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Please note: MilkBoy's bar and kitchen will be open, cover free, all day on 12/31 - cover begins at 8:30.

The Lawsuits
The Lawsuits
Once described as a “schizophrenic mix of modern Americana”, The Lawsuits don’t stop there – interweaving elements of reggae, 60’s pop flair, and 80’s anthemic refrains, woven together by intricate storytelling. The songs are complex and insightful in a way that recalls a time when music was more pure, but with a progressive and lighthearted style that is executed with apparent ease.
TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb
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

"Entertainingly unhinged."
- CBS Philadelphia
Commonwealth Choir
Commonwealth Choir
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.
Venue Information:
MilkBoy Philly
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107