Brown Recluse w/Lushlife and Sunny Ali & The Kid at JB’s Oct. 28

Published on The Deli Philadelphia – October 28, 2011

Brown Recluse may describe themselves as “psychedelic/baroque pop,” but what I hear, especially on their record, Panoptic Mirror Maze, is a spiraling funnel of vintage easy listening, Monkees-meet-Brian Wilson coastal radio pop, loose lo-fi lounge, organ rock, and 8-bit experiments. I know–that’s super specific. But in order to understand the greatness of one of Philly’s best kept secrets, you have to understand the textures and layers that define their sound. The band’s ironic richness will be mixed in at Johnny Brenda’s tonight with the one-man alt-hop innovator, Lushlife, who twists and melds beautiful old world melodies and trip-hop electronica with sick hip hop beats (bonus: Brown Recluse’s Tim Meskers also appears on Lushlife’s fantabulous new mixtape, No More Golden Days). And, because it’s never a party until they show up, Sunny Ali & the Kid will be bashing out their sneering country-garage rock for our pleasure. Now, go on, start off your Halloween weekend right, and get into some trouble. I won’t tell. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $10, 21+ – Annamarya Scaccia

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