Bardo Pond / Major Stars / Honey Radar / Henry Owings at JB’s Friday, February 16 at 9 PM

Bardo Pond / Major Stars / Honey Radar / Henry Owings at JB’s Friday, February 16 at 9 PM


Come on out it’s going to be a good one!

Johnny Brenda’s link

Bardo Pond

Bardo Pond

The world’s most essential psychedelic rock experience should defy rational explanation and scholarly deconstruction. No tablature can define for you what these latter day cosmic couriers bring to the table, no lyric sheet will give you access to their text; you put the music on, close your eyes, and dream your equivalent of the pond into existence. Bardo Pond has the outward specifications of a rock band — guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, occasional but crucial flute and violin and vocals — but the rivers that converge into the band’s oneiric flow have their headwaters in the outlands of ecstatic jazz, free noise and the avant-garde. Their slow-motion avalanches of churning instrumentation and voice suggest drugged states but don’t necessarily require them.
They alter brain chemistry by the alchemical effect of distressed sound alone, aspiring to become engineers of the soul’s passage to alternate states of consciousness.

At the foundation of the pyramid, the drums of Jason Kourkounis and the bass of Clint Takeda lay down a sinewy, sexy and hypnagogic bottom end. At the centre of the pyramid, the twin guitars of John and Michael Gibbons send out emissaries of fire, flaying flesh from bone in a storm of holy liberation. Isobel Sollenberger inhabits the place where the pyramid meets the eye of their storm, weaving fibres of voice, flute and violin through the din.

I heard someone comment recently that the limits of music have now been defined, bracketed by John Cage’s silence at one end and Merzbow’s maximum noise at the other, leaving only the option of filling the spaces in between. Bardo Pond demonstrate how much scope there is to innovate within that continuum. If rock music is to have any relevance in the new millennium, it is bands like Bardo Pond that will make it so.

Major Stars

Major Stars

Major Stars is an American psychedelic rock band from greater Boston, Massachusetts. Their first live performance was in 1997 at the inaugural Terrastock Festival in Providence, Rhode Island. They toured Japan in 2000 with Overhang Party. In 2002, they toured with Acid Mothers Temple as an opening act and performed at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. In December 2006 they performed at the Thurston Moore curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in the UK.

Guitarist Wayne Rogers sang lead vocals on all of the band’s releases through 2005’s 4, when Sandra Barrett joined to take over those duties.[5] Barrett left the band in 2008 and was replaced by Amanda Bristow, who joined during the recording of the album Return To Form. Vocalist Hayley Thompson-King joined in 2010, and appears on the albums Decibels of Gratitude and Motion Set but has since left the group and the current live singer is Noell Dorsey.

Honey Radar

Honey Radar

“Lo-fi, catchy and classic-sounding, Honey Radar’s albums evoke a dirt-covered Nuggets collection from an alternate universe.”
– Pitchfork

“Not sure if it’s layered solo work or a group or what, but it’s great short pop spasms owing equal debts to early New Zealand’s South Island groups and Guided By Voices.”
– The Wire

Henry Owings

Henry Owings

It’s often said that those who can, do; those who can’t, teach. However, in the case of Henry Owings, he does. Quite a bit. And quite a bit more. He’s a graphic designer, magazine publisher, author, concert promoter, record producer, tour manager and now to add to this list: comedian. Brought on stage after a dare with his wife as to who was funnier, Henry quickly found out his wife is way funnier than him. And he admits to it. Freely. However, he persists going on stage largely to excise the beasts that he’s targeted in the pages of his three books and also in his long-standing magazine Chunklet. He recently self-released his first record called “Micro-Impressions Vol. 1” and is a five minute collection of his one-second impressions of bands ranging from AC/DC and Blonde Redhead to, well…you get the idea. Owings took his act on the road with The Gotobeds last year and couldn’t be discouraged from continuing his utter nonsense. And so here we are, watching a grown man, father, husband and labradoodle owner queef into a microphone and call it “comedy.” There you go, 2017, do your worst.

It should be added that Owings is currently the top selling artist in the long-dead Mini Disc market for 2017. His record “Micro-Impressions Vol. 1” has sold four copies. Then again, that was just at last count. It might be more by now.

Twilight Music Festival with Bardo Pond 7/30 along the scenic Schuylkill River!

1233 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131

The Twilight Music Festival is a summer long music series hosted by Parks on Tap Jr. Every Sunday from July 9th – August 27th, the mini beer garden will be set up from 4-9PM, at MLK Jr. Drive near the Dragon Boat Dock. Guests can sit back with a beer in hand to enjoy music from local artists along the scenic Schuylkill River. The festival is a fun way for Philadelphians to support the local music scene and our City’s green spaces. A portion of all proceeds benefits Philly’s parks!

Parks on Tap Jr. is a partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy and FCM Hospitality. Parks on Tap Jr. is a mini version of the Parks on Tap traveling beer garden that will be popping up at even more locations this summer!

Entrance to the festival is 21+. If you are under 21 you must be accompanied by your parent or legal guardian.


Bardo Pond was the flagship band of Philly’s “Psychedelphia” space rock movement, which also included the likes of Aspera, Asteroid No. 4, the Azusa Plane, and tangentially the Lilys. Hints of blues structure often cropped up, but Bardo Pond’s earliest roots lay with avant-garde noisemakers from the realm of free jazz and from New York’s no wave movement and downtown Knitting Factory scene. As their musicianship improved, the band gradually incorporated more traditional influences, but maintained their affinity for the outer fringes of music. Thus, their brand of space rock echoed not just genre staples like Hawkwind and Pink Floyd, but jam-happy Krautrockers (Amon Düül, Popol Vuh, Ash Ra Tempel, Guru Guru) and experimental indie heroes (Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and especiallySpacemen 3). With a steady stream of releases on Matador, the band stuck around long enough to draw comparisons to the spacier, noisier contingent of post-rockers, like Mogwai and Flying Saucer Attack. Underground psychedelic superstars for almost the last 20 years, Bardo Pond is Philly’s hometown epic psych band.

New LP ‘UNDER THE PINES’ coming out on Fire Records!


Announce New Album ‘Under The Pines
Out March 24th
Reveal First Single ‘Crossover’

 ““Crossover” matches sludgy Dinosaur Jr. guitar power with the glacial grandiosity of Black Mountain, as if Isobel Sollenberger is conjuring a thunderstorm with the sound of her voice and riding it across the heavens”Stereogum 

“One of underground rock’s most extraordinary enigmas” The Quietus

“They alter brain chemistry by the alchemical effect of distressed sound alone, aspiring to become engineers of the soul’s passage to alternate states of consciousness.”
Tony Dale (RIP), Ptolemaic Terrascope, 2001

So complex and substance-affected was their evolution, Bardo Pond have been creating their dreamy riffs for 26 years alongside a myriad of side projects and their prolific Record Store Day releases. Returning with a career defining album, ‘Under The Pines’ sees them delve into the subconscious with their transcending cosmic post-rock.

Over 41 minutes The Pond’s fermentation, their languid throb and textured groove (flute, violin, Isobel Sollenberger’s haunting vocals) sounds like cathartic dream pop wrapped in a delicately constructed barbwire shroud.

“Playing fuzzed out stuff of stoner dreams since the mid ‘90s,” (thanks Pitchfork) and beyond the mentions of free jazz, the avant garde, Sun Ra and The Book Of The Dead, Bardo Pond’s remarkable career and exemplary output has seen them gain fans from all corners of the pond. In 2010 Lou Reed and his wife Laurie Anderson invited them to perform at the Vivid festival they curated at the Sydney Opera House, not forgetting they were recently handpicked to support Jesus & Mary Chain at London’s Roundhouse as part of Mogwai’s 20th Anniversary and Stewart Lee chose them for the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival which he curated just last year.

Hailed for their space rock, drone, shoegaze, noise and/or psychedelia, and in a super lengthy interview in Ptolemaic Terrascope enthused (back in 2001) that they were somewhere between John Cage’s silence on 4’33 and Japanese noisenik Merzbow’s total ear splitting cacophony.

One of their finest albums to date and nearly three decades on, Bardo Pond are in it for the long haul and remain one of the most significant underground rock bands of our time.

Track list
1. Crossover
2. Out Of Reach
3. My Eyes Out
4. Moment To Moment
5. Under The Pines
6. Effigy

Pre-order link:

BARDO POND Chicago Oct 2016


Sun 10/9 w/Poison Arrows, William Fowler Collins & James Jackson Toth The Owl 2521 N. Milwaukee LOGAN SQUARE

Sat 10/8 appearing as ALUMBRADOS w/Poison Arrows, Mako Sica with Mark Shippy Burlington Bar 3425 W Fullerton Ave

It is an honor to play- Three Lobed Recordings’ Sweet Sixteen Spectacular!!!


Three Lobed Recordings is proud to present a daylong showcase to celebrate its sixteen improbable years of existence. Similar in scope and purpose to the Three Lobed day shows during Hopscotch at Kings, this show was organized as a loose celebration of all of the various sorts of sounds that the label has been associated with over the course of its existence.

Come out and enjoy a relaxed day of experimental music alongside some like-minded friends.

More details, exact schedule, etc. very soon. Tickets are currently on sale at the link above.

(Related note, if you are coming in from out of town and would be interested in seeing if we could put together a discounted hotel block at a local hotel [like the Raleigh downtown Sheraton, a few short walking blocks from Kings], please let us know. We have initially looked into the idea but had no idea what sort of demand there would be and didn’t know what size of a block to look into. Drop us a line if this is something that appeals to you…)