Semler ~ Isabel Pless

**All shows 21+—valid ID required** Doors: 7:00 PM Show: 7:30 PM SemlerSemler (Grace Baldridge, all pronouns), a queer singer-songwriter and content creator, has just announced their latest offering, Stages of a Breakdown out April 13th, 2022. The 5-song EP chronicles the saga of emotion following the demise of a pivotal relationship. This is not the first time Semler has rustled feathers through their strikingly honest and heartfelt music. Their February 2021 EP Preacher’s Kid, recorded independently and reaching over a million streams in the first few months, broke barriers when it rocketed to the #1 spot on the iTunes Christian music charts—making Semler the first openly queer artist to hold that position. In October 2021, Semler repeated the feat again rising to #1 – with their EP Late Bloomer. It racked up more than 250k Spotify streams in its first week, with double that on Apple Music.Semler’s bookends of Preacher’s Kid and Late Bloomer found humor, hurt, and healing at the intersection of queerness and faith and ignited grassroots support for the artist who began booking shows around the US – both headlining and sharing stages with Katie Pruitt and Relient K. Semler takes a leap of faith in questioning aspects of Christian culture and Christian responses to the LGBTQIA+ community through satire, love, and earnest feelings of hurt. Semler’s steady growth and candid songs & content have both touched a nerve and united a community, not to mention earned the attention of hundreds of thousands of listeners eagerly awaiting their next project.Stages of a Breakdown continues this momentum through a hard-hitting, brutally honest narrative of an EP. Over a two-week period in December 2021, Semler’s oldest friendship devolved into a total collapse because of anti-queer religious sentiment. Through the accusations, late-night text messages, and heartbreak, Semler wrote Stages… each song capturing a piece of what Semler felt during those two weeks.The first track “You’re Not My Friend,” released as a single with accompanying music video on April 1, 2022, is cathartic, tongue-in-cheek storytelling and sets the stage for the narrative to unfold. Next, “Don’t Tell Anyone” is a sultry, indie-pop bop written from Semler’s ex-friend’s perspective. “Twenties” then provides Semler’s response to that judgment and loss of love. The final tracks, “Raise Up” and “Outro,” narrate a resolution to the pain and find Semler once again searching for divinity amidst chaos. Pless

Brit Taylor ~ Christiana Benton

**All shows 21+—valid ID required** Doors: 7:00 PM Show: 7:40 PM Brit TaylorWhen hard times come calling, they don’t tap at the door to be invited in. They barge straight in and wreak havoc. Just ask Singer/Songwriter Brit Taylor who found her idyllic life suddenly turned upside down, and she was left in a downward spin. It was a new feeling and a scary one. But she called on her upbringing, her faith and her family for strength, and she dug herself out with grit and determination and music. Capturing life and pain with poetic ease and plain honesty is what the emerging Americana sensation does well. Brit writes and sings about what she lives, what she knows. Real Me, her debut album being released November 20, is a self-reflective, 10-song LP telling of a journey to self-awareness. The aptly titled album has a unique vulnerability that is both empathetic and empowering.Spotify | Instagram | YouTube | TikTokChristiana Benton

Jonny West ~ Francisco Martin ~ Fritz Hager ~ Allegra Miles

**All shows 21+—valid ID required**Doors: 7:00 PMShow: 7:30 PMJONNY WEST MARTINAfter his first-ever tour, and a clutch of well-received singles, Los Angeles-based, San Francisco-born pop singer-songwriter, and producer Francisco Martin realized he had an all-consuming yearning to be his authentic self in his music. To that end, he worked feverishly in his apartment at all hours of the night while facing complaints from the neighbors. He now emerges with his first true artistic statement, the 6-song EP, Manic, a bold collection of emotionally-raw pop-rock. Francisco first shot to fame with American Idol season 18 in 2020 where he placed Top 5. From there, he quickly released a few singles before embarking on a fall coast-to-coast tour. To date, Francisco has released several hit singles, including “Swollen,” which has amassed close to 8 million streams across all DSPS (6 million on Spotify). Manic was made during a three-month pause after Francisco was thrust in the public eye. It was created by Francisco and his co-producer/good friend Nick Sarpa in Francisco’s apartment studio setup. The release bursts with dynamic musicality such as stately balladry, cathartic, grungy aggression, catchy EDM, and moments of soulful serenity. Throughout the EP,  Francisco bravely shares personal reflections on mental health, relationships, angst, and human disconnection in the age of connection. HAGER MILESAllegra Miles is a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. Born in San Diego, she then spent 5 years living on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands before moving to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2014, and most recently, Los Angeles. At age 17, Allegra was a semi-finalist on NBC’s “The Voice,” season 18, finishing in the top 9. More recently, Allegra was a finalist on the 20th season of “American Idol,” where she performed her original music and received enthusiastic praise for her songwriting and artistry from the celebrity judges. Allegra has a distinct, recognizable sound that creates an atmosphere and makes you feel something. Her original music draws inspiration from soul, indie-alternative, R&B, and singer-songwriter styles. She has garnered a loyal fanbase in South Florida and around the world, and will be touring the US this fall and winter with songs from her upcoming EP. 

Pink Mountaintops ~ Ashley Shadow ~ Northern Breaks

*All events are 21+ valid ID required for entry*6:30 PM Doors7 PM ShowPINK MOUNTAINTOPSSince their 2004 self-titled debut, Pink Mountaintops have supplied an outlet for the more arcane fascinations of Black Mountain frontman Stephen McBean. On Peacock Pools—Pink Mountaintops’ first new music in eight years—the British Columbia-born singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist shares 12 songs sparked from his magpie-like curiosity for a wild expanse of cultural artifacts: the sci-fi body horror of David Cronenberg, Disney Read-Along Records from the 1970s, early Pink Floyd and mid-career Gary Numan, John Carpenter movies, Ornette Coleman live videos, a 1991 essay on the cult of bodybuilding by postmodern feminist Camille Paglia. Featuring counterculture icons like Steven McDonald of Redd Kross and Dale Crover of Melvins, Peacock Pools alchemizes those obsessions into a body of work with its own enchanting power, the sonic equivalent of falling down a thousand rabbit holes at once and landing somewhere gloriously strange. Pink Mountaintops’ fifth full-length and debut release for ATO Records, Peacock Pools took shape from a batch of songs McBean first pieced together in the early days of the pandemic. “I’d moved into this cool little ’50s rancher house outside L.A. and was just mucking about in my bedroom studio, and pretty soon I started reaching out to some friends who were also shacked up and craving broadband sonic collaboration,” he recalls. Over the coming months, McBean began working remotely with a stacked lineup of musicians from the indie-rock and psych-pop and garage-punk worlds, including drummer/pianist Joshua Wells (Destroyer, Black Mountain), violinist/vocalist Laena Myers-Ionita (Feels, Death Valley Girls), drummer Ryan Jewell (Riley Walker, Steve Gunn), vocalist Emily Rose Epstein (Ty Segall, Emily Rose & The Rounders), and keyboardist Jeremy Schmidt (Black Mountain, Sinoia Caves). Produced by McBean and mixed in Vancouver by former Skinny Puppy member Dave “Rave” Ogilvie (David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails), Peacock Pools also features several songs recorded live in L.A. with McDonald and Crover, ultimately forming Pink Mountaintops most eclectic and magnificently unpredictable album to date. ASHLEY SHADOWWith the release of her eponymous first record, Ashley Shadow has at long last taken centre stage after over a decade of valuable contributions to highly regarded, diverse musical acts. Though possessing a voice of crystal clear beauty, Ashley spent the first five years of her musical career playing bass guitar for rock-noir outfit The Organ before recording and/or touring with Bonnie Prince Billy, Pink Mountaintops and Lightning Dust. BREAKSFour old friends playing guitar music for the Philadelphia coast

Daniel Romano’s Outfit ~ Carson McHone

*All events are 21+ valid ID required for entry*7 PM Doors8 PM ShowDANIEL ROMANO’S OUTFIT After two years Daniel Romano’s Outfit are back on the road. Though a lot of time has passed since their last live performance, it certainly has not stopped their productivity in the studio. 2020 – 2021 brought in many studio projects including an ambitious 20 minute collaboration with drummer Danny Carey. Now back with their new album Cobra Poems you can expect a live mixture of old and new favourites done with The Outfit’s signature energetic and emotive form of rock and roll. CARSON MCHONE Carson McHone is a songwriter from Austin, Texas. Her new LP, produced by prolific Canadian musician Daniel Romano, is set to be released in early 2022 on Merge records in the US, and Loose Music in the UK and Europe. McHone’s last album, Carousel (Nine Mile Records/Loose Music), produced by Austin music scene veteran Mike McCarthy (known for his close partnership with Spoon as well as albums by Trail Of Dead, Patty Griffin, Heartless Bastards, and more), was selected by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the “Best Country and Americana Albums of 2018”.

Sean Nicholas Savage ~ Air Waves ~ Johnny Dynamite ~ Suburban Losers at Kung Fu Necktie

Sean Nicholas Savage’s Spring 2022 Life Is Crazy, the accurately titled new record from Sean Nicholas Savage, is unlike anything we’ve heard from the cult balladeer. No drums or bass on the album, the accompaniment consists strictly of pure piano and lush strings, leaving Savage’s songwriting bare to the listener like never before. “for a fresh direction here, i’ve attempted to reduce the focus to just songwriting and singing. particularly contemplative ballads, which through the years remain closest to my heart. i’ve aimed for a vocal spirit and energy that closely resembles my live performance, which is an integral part of my identity as an artist not always represented in my recorded work.” Life Is Crazy is a bold and attuned record. Conceived in his transition to theatre, it marks the dawn of a new era for SNS, and a long-awaiting return to the full-length LP format. This will be Savage’s first album release since completing a revered master-cassette trilogy – Magnificent Fist (2016), Yummycoma (2017), and Screamo (2018). Lyrically, Savage grapples with his signature themes of perception, identity, and the unknown, among others. While still abstract, the metaphors and subject matter are effortless and more inviting than ever before. New to Life Is Crazy is a narrative tone removed from time. “there is this thing on the album where i was trying to write to the future to an audience that doesn’t exist. you know, we’ve talked many times about how an audience is exponential, as we see what is niche or outsider today is often more popular tomorrow. there’s a lot of that in ‘years from tonight’ which really sums up how we never know those future versions of ourselves. Also the album closer ‘in the silence of the crowd’ depicts just how invisible that can feel. That resonates in a few of the other songs too so i thought it was a cool thing to touch on since it feels sometimes like the only hopeful glimmer these days.”AIR WAVESNicole first found solace in her guitar, composing escapist songs with fantastical stories and catchy choruses.  Air Waves serves up fantastic imagery with unforgettable melodies.  You will no doubt catch yourself, hours later, singing them.  Schneit writes the viral melodies that, neither sloppy nor generic, follow you through a day or two before you’re drawn back to listen to them again.JOHNNY DYNAMITE LOSERSSuburban Losers is a DJ team consisting of Wesley Bunch of Suburban Living & Michael Cammarata of Born Losers Records. They spin 70s / 80s post punk, new wave, and RnB.   In accordance with Philadelphia’s citywide mandate, attendees will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination for entry to all Dave Kiss Presents events. Please note that negative PCR / antigen test results will not be accepted. We ask that you bring your vaccination card, a copy of your vaccination card, or a legible photo of your vaccination card on your phone. Full vaccination must be completed at least 14 days prior to the date of the event. No refunds for the event if you are unable or unwilling to provide proof of vaccination.

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