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Cool Points

Cool Points Staying True at Everybody Hits March 21

Cools Points have been staying true to their namesake, and gaining some for the past couple of years by playing badass basement shows and touring with the likes of Mumblr, Amanda X, and Bleeding Fractals. And the DIY outfit has also been gaining ears by playing fast-paced noise-punk anthems like Crucial Turds and Not Your Bro. Tonight's show at Everybody Hits will be business as usual for the hard-hitting four-piece. It will be headlined by shoegaze-y four-piece Ghost Gum, and will also feature the newest punk-pop project from Dangerous Ponies expats Chrissy Tashjian, Kyle Pulley, and Mike Tashjian, Thins Lips. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 7PM, $5, All Ages - Bill McThrill 

Mannequin Pussy - Your Remedy for the Mondays at Hazard Hall Dec. 1

The beginning of the week can drag; however, Hazard Hall has a remedy this evening. Mannequin Pussy taps into multiple levels of sound. The trio can lay out there with an unveiled agitated punk release, or lay back somewhat sweetly, stacking up the grit in a controlled yet forceful grunge-injected melody that's half bubbly and half volatile. That ability to sit back and/or setup at opportune moments illustrates the band’s conscious powerful sense of dynamics. Thin Lips, an offshoot of Dangerous Ponies featuring Kyle Pulley bookended by Chrissy Tashijans, supply excellent riff-centric tunes as Tashijans finds a comfortable spot, distinctly delivering lyrics that you’ll naturally sing along to. Cool Points mesh the threshold of pop-punk and noise adding a menacing undercurrent that coldly cuts. Cincinnati, Ohio’s lo-fi, dream-punk three-piece equation Leggy round out this Monday special. Hazard Hall, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 7pm, All Ages (Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk) - Michael Colavita

“Real Halloween Party” at Toby’s Purgatory Oct. 31

It’s gonna be a punk Halloween tonight at Toby’s Purgatory, featuring locals only that represent a variety of sounds from the genre in the city. Adding a refreshing female voice to the scene is Cool Points’ Jill Mallon. She leads the noise-rock crew with a straightforward sass and aggression that will charm your pants off, but she’s definitely “not your bro”! Cool Points will be joined by headliners Mumblr, who are pulling double duty, warming up earlier in the night at TJ Kong’s Halloween Murder Show. You’ll also find antagonistic punks Cousin Brian stirring up trouble while we patiently wait for the follow-up to their debut LP First. Rounding out the bill will be hardcore outfit Disinterest and pop-punkers Cold Foamers. Get sweaty, and celebrate at the “Real Halloween Party” the right way - fast and loud. Toby’s Purgatory, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 6pm, All Ages - Emily DiCicco

A Triad of Promising Locals in Albondigas, Marge & Cool Points at Golden Tea House Feb. 2

Tonight, The Guild presents an evening of music at Golden Tea House featuring a triad of promising local acts. Pop-punk quartet Albondigas offer rambunctiously loose (dare I say) playful songs that provide for a catchy advantageously energetic atmosphere. Speaking of playful, get acquainted with the female foursome of Marge. Intermingling open-book lyrics delivered in twee-fashioned layered with decidedly low-key bass groove-driven instrumentation, the band creates movement while focusing the spotlight on its words. Sharing a sense of lyrical honesty while demonstrating an opposing musical approach, noise-punks Cool Points unleash assertive artillery-style instrumentation, paired with Jill Mallon’s forthright vocals. A pair of Brooklyn-based rock groups with a sprinkling of punk tendencies in Adult Dude and female-fronted quartet Chumped round out the bill. Golden Tea House, (Please email goldenteahouse42069@gmail.com or booking@guildshows.com for more info.), 7:30pm, $5 - $7, All Ages - Michael Colavita


Tuesday Tune-Out w/Cool Points at PhilaMOCA Aug. 6

It’s the first Tuesday in August, which also means there will be a changing of the guard at PhilaMOCA’s Tuesday Tune-Out. This evening and for the rest of the month will be curated by Maggot House Records. Coming along for the ride tonight is a young group called Cool Points, who is led by the impressive, disenchanted vocals of Jill Mallon and only has released two tracks that remain heavy in my rotation. I’m really looking forward to hearing more in the future from these local noise-punks - hopefully sooner than later. They’ll be opening for aggressive emo outfit Bleeding Fractals. There will also be a screening of My Basement is a Shithole, a Temple University student documentary that surfaced a few months back. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $5 Donation, All Ages - Alexis V.


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