The Minus 5
Johnny Brenda's Presents

The Minus 5

The Minus 5
Summer Fiction
Ages 21+
The Minus 5 with Summer Fiction at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia

7PM Doors

8PM Summer Fiction

9PM The Minus 5


The Minus 5 continues to be one rickety roadster driven by Scott McCaughey, often with Peter Buck as co-pilot, amidst countless other more talented friends. The so-called supergroup started with 1994’s Old Liquidator, through a 2003 collaboration with Wilco (Down With Wilco). his ode to Portland (2009’s Killingsworth), an all-new five-record set in 2014 called Scott The Hoople In The Dungeon Of Horror, and holiday outing Dear December in 2017. In November 2017 Scott suffered a stroke while on tour with Alejandro Escovedo and The Minus 5, thus quite nearly pulling the plug on life and big-time rock career. Thanks to the help of friends, family and fans, Scott spent 2018 recovering, and gradually making his way back to playing music. It’s a work in progress.

This spring comes Stroke Manor, the 13th (?) long player under the Minus 5 moniker, once again on Yep Roc Records. The record was started in words scrawled over the long stay in a San Francisco ICU, and eventually put to music in the Dungeon Of Horror back in Portland.

2019 will bring more new McCaughey (pronounced “McCoy”) music with Young Fresh Fellows, Filthy Friends, The No Ones, Arthur Buck, as well as The Minus 5. Accompanying Scott on this short tour (culminating with a performance at Wilco’s prestigious Solid Sound Festival), will be Baseball Project’s Linda Pitmon, Mike Mills of Baseball Project and R.E.M. fame, and fellow Young Fresh Fellow Kurt Bloch.


From his start as a low-fi cult artist in the early aughts to his current band Summer Fiction, Bill Ricchini has been releasing music to critical acclaim for well over a decade. SPIN Magazine called 2015's full length Himalaya, "Brian Wilson melodic levity meets Johnny Marr guitar jangle, effortlessly engaging.” Recorded in the UK at Manchester’s Eve Studios it features “the Big Star meets The La’s power pop of “Perfume Paper,” the Pet Sounds carousel of “Lauren Lorraine,” and the Costello meets Bacharach balladry of "Religion of Mine.” In the tradition of great pop tune smiths, Ricchini's songs examine ways of the human heart with honesty, elegance and hooks galore. Summer Fiction's follow-up LP is scheduled for a late 2019 release.

“Charmingly catchy heartache meets sun-kissed disenchantment.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Wistfully demur on the surface, delving into matters of the heart with an icy pair of forceps, leaving all manner of collateral damage in its wake. ” – Magnet

“Brilliant 60′s-esque AM pop.” – New York Magazine

“Lovely, bookish songs.” – Vogue

Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125