Goodnight Lights
Johnny Brenda's Presents

Goodnight Lights

Goodnight Lights
Spelling Reform
La Palma
Ages 21+
Goodnight Lights with Spelling Reform & La Palma at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia
  • 8PM - Doors
  • 9PM - La Palma
  • 10PM - Spelling Reform
  • 11PM - Goodnight Lights


Philadelphia’s Goodnight Lights has been described as “fractured pop specialists” by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Their sound is rich with catchy melodies fused with an aggressive wall of driving guitars and pummeling drums. The band has received critical praise from a number of publications, including WXPN’s “The Key,” “The Big Takeover,” “The Vinyl District,” and “Origivation Magazine,” among others.

"Goodnight Lights continue to sharpen its musical voice with well crafted songwriting, sparkling harmonies, smart melodies and excellent guitar playing..." –Bruce Warren, WXPN & The Key Music Blog

"Some of my favorite bands were finally smashed together in one…The Velvet Underground, The Pixies, The Stooges, Radiohead and The Arcade Fire. Goodnight Lights concocts a sound that channels these influences in a versatile yet original way. Innovative." –Jennifer Koch, Origivation Magazine

Goodnight Lights has shared the stage with the likes of Metric, Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits), Ex Cops, Royal Teeth, and Leagues, to name a few.

The band is preparing to release their sixth studio album later this year. You can listen to Goodnight Lights on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, CD Baby, and Amazon.


The 2016 release of No One’s Ever Changed should have been a watershed moment for Philadelphia indie rock/power pop band Spelling Reform. The debut album, recorded with Joe Reinhart (guitarist for Hop Along), garnered coverage from Consequence of Sound and American Songwriter and drew comparisons to Wilco, Pixies and Guided by Voices.  

But the band’s founding guitarist, Andrew Ciampa, had announced his intentions to leave the band following the album’s release. For live shows, the group toiled to rework its already-lean new songs for a three-piece lineup or teach them to temporary guitarists. And not long after, lead singer/songwriter Dan Wisniewski experienced the deaths of five family members and close friends in nine months. It was amid these events that Wisniewski’s new songs — with telling titles like “There Is No More Future,” “Feel Unwell” and “All the Fun Parts Sanded Off” — began to take shape.

Those tunes and more make up Stay Inside, Spelling Reform’s second full-length album, released in April 2019 on Black Rd Records. On the album, Wisniewski and his bandmates (drummer Mark Rybaltowski, bassist Tom Howley and new keyboardist Jim Gannon) stretch out on 10 introspective and quiet-loud missives and character studies. Recorded with Kyle Pulley (bassist for Thin Lips), Stay Inside represents a musical maturation for the band, with longer songs, more choruses and more synthesizer.

And Wisniewski (with his love-’em-or-hate-’em nasally vocals) perhaps unsurprisingly turns his gaze far from the relationship-tinged works the band has been known for to deliver a set of contemplative and idiosyncratic songs. “I wanted to get away from judgmental, finger-pointing songs,” said Wisniewski. “They started to feel unfair, unnecessarily mean and just kind of petty.”

Instead, Wisniewski explores his relationship with chronic illness (“Feel Unwell”) and sideyes organized religion (“The Second Coming”). His characters bemoan the wrong kind of apocalypse (“There Is No More Future”) and the giddy feeling of reinventing yourself (“Fog Shrugged Off”).

And even on songs that address toxic masculinity (first single “(I’m Believing) The Same Thing)”, famous American explorers (“Meriwether Lewis on the Divide”) and Midwestern architectural masterpieces (“The Chicago Board of Trade”), the tunes reflect Wisniewski’s new perspective on his place in the world. “I am not something new,” Wisniewski sings on “The Chicago Board of Trade.” “I’m living in the most common way.”


La Palma is a musical duo of Chris Walker and Tim Gibbon, based out of Washington DC and Philadelphia. Their self-titled 2019 debut album weaves together kaleidoscopic layers melody, rhythm, and found sounds. Working between two cities, the self-produced and self-released album was created correspondence-style, passing recordings back and forth to build textured compositions that glean from everyday sounds and experiences, steeped in beachy psych-pop and indie folk. The two multi-instrumentalist/vocalists originally met years prior in DC's music scene, while playing with the bands Kittyhawk and Let's French.

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