Johnny Brenda's Presents

Cosmic Guilt

Friday, October 27
Doors: 8pm

*All events are 21+ valid ID required for entry*

8PM – Doors
9PM – Show


Cosmic Guilt is an extended family of musicians from Fishtown, Philadelphia. Founded in late 2019 by lead singer, James Everhart, after 6 years on the road as Low Cut Connie’s lead guitar player, The Guilt have merely existed as a recording project during the long quarantine of 2020 with only two sold out shows under their belts. As venues began to open in 2021, The Guilt hit the ground running with a string of sold out “debut” shows.

In May 2022, The Guilt released their first, self-titled album to great reception. The band spent their first year out of the pandemic performing with greats like White Denim, Father John Misty, Sharon Von Etten, Charlie Crocket, and Jenny Lewis. By the end of the year, “Cosmic Guilt” was named top 25 albums of 2022 by WXPN. Lead singles, “Cautious Lovers” and “Sun In Your Eyes” are lush folk orchestrations with Spaghetti Western and British influence – think Lee Hazelwood meets Fairport Convention.

“Queen of the Dream”, a folky electric jangler, is The Guilt’s latest single to promote their new record, “Palace of Depression”, set to be released in late 2023/ early 2024.

No one is doing it like Cosmic Guilt. Anywhere. Wrap yourself in it and let it give your zeal – guilt is for everyone.


In February 2023, 31-year-old Brittany Ann Tranbaugh (pronounced TRAN-baw) finally quit her office job to pursue a full-time music career. Though she began writing songs and playing gigs as a teenager, multiple bouts of creative and mental health struggles—culminating in a several years-long hiatus from music altogether in her mid-to-late 20s—prevented her from ever taking the full leap. Everything changed in 2021 when her longtime friend Jackson Emmer called her up and implored her to come out to Colorado and record her backlog of original songs with him. Tranbaugh hit the road and spent a week with Emmer in his home studio, resulting in Quarter Life Crisis Haircut, her comeback EP released in April 2022. Bouncing between witty sarcasm and heartbreaking vulnerability, the songs tackled a wide range of topics including her sixth grade queer awakening, an awkward run-in with an old acquaintance, and the impossibility of true folk music authenticity in our modern age. Listening back to the finished product, she began to feel the flickers of confidence again. 

In July 2022, Tranbaugh’s queer Americana heartbreaker “Kiss You” was awarded Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which came with a $20,000 cash prize. She used the money to fly her band out to Los Angeles to record five songs with Grammy-winning producer Tyler Chester (Madison Cunningham, Margaret Glaspy, Watkins Family Hour), which proved to be a life-affirming trip. In March 2023, Tranbaugh released the first song from this new batch, the exuberant long-distance-relationship anthem “Can’t Wait No Rush.” Listeners can expect three more singles this summer and a self-titled EP in the fall. The new songs showcase Tranbaugh in her new era: energetic, self-assured, surrounded by her beloved musical community, and more commanding as a vocalist and writer than ever before.

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