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The Weeds LIVE at Pterodactyl Aug. 13

The Weeds don’t play out as often as they should, but you can’t blame Emily Ana Zeitlyn for being a good mother. Zeitlyn, sister to K Record’s Mirah, surely leans the scale towards nature in the “nature vs. nurture battle” proving that musical talent must be in the genes (well, in this case). Her wispy vocals captivate with a lilt of vulnerability as her poetic lyrics cut deep into the surface of true human emotion. With assistance on bass and in production from local music veteran and multi-instrumentalist Devin Greenwood, The Weeds create haunting compositions whether floating in the ethereality of “Poison” or diving into the indie rock goodness of “Sad Helena”.  They’ll be helping Pterodactyl celebrate the closing of Mystic Monsters, a collaboration between Pat Aulisio and Adam Fergurson, in the main gallery and the opening of Our Improbable Existence, an exhibition of recent drawings, paintings and photographs by Michigan artist Amy Sacksteder, in the new side gallery. The Weeds will be joined by my favorite “Paki-not-indie” urban cowboys Sunny Ali & the Kid. Pterodactyl, 3237 Amber St. - 5th Floor, 8pm, $5 donation, All Ages - Q.D. Tran
 

 

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False Profit

Southside’s He.llsent is back with his second album, False Profit, which will be released on August 17th through Galapagos4. When asked about the themes on the album He.llsent had this to say, “The rap game is all about money and illusions. False Profit is a glimpse behind all the smoke and mirrors.” He doesn’t pull any punches, this album filled with fire, pride, and fierce beats. The beats on the album come mainly from Max, as well as contributions by Fifth Element, DJ Alo, and Loose Cannon. My favorite track from the album is “For The City”. It processes that fire, but leaves the listen with a positive message that it will be alright.

The release event for False Profit will take place on August 18th at Subterranean and feature He.llsent, Robust, Max, Mad C & Dallas Jackson.

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Blow Up Hollywood's quiet explosion- Live at Rockwood on September 08

Blow Up Hollywood is one of the first bands The Deli covered in print in 2004, and 6 years later we can hardly find anything in common with the art-rock they delivered at the time. Co-founder Steve Messina and multi-instrumentalist Rich Kern created the music for the new album "Take Flight" as a soundtrack for the documentary “Mustang – Journey of Transformation,” using exclusively analogue synths. The soundtrack retains and enhances the meditation-inducing mood that's at the core of the movie, which stars the Dalai Lama and was shot in the Kingdom of Mustang in Nepal, one of the last places on earth that Tibetan culture is allowed to thrive. Call it ambient music or music for films, this is music that can be enjoyed even in NYC - in particular when the need for relaxation kicks in. Blow Up Hollywood will play live at Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen, Manhattan) on September 08.

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Scissor Sisters' new video + play Terminal 5 on 08.24-25

Check out the new Scissor Sisters video of the song "Any Which Way". The band will start an extensive tour in support of their third album "Night Work". NYC dates will be at Terminal 5 on August 24 and 25.

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The Armchairs Celebrate Debut Release at JB’s Aug. 13

Congrats go out to The Armchairs for being the newest band to be a part of the Punk Rock Payroll family and finally releasing their debut album! (We know that they ran into plenty of obstacles along the way.) And if you had the chance to catch them on commentator duty when The Extraordinaires unveiled their homage to Philly sports at the Blockley Pourhouse a few weeks back, then you know that they already fit right in. Friday the 13th isn't going to be that unlucky for The Armchairs thanks to their CD release party for the band's long-awaited album Science & Advice, which you can listen to in full on their website. They'll be once again joined by new family members The Extraordinaires, who will likely find a way to inaugurate them into the fold. The group has soared to new heights since releasing their latest album Electric and Benevolent, which is a ten track abstract biography of a mad genius, and comes with his hand written journal to match. And with a most excellent new lineup backing Jay Purdy and Matt Gibson, they are ready to conquer the world or at least freak some people out. Both acts are set to hit the road on extensive tours very soon. Rounding out the lineup are Nintendo-powered freestyle jazz masters Agent Moosehead and the breathy, upbeat folk of Frances Quinlan’s Hop Along. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Tiffany Yoon) - Bill McThrill

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