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The Morning Benders tour with Broken Bells and The Black Keys

The Morning Benders are following up their recent US tour with more touring. Since the release of their sophomore album Big Echo in early March, they have been on the road non-stop headlining in several US cities. Beginning May 18th, they can be playing to sold out audiences in the US and Canada with Broken Bells and in July and August with The Black Keys. Additionally, Rough Trade Records will be introducing Big Echo in late June to audiences in the UK, Europe and Australia just in time to help promote, you guessed it, a European tour in the fall. Pack light fellas.

-Nicole Leigh


Hosannas Album Release Show Sunday at Mississippi Studios!!!


Hosannas (formerly Church) will being celebrating the drop of their new album Now and Then - released on Hush Records - this Sunday, May 9th at Mississippi Studios a full two days before its official release. 

The band will be sure to please listeners with their off-the-cuff pop musical musings as they pounce forward with their second release. The principle songwriters of the outfit - who also happen to be brothers Brandon and Richard Laws - are cited as growing up listening to the Beach Boys and Kraftwerk. These influences seem to hold true, though do not restrain their songwriting talent.

You can download the track "Happiness" from their new LP here. The track spins a happy keyboard hook around a race track of energized percussion, as the vocals anchor the experience with a core value of pop sensibility.

The show is a meager $6 and starts at 9 p.m. Opening is the mind-bogglingly cool Tu Fawning, and Deli Portland band of the month nominee Ah Holly Fam'ly! What a deal!

- Joel Sommer


Mose Giganticus (That’s What She Said) at DDG May 8

Keytar God Mose Giganticus recently became the newest acquisition of Relapse Records. His upcoming release Gift Horse is going to feature a heavy hitting sound. Being no stranger to touring, Mose is ready to pack up the vegetable oil powered van and hit the road before the albums release. And tonight’s show at Danger Danger Gallery will be the tour’s kick-off party. The Robot Rocker may even be set to do double duty if the chance arises because another project that he’s been heavily involved with, Hulk Smash, will take the stage with their rampaging barrage of gamma-rayed tunes. The group recently put out an impressive release in Jeer, and took part in PiLam’s “Two Piece Fest”. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., $5 - $10 donation, All Ages (Photo by Laura Webb) - Bill McThrill



Younglove’s Uber-fun Official Grand Opening Party May 8

Younglove specializes in new, underground and hard-to-find vinyl, used slabs of wax, vintage men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, magazines, and vintage music gear. It has been the next door neighbor of the Danger Danger Gallery for a little bit now, but today they will be hosting their official “grand opening” party. Photographer/actress/musician Molly Landergan will be showing her photographic works titled Still Looking which “blurs the border between waking and sleep, public and private”. You may know Landergan from her onscreen debut in Oddsac, the recent collaboration between local director Danny Perez and Animal Collective. She’ll be joined by some of Philly’s finest experimental lo-fi adventurists, U.S. Girls, Serpents of W.I.S.D.O.M. and Akasha Blade. They’ll be performing from 7 - 9pm “amidst the murky, dreamlike images of themselves” as captured by Landergan. You’ll also be treated to some FREE tasty BBQ food (vegetarian, meatatarian and vegan) grilled by a crew of Badmaster all-stars as well a keg and fancy adult drinks from their wet bar. This definitely sounds uber-fun! The event also coincides with “West Philly’s 2nd Saturday Craft Fair” hosted by VIX Emporium and Satellite Café so it looks like you have a good reason to hand out all day and night on the other side of the Schuykill River. Younglove, 5011 Baltimore Ave., 5pm, FREE, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman



Schoolly D Opening for Aqua Teen Hunger Force at The Troc May 8

When it comes down to it, Aqua Teen Hunger Force are “#1 in the Hood G”, and if you’re a fan then that’s why you’re probably scrambling to see the show’s creators put on a live performance at The Troc tonight. But Frylock, Meatwad and Grand Master Shake wouldn’t have received that timeless moniker if it wasn’t for our local “Godfather of Gangsta Rap”, Schoolly D, who will be opening the evening. Along with the show’s theme, expect him to dish out his latest single “Family Affair”, and some songs from his upcoming album International Supersport! The Troc, 1003 Arch St., 8pm, $24, All Ages (Photo by Jonene Taddel) - Bill McThrill



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