We have a pair of tickets to giveaway for what is sure to be a rager this Friday at Underground Arts. Vacationer is returning with their Nude Beach party, and they've brought along Body Language and Night Panther for everyone to get their grind on. To enter for a chance to win, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Calgon, Take Me Away!” Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good Luck! (Photo by Nicky Digital)
It really doesn’t seem that long ago when Dreambook’s demos first surfaced piquing my interest. And now, this evening at Kung Fu Necktie, the shoegaze quartet, consisting of Jim Anderson, Joe Grogan, Rachel Wetzel and Brian Ziprin, will be celebrating the release of their debut full-length album Only Shadows that you’ll have your choice of multi-colored pressings to grab. The group’s textured walls of sound are lovingly captured on their first effort, with the rise and fall of aggressive, distorted guitars pushing and pulling at your body, seductively drawing you deeper and deeper into the band’s cavernous embrace. There really is no need to try and resist. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Alexis V.
Here's a new in-studio video of DRGN KING performing their song "Looking At You," which is off their debut LP Paragraph Nights, for the Brighton Sound Sessions. You can catch them headlining tomorrow night at Kung Fu Necktie. Enjoy!
I first learned about Cookie Rabinowitz’s “4-eyed soul” through their hilarious cartoon shorts. I’m still waiting for them to get picked up by Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. Have they been picked up yet? I don’t have cable so I might be a little behind. Well, it was hinted a while back by the group’s drummer Schoolly D backstage at a Philebrity event (who should have some connects with the network because of his work with Aqua Teen Hunger Force). Well, the crew just dropped a new track called “Underground” (below) that’s a bit more serious and straightforward than what I’m used to, but the song still has some of that sweet “4-eyed soul.” You can hear it as well as my/our older favorites at Ortlieb’s tonight. Ortlieb’s Lounge, 847 N. 3rd St., 8pm, $5, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman
Below is a new single from local dream-pop duo Lockets called "Surrender" that is available for free download. The track will appear on their forthcoming 7" vinyl, which will be released via London-based indie label Beautiful Strange. They'll be performing next in Philly on Sunday, May 12 at Johnny Brenda's opening for Twin Sister.
It’s been a bit quiet in the Creepoid camp lately with only a handful of shows in the last few months. However, all that is about to change with the return of guitarist Pete Joe Urban from San Antonio, TX, where he’s been living for the last year while his girlfriend finished up her graduate studies. The band has also returned to its original four-piece lineup with the amicable departure of lap steel guitarist Jeff White. Creepoid has a new self-titled album that is due out this summer, but you can hear some of the new tunes tonight when the group opens for Seattle’s Night Beats. Also on the bill are Philly’s own noisy acid rockers Harsh Vibes. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Alexis V.
It’s the first Tuesday of May, and that means it’s the beginning of a new cycle for Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA. This month Philly-based music blog YVYNYL (a.k.a. Mark Schoneveld) will be curating the series. While Schoneveld has recently decided to take a break from blogging for life reasons, his passion for music will always go way beyond any website. Tonight YVYNYL will be bringing you a doubleheader that will start off with the infectious jangly indie pop of Austin transplants Literature and closing out the music portion of the evening is the emotive noise-pop project from Everyone Everywhere’s Matt Scottoline, Hurry. There will also be the screening of a “secret” film that Scottoline has chosen so you’ll just have to show up to find out what it is. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $5, All Ages (Hurry Photo by Allison Newbold) - H.M. Kauffman
Dangerous Ponies have certainly put a serious amount of miles on their tour van this spring spreading the goodness that is their latest EP Tenderheart, which was The Deli Philly’s April Album of the Month. With new bassist Andy Black (formerly of Nicos Gun) solidified as part of their happy music family, the band is ready to lay down more of their new material with Headroom’s Joe Reinhart for another release. Well, all that takes time, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their infectious tunes tonight at The Barbary for Tigerbeats. Feel young foreva, and dance your Monday night away! The Barbary, 951 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $5, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman