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Bee Vs. Moth Upcoming Release, Tour Dates

The completely undefinable group ("weirdo instrumental rock" according to the band themselves) Bee vs. Moth (who tell the story of boy meets guitar in this vid) have announced their tour dates in support of their second release, Acronyms, due out September 6th on the Aggraveire Music label. Because you're in Austin, though, you don't have to wait - you can catch them next Thursday the 19th at Club de Ville, along with Darling New Neighbors and the Sad Accordions

(photo by Aubrey Edwards)


10/01    Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine's 
10/02    Columbia, MO @ The Blue Fugue
10/05    Lake Villa, IL @ Swing State
10/07    Chicago, IL @ Reggie's 
10/09    Denton, TX @ Andy's Bar


Light Pollution on LaundroMatinee

This week Light Pollution appeared on My Old Kentucy Blog’s live music site LaundroMantinee. You can download the mp3’s from the session here.

Light Pollution performs at Schubas on August 25th with Casiokids.


Album Review: Idiots - TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb

So I blame my trip to Europe for not bringing this to you earlier. TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb’s Idiots most likely got buried under our backed-up mail when we came back. That’s why it was nice to find it personally delivered to our mailbox again wrapped in a brown paper bag with multiple pictures of a very attractive naked brunette. We still have the bag. :o) Thank you TJ Kong (a.k.a. Dan Bruskewicz)! Back to Idiots - it’s a fuckin’ foot-stompin’ rockin’ good time! Kong’s cigarette and whiskey stained vocal chords ring out lyrics creating perfect cinematic moments that play out like a Bukowski adventure that ends with a mystical drunken prophet bellowing wisdom or madness at you during last call. Dan Martino’s drumming and Joshua Willis’ standup bass work are tight and explosive. And while Kong’s music might sound like it is cut from the tapestry of some familiar American music history, you do find him experimenting on his recordings with noise and samples (probably to try and recreate the sounds from his last mescaline adventure). Idiots is a fitting soundtrack to an evening where the alcohol flows like water. While I enjoy the darker, rockin’ tracks like “Can’t Come Back” and “Photograph Waltz” best, the more radio-friendly tunes like “Everyone We Know”, which was created to induce spontaneous sing-alongs, and “Not Enough Time in the Day”, which should probably be an XPN favorite, standout as well. I might have also found my new mantra. “My mind is like an ocean, and I got seaweed on the brain.” You should definitely grab a copy of Idiots if this sounds like something you’re into. - Q.D. Tran




Come to the Dark Side w/Grimace Federation at KFN Aug. 12

The ever evolving Grimace Federation are headlining Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Generally, they’re known for experimental post rock the likes of Tortoise, but with Wes Schwartz’s and Chris Woods’ growing interest in metal shows, expect a darker, harder-edged sound as they get set to release a new album this fall/winter. I would definitely consider this band one of the many highlights of the Philly music scene that tends to push the boundaries of the “Philly sound” and create something exciting and new. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, 21+ - Adam G.




From The Deli’s Open Blog: Ground Up Reaches Higher Ground

Featured on G4TV, Ground Up just released their newest mixtape, Higher Ground (DOWNLOAD). Ground Up is a hip-hop trio based out of North Philadelphia. The group is made up of Azar and Malakai, two MC’s and a producer, Bij Lincolns (Alex Azar, Malcolm McDowell and Bijan Houshiarnejad). Azar and Malcolm met in the summer of 2008. They shared a love of rapping and the spoken word as well as a strong desire to change the sad state of the music industry; particularly hip-hop. With the help of Bij Lincolns’ musical prowess, Ground Up was formed. With a host of mixtapes and an exponentially growing fan base, the group took their show on the road; scheduling shows at Pittsburgh, West Virginia University, Rutgers University, and West Chester to name a few. Integrating gritty beats, witty wordplay, and a raucous environment, Ground Up has packed nearly every venue and has turned the heads of even non-hip-hop listeners. (From The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and MP3s here.)