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Eastern Conference Champions to take over Spaceland residency

Eastern Conference Champions by Clay Patrick McBride

Spaceland's Monday night residency has become the stuff of legends, attracting some of LA's best, including recent stints from Helen Stellar and Saint Motel. This time it's Angelenos-by-way-of-Pennsylvania Eastern Conference Champions who will be taking the stage for the month of September.

Eastern Conference Champions leans towards a more introspective and melancholy version of Modest Mouse, and their twist on the theme works perfectly. The band released their EP, Santa Fe, last year sans former record label Suretone/Universal and have been loving the self control ever since. Their follow-up fill length, Speak-Ahh, is slated for release this fall.

Their Monday night Spaceland shows are free, and to keep you busy with something a little different, they're sharing their song 'Bloody Bells (M. Zero Break Mix)'.


The Dude Hates Cancer Afterparty at JB’s Aug. 28

Nihilists, Jackie Treehorn, and keeping Walter in line aren’t the only things that The Dude has a problem with. Because for another year Tim Maxwell and his friends, the people behind The Dude Hates Cancer, are organizing an epic bowling tournament that donates it proceeds towards spreading awareness and finding a cure for leukemia and lymphoma. But as soon as the final pin hits the ground, it’s time to take the show over to Johnny Brenda’s for The Dude’s afterparty. Headlining are the funk, soul brothers Swift Technique who have been busy hitting the road, and are doing double duty today since they’ll also be playing Temple University’s Welcome Back Week at the Liacouras Center with Wale. Also on the lineup is modern indie folk extraordinaires Oso who will be bringing their melodic and soulful pop tunes to the stage. Jeremy Hollis, who has been a regular of The Dude Hates Cancer After Party in some capacity or another, will bring his elaborate songs to the stage. And rounding out the lineup will be Philly Folk Parader’s The Spinning Leaves, who most recently earned some praise for their performance at this year’s Philadelphia Folk Festival. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford St., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill

The National Rifle CD Release Party at KFN Aug. 28

The National Rifle have always been one for breaking big in a DIY Fashion. Some of their biggest shows have been within the confines of loft parties, billiard halls, and venues like Danger Danger Gallery. But their music and artistic style has always been delivered in ways that go beyond the typical DIY aesthetic, and there newest album Vanity Press does so in ways that their ambitious albums of the past haven’t. “Jazz History of the World” hammers out pounding drums, impressive piano work, and sounds like Morrissey with more of a punk rock edge. Meanwhile “She’s a Waste” has the ska influence of The Clash dished out on amped up synthesizers. An album this enjoyable deserves a memorable celebration, and that’s exactly what the band plans to do at Kung Fu Necktie tonight before they set out on a huge September tour. Thanks to Makeshift Media everyone in attendance will also have a shot at beings a part of The National Rifle’s next music video. If that’s not reason enough to attend, then the Goodnight Lights will give you more with their hook laden catchy indie anthems that have become even more ambitious since their last album Electric Spark was released. Also on tap to play is The New Connection who will be bringing their melodic craftsmanship. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7:30pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill

Big Art Show at Pterodactyl Aug. 28

First and foremost the Big Art Show is a celebration of original works of art. It gives you the chance to view unique pieces and screen prints from local artists, and even purchase some items. But as an added attraction, it manages to host some pretty exciting concerts, and since partnering up with Pterodactyl, they have been able to put together some pretty sweet lineups. The Great Vibration will be bringing their mad soulful crooning skills and piano laden pop rock sensibilities to the show, while pop folk newcomers Flat Mary Road will be entertaining the crowd with songs like “Saving the Stray Bird”. The melodic sibling songbirds of Philly, Sisters 3, will be playing the pretty indie folk from their album Star Spangled. Maybe they can collaborate with the brothers Murphy of Penrose, who will be rockin’ the crowd with their classic rock guitar hooks and drum beats. And finally exciting band on the rise, CowPals, will be previewing songs from their upcoming full length. So get ready for the “Hot as Hell Party”! Pterodactyl, 3237 Amber St., FL 5N, 8pm, $5, 21+ - Bill McThrill

Weekend Warrior, August 27 - 29

The weather is going to be fanfuckintastic this weekend (finally)! And as we come towards the end of summer, I’m sure a lot of people are heading out of town for your last chance to hit the beach. Good! Because while you’re heading back in traffic from the Jersey Shore on Sunday after your weekend of watching “The Situation” and “Snookie” wannabes fighting and doing body shot off of each other, we’ll be eating and drinking as much as humanly possible at the Black Landlord 2nd Annual BBQ while watching Maxx and the crew battle it out with the Philly Roller Girls in volleyball as well as listening to kick ass acts like our hosts, Bardo Pond, Gildon Works, Ben Dickey and Drew Mills of Blood Feathers, BC Camplight, Naked Hearts and many more. Hehe…we wonder if Black Landlord will have their suits on for the game. If you’ve ever been to one of their live performance, then you know Maxx isn’t afraid to go skins, but obviously, we’d prefer the honors going to the Philly Roller Girls. We went to the inaugural event last year and thought that it was pretty damn awesome, and this year actually looks even better so we already have our wet naps ready for some juicy ribs. It’s also for a good cause (The SalvationArmy Foster Care Program) so if you’re not at the Festival Pier for MMJ, then we better see you drunk, full and getting’ down at the Uke Club! Uke Club, 847 N. Franklin St., 12pm, $25, All Ages
If you have to go indoors, here are some places to chill…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Arc in Round and Busses, SAT The Dude Hates Cancer Benefit Afterparty w/ Swift Technique, Oso, The Spinning Leaves, SUN The Mural & The Mint
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Live Not On Evil, SAT The National Rifle Album Release w/ The New Connection and Goodnight Lights
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Common Enemy, SAT The Groovement, Flux Capacitor, High Kick
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Spirit and Dust
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Goodnight Lights
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI Organ Blues, SAT Pet Primitive and Kitten Disaster
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Pissed Jeans and Hot Guts
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Gillian Grassie
Highwire Gallery (2040 Frankford Ave.) SAT Birds of Maya
Pterodactyl (3237 Amber St.) SAT Big Art Show w/ Grandchildren, Oh! Pears, Cheers Elephant
Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) SAT Variety Show featuring Oh! Pears
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN Animus
The Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Philadelphia Slick
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI New Pony
Pubb Webb (1527 Cecil B. Moore) FRI The Lawsuits
Liacouras Center (1776 N. Broad St.) SAT Swift Technique