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Sarah VonderHaar @ Schubas

The album from the lovely Sarah VonderHaar is called P.D.L. Some of few (maybe one of you) might recognize Sarah from season eight of America's Next Top Model, but don’t let that distract from her music. P.D.L. is a four track ep that was recorded at three different studios, and is pure pop rock. If you are looking for a better description of Sarah’s sound look at the shows sponsor, the tween site Girl 360. The first track from the ep is called “Howling at The Moon” and is a filled jazz undertones.

VenusZine is currently running a contest that could net you two tickets to her release show on 9/2 at Schubas and a professional photo shoot.


Get Sweaty w/Pissed Jeans and Hot Guts at DDG Aug. 27

With its splotchy, smoke-stained walls, eccentric fixtures, and air choked with stale beer and rutted noise, it seems only right that Philly’s crude hardcore kings, Pissed Jeans, and deathrock purveyors Hot Guts would play West Philly’s maverick house venue, Danger Danger Gallery, together tonight. Add in Seattle’s garage punk vicars Unnatural Helpers, and it’s like three fiercely hectic and ear assaulting peas crammed into a very sweaty and drunken pod. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 9pm, $5 - $10 donation, All Ages - Annamarya Scaccia

Wind Down the Summer w/Spirit and Dust at The Fire Aug. 27

As the summer draws to a close, the sensitive loners among us might need a night of contemplation, a time to reflect on what the future holds. Although I am partially joking with that statement, it's made all the more relevant by the observation that Kristen Sylvester is a woman with a seemingly world-weary past, but at just twenty years old, she clearly has one hell of a future too. Therein lies the appeal of her folk outfit Spirit and Dust. Listening to the brooding lyrics of "The Center" and then the more upbeat quality of "Rambler" gives you the sense of someone who's already jumped a hard hurdle and is on the cusp of something even greater. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $7, 21+ - Joe Poteracki

Housefire Burns The Artistery Down Friday, August 27


Upon coming home from a few-week-long West Coast tour and releasing its debut EP in July, which you can purchase here, Housefire has been making the Portland rounds. The next spot you can see Joseph Craig and his shoegazing crew create warbling, lucid, electro beats before your very eyes is The Artistery this Friday. The now quintet (keyboardist Christopher Cook recently left the City of Roses for Brooklyn), will be joined by fellow Portland-based shoegazers Anne and Caribou Canoe. Show starts at 8 pm, costs a measly $6, and is all ages, so bring the kids!


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-Katrina Nattress


Bright Light Social Hour @ Antone's


The Bright Light Social Hour, who will one day go head to head vs. The Black & White Years in a mustache-maintenance contest, are tonight (8/26) taking the stage at Antone's to support The Starlight Children's Foundation, whose mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire seriously ill children. If there's a better excuse to get out and see an excellent local band, I'd like to hear it...

(photo by Annie Ray