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Grandchildren Releasing Debut Full Length Sept. 28 on Green Owl!

We finally have a drop date for the long-awaited debut full length from Grandchildren! The West Philly boys will be releasing Everlasting on September 28, 2010 on Green Owl Records, a Brooklyn indie label run by Ben Bronfman (son of Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman and M.I.A.'s baby daddy and fiancé). It’s about a year since the originally scheduled release date for the album when the working title was Cold Warrior (same as their debut EP). I believe that it’s been remastered and another track has been added to it. Look out for a U.S. Fall Tour in support! (Photo by Sean Flanigan) - Q.D. Tran



Tigersapien Bring the Filthy Shit at KFN July 9

Tigersapien’s music revives the inner club kid in me making me want to pop multiple pills of ecstasy, blow fat lines off someone’s chest and have sex in the restroom stall (KFN has nice sized ones). It’s dirty and sometimes feels as manufactured as the drugs that you just took and the dialogue of “The Hills” episode that it should be on, but these kids are working hard to recreate for you the sounds of their misspent youth. Oh, and probably to get laid too. Hopefully you do tonight at KFN! (Hehe…dibs on the men’s room stall.) Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 Front St., 7:30pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Tiffany Yoon) - H.M. Kauffman



Dragonzord, Hermit Thrushes & The Circadian Rhythms at The Ox July 9

Besides having a killer name, Philly outfit Dragonzord’s knack for crafting gritty soundscapes like the intro of “I Take It Back/Old Clothes” lends itself to the band’s lyrical honesty. Far from polished, their sound is unnervingly raw, enhanced by the twang of haphazard guitar and fuzzy basement sounds. Messy, loud and heartfelt, Dragonzord’s sound falls somewhere between Oberst’s early orchestration and the jangle of Jeff Magnum’s Invent Yourself a Shortcake. Substantially spacey “Deep Dark Start” and the gentle thumps of “Teen Plague” are transformative and chill, a perfect and washed out sublime. Nicely coupled with the unpredictable beats of Hermit Thrushes, Dragonzord’s performance is a fitting companion to this buzz-worthy band. The charming dings of “Snowflake Heart” and heartwarming riffs of “Benaki” are equal parts melody and meticulous genius. Polished quasi-pop with The Books style backbeats, Hermit Thrushes songs are strangely intoxicating, much like the bizarrely awesome tracks of The Circadian Rhythms (think of the bluesy “La Di Da” or the jazzy “Symptoms”). Destined to be famous, at least in the blogosphere, witness these three at their best before Pitchfork finds out. They’ll be hosting D.C.’s Deleted Scenes and Hume as well as NY’s Sons of an Illustrious Father. The Ox, 2nd St and Oxford St., 8pm, $5, All Ages - Dianca Potts



New Madrid Faults Found at M Room July 9

New Madrid Faults are coming to the M room tonight. This Bethlehem, PA collective are music enthusiasts, critics and producers who create delicate bedroom chamber pop ala Margot and The Nuclear So and So’s and Cloud Cult. Most times the voice is barely above a whisper and there are glockenspiels aplenty in these dramatic tunes with their swoops and swells. These guys sound like one of those bands that would definitely benefit from the utilization of more professional studio equipment to give their songs the life and energy that are obviously within them. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ - Adam G.



From The Deli’s Open Blog: New Edible Onion Compilation Out Now

Edible Onion is a Philadelphia based collective that releases small run, hand-packaged records. We have just released a compilation entitled A Cure For The Broken-Hearted featuring a number of Philadelphia based artists (plus two out-of-towners) including Power Animal, Br'er, The New Heaven And The New Earth, Snow Caps, Motorcycle Maus, & Brian Reichert (Space Sluts). The compilation is being released in a run of 1000 accordion books, all assembled by hand. Each one is also hand numbered. Go to for the tracklisting and more information. (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and MP3s here)