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Awake and Dreaming with Northern Valentine at M Room June 6

Shaped by the vibes of Sigur Ros and Mew, Northern Valentine’s dreamy soundscapes tactfully prove that less is more. Fronted by Robert and Amy Brown, this deliciously ambient four-piece have shared their post-rock from classrooms to clubs and even churches. Firm believers in the idea that “no venue is too large or too small,” their’08 Icelandic tour marked the first musical performance in Viðeyjarkirkja since 1774. Less sinking than Mogwai’s The Hawk Is Howling, The Browns’ and their bandmates’ instrumentation is sweeping with buzzing transitions and delicate licks of guitar. Atmospheric, tracks like “Sleeping Weapons” swell in fullness, each riff creating an arch in theme and sound. Undoubtedly cerebral, yet full of heart, Northern Valentine create a middle ground between concrete and abstract, crafting a soundtrack that leaves listeners room for their own interpretation. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 8 pm, $8, 21+ - Dianca Potts



Levee Drivers Know Where’s the After-Party at The Khyber June 5

OK - if you haven’t figured it out yet, Levee Drivers fuckin’ rock! But I would suggest not following them to any after-parties. (Hey guys - who’s Lauren?) No, we really had a blast when they performed at our Best of Philly Showcase at The Ox w/Reading Rainbow and Grandchildren. They were also nice enough to get me home safely when the cabbies wouldn’t come pick me up in the no-man’s land neighborhood of The Ox. The Khyber is certainly an easy stroll from the Festival Pier if you’re still ready for more after The Roots Picnic. The Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 9pm, $8, 21+ - Q.D. Tran



New Madrid Faults Shake Things Up at Mar Bar June 5

New Madrid Faults has an eclectic sound, pulling in all sorts of influences simultaneously. Take a wistful ambience reminiscent of Broken Social Scene, add in the occasional huge, rockin' hook, and wrap it all together in a sweet pop sensibility. Then, bring in some bells, a horn section, and a trip to SXSW, and you're convinced that New Madrid Faults can go anywhere. The best example might be the seven-minute epic "To the West Goodbye," which begins with a flurry of horns and then builds up from steady atmospherics into big, anthemic chords.  Mar Bar, 200 S. 40th Street, 8:30pm, $5, 21+ - Joe Poteracki



BurnDown All Stars Reunion at Grape Room June 5

Am I having flashbacks? I’ll probably be experiencing déjà vu when I step into the new/old Grape Room tonight when the BurnDown All Stars reunite. Once a promising local hip hop/rock group that fell into the trap of the music biz allowing egos and mismanagement of earnings to tear them apart. It’s been a while now since their last show, and it seems the fellas have grown a bit missing those days when they had such an organic collective. Let’s hope this won’t be a one and done. Grape Room, 105 Grape St., 10pm, $7, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman



The Broken Prayers & Psalmships Long for the Old West at Tritone June 5

The Broken Prayers and Psalmships bring you sounds that you might find in the Old West: the classic heart and soul of country music. These cowboys sing with heavy hearts about lost love, little old towns, the pearly gates, wooden porches and rocking chairs. Their guitar twang can be as slow as the tumbleweed rolling across the road in front of you, or as hand-clappin, toe-tappin-ly upbeat as the Saturday night barn dance. Tritone, 1508 South St., 9pm, $7, 21+ - Katie Bennett