Goodnight Lights Wanna Knock Your Lights Out at KFN July 24

Goodnight Lights are coming to Kung Fu Necktie tonight with their buddies The Quelle Source. These Philly/NJ-haling guys and gals are bringing their angular indie rock ala the Pixies or Guided By Voices to one of our favorite little venues. They’ll be playing new songs at this occasion and are still riding high on the release of their sophomore album Electric Spark earlier this summer so expect plenty of those songs which you can download for free at Their album art is also really cool so props to the work of drummer Michael Ziegler. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 Front St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Adam G.



Weekend Warrior, July23 - 25

Hide out from the heat this weekend with many cold beers and a killer show tonight at the Blockley Pourhouse. According to their Myspace page, one of The Extraordinaires' top influences is the Muppet Show. Strangely enough, it kind of makes more sense than any "normal" musical influence they could name. Just like a Jim Henson creation, The Extraordinaires possess a quirky sense of humor and theatricality, but never at the expense of real heart and substance. Sure, their albums are conceptual and packaged as cute little storybooks, but that doesn't mean the songs themselves aren't rock solid. And have you seen their packaging? It’s beautiful (courtesy of the crafty people at Punk Rock Payroll). Sure, their singer plays a guitar in the shape of a fish, but he plays it well. What I mean to say is, just when you thought Philly's psych-folk-pop scene couldn't get more fun, here's The Extraordinaires. Also no strangers to a good time are Toy Soldiers, those rustic hootenanny-throwers with the singer who never fails to crank the white boy blues all the way to 11. And of course, there's Dangerous Ponies, whose variety of giddy power pop and boy/girl vocals will probably get even the most curmudgeonly of your friends up and dancing. Oh yeah - don’t miss R5’s Punk Rock Flea Market this Sunday! Blockley Pourhouse, 38th and Chestnut, 9pm, $8, 21+
Other places to hide out with air conditioning…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Do You Need Service?, Photon Band, Grimace Federation
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Goodnight Lights, The Quelle Source
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Necktie, Hessian, Call The Paramedics, SAT Frog Holler, Hezekiah Jones, Sisters 3
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Great Vibration and The Almighty Terribles
M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Workhorse 3 and Blessed Muthas
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) SUN City Rain
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Karma Bat, SUN The Wallace Brothers Band
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Peek-a-Boo Revue

Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Eskimeaux and Motorcycle Maus
Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) FRI Spirit and Dust and Zach Fay
Philadelphia’s Magic Garden (1020 South St.) SAT Chasing Arethusa and Gepetta
Punk Rock Flea Market Dome (461 N. 9th St.) SUN Punk Rock Flea Market



Mad Decent Block Party Hits the Road!

We’re all looking forward to the Mad Decent Block Party at the end of July. Well, more cities around the country will be doing the same. The party plans to hit the road this August bringing along promises of “a super-secret headliner” at every performance as well as food and carnival games. Of course, there will be appearances by the usual suspects Diplo, Major Lazer, Maluca, PO PO, Bosco Delrey and Paul Devro. You’ll also be treated to Freddie Gibbs, Kid Sister, The Deathset, Blaqstarr, Ninjasonik, Theophilus London, and the Gaslamp Killer in select cities. And as long as you RSVP ahead of time, admission will be FREE. Here’s another freebie from Diplo. It’s a 60s rock-heavy mixtape (the first volume from his Pomp & Clout Mix Series) available for free download HERE.

Mad Decent Block Party:
07-31 Philadelphia, PA - Outside the Mad Decent Mausoleum
08-07 New York, NY - South Street Seaport
08-14 Los Angeles, CA - Premiere Events Center
08-21 Chicago, IL - The Hideout
- The Deli Staff



Spirit and Dust Remain at Green Line Café July 23

As Spirit and Dust, Kristen Sylvester crafts world-weary meadow folk that transcends beyond her young, impressionable years. Her raspy voice is nothing if not profound, and as it sweeps immaculately over the plucky guitars and rustic compositions, it’s just aching for a revolution…now! And while Sylvester knows that Spirit and Dust’s music may not “cure depression, re-create the sexual revolution, or make brainwashed people suddenly wake up”, it’s hard not to think that someday it will. Watch Spirit and Dust try to change our world one note at a time tonight at Green Line Café with Zach Fray and Tradition (Canada). Green Life Café, 4426 Locust St, 7 pm, $5 donation, All Ages - Annamarya Scaccia



Eastern Conference Champions Back in Town at JB’s July 22

So I’ve been planning to hit this show for weeks, and I just realized that I have to be in NYC. Well, I’m there in spirit, and I hope that you can make it out to Eastern Conference Champions tonight at JB’s. These Bucks County boys left for LA with a label deal and high hopes and like many who follow the glitz and glam of the majors, they ended up running into walls and pounding their heads in frustration. ECC are doing it on their own right now and happy. Armed with a relatively new member Melissa Dougherty, the boys are making moves through the maze of the entertainment biz in LA. The band must be doing something right because they recently landed their track “A Million Miles an Hour” on the soundtrack of Eclipse, the latest from the Twilight phenomenon/franchise. That’s pretty huge. Luckily most of those fans are not old enough to come into JB’s. I hope that they still play “Navy Man” and “Noah”! I know. I’m not even going to be there, but I was thinking of you. Make sure to get their early enough to catch Busses. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Q.D. Tran