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Reading Rainbow Make Me Happy at The Ox July 22

Listen to Reading Rainbow and try not to dance. It’s impossible. I’ve already tried. Press play on “I’ll Follow You” and sways will ensue. Understated yet sweet with warm and washed out vocals, Reading Rainbow’s harmonies are organic, catchy, and fun. Somewhere between a punk rock swagger and the trippy thrill of psych rock, tracks like “Totem Pole” and “Restless” aptly highlight the spectrum of Reading Rainbow’s eclectic and creative strengths. The energetic buzzing of “Feral Kids” pours out in shouts and ahs, steering clear of mainstream gimmicks like perfect pitch and diction. Rob Garcia and Sarah Everton’s noisy anthems (not to mention their live sets) should become the golden standard for defining lo-fi at its finest or garage-pop at its best. With acts like Reading Rainbow, summer nights are epically chill. In short this band is awesome, but don’t take my word for it. Rock out to their good vibrations with Philly four-piece Univox and Summer Blondes. The Ox. 2nd & Oxford St., 8pm, $5, All Ages (Justin Roman) - Dianca Potts
 

 

   

Da Comrade! Say Goodbye at KFN July 22

Da Comrade! are getting ready to say goodbye to one of their very own for some time as cellist Anne Ellis West embarks on a new adventure. But before she sets sail, the band is ready to throw a bon voyage party that’s for the rock ages! It will also be a celebration party since the band was recently able to successfully raise enough money to record their debut full length alongside Kyle Pulley of Simple Machine Recording who has also assisted the likes of Dr. Dog, Grandchildren and Algernon Cadwallader. It will also be a going away party for exploding drum masters Ugh God, who head out on a summer tour next week. They will be joined tonight at Kung Fu Necktie by Motorcycle Maus, who are still riding the coattails of their recent full length Chipping Teeth. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $5, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 

 

   

Ladyfingers Rolling Along at Tritone July 22

Since we last checked in on rockabilly virtuoso Adam “Ladyfingers” Weiner after he won our Artist of the Month poll a few months back, he has been on a roll. He released the infectious piano laden EP Wet T-Shirt Contest (which was recorded with some of his poll winnings at Larry Gold’s The Studio where Queen Latifah was working in the other room) before embarking on a tour of Europe. He has also been working on a movie with filmmaker friend Adam Carpenter that’s set to feature a full blown stream of live footage, depressing dives and music videos. Get ready to raise a Citywide Special to Ladyfingers who will be bringing his guitar hooks, piano trills and mad crooning skills to Tritone tonight. He’ll be performing with Swampmeat, a band from the UK that he jammed with and befriended while on the other side of the pond. Tritone, 1508 South St., 9pm, $7, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 

 

   

New Chiddy Bang Video “Dream Chasin”


Here is Chiddy Bang’s new video for “Dream Chasin”, the follow-up to “Sooner or Later”. It is off of The Swelly Express mixtape. Chiddy Bang will be releasing their upcoming album The Swelly Life on August 31, 2010, and will be celebrating it at the TLA on September 2. - H.M. Kauffman

 

 

   

Interplanetary Sonic Surfing with Orbit to Leslie at Silk City July 21

Kids these days are doing nothing but chillin’ on their waves. It is good to see Philly’s own Orbit to Leslie bringing some surf back to the beaches of the Schuylkill.  Tonight they will crash down at Silk City. I can only imagine the amount of daggering that will be going on at this concert. The lush guitars and their polyryhthmic beats are a nice match with the calming and inquisitive vocals of lead man Chris Wood. Orbit to Leslie groove, sway, pounce and resolve throughout their eclectic cannon of songs. I am especially taken by the contrast between Toadies-esque “Sugar and Salt” and the jubilant high-hat pop of “Javelin”. Silk City, 435 Spring Garden St., 9pm, $5, 21+ - Adam G.