philadelphia

Weekend Warrior, June 25 - 27

Buried Beds are back with their sophomore album Tremble the Sails. We’ve been having flashbacks lately to a time when you couldn’t pickup the weeklies without seeing something about Buried Beds, Espers, The A-Sides and The Capitol Years. Well, we don’t think you’ll find the word “Appalachian” to describe their latest four year endeavor that was mixed by The Spinto Band’s Nick Krill. Instead, you will discover that they’ve created pop songs with taut, almost bouncy energy. The arrangements are crisp and calculated, but still achingly beautiful when appropriate. However, they do promise to up the ante even more by "summoning the chaos and energy of Rock and Roll". If you take a trip to the Tremble the Sails release party tonight, you'll also be treated to piano pop god BC Camplight and Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken! We think that there will be good vibes all around. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave, 9pm, $10, 21+
 
For all the city dwellers who hate the feel of sand between their toes…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Toy Soldiers
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Robotique w/King Britt, SAT Sweatheart and Sargent Sass, SUN McRad
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Infinien and The Fractals, SAT Kuf Knotz, Fat Daddy Has Been, Swift Technique
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI (Early) Da Comrade!, (Late) Agent Moosehead SAT Restorations, SUN Kite Party
 
M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) SAT The Synth Sircus, SUN The Wallace Brothers
 
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI Body Hammer, SUN Losing Gravity
 
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI Post Post and Filmstar
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Backwoods Payback
 
Mar Bar (200 S. 40th St.) SAT Masculine Feminine
 
Pterodactyl (3237 Amber St.) SAT One Year Anniversary Party w/Mount Joy, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Oso and more
 
Highwire Gallery (2040 Frankford Ave.) SUN Extreme Fishkin
 
 

 

   

Robotiques with King Britt at KFN June 25

Congratulations! It’s Friday. You survived another week. Dance it up and keep it classy with Robotique. Dusting off singles and disco faves, DJs Billy Werner and Ryan Todd continue their weekly tradition of heating things up on the dancefloor. Disproving the stigma of disco while reviving its funk, Werner and Todd are pure dynamite. Since ‘07 Robotique’s finesse continues to please crowds, easily resulting from the sick beats they spin. Paying tribute to The Loft, these Friday night residents are set to team up with local native DJ/producer King Britt. Aside from his fame in the ‘90s, Britt’s discography showcases over a decade of decadent backbeats meshed with clipped cyclical sounds. Layered with minimal vocals, like Santogold’s “Anne”, King Britt is practically regal when it comes to DJ cred. Add in the prospect of cheap vodka drinks plus $2 beers and you’ve got a night totally worth the hangover. Kung Fu Necktie. 1250 Front St., 10pm, $3, 21+ (Photo by Jason V.) - Dianca Potts
 

 

   

Turn On, Tune In and Drop Out at JB’s June 24

It’s no secret that we seriously dig Ravens and Vultures. We were honored that they performed at our first Tunes Whiz Wit Showcase at JB’s, and Last Love was on repeat in our players for weeks so we had to feature it as our CD of the Month. Their tunes often float gracefully like a jellyfish through ocean waters, but the ladies can certainly get down and dirty with the help of Andrew Ryan’s meticulous detail to their bleeps and bombs of computer-generated goodness. They’ll be joining this week’s featured Artist(s) Who Deserves Your Friendship Sun Airway (checkout the writeup below) and Eat Your Birthday Cake. As an added bonus, you’ll be treated to some amazing multimedia work from Ricardo at klipcollective. This guy knows how to seriously fuck with your brain - a true visual artist. You may have seen some of his work over the years at a number of Dave P events. This is definitely one of my “psychedelics recommended shows”. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frandkford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Q.D. Tran

   

Cheers Elephant Playing All Ages Show at WCL June 24

With a sound somewhere between folk rock and Brit-pop, Cheers Elephant are sure to keep you tantalized with their high-energy and toastable tunes. Their portfolio includes Beatles-esque vignettes bordering children’s songs like the crowd-pleaser “Comment Allez-Vous?” as well as psychedelic road songs like “Here We Are”. They'll be headlining an all ages showcase for Origivation Magazine tonight. Looks like they have a busy summer full of shows planned this year after keeping relatively quiet in 2009. Lucky us! World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 9pm, $7, All Ages (Photo from 215mag.com) - Katie Bennett
 

 

   

Arc in Round Hosting the Naked Hearts at KFN June 24

Experimental shoegaze quartet Arc in Round is ready to hit the stage for another home show at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Once you listen to songs like “Spirit” and “Said Astray”, you may become hypnotized by the ambient guitar work and haunting compositions. Opener will be the incendiary Midnight Sounds, a dark garage throwback outfit that features members of Gildon Works, Trouble Everyday, stellastarr, and Ink & Dagger. Ever since playing their first show in January, the band has created some entertaining songs that will be setting the tone for the evening. You’ll also be treated to the Naked Hearts, whose latest album Mass Hysteria is The Deli NYC’s CD of the Month. They’ll be hooking up with Arc in Round again after last night’s gig in NYC at the Cake Shop. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $5, 21+ - Bill McThrill