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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
 

 

   

Artist(s) Who Deserve Your Friendship: Sun Airway

Frontman Jon Barthmus and drummer Patrick Marsceill, formerly of The A-Sides (Vagrant Records, Prison Jazz Records), are back with a promising new project, Sun Airway. The shared tracks from their debut album Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier (no scheduled release date yet) are delightful pieces of shimmering electronic pop with touches of shoegaze. I already find it way more interesting than anything that I’ve heard from their former band. I’m really enjoying “Put the Days Away” where Barthmus’ engaging vocals stand out front and center wavering between hints of Julian Casablancas and Bono making Sun Airway no-brainers for the radio stations. You can catch their debut live performance at JB’s tomorrow night. - Q.D. Tran

   

Jukebox the Ghost Releasing New Album on Yep Roc Sept. 7

Jukebox the Ghost recently announced that they’ll be releasing Everything Under the Sun, their long-awaited follow-up to Let Live and Let Ghosts, on Yep Roc. Their scheduled release date is Sept. 7. Yep Roc is also home to fellow Philly transplants Drink Up Buttercup. (It looks like someone else besides Matador is giving Philly a little love.) Jukebox the Ghost attempted a musical tour of NYC’s five boroughs yesterday to promote their upcoming release. They had planned to perform a single song from the album in each borough at pianos stationed throughout the city as part of the public art installation “Play Me I'm Yours”. However, they had to cancel their final stop to Staten Islands Children’s Museum due to Tommy Siegel completely losing his voice. (It’s Staten Island. No one really wants to go there anyways.) The band kept their followers/stalkers updated on their location via Twitter throughout the day. They’ll also be making the rounds at a few of the festivals this summer which includes a stop at Lollapalooza so expect many tweets about that. - H.M. Kauffman