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Arc in Round Get Dreamy at JB’s Feb. 27

Formerly known as Relay, Philly outfit Arc in Round’s name change last winter marked a new chapter for the band. Fronted by indie sound engineer extraordinaire Jeff Zeigler (Uniform Recording), this dream pop four-piece is a delightful mix of shoegaze and lo-fi experimentalism. Juxtaposing pop construction with at times swirling abstraction, Zeigler and his bandmates’ well-crafted collection of songs are all things transcendent without laying it on too thick. Somehow recreating the familiar post-rock vibe, Arc in Round’s sound is indicative of evolution, enticing listeners with subdued innovation. Cross your fingers hard enough and maybe they’ll play “Spirit”. Arc in Round will also be joined by Busses, whose upcoming debut release was produced by Zeigler. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave, 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/arcinround - Dianca Potts

 

   

The 2nd Annual PBR Craft Challenge at 2424 Studios Feb. 27

 
This looks like a hella lot of fun! If you ever walked into Bob & Barbara’s and wished that you could have some (if not all) of the cool Pabst shit everywhere, then “The 2nd Annual PBR Craft Challenge” might be a good place to start your collection. You’ll also be treated to performances by Univox, The Homophones, Chang Chang and TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb as well as FREE PBR so how can you go wrong! 2424 Studios, 2424 E. York St., 3pm - 10pm, $8 donation - H.M. Kauffman

 

   

Weekend Warrior, February 26 -28

 
The gothic quartet Sweetheart Parade are coming to Johnny Brenda’s tonight to share their Americana gloom with anyone thick skinned enough to listen. Tumbleweeds not included. They create subdued grievances and eerie folk tunes reminiscent of fellow balladeers Murder By Death. Sweetheart Parade’s latest release is 2008’s Sings Like A Priest, though a new release for Sweetheart Joshua Britton’s Psalmships is slated for a March release. Alongside Sweetheart Parade will be fellow rambling rockers Levee Drivers whose frontman August Lutz, guitarist Jason Schultz and bassist/banjo player for the day Kyle Perella will be nice and warmed up after their performance at The Deli’s Lunchtime Escape. These dudes have garnered the lofty comparison to Johnny Cash, and I think they sound like Ryan Adams if he would start rocking out and stop writing shitty books. The bill also includes the Cat Power-esque quartet Papertrees, and Kettle Pot Black who are releasing a new CD. Now, go rock away those winter blues you little whippersnappers! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/sweetheartparade
 
Now that the weather didn’t live up to the hype - here are some places that you can swing by this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Arc in Round and Busses
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Grandchildren and National Rifle
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Problem Solving and Officer Roseland, SAT Joshua Park
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT High Kick, SUN Mirador

The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) SAT The Silence Kit

M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) FRI New Motels, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Lux Perpetua
 
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI Starving the Tsunami and Sounds from Atlantis, SAT Sugartown w/The Sky Drops and Kitten Disaster
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN Andrew Lipke

Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI The Elevator Parade, SAT All Crazy
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Vilebred and Enter the Rooms
Mar Bar (200 S. 40th St.) FRI Tigersapien, SAT Toy Soldiers
El Bar (1356 N. Front St.) SAT The Handsome Petes and The Noid
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN Tsunami Rising
The Ox (2nd and Oxford St.) SAT The G
 
   

New Motels and More at M Room Feb.26

 
New Motels have been working on their new album with Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man, Hoots & Hellmouth). Leader Josh Levandoski sings calmly over the band’s twangy pop, which remains sunny despite his looming worries. And when he joins his band during the ballads of “West Coast Brawl” and “Drama of the Hollywood Scene” at the M Room, it’s sure to leave you feeling a little happy inside. When indie Americana artists North Lawrence Midnight Singers released their debut CD And that Old Time Living Room Sound, they were praised for their "Shambling country-Folk Goodness Culled from the Oldest of Schools", and compared to the likes of Dylan. They’ll also be joined by Lux Perpetua, the brainchild of Justin Wolf whose latest EP There's No Way Out (we're all gonna die) has been catching some attention. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ myspace.com/thenewmotels - Bill McThrill
 
   

Vilebred Bred to Shred at Millcreek Tavern Feb. 26

 
By now you have heard of Kurt Vile’s surge of success since the emergence of his Matador debut, Childish Prodigy. But through his band Vilebred, Kurt’s younger brother Sam Vile proves that guitar shredding skills and trademark long locks run in the family. At just the ripe age of 23, he’s dishing out tight compositions like “Lust” and “Kamikaze Blues”. So seeing the young virtuoso perform at Millcreek Tavern tonight should prove to be a treat. Millcreek Tavern, 4200 Chester Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ myspace.com/vilebred - Bill McThrill