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Check out Mock Suns covering Nancy Sinatra (Playing Milkboy w/ Mac DeMarco 8/29)

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Philly’s Mock Suns get psychedelic on a Central PA farm and put a wild twist on Nancy Sinatra’s classic “You Only Live Twice.” They make the song their own by adding distortion, noise, a trippy surf-rock vibe, and some awesome guitar work. The psych-pop outfit also released the Here Nor There Remixed EP in March. They will be playing with Mac DeMarco and Ape School at Milkboy on August 29 – you can find more information here.

Mock Suns – You Only Live Twice (Nancy Sinatra Cover) from Mock Suns on Vimeo.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound at Morgan’s Pier (Free!), West Philly Orchestra at Penn Museum, Black Kids/Kids at Johnny Brenda’s, Rickie Lee Jones at WCL Wilmington

JC Brooks and the Uptown SoundIndie soul-funk outfit JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound are playing a free show at Morgan’s Pier tonight. The band is touring in support of their new record, Howl, which was released this May on Bloodshot Records. JC Brooks has a strong, classic soul voice that his band backs with a part funk, part indie rock, part post-punk sound. Check out their recent single, “Rouse Yourself;” the silly music video features Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson. Find more information on the 21 plus show here.

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Watch Busses Perform a New Song, “Never Anywhere” (and catch them at Johnny Brenda’s 8/23)

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Local experimental rock outfit Busses just debuted a performance video for “Never Anywhere,” a new song shot in their practice space last weekend. The trippy black and white video accompanies a mellow, haunting tune. Sharp basslines transition into an awesome feedback-heavy solo halfway through the track. Check it out below, and catch Busses headlining a show at Johnny Brenda’s this Friday with Celestial Shore and The Interest Group. Go here for more information on the concert.

Never Anywhere (live) from Busses on Vimeo.

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Listen to a new Crystal Stilts song, “Future Folklore” (playing Union Transfer 9/20)

crystalstilts Post-punk band Crystal Stilts have shared a new song from their forthcoming album Nature Noir, which is set to be released on September 17 on Sacred Bones Records. “Future Folklore” is a psychedelic tune with Brad Hargett’s spooky, yet dreamy vocals. Noisy and lush, the song captures a Velvet Underground “I’m Waiting For The Man” rollicking garage rock vibe. The Brooklyn-based band will be playing in Philly on September 20, opening for Deerhunter at Union Transfer. Tickets and more information can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Daughn Gibson at Johnny Brenda’s, Kilo Kish at the Blockley, Do Good Fest at Hard Rock Café, The Mighty Paradocs at PhilaMOCA

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WXPN’s Artist To Watch Daughn Gibson is bringing his experimental tunes to Johnny Brenda’s Tonight. His second album, Me Moan, was recently released on Sub Pop Records and fuses dark country with electronic beats and orchestral instruments to create a haunting, unique sound. Opening the show are Hiss Golden Messenger and Man On. Gibson was on World Cafe with David Dye this past week; listen to the session here. Check out Gibson’s music video for “Kissin’ on the Blacktop” below, and find tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grandchildren at Johnny Brenda’s, Black Landlord at MilkBoy, Light Heat at Race Street Pier

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Philly orchestral pop outfit Grandchildren are returning to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band released their folksy, acoustic-yet-electrified album, Golden Age, in May – a unique sound both classic and very modernized. Grandchildren will also be playing with The Eastern Sea and Ton-Taun. Check out Golden Age below, and find tickets here.

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Magic Gardens Art/Gage Festival expands for 2013 with more music, more food trucks, more installations

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Tomorrow night, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens will be hosting the Art / Gage Festival, an annual arts-music-food street fair event. Now in it’s sixth year, the festival has expanded to cover eight blocks of South Street, from Front to 9th. Magic Gardens events manager Allison Boyle says the festival aims to “bring in local artists, local music, and celebrate the creativity that we have here in Philly.”

For the first time this year, Art / Gage is partnering and collaborating with Night Market Philadelphia to expand the festival, both in size and in offerings; Night Market and The Food Trust will bring over 80 food trucks and local vendors to South Street – it’s supposed to be the largest Night Market Philly has yet seen.

There will be two stages – one on 9th Street and one on Second Street, playing live music all evening. “People love the bands – I think they’ll come out especially to see them,” Boyle says. Many awesome local musicians are set to perform, including Night Panther (who just released their debut LP), Norwegian Arms, Strand of Oaks, and The Late Ancients.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Little Comets at North Star Bar, Joyce Manor at First Unitarian, Jeffrey Lewis/Roof Doctor at West Kensington Ministry

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XPN welcomes English indie rock outfit Little Comets to the North Star Bar tonight as part of their successful American tour; the guys recently sold out a show at the Mercury Lounge in New York. Their newest album, Life is Elsewhere, has already been released in the UK, but it’s their American debut and it comes out on August 20th. Check out their catchy tune “Jennifer” below, and find tickets here.

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Check out who’s playing the Red Bull Sound Select show at the Blockley 8/16

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Red Bull is hosting a show at the Blockley on August 16 as part of its Sound Select concert series, which aims to bring together and “break” new music. Headlining the show is experimental, alternative hip-hop driven artist Kilo Kish. She dropped her record, K+, earlier this year – you can stream it below through SoundCloud. Curated by Veteran Freshman, the show also include performances by local singer-songwriter/hip-hop artist Joie, and Philly quirky psych-rockers Nico’s Gun. Also on the bill is Mic Stewart, who just recently released the music video for “Let it Bump,” his track with Chill Moody and DJ Damage. Tickets for the show can be bought at the door – $3 before 10 p.m, and $10 after.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Laura Jane Grace at Milkboy, Atmosphere at Festival Pier, Nick Millevoi at Ortlieb’s

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Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! is embarking on a short acoustic solo tour, and she’ll be stopping by Milkboy tonight to play some new material. Against Me! is releasing their new record, Transgender Dysphoria Blues sometime this year, which explores a lot of the struggles Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) went through as a transgender woman. To preview the album, Grace will be making the True Trans 7″ available on tour. Check out a performance of the new track “True Trans Soul Rebel” below.

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