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Philadelphia’s DJ Bombe and Mr. Caribbean mash-up James Blake and Drake

Pitchfork just shouted out Philly artists Bombé and Mr. Caribbean for their most recent creation: a mash-up of James Blake and Drake music called James Drake. Bombé (who also goes by Kid Queazy) specializes in house, 2-step, garage, tropical, club, and future bass; Mr. Caribbean is involved in Philly R&B. Given Blake’s status as a top dubstepper and Drake’s penchant for emotional summer jams, it seems like perfect timing. Caribbean calls the mash-up “a soundtrack for sippin’ Robitussun & Alize in an abandoned Cathedral, covered in a velvet blanket with a sexy stranger on a dark night…” We’re taking his word for that. —Dave Simpson

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The Twisted Tail to open in Headhouse Square in July

Recently, all the music-venue buzz in Philly has been about the new Bowery Presents spot at the old Spaghetti Warehouse and the incoming House Of Blues venue. But what about The Twisted Tail? According to uwishunu, the new bar/restaurant/venue will open in Headhouse Square in July, and will feature live blues and rock shows five nights a week. The Juke Joint, where the bands will play, shares the second floor with a lounge; the restaurant is a Texas-style grill so it’s a safe bet that music will have a southern vibe. OK, so it’s not exactly The Bowery Presents or the House Of Blues, but it’s still worth noting—especially if you like your blues-tinged rock with a side of grilled oysters and bourbon. —Dave Simpson

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Earth at Johnny Brenda’s

Earth is a rare musical blessing: a band that, despite a lack of mainstream appeal, has done its own thing for over 20 years. In the late ’80s the band’s lead member, Dylan Carlson, made sonic collages with his roommate, Kurt Cobain. (On a mainstream level, Carlson is perhaps best known for introducing Cobain to heroin and purchasing the infamous shotgun.) The sonic collages lead to Earth and the establishment of the drone-metal genre—feedback driven guitars, little or no vocals, and slow, offbeat rhythms. In February the group released Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I, which, in typical Earth fashion, features the band’s constant Carlson backed by new members. The current bunch includes Nirvana cellist Lori Goldston, and Microphones front man Karl Blau. That Carlson would collaborate with the generally poppy Blau is a testament to their dedication to uninhibited creativity. The album is a real success: Carlson stays true to that quintessential drone while effectively using the new musicians to open up his sound. Earth performs with Ô Paon, Cloud Minder at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $13. —Dave Simpson

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Yourself And The Air at Kung Fu Necktie

Yourself And The Air is from the suburbs of Chicago, but the band has the hard-working mentality the city is known for. The attitude is a funny juxtaposition to their lazy, dreamy music, but they churn out spacious melodic electropop at a prolific rate. They just dropped Who’s Who In The Zoo, which was recorded in a month in a home studio. It’s the band’s fourth EP and they’ve dealt with a line-up change for each one. It’s also their first record put out with the help of a label, Lujo Records—and the story of the signing is further testament to their sweat-it-out approach. They were set for a double-booked show in Ohio and the other band backed out. They ended up playing for literally one person: a music blogger and friend of the Lujo owners. A few months later they were offered a deal. Hopefully all the hard work has rewarded them with outstanding endurance; their stop in Philly tonight falls right in the middle of another packed tour. Yourself And The Air performs with Everyone Everywhere and Mercury Radio Theater at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $8. —Dave Simpson

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Download Balam Acab’s new track, “Oh, Why” from his forthcoming album

Pennsylvania’s Alec Koone, who records electronic music as Balam Acab, just released a new song via his Twitter page. “Oh, Why” is set be the sixth track on his forthcoming album WANDER/WONDER (due out August 29). Though it will be his first full-length, Koone has received high marks from the blog world for his sporadic releases. “Oh, Why” is spacious with a controlled use of noise and a subtle vocal sample; also present is a heavily distorted live vocal. (The artist notes that the album should be consumed at high volumes.) —Dave Simpson