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Holy Cross, The Mahogany Stompers next up at Eric Cabonara’s Highwire Gallery series on 5/24

This month, Nada Sound Studios’ Eric Carbonara is guest curating a series of shows at Fishtown’s Highwire Gallery. Next in the series is Holy Cross – a New Orleans-based duo that takes an experimental approach to folk music, as well as classical, free jazz, and “mondo bizarro”. They are joined by Philadelphia’s own Mahogany Stompers, bringing modern takes on Dixieland, Ragtime, Tin Pan Alley and Yiddish songs. The show is at 8pm, and donations of $6-8 will be accepted at the door. Below, listen to music from Holy Cross’ Frank “Franzking” Rourke, as well as The Mahogany Stompers.

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What do you think of Black Flag’s first new music in 28 years? (playing Union Transfer 6/17)

BlackFlagHaving released their last record in 1985, Black Flag – whose Greg Ginn-led reunited lineup plays Union Transfer on June 20 – unveiled their first music in 28 years with two new songs this week. First came “Down in the Dirt,” a single in exchange for an email address. Then there’s the newest song, “The Chase,” which features a super low-rent music video and lyrics that are massively vague. Given how young these guys were when they rose to fame, we have to wonder what the original Black Flag fans think of all this recent activity. Check out “The Chase” video below, and let us know your reaction in the comments. Black Flag plays Union Transfer on June 17.

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Free Download: Marietta “O.K., Mom,” from upcoming full-length

Photo by Ally Newbold, http://www.allynewbold.com/
Photo by Ally Newbold, http://www.allynewbold.com/

Since their inception about a year and a half ago, Marietta has played countless shows – including some with prominent local punk names like Kite Party – and their super-likeable tunes have spread like wildfire, both via the internet and the local scene. Their new track, titled “O.K., Mom” has all of what has previously made this band great, but with a bunch of tasty new tricks. Perhaps most noticeable is the ease with which they pass the role of vocalist around to each member of the band, whereas in the past it was exclusively guitarists Evan Lescallette and Ethan Willard (a Key intern) whose back-and-forth vocal style gave the band a distinct sound.

The new track is on bandcamp for a low fee (due to a shortage of free downloads) but you can find a free mediafire download here. Also, like the band on Facebook so you can keep an eye out for their new record, which will be released within the next two months or so.

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Tonight: The Cloth take over Kung Fu Necktie upstairs

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About a week ago we posted about a new Philly band, The Cloth. They had released a couple songs digitally, which are awesome; however, we’ve since acquired a physical copy which has three more great tracks on it, and now we want everyone to get to know this band. Word on the street is that they are killer live, and they play extremely loud, making the upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie an ideal stage. They will be playing there tonight, along with APE!, Tile, and Killer of Sheep (PGH). Show starts at 8pm and the cover is $8. Don’t miss out!

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hayes Carll at Sellerville Theater, He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister at North Star Bar, Telekinesis at Johnny Brenda’s

JRM_Gpub_181891_C16_002_300rgb.jpgCountry music staple Hayes Carll will be passing through Sellerville Theater tonight, along with opening act Warren Hood & the Goods. Carll hasn’t released a new record since 2011’s KMAG YOYO, but that hasn’t stopped him from touring as much as he can. The Texan singer/song-writer will take his rootsy country tunes down the east coast before playing a handful of shows in his home state. You never know when an act like this will be coming back around, so don’t miss your chance to see this award-winning country crooner in the lovely Sellersville Theater.

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Get to know: The Cloth

the_clothRecently formed Philadelphia noise-punk rockers The Cloth have been playing shows in and around Philadelphia since October, but not until now could you hear their music online. They’ve recorded a handful of songs, two of which they’ve posted on their bandcamp page. These guys are clearly just getting started, but they’ve definitely got their best foot forward with these recordings. The band seems to traverse several genres with ease, offering a tasteful blend of punk, hardcore, and rock n roll. Both of these songs have a down tempo drone that brings out their juicy riffs in all their stoned glory. Below, download the songs for free.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Joe Pug and Hezekiah Jones at Johnny Brenda’s (download a free EP from Pug)

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With tonight’s Bassnectar and Limp Bizkit shows sold out, and John Medeski’s World Cafe Live show postponed until next December, it makes tonight’s pick pretty easy. Chicago’s folk hero Joe Pug plays a 21+ show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight, along with one of our most favorite local singer-songwriters Hezekiah Jones. Joe Pug plays a brand of folk with a Dylanesque focus on lyrical content, and Hezekiah Jones has his own unique style of story-telling. Go here for tickets to the show. Below, download Pug’s In The Meantime EP for free.

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Who’s selling what, who’s appearing where on Record Store Day (coming this Saturday 4/20)

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It’s almost Record Store Day again, which means there are a lot of cool things planned at most of the area’s record stores. Participating stores will have a lot of exclusive RSD releases, but some shops are going out of their way to make this day special, with in-store performances and discounts on in-stock or used records. Here is a look at some of the events that will be happening around Philly this Record Store Day, on April 20, 2013:

A.K.A. Music (Old City) – Live music from 1-5pm, featuring Restorations, Heyward Howkins, Bridge Underwater, Mikele Edwards. Sponsored by Naragansett. More information at the store’s Facebook event page.

Repo Records (South Street) – Local bands performing, give-aways of records, CDs, etc. Also grab a voucher for $1.50 off all drafts at Fountain Porter, valid on Saturday and Sunday.

Long in the Tooth (Center City) – Show featuring local bands starting at 9pm, after closing. Also, if you are 21 or older, stop by during the day for other refreshing “give-aways.”

Main St. Music (Manayunk) – Bands performing all day – from noon to 6pm – featuring Billy Bragg at noon, Shark Tape at around 2pm, and more TBA.

Hideaway Music (Chestnut Hill) – Lots of limited RSD releases available, special screening of “Last Shop Standing” at 12 noon, and rare 45 records being spun all day by local record enthusiast Thomas Browne.

Siren Records (Doylestown) – Plow United perform at 5pm, Peasant at 4pm, plenty of RSD releases. More information at the Facebook event page.

Sit and Spin Records (South Philly) – All kinds of sales on used vinyl, as well as shirt and tote bag giveaways with purchases of $50 and $100, respectively.

Gold Million Records (Bryn Mawr) – Meet and greet with Frank Zappa’s album cover artist, Cal Schenkel.

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NAH release new album, Difficult

4094282924-1Michael Kuhn has been busy as hell. Between his solo project, NAH, and his band 1994!, he has toured the UK and Europe, and released two new albums and a mix tape, most (if not all) of which was recorded while on said tour – and all of this was accomplished since January. And despite the seemingly rushed processes, none of this new material disappoints. Kuhn seems to have an infinite supply of trashy, mathy drum beats, as well as a whole bunch of odd samples that sound like they were stored on an ancient hard drive built out of wood and nails. He really has no reason to stop releasing this stuff; it’s all so original and innovative, it would be best for all of us if he would just keep on making this stuff forever. Here’s to hoping for that. The new album is totally free (while free downloads last), as well as almost everything else on NAH’s Bandcamp page. While you’re at it, go download the new 1994! EP, which is also free – another reason why these guys are killing it right now.

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Paint It Black’s entire discography now on Bandcamp

PIBAfter releasing Invisible, their first new record in four years – and playing an incredible release show, held on Easter Sunday at the First Unitarian Church – Paint It Black have decided to release all of their past material on a new Bandcamp page. Previously, all of this music was just about impossible to find on the internet; but now you can buy all of their stuff digitally, as well as whatever physical copies the band still has available. They’ve even uploaded a rare limited-run older single, “Goliath”, and two tracks from a Chunksaah Records compilation released in 2002.

While some of us will undoubtedly take this opportunity to download older material, the new website feels like a major step forward. The new record is undoubtedly some of their strongest material to date, and the lyrics are as relevant and perceptive as ever (the band has sold all of their copies of the new record, but you can still order one from No Idea Records). It’s clear that this band has a fresh perspective on their direction, and we can’t wait to see where they go next. Below, some choice cuts from the Paint It Black back-catalogue.