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Check out Chill Moody at MilkBoy and in New York on #nicethingsTV

In the latest episode from Chill Moody’s #nicethingsTV, the Philly hip-hop star takes us on tour to play a show at NYC’s SOBS. The video also features footage from the MilkBoy 1-year anniversary show. Watch the video below, and don’t miss Chill Moody performing this Saturday at the Hybrid Festival at Black Diamond Skatepark, from noon to 7p.m. (more information is available here), and later at the NAACP’s This Is My Vote Unity Music Fest, which takes place Saturday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on September 29.

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Watch a new video from Major Lazer for “Get Free”

Local-boy-gone-L.A. Diplo teamed up with former Major Lazer-mate Switch and The Dirty Projector‘s Amber Coffman for his latest single, “Get Free.” The group worked with director SoMe to produce a new music video for the song, which is notable for its low-key vibes and laid-back flutey tones. “Get Free” is featured on Major Lazer’s forthcoming album, Free the Universe, out November 6th on Downtown/Mad Decent. Watch the video for “Get Free” below.

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Watch The War On Drugs perform a Waterboys cover at Pickathon 2012; playing Electric Factory 10/6

Locals Adam Granduciel and David Hartley of The War On Drugs performed a cover of “A Pagan Place” by The Waterboys during their set at Pickathon 2012. Watch a video of the performance below, recorded by NPR affiliate KEXP. Don’t miss The War On Drugs perform with The Walkmen at the Electric Factory on Saturday, October 6th. Tickets are $22 in advance (available here) and $25 at the door, which opens at 8:30.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPRFZ6HiURM&feature=player_embedded

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Kung Fu Necktie wins community support for bike corrals; Johnny Brenda’s vote on 8/21

City-installed bike corral at Sydenham and Walnut. Johnny Brenda's and Kung Fu Necktie are seeking to have similar corrals installed.
Last night residents of South Kensington voted in support of Kung Fu Necktie‘s efforts to have the City install in-street bike parking at the venue, according to Philly Bicycle Coalition Communications Coordinator Nicholas Mirra. Johnny Brenda’s is also looking to take advantage of the City’s offer to install free bicycle street parking at interested businesses. The community vote for JB’s will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21st at the Fishtown Rec Center, 1202 E. Montgomery Ave. To vote, you must live or own a business within the Fishtown Neighborhood Association boundaries or within a quarter mile of Johnny Brenda’s. More information about the meeting is available on the Bicycle Coalition’s blog. With community approval, the issue will next go to City Council who will vote to decide if bike corrals should be installed at the venues.

You can read our original post on this issue here.

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Hear a new song by Bon Iver written for Silver Lake Chorus; see him in Philly on 9/16

Indie-folk hero Justin Vernon of Bon Iver has written a slew of original songs for L.A.-based Silver Lake Chorus to be featured on their forthcoming EP, Wreckage, due out September 18th. Below, stream one of those songs, “From The Snow Tipped Hills.” The song presents a stunning display of sounds forming painterly natural images, presented in a style suggestive of traditional 19th century choral music, all delicately wrought through human voices alone.  The 25-member group’s EP is produced by Ben Lee and also includes original songs written by A.C. Newman of The New Pornographers. (Don’t miss Bon Iver in Philly at the Mann Center on Sunday, September 16th. Tickets and information are available here).

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Lantern documents their Rust Belt tour; releases dates for Fall East Coast tour

Photo by Kyle Costill

Local grunge punks Lantern took a brief tour through America’s Rust Belt earlier this summer, visiting towns like Chicago and the Cleve with stops in a couple Canadian cities to boot. They documented their tour in a short video posted to their tumblr today. The band was touring on the heels of their latest album, the dystopic Dream Mine, released in May. Lantern will be heading out for an East Coast tour later this fall, the details of which you can check out here. Below, watch the video of their summer tour.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yzgSJovJkI&feature=player_embedded

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Sunday’s Concert Picks: Grandchildren and The Very Best at JB’s, Betty Iron Thumbs at The Fire, Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells at Silk City

If the weekend weather’s got you down, your best call is to head inside and hunker down with some good people and good music. Heading over to Johnny Brenda’s will land you in front of Philly favorites Grandchildren, whose glowing indie-electro-rock will warm your rain-chilled soul and soften your summer heat-hardened heart. They just released a new song, “Where’s the Knife,” from their upcoming album over at Paste Magazine. Grandchildren are opening for the global pop duo The Very Best, who list their influences as “Lil Wayne and Phil Collins” and have a set of head-bopping, hip-shaking afropop tunes in store to get Frankford Ave dancing. The show starts at 9:15 (doors at 8), and admission is 21+; tickets are available for $13 here. Below, watch the video for “Kondaine,” an jubilant track from The Very Best’s forthcoming album, MTMTMK.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDvwzgML6ZQ

Or if you’re in a heavier mood, head over to The Fire for Philly’s own self-proclaimed “twangcore” rockers Betty Iron Thumbs, who’ll be taking that tiny stage along with a whole plethora of rock n’ rollers including South Carolina’s Modern Man, Virgina’s Gunchux, and locals Horace Mann. Tickets are $7 here; the show starts at 8 and is 21+. Below, stream “Under the Night,” the title track from Betty Iron Thumbs’ latest album.

Finally, if none of the aforementioned quite fits your fancy, why not try out local psych-folks Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells, playing an early show at Silk City. They’ll be pairing their slow and lilting heady folk-rock jams along with the likes of fuzzed-out locals Dreambook, punk shoe-wave outfit Canary oh Canary, and Brooklyn shoegazers Invisible Days. Admission to the 6 p.m. show is $7 at the door; the show is 21+. Below, stream “O the Sun” from Bells’ first full album, The Sirens, Too, Sang That Way. Their latest album Worried Land is available on their website in vinyl or pay-what-you-want download.

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Kingsfoil will play God Bless America at Phillies game this Sunday 8/12

XPN pop-rock faves Kingsfoil will bring down the house at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, August 12th for the Phillies-Cardinals game by rocking out “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch. The York, PA -based band is riding high on their latest musical offering, a self-released LP entitled On Our Own Together. The game starts at 1:35pm, and tickets can be purchased here. Below, stream the opening track from Kingsfoil’s On Our Own Together. And yeah, that’s Frankie Muniz from Malcolm in the Middle. He plays drums.

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Philly garage rockers Boog playing Milkboy tonight

Friday night’s always hoppin’, and no where moreso than MilkBoy, who’ll be playing host to local lo-fi blues-meets-grunge rockers Boog, as well as Philly country punks Ditto Demi, and local Americana act Kensington Sound House. The 21+ show starts at 9:30 and tickets are available for $10 here. Boog just released a new album this summer, entitled Regency. It’s available on their Bandcamp. Below, stream “Good Pantaloons, Louis!”, the final track from the album.