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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sun Airway at Johnny Brenda’s, Ruby the Hatchet with Attic Dancers at MilkBoy, Brethren at The Grape Room

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Glittery pop outfit Sun Airway play Johnny Brenda’s tonight with Historics and Cruiser.  On last year’s expansive sophomore release Soft Fall, Sun Airway washed their synths and vocals in the waters of some faraway cascade and dried them in the echo-y halls of a sky-high cathedral, creating an all-together other-worldly aura around the project.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Close” and dig deeper into Soft Fall with The Key’s Unlocked series here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kendrick Lamar at the TLA, Ian Hunter at World Cafe Live, Panic Years at MilkBoy, Attic Dancers at The Fire, Camp Jam in the Pines

Kendrick Lamar is an emerging rapper from Los Angeles who’s been praised for balancing hard-hitting contemporary hiphop sounds with a message behind the music. His album good kid, m.A.A.d city is being released on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Records in October, and he plays The TLA on South Street tonight. The all-ages show begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $36; tickets and information are available here. Below, check out a video for Kendrick Lamar’s song “Swimming Pools.”

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Get to know local dream pop band Lockets (playing Kung Fu Necktie August 18th)

Lockets is the latest collaboration from Philly musicians Dani Mari and Todd Mendelsohn. The dream pop duo features Mari’s haunting vocals combined with Mendelsohn’s catchy lo-fi synth/guitar stylings. The band is set to release their debut LP, Camera Shy, digitally tomorrow on Bandcamp and other online digital retailers. The entire album will also be available for streaming on the band’s Soundcloud page here. Listen to Lockets’ song “Treasures You Lost” in the player below.

If you like what you hear, catch the band’s first headlining show at Kung Fu Necktie on Saturday, August 18th with Attic Dancers and Language Problem. The 21+ show starts at 7:30PM and tickets are available for $10 here. Continue reading →

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Get to know Attic Dancers (playing Kung Fu Necktie in August)


A couple weeks ago our pal Mark who writes the always excellent YVYNYL music blog, turned us on to a new band called Attic Dancers. We instantly fell in love with the band’s “Another Knocker,” a catchy piano based indie-pop gem from the band’s album Carrier. Impressed not only by the song, we are also struck by the confident beauty of lead singer Carly Brand’s voice. Attic Dancers are a three piece based out of Philly, and all three members of the band are originally from New Jersey. In addition to Brand the band includes drummer Joe Boldizar, who is the co-owner of Retro City Studios in Germantown, and guitarist/keyboardist Sean Hur. They recorded and produced the album by themselves at Retro and at their home studio, Fools Crow Studios, in Hightstown, NJ. The band are playing Kung Fu Necktie on Saturday, August 18th opening – along with Language Problem – for Philly’s dream-pop duo Lockets. Carly sites the “strong melodies and emotional impact” of artists like Kate Bush, Nirvana, Otis Redding, Elliott Smith, Wilco and Leonard Cohen important to her musical upbringing. Collectively the band has a broad range of musical interests. Their nine song album blends indie-pop and psychedelic rock with just enough careful experimentation to allow these songs to stand out amongst a very crowded musical landscape. Below, listen to “Another Knocker” and watch the video for “Boss Throw.”