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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Nothing, Denison Witmer and The Roots

Space-rocking Philly shoegazers Nothing stopped by for a Key Studio Session recently.  Recorded in front of a live audience and several glowing candles, the resulting four tracks will have an effect on you similar to that of a planetarium; the songs are dreamy, hypnotic and transcendental.  The Bands in the Backyard crew were also on site and captured an atmospheric video of “The Rites of Love and Death”; watch the video below and head over here to download the full session.  Check out Nothing’s upcoming tour dates on their Bandcamp.

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St. James and the Apostles kicks off tour tonight at Silk City

Philly acid-rock three-piece St. James and the Apostles is heading out on a short fall tour, and is kicking things off tonight at the Bands in the Backyard No Alternative party at Silk City. They go on at 11 p.m., with opening sets by This Frontier Needs Heroes and Dani Mari; more information on the 21+ show can be found here. Below, check out the Apostles’ recently released BITBY Backstage session, filmed in their basement practice / recording space.

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Listen to a new single from Nightlands, “So Far So Long”

NightlandsNow that Philly rock heroes The War on Drugs are wrapped up with the victory lap tour in support of their majestic 2011 full-length Slave Ambient, bassist Dave Hartley is free to return to his Nightlands side project. A new track called “So Far So Long” premiered on Pitchfork today, and it’s much more poppy and accessible than Nightlands’ very experimental 2010 debut Forget the Mantra, betraying his love for snappy 70s pop rock. Listen to the song in the player below, and look for Nightlands’ second LP Oak Island to get a release in January from Secretly Canadian. In the meantime, we hear Nightlands is returning to the stage in December for Bands In the Backyard‘s Tuesday Tune-Out series at PhilaMOCA. UPDATE: Nightlands will actually be at PhilaMOCA a lot sooner, playing on Thursday October 25.

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Photo Recap: The Brian Jonestown Massacre at Union Transfer

Last night The Brian Jonestown Massacre brought their cranked amps and billowing fog machines to Union Transfer on tour in support of their latest album (their 13th!), Aufheben. Check out a photo gallery above, shot by Bands In the Backyard‘s Kyle Costill.

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Five new R5 Productions shows coming soon to a venue near you

Even though the summer will soon come to an end, don’t feel down – R5 Productions just announced five brand new shows for this upcoming fall season. And let me tell you, folks, they’re going to be chock full of cozy musical performances.

First up will be OFF! on October 19th at First Unitarian Church. The super troupe of punk rockers is made up of members of Black Flag, Burning Brides and Hot Snakes. Opening bands include The Spits and Double Negative. Gear up your vocal chords and get stoked for one raging performance.

BOO! A super ghouly and ghostly show will be happening on Halloween (Oct. 31st) featuring The Dead Milkmen, MC Lars and Philadelphia’s own Psychic Teens. The show will be happening at Union Transfer; trick-or-treaters are welcome! Psychic Teens filmed Bands in the Backyard episode recently, watch it below.


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Watch a new Bands in the Backyard video of The Silence Kit (playing North Star Bar tonight)

Local post-punk band The Silence Kit play shoe-gaze influenced, moody, lo-fi alt-rock. The band started in 2002 as a solo recording project for singer/guitarist Patrick McCay, but has since evolved into a full band playing live shows. The band recently let Bands in the Backyard join them in their New Jersey studio to film a studio session of “Eight Years.” Check out the video in the player below.

The band is playing a 21+ show at North Star Bar tonight featuring E. Joseph and the Phantom Heart, Kill the Broadcast, The Kiera Plan and Preston Hull. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are available here for $10.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Echo Orbiter w/ Break it Up and Trouble Everyday, El-P w/ Killer Mike and Asher Roth, Roger Waters, Hop Along, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Saturdays are for raging, and there are some rockin’ shows happening this evening that you would be wise to attend. But there are so many to choose from! Here’s our list of some awesome ragers:

Echo Orbiter play with Break it Up and Trouble Everyday (reunited!) at Kung Fu Necktie. Bands in the Backyard recently did a short backyard session with Echo Orbiter, which you can view below, and Trouble Everyday was featured in this week’s Key Studio Session. Tickets to this 21+ show are $8, doors at 8 PM.

Over at the Troc, El-P plays with special guests, Killer Mike and college boy, Asher Roth. This show is all ages and starts at 9 PM, tickets are 20 smackeroos.

Roger Waters “The Wall” tour makes a stop at Citizens Bank Park tonight. You can purchase tickets to the show here, show starts at 8:45 PM.

Hop Along recently had their CD release show for Get Disowned at First Unitarian Church; they play tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with Secret Mountains and DRGN KING. Tickets to this 21+ show are $10.

The Saturday free concert series at Morgan’s Pier continues this evening with a performance from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. This 21+ show is free and starts at 5 PM.