Tonight: Philly space-rock allstars take over Kungfu Necktie

Hippy Johnny, clockwise from upper right: Brendan Codey, Bennett Daniels, Dan Svizeny and Yohsuke Araki

If you’re a fan of jangley guitars, 60s psych-pop songwriting, and generous helpings of reverb, Kungfu Necktie is the place to be tonight. The Fishtown venue is hosting a solid lineup of local space-rock, beginning with the live debut of The Interest Group, the latest project from Philly’s Yohsuke Araki; the band received a spot of Pitchfork love this spring for its recent single “The Boys and The Girls.” Also on the bill is JRG, the acronymonious stage name of Julien Rossow-Greenberg, formerly of the band Arches; his label Treetop Sorbet has been a big proponent of breezy, cloudy pop tones. Rounding out the bill is Hippy Johnny, an allstar roster featuring Araki on guitar, Dan Svizeny of Cough Cool on drums, Brendan Codey on guitar and vocals and Bennett Daniels from Codey’s band on bass. Stream some music from each act below – a song from The Interest group, an EP from JRG and some teasers from Hippy Johnny – and as KFN’s calendar advises, “remember to scrape your melted face up off the floor at the end of the show.” Hippy Johnny, JRG and The Interest Group play Kungfu Necktie, 1250 North Front St., tonight at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the all-ages show is $5.


Drift away to new Philly psych heads The Interest Group

Yohsuke Araki is one to chase the psychedelic pop muse wherever it may lead. After generating a lot of buzz in Philly’s short-lived Blackhawks, and still going strong with his synth pop-oriented project Bananas Symphony, Araki is revisiting the paisley-draped world in his new outfit, The Interest Group. Listen below to its cover of “The Boys and The Girls”—a 1960s nugget originally done by The Network—vibe to the sunny harmonizing by vocalist Marissa Lesnick, and keep an eye on the calendar for some live dates from the band this summer.


Philly’s Blackhawks and Minneapolis’ Radiator Girls collaborate on new Black Girls cassette

Philly meets Minneapolis in this new split cassette project between local act Blackhawks and Minnesota’s Radiator Girls. The band collaborated on a new eight-song cassette titled Black Girls (released on the Two Michael Jordans label). Each band recorded four songs for the project, which is available on cassette and digitally here.


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Blackhawks + Slutever at North Star Bar


It takes some serious cojones to name your new local band after the hockey squad that just beat the home team in the Stanley Cup Finals. Then again, Philly’s Blackhawks did drop their first single, “Sunday Morning,” back in early April—a few days prior to the Philadelphia Flyers barely squeaking into the 2009-2010 playoffs (via a shootout victory in the last game of the regular season), and well before the Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane ended the Flyers’ run by scoring the most anticlimactic, series-winning overtime goal in NHL history. So, you know, we’ll try to look past the band’s name. The local psych-pop trio—which features members of Nude Beach and Bananas Symphony—doesn’t make much of an effort to hide its love of Spaceman 3; in fact, the first recorded material the band released was a cover of Spacemen 3’s “More Rainbows (Come Down Softly).” But the plucky guitar work and rolling percussion of “Sunday Morning”—a train-hopping, bindle-toting, on-the-road track if ever there was one (available below, via Transparent)—has us looking forward to hearing more of the young band’s new material. Blackhawks performs tonight as part of North Star Bar‘s “New Music Series”; recent Philly Local Philes band Slutever and New Jersey’s Second Floor Stories open. (8 p.m., $21+, $7)