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Bondage & Discipline announce album series Love Me Like I’m Dead, first edition NO ONE out July 12th

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Bondage & Discipline via Facebook.com/bondageanddisciplinemusic | Photo by Jon Stars | jonstars.com

If you’ve been waiting patiently for the first LP from Philly rock/electronic outfit Bondage & Discipline, your wait is almost up — well, sort of. The band announced Wednesday that they’ll be releasing their first album Love Me Like I’m Dead this summer, albeit through a series of smaller sets of songs. The first part of the series, a three-song collection entitled NO ONE, will come out July 12th. The rest of Love Me Like I’m Dead will be spread out over the course of the next four months. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Feufollet, Agudos Clef and more

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Feufollet | Photo courtesy of the band.

We were introduced to Lafayette, LA band Feufollet earlier this week with a free download of “Know What’s Next” from their upcoming record Two Universes. While XPN’s Zydeco Crossroads spotlights the Creole heritage of the Southwest Louisiana city, Feufollet shows us another side of the musical culture with a blend of pop and indie rock.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: City Rain at Underground Arts, Robert Glasper Experiment at Tower Theater, Holy Ghost Tent Revival at MilkBoy and more

Last year, electro-pop duo City Rain premiered its single for “The Optimist,” a unique blend of synth and rock that tells a story of loss and positivity. Since its release, the song has garnered more than 200,000 views on YouTube and has been nominated for an Independent Music Award. It’s just one song off the duo’s latest album, Songs For a High School Dance, which is being featured all week in The Key’s Unlocked series. The album officially drops on May 6, but celebrate at their album release show tonight at Underground Arts. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the $7 tickets can be purchased here.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Parker Millsap, W. C. Lindsay and more

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W. C. Lindsay brought his genre jumping electro-punk in for a Key Studio Session, recording a handful of tracks off of his new LP Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions, which will be released on Big Footprints records in April.  Stream and download “Little Ghost” below and get the full set here.

New electronic / pop trio Bondage & Discipline shared their debut single “Only Your Love.”  The dichotomy in their name is mirrored in the song’s instrumentation and arrangement, with bright synths blending with distant guitars.  Stream and download it below.

Bucks County’s Jeremiah Tall has released a new song called “Penn’s Woods.”  The one-man band uses a guitar and a suitcase re-appropriated as a drum to perform his roots / Americana songs like the one below.  Stream and download “Penn’s Woods” below.

Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Jenny Hval recorded this week’s Folkadelphia Session.  The boundary breaking artist and poet showed her alternative approach to storytelling on last year’s Innocence is Kinky, using “shocking imagery, provocative language and music to match” to get her point across.  Stream and download the live session below.

Thursday’s My Morning Download featured Oklahoma musician Parker Millsap.  The 20 year old recently released his self-titled debut, which was spotlighted by Folk Alley’s Kim Ruehl on NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation.  Stream and download “Truck Stop Gospel” below.

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Bondage & Discipline are dark and romantic on debut single “Only Your Love”

Bondage & Discipline | photo courtesy of the artist
Bondage & Discipline | photo courtesy of the artist

Local outfit Bondage & Discipline have released their debut single, a lush electronic / pop track called “Only Your Love.”  The former National Rifle members formed the trio at the end of 2013, explaining that “although the name suggests a strong contrast to their sound and style – the new name brings a dark, romantic side to the band while staying true to their electronic rock/pop sound.”  “Only Your Love” has upheld this promise.  Its multifaceted synths, stretching from rhythmic undercurrents to spacey sweeps, are paired with distant guitars and reverbed vocals for something that is at once dark and sparkling.  Take a listen below and join Bondage & Discipline at their debut show at Kung Fu Necktie on March 28th.  Tickets and information can be found here.

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New Name, New Music, New Show: The National Rifle reinvents itself as Bondage and Discipline, debuts at KFN next month

Photo by Jon Stars | photo courtesy of facebook.com/bondageanddisciplinemusic
Photo by Jon Stars |  via facebook.com/bondageanddisciplinemusic

Philly alt-rock crew The National Rifle has been hinting at some big news since last November.

Turns out, the band had plans to change its name to Bondage & Discipline, which it did a month ago without much explanation, after seven years under their former moniker. And though the name sounds like the formation of a new emo/punk group, the band assured fans (and possibly disappointed a few Philly punkers) that their sound will remain rooted.

In a post on their Facebook page, the band said “Although the name suggests a strong contrast to their sound and style – the new name brings a dark, romantic side to the band while staying true to their electronic rock/pop sound.” All of this came around the same time after TNR released their latest album, Almost Endless, which is garnished with poppy guitar strums, uplifting “oohs” and “ahhs” and foot-stomping drum beats.

To celebrate their evolution, Bondage and Discipline announced today that they’ll play a debut show under their new name at Kung Fu Necktie on Friday, March 28th at 7 p.m., and will release a brand new single, “Victory in the War” in late March. For more info, keep tabs on the band at Facebook – and check out a video from their previous incarnation below.