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Plow United brings summertime punk to Asbury Lanes and Boot and Saddle in June

Plow United | Courtesy of Isaac Turner
Plow United | Courtesy of Isaac Turner

Plow United has some pretty exciting news for east coast fans.

Earlier this week, the seminal locally-bred punks announced they’d play two shows in July, the same month they’re releasing two records. The first show will be at Asbury Lanes on July 18th, but the one we’re most excited about will be on July 19th at Boot & Saddle.

The band released its first album in 16 years, Marching Band, last March. Loaded with heavy bass lines, gritty vocals and thrashy drums, the 12-song LP saw the three-piece picking right up where its left up in the late 90s. Along with the shows, Plow announced that it would re-release its first-self-titled LP and put out a new 4-song 7″ called DELCO. Both drop on July 10th.

Join ‘em at Boot & Saddle during the dog days of summer with openers The Scandals and Chumped. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the $12 tickets can be purchased here. Below, watch their cover of “Burn Up” by Siouxie and the Banshees from their 2013 Key Studio Session.

Plow United “Burn-Up” – WXPN Key Studio Session from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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We Are Scientists and PAWS rocked their tour kickoff at Boot & Saddle

We Are Scientists | photo by Kate McCann
We Are Scientists | photo by Kate McCann

Boot and Saddle was packed for the second night of We Are Scientists and Paws’ stop through in Philly on Wednesday, a kick-off of the band’s “Frenchin’ the Americas” Tour. Their new album, TV en Français, was released in March, and the new tunes brought a certain eagerness to the three musicians’ presence. Fans were lit and gazed at front man Keith Murray as he threw himself around the stage, chanting the familiar hooks of “After Hours” and “Chick Lit.”  Scotland-based trio Paws opened the show, shaking the room with their rousing punk songs, from their anticipated sophomore album Youth Culture Forever, due out on FatCat records in May. Check out a photo recap of the night below.

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Embrace the strange with Teen Men’s new video for “The Sea, The Sea”; see them play Boot and Saddle Friday 4/11

Teen Men | Photo by Kate Bracaglia
Teen Men | Photo by Kate Bracaglia

Electro-pop outfit and visual stimulators Teen Men released a new music video for the track “The Sea, The Sea” and, not surprisingly, it’s wonderfully bizarre and trippy as hell.

The video – directed by Sylvio Bernardi - dances between color and black and white, animate and inanimate, with a balding figurine riding the waves of the drudgery of life before escaping to his dreams, eventually being pulled away by a live person in a guerrilla costume (credited as Herbert Herpels). If this makes absolutely no sense, that’s probably the point. Visual art has a funny way of making sense of things that words simply cannot. This is one of those instances.

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Teen Men – comprised of Nick Krill and Joe Hobson of The Spinto Band, and joined by visual artists Catharine Maloney and Albert Birney – play Boot & Saddle this Friday, Aprill 11 with Work Drugs. The show kicks off their spring tour. Get tickets and info for the 21+ show here. Watch the video below, and download the entire EP for free on the Teen Men Bandcamp page.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John the Conqueror at Milkboy, Art Garfunkel at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Black Horse Motel with Song Dogs and Spirit & Dust at Boot & Saddle and more

 

John the Conqueror | photo by Cinthya Vong
John the Conqueror | photo by Cinthya Vong

John the Conqueror celebrate the release of The Good Life at Milkboy tonight.  Formed in 2010 by Mississippi natives Pierre Moore and Mike Gardner with Philadelphian Ryan Lynn, the trio has spent its short career creating a sound that keeps the true blues of the south alive.  Working in affinities for punk and vivid narratives, John the Conqueror’s new record is a study in traditional music storytelling with an energy that is hard to match.  Tickets and information for the hometown record release show with Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore and Thee, Idea Men can be found here.  Stream and download “Waking Up to You” from The Good Life below.

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Scottish garage rock ragers PAWS release new single “Tongues,” will kick off U.S. tour in Philly in April

PAWS | photo by Martin Barker
PAWS | photo by Martin Barker

After playing three shows in Philadelphia last year, Scottish outfit PAWS will return on April 16th to kick-off their next run of bi-coastal dates.  The garage rock trio will bring their forthcoming LP Youth Culture Forever to Boot & Saddle to open for an already sold out We Are Scientists gig.

Along with the tour announcement comes the release of new single “Tongues,” the band’s first new material since 2012′s debut Cokefloat!.  PAWS’ signature hazy pop punk is even tighter on the new track, incorporating distorted vocals with bright guitar melodies and warm, floating drum beats.  Lyrically, the song reflects on regret and miscommunication in relationships.  Take a listen to the song below, followed by the music video.

PAWS – TONGUES (OFFICIAL VIDEO) from PAWS on Vimeo.

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Vacationer announce new side project Thrills, releasing debut LP at Boot & Saddle on 3/8

Michael Mullen  of Thrills | Photo By Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com
Michael Mullen of Thrills | Photo By Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com

Thrills is the new project from local musician Michael Mullen, along with his Vacationer bandmates Kenny Vasoli and Greg Altman.  Inverting the tropical electro-pop of the latter outfit, Thrills tangles its roots with emo / punk vocals and guitar noodlings.  On the first single “Dominic” from the band’s debut LP Thrills of Constantly Collapsing, Mullen and co. create a Circa Survive-like atmosphere where thoughtful, distant lyrics hurtle through synth-laden time and space.  Stream the full LP here and check out the video for “Dominic” below.  Tickets and information for Thrills’ debut show at Boot & Saddle on March 8th with Flyermile (members of Circa Survive, Killer Bangs) and Younger Me can be found here.

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Wish Southwork well on their SXSW travels at Boot and Saddle next weekend

southworkLocal indie rock / pop outfit Southwork hits the road at the end of the month for a tour that takes them to SXSW in Austin, TX and you can help send them off at Boot & Saddle on February 15th.  The seven-piece band (complete with a horn section) released their debut LP Arise at the end of 2012 and quickly followed it up with a four-song EP called Seasons Passing.  Though the heart of Southwork is anchored in fun and upbeat pop / rock melodies, the addition of glam rock drama and quirky instruments leads to more interesting recordings that reveal new surprises with each listen.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Killer Bands and S.T.O.P. can be found here.  Watch Southwork’s video for “My Demise” below.