It was a busy day in the blogosphere for Cold War Kids. The California-based group posted two big tweets—one in which they dropped their latest single “Miracle Mile,” and another announcing their 2013 tour schedule and a second trailer for their upcoming album, Dear Miss Lonely Hearts. Philly fans can pick up tickets for the group’s April 12th Union Transfer show when they go on sale this Friday at noon. In the meantime, listeners are advised to begin memorizing the anthem-like “Miracle Mile,” whose upbeat desperation (particularly in the chorus—“Come up for air, come up for air, come up”) suggests serious potential for a concert-wide sing-a-long. Watching the moody, black and white, noir-esque album trailer wouldn’t be a bad way to gear up for the band’s retro rock sound, either.
Cold War Kids
FRIDAY, MARCH 25
In yesterday’s Philly Local Philes, John Vettese described local no-wave act Normal Love as sounding “something like what Deerhoof did before smoothing their sound out on 2008’s Offend Maggie“; a couple of months before that, I described the band as a less-conventional version of The Stick Men. Which basically means that, if you’re a fan of abrasive, clanging, hyperactive noise-rock, Normal Love will probably become your new favorite band. Otherwise, it’s probably your new nightmare. (Luckily for us, we fall in the first group.) Normal Love performs with Planet Y and Mirror Men at 8:30 p.m. at Highwire Gallery; tickets to the show are $6.
Also playing: Sebadoh + Richard Buckner at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m. 21+, SOLD OUT); DeVotchKa + Mariachi El Bronx, Mischief Brew, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Kruno Spisic at Electric Factory (8 p.m., $26); Cold War Kids + Baths at The Trocadero (8 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); World/Inferno Friendship Society + Mirrors And Wires, Ardmore Assault at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); John Doe + Jill Sobule at Tin Angel (7:30 p.m., 21+, $18)
SATURDAY, MARCH 26
Asobi Seksu performs with Cults and Warm Ghost at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.
Also playing: The Funeral Pyre + The Secret, Sadgiqacea at Kung Fu Necktie (7 p.m., 21+, $10); Jeffrey Gaines + Tommy Conwell at The Blockley (8 p.m., 21+, $15); Arabrot + Wizard Rifle at JR’s (2 p.m., 21+, $5)
SUNDAY, MARCH 27
Tin Horses + Bronze Float at The M Room (8 p.m., 21+, $5)
Sorry for the last-minute notice, folks. But we just had two pairs of passes for tomorrow night’s sold-out Cold War Kids show at The Trocadero land in our lap—and we want to give them away ASAP. For a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. TODAY. We’ll select the winners at random later this evening and notify them via email; once you’ve confirmed that you and your guest will be attending the show, your names will be added to the venue’s guest list. (Just, you know, make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.)
And so is the band’s performance later that night at The Trocadero.