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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The National Rifle at Johnny Brenda’s, Everyone Everywhere at The Barbary, The Weeks at MilkBoy, JD Malone at Burlap and Bean, XPN Welcomes Lee Fields & The Expressions to World Cafe Live

With an album release a mere two weeks away, The National Rifle headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Almost Endless will be the Philly band’s first full-length, following up four EPs that span a seven year career.  With glam rock vocals, spacey synths and a pulsing bass line, The Nationals Rifle’s new recordings move the quartet away from the punk vibes of their previous releases and into the world of Bowie and M83 dipped in dream pop.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with The New Connection and Crills Wilson can be found here.  Below, stream “Glass Line” from Almost Endless.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: OCD: Moosh & Twist at the TLA and Crills Wilson at Kung Fu Necktie

Recent JUMP Philly cover stars, OCD: Moosh & Twist headline a show tonight at the Theater of Living Arts. The duo met in elementary school and instantly found a musical connection in one another, they’ve been making mixtapes and playing shows ever since. They had the opportunity to perform at The Roots Picnic this year and have been touring the country at only 19 years of age. Tonight’s performance begins at 7 PM, tickets to the all ages show are $16.50. Check out their music video for “City Kids” that was released in late 2010 and now has over 1 million views.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDpp1zWuEU8

Crills Wilson has a unique sound, and his rootsy voice combined with punk rock instrumentation makes for one catchy outcome. They play tonight at Kung Fu Necktie along with Miracles of Modern Science, High Kick, and Organik Theory. This 21+ show begins at 8 PM, tickets are $8.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Vol. 3 (feat. mewithoutYou, Psychic Teens, White Birds, + more)

DRGN King

The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume 3—which you can download for free here—features one exclusive track recorded at the WXPN studios by 18 local acts, including DRGN King, Blayer Point Du Jour, Plow United, Weston, Surgeon, Break It Up, Black Landlord, Crills Wilson, Psychic Teens, The Bad Doctors, Ben Smith, The Tressels, Saturn Never Sleeps, White Birds, Andrew Lipke, Ports Of Call, mewithoutYou, and Young Statues.

Special thanks to all of the bands for coming to our studio, and to John Vettese for recording them. We’d also like to thank volunteer production assistants Zachary Deveraux Fairbrother, Jake “Rabid” Nisenfeld
Jeremy Quattlebaum, Joshua Pannepacker, and Maureen Walsh, as well as photographers Eric Ashleigh, Michael “Kraus Phade” Béon, Kate Bracaglia, Michelle Holshue, Mattias Nilsson, Eric Schuman, and Rachelle Lee Smith for sharing their work.

Click here the download the 18-track compilation in its entirety as a .zip file. Want to hear more? Click here to listen to the full sessions by all 18 local acts; you can also download The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume I and Volume 2.

Track listing:

DRGN King, “Holy Ghost”
Blayer Point Du Jour, “Mansion Party”
Plow United, “Martin”
Weston, “Love And Rockets”
Surgeon, “Greed”
Break It Up, “Subterranian”
Black Landlord, “Last Night”
Crills Wilson, “Grifter”
Psychic Teens, “Red”
The Bad Doctors, “Sisyphus And The Gate”
Ben Smith, “Love Potion No. 10″
The Tressels, “Cold Blue Eyes”
Saturn Never Sleeps, “Hearts On Fire”
White Birds, “Floating Hands”
Andrew Lipke, “Sleep Like A Child”
Ports Of Call, Ballinora
mewithoutYou, “Tie Me Up! Untie Me!”
Young Statues , “Athens”

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Philly Local Philes: download a Key Session outtake from Crills Wilson (playing Milkboy tonight)

Our recent Key Studio Session with Philly bourbon-folk provocateur Crills Wilson packed a punch — so much so that we had to held back a touch when initially releasing it. Tonight, with the band steamrolling through Milkboy Philly for a show with good buds The New Connection – whose drummer, Todd Mecaughey, mixed and mastered Wilson’s debut full-length Solid Gold – well, we thought it was as good a time as any to unleash one of the outtakes upon the world. Today’s Philly Local Phile, “Black Mail,” is a rockabilly dance party filtered through Mudhoney’s effects pedals. Download the song below and pop it on for the ride to the show.
Crills Wilson plays Milkboy Philly tonight at 9:30 p.m. with The New Connection, Abstract Verses and North End. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10 at the door.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Crills Wilson

Photo by John Vettese

“Even with the differences of opinion everybody brings to the band, I think we all went to Punk Rock High School,” muses Philly’s Crills Wilson of his bandmates. Earlier this year, the bourbon-folk rabble rouser lined up a roster of players to help him record his self-titled debut; most stuck around to become his live band. Some moments in their recent Key Studio Session leaned classic rock, and others more bootstomp country—but a rough-and-ready, riled up core carried across it all. You hear it in the Pouges-y tale of concertgoing woe, “Cell Song”, with its unforgettable chorus: “I went to a show at the Trocadero / didn’t get to go, no no no no.” You hear it in the brand-new “Worrying Like I Am,” a tune Wilson wrote about Occupy Philly; the song somehow divorces itself from the negativity of both the movement’s dismissive detractors as well as its defensive supporters, coming across as an empowering anthem. (I love the line “Speak out even if your voice is trembling.”) And you hear it in the overall energy of the performance; this ensemble is on its game as a live act. Catch Crills Wilson and the band in concert on Oct. 28 when they play an all-ages show at Danger Danger Gallery with The National Rifle. For the over-21 crowd, they also play Milkboy Philly on Nov. 4 with The New Connection.

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This weekend’s Mercer Street Block Party lineup (including Cheers Elephant, Bandname, and Early Ape)

Cheers Elephant

This Sunday, Cloud Entertainment is hosting the free Mercer Street Block Party in Fishtown, according to The Swollen Fox. Starting at 2 p.m., there will be music, food, and a live mural. The line-up includes Cheers Elephant, Bandname, Tin Horses, Conversations With Enemies, Crills Wilson, Eric n Eric, and Early Apes.

2-2:40 – Tin Horses
3-3:40 – Eric N Eric
4-4:40 – Early Ape
5-5:40 – Conversations with Enemies
6-6:40 – Cheers Elephant
7-7:40 – Crills Wilson
7:50-8:30 – Bandname