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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diarrhea Planet at Underground Arts, Kississippi at Kung Fu Necktie, Cyberbully Mom Club at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Ridiculous band name, awesome band. Diarrhea Planet headlines Underground Arts tonight with their Philly-based tourmates Left & Right in tow. The blistering rock n’ roll six-piece dishes fierce fuzzy riffs and high energy not unlike their Nashville brethren JEFF the Brotherhood; 2013’s I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams is highly recommended listening. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch the video for Cyberbully Mom Club’s “FRIENDS”

Cyberbully Mom Club |  From the video "FRIENDS" |  Directed by Michael Williams & Ryan Bender
Cyberbully Mom Club | From the video “FRIENDS” | Directed by Michael Williams & Ryan Bender

Philly four-piece Cyberbully Mom Club have released the video for their bedroom pop track, “FRIENDS.”

Directed by Michael Williams and Ryan Bender, the video shows the group performing the track in pumped-up glory, then sitting together on a couch, less amused, watching the footage on TV. Very meta of you, CMC.

The video is telling of the group’s laid back dynamic; frontwoman Shari Heck cracks a smile throughout the video, even when singing a song that opens with “And I get so scared of all this sadness.”

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Listen to new release from local indie group Cyberbully Mom Club

Cyberbully Mom Club | via Twitter.com/cbmcband
Cyberbully Mom Club | via Twitter.com/cbmcband

Philly bedroom-pop group Cyberbully Mom Club recently released FOOTWEARand you may or may not have just a couple more weeks left to listen. They added on the Bandcamp page, “disappearing in april because this is a secret, temporary march ep.” Believe what you will, but Footwear holds some goodies, like the up-tempo “Philadelphia II,” with lyrics like,”I’ll walk for hours with a racing brain / And I’ll always end up home / In Philadelphia / I never feel alone.”

FOOTWEAR also takes on a somber lo-fi feel, following their pumped up full-band track, “Friends,” released in February. Continue reading →

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Mitski, Mumblr, Shannen Moser and more will play Daisy Fest to benefit Attic Youth Center

Mitski | Photo by Hundred Waters | via twitter.com/mitski_

(UPDATE: After a couple days of heated conversation on Facebook, Daisy Fest was apparently cancelled Wednesday night. It’s complicated, but in a nutshell, one of the artists on the LGBTQ benefit was called out when a band member made comments on social media that marginalized LGBTQ people. Concerns were raised, but not addressed, so acts began dropping off the bill – including the one whose presence had some upset. Wednesday night, the festival’s event page was abruptly deleted, evidently signaling its cancellation. We’ll keep our eyes out for further updates, but in the mean time, donations can be made to the Attic Youth Center here. -ed.)

Supporting the surrounding community on more than a musical level is a huge (and welcoming) aspect of the Philly scene. The first ever Daisy Fest, just announced today, will host some of the region’s favorite musicians to benefit the Attic Youth Center, a resource center for Philadelphia’s LGBTQ Youth Awareness Center. Continue reading →

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Cyberbully Mom Club release uke demo “Bobby Pins Pre-Blizzard”

Cyberbully Mom Club | Photo by Emily Ivy Scott
Cyberbully Mom Club | Photo by Emily Ivy Scott

For fans of lo-fi bedroom pop, Cyberbully Mom Club‘s Shari Heck released a ukulele-fun demo called “Bobby Pins Pre-Blizzard.” The track features a comforting combination of stinging metaphors and upbeat uke-chords. “And my mother sings from her lungs like a bird that can’t fly, like a moth to the light, sticking closer with time.” The lo-fi fuzz pop group made a video for the track that was recorded on an iPhone and features serious dance moves in the library at University of the Arts. Continue reading →

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Edelweiss, Blankbook and Cyberbully Mom Club rock the ballroom of a Drexel dorm

Cyberbully Mom Club | Photo by Emily Ivy Scott
Cyberbully Mom Club | Photo by Emily Ivy Scott

Dominique Galluscio is serious about her music gear. When she needed to borrow a can of condensed air from her Residential Director to fix her headphones, she realized it would also be a great opportunity to inquire about hosting a punk show in the ballroom of Drexel University’s Van Rensselaer Hall. Continue reading →