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DRGN King, Family Vacation, Big Tusk, Ghost Gum and more scheduled to play show on Record Store Day at Vinyl Revival Records

Photo courtesy of Dan King
Photo courtesy of Dan King

If you were already having a hard time planning out how you were going to celebrate Record Store Day on April 19, things just got a little more complicated.

Vinyl Revival Records in Lansdowne will be kicking off the day not only with limited edition and first releases, but a near all-day free concert event featuring some of the finest in Philly’s underground/punk/indie scene. On the bill, we’ve got Family Vacation, Big Tusk, Ghost Gum, Wild Rompit and DRGN King, who is warming up for a Sunday show opening for New Madrid at Boot and Saddle.

Listen to DRGN King’s most recent single “Solo Harp” below, get a sampling of the other artists on the bill after the jump and check out the full lineup here.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. DRGN King, Roof Doctor, Lake Street Dive and more

Up The Chain | Photo by Bob Sweeney
Up The Chain | Photo by Bob Sweeney

Up the Chain stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session.  The laidback five-piece tossed three new songs into the set list, along with tracks taken from last year’s Seeds and Thorns.  The session is a showcase of the band’s chameleon-like sound, moving from rockabilly to rootsy pop and even including a song you could tango to.  Take a listen to “Seasick Sailors” below and get the full set here.  Up the Chain play The Ardmore Music Hall on April 26th; tickets and information can be found here.

Philly outfit Roof Doctor released their sophomore effort Mobile Freedom Home this week, posting it on Bandcamp as a name-your-own-price download.  As Patricia Madej described in her review, it’s the kind of album “you’ll find yourself humming” as you “notice the small jangly, irresistible details” of each song.  Stream and download “Bulldog” below and get the full album here.  Roof Doctor plays a record release show at PhilaMOCA tonight; information can be found here.

Folkadelphia brought in Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors for a live session back in October, and fittingly chose the early days of spring to share the resulting outdoorsy recordings.  Found via word-of-mouth, the band proved why their fans are so supportive of and excited by the “honest, down-to-earth, and catchy pop & rootsy Americana music” the Tennessee natives create.  Stream and download the full session below.

Local favorites DRGN King have returned with a new single called “Solo Harp” this week.  Following last year’s Paragraph Nights full-length, the new track moves in a different direction with swirling guitars, a distorted found-audio clip and sun-bathed vocals not unlike Dr. Dog’s mellower tunes.  Stream and download the song below and stay tuned for more from the band’s forthcoming second LP.  DRGN King play Boot & Saddle on April 20th; tickets and information can be found here.

Recent World Cafe subjects Lake Street Dive performed a version of “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5 during their session with host David Dye.  Featured as a My Morning Download, the song opts for a dimly-lit jazz club vibe with heavy stand-up bass notes accompanied by soulful vocal harmonies and steamy horns.  Stream and download the song here.  Lake Street Dive returns to Philly on April 2nd for a sold out show at Union Transfer.

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Free Download: DRGN King set the mood with new single “Solo Harp”

DRGN King | photo courtesy of the artist
DRGN King | photo courtesy of the artist

DRGN King have followed up last year’s Paragraph Nights LP with a new single called “Solo Harp.”  Premiered over on No Fear of Pop, the “mood setting track” is a bit more languid than those on its predecessor, opening with a swirling guitar line and blooming reverb before cutting down to a warm bass track that holds up relaxed vocals from front man Dom Angelella.  The song is taken from a forthcoming sophomore effort from the band, expected to be released this summer on Bar None Records.  Take a listen (and get a free download) below, and catch DRGN King live at Boot & Saddle on April 20th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DRGN King at Johnny Brenda’s, The Whisky Gentry at MilkBoy, Adrien Reju at Kennett Flash and more

Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Like a punkier Philly version of TV On the Radio, indie-rock quartet DRGN King headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Though the group hasn’t released anything new since 2013′s Paragraph Nights, they’ve been more than active playing at festivals, recording a Daytrotter session, recording videos (i.e. this cover of The Dead Milkmen’s “Punk Rock Girl”) and more. Oh, and they’ve been playing a ton of shows. Come hang out with them tonight at 9:00 along with local rockers Mumblr and New York-based band Porches. Tickets for the 21+ show are $10 and can be purchased here.

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Watch Dominic Angelella of Drgn King strip down The Dead Milkmen classic “Punk Rock Girl”

Dominic Angelella of Drgn King | Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Dominic Angelella of Drgn King | Photo by Joe Del Tufo

Dominic Angelella of Philly indie-pop quartet Drgn King revived an old local favorite when he played for Root Down in the Shadow‘s “Cover Club” series recently at Nomad Recording Studios. With his electric guitar in tow, Angelella took on The Dead Milkmen’s 1988 hit single “Punk Rock Girl,” and delivered it just as endearingly as the original. This Friday, Angelella joins his Drgn King bandmates, who released their debut album Paragraph Nights a little over a year ago, for a show at Johnny Brenda’s. Get tickets here and check out the “Punk Rock Girl” clips below.

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DRGN King and SHMNS to headline Flux at Drexel University on 1/24

DRGN King | photo via www.facebook.com/wearedrgnking
DRGN King | photo via www.facebook.com/wearedrgnking

Drexel University’s Flux will throw their first show of the year on Friday, January 24th featuring DRGN King and SHMNS.  DRGN King had a big 2013, playing a much-loved set at the XPoNential Music Festival in July, recording Daytrotter, Brighton Sound and Out of Town Film sessions and releasing its debut full-length Paragraph Nights on Bar-None Records.  SHMNS are a new electro / pop outfit from Philadelphia that released their glimmering debut EP Somewhere Between Here and There in May of last year.  Also playing are Mammoth Indigo from Virginia and Boston’s Sparhawks.  More information about the show can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Watch DRGN King perform “Undertow” below, followed by SHMNS track “Oh! Hallelujah!”

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Divers, The Districts, DRGN King and more featured on Tri-State Indie’s Lou Reed tribute (12/7 at World Cafe Live)

Photos by Abi Reimold | www.abireimoldphoto.com
Photo by Abi Reimold | www.abireimoldphoto.com

This Saturday, a tribute to late rock and roll icon Lou Reed at World Cafe Live will raise money for hunger charities MANNA and Philabundance. Today, the event’s organizers – the Philly-based music blog Tri-State Indie – announced the lineup for the show, and it features a solid cross section of Philly musicians, including:

Weekender
Levee Drivers
Pete Donnelly
Black Stars
Dominic Angelella (of DRGN KING)
Keepers
Nero Catalano
The Districts
John Train
Divers
Pine Barons
Our Griffins

The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m., tickets are $8 and available here. Attendees are asked to bring canned non-perishable food items to donate to Philabundance. Below, watch The Districts paying tribute to Reed at a recent festival with a cover of “I’m Waiting For The Man” by The Velvet Underground.