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What band are you going to be for Halloween? A look at covers parties in Philly this weekend

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Let’s face it, the adult Halloween is only really fun if you get to get boozed up, listen to some music and dance while dressed ridiculously. Or is that just me? Regardless there are some rockin’ shows this weekend where all of the aforementioned are encouraged – and pretty much required. Continue reading →

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Camae Defstar brings Moor Mother Goddess to Hong Kong Garden

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Moor Mother Goddess | Photo by Chris Sikich for WXPN | sikichphotography.com

Camae Defstar is both immovable object and unstoppable force. Whether she’s reassembling interstellar and indigenous radio interference into busted Brainfeeder-via-Tackhead beats as part of her “blk girl blues/witch rap” project Moor Mother Goddess or hosting the monthly ROCKERS! series or leading educational workshops for marginalized women, Defstar’s intensity is pervasive and infectious. Come let MMG destroy and rebuild you at Hong Kong Garden on Sunday, September 13th. More details here. Listen to Occult Scorpio Technologies below.

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Singer-songwriter Abi Reimold celebrates her EP release this Saturday at Hong Kong Garden

Abi Reimold | Photo courtesy of the artist
Abi Reimold | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philly-based songstress Abi Reimold – also a photographer and occasional contributor to The Key – will celebrate the arrival of her new EP FORGET this Saturday at Hong Kong Garden and the new set of tracks isn’t dark for dark’s sake; it’s beauty and pain all rolled into one haunting confessional. There’s even a sense of fear on “Forget” as she repeats “I’m scared I’ll forget you” over a fleeting guitar riff ascends into fuzzy reverb before ending with a few solemn bass notes. Get the EP here and more details on the show here. Listen to “Your Shoes” below.

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Watch the theme song from Boston DIY band Krill (playing Hong Kong Garden on 9/4)

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Last month, Krill released their quirky pop-punk LP, Lucky Leaves.  The DIY band somehow packaged this raw sound into concise and catchy songs and they have even dared to create their own theme song.  “Theme From Krill” is a self-homage featuring the group goofing off on camera mixed with footage of the group playing live.  Basically, the video takes the odd Boston trio and puts their personalities and musical style together, showing you what the band has to offer in 3.5 minutes.  Exactly what a theme song calls for.  Check out the video below and be sure to catch them September 4th at Hong Kong Garden.

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Meet shoegazing philly band Jackie Paper (playing Hong Kong Garden on 11/6)

Philadelphia shoegaze project Jackie Paper will be part of a DIY lineup at Hong Kong Garden on November 6th. Frontman Joshua Dowell, whose influences heavily draw from psychedelic rock and dust-trail rhythms, has been performing as Jackie Paper with various accompanying artists since 2007; a collection of four tracks was released in April, which you can listen to here. The Hong Kong Garden show will also feature fellow folk artists The Heligoats, Jake McKelvie and the Countertops, and Skinny Bones; information for that show can be found here. Watch Jackie Paper’s video for “All Is All” below.