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Icebird (rjd2 and Aaron Livingston) announce remix contest for the song “Charmed Life”


Icebird, featuring rjd2 and Aaron Livingston, performed at Union Transfer this past Friday night and recently released their debut Iast week called The Abandoned Lullaby. They’ve announced a remix competition for the song “Charmed Life” from the album and have made the stems of the song available to remix. The deadline for “Charmed Life” remix competition is 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31st and the winner will be selected by rjd2 and Livingston. Download the album version of “Charmed Life” here. For more information about the Charmed Life remix competition go here.

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Weekend Picks: Deer Tick at UPenn, RJD2 + Icebird at Union Transfer, Slutever + Break It Up at Kung Fu Necktie

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14
Deer Tick takes all the right steps to stay disheveled yet oddly dapper. Though members of the Providence-based group typically come equipped with the standard beards and other facial hair common for their country-tinged folk genre, they still manage to channel a retro, Don Draper-esque appreciation for suit jackets and nice shades. This same balance between shabby and chic resonates in the group’s relentlessly heavy emphasis on guitar-driven rock, songs often wavering between thick, overwhelming chord progressions and delicate, almost dainty, riffs. The opening track of the group’s latest album, Divine Providence (set for release on October 25th) keeps the balance alive, maintaining singer John McCanley’s coarse, sinister vocals with the song’s friendly, sing-song melodies. Deer Tick performs with Fun and Virgin Forest at 8 p.m. at UPenn’s Harrison Auditorium; tickets to the all-ages show are $15. —Marielle Mondon

As we mentioned earlier this month, RJD2 and singer-songwriter Aaron Livingston are collaborating together as Icebird and released their debut album, The Abandoned Lullaby, on October 11th. You can download the first single, “Going And Going. And Going” hereRJD2 performs with Icebird and Lushlife at 8 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $15-$17.

Meanwhile, the members of Arrah And The Ferns—whom John Vettese highlighted in yesterday’s Philly Local Philes—will celebrate the release of their latest EP, Soldier Ghost, at Phila MOCA. Arrah And The Ferns performs with Univox and Conversations With Enemies at 9 p.m. at at Phila MOCA.

Also Playing: Illinois + Carousel, A Victim To Good Times at Milkboy Philly (9 p.m., 21+, $8–$10); Esperanza Spalding + Chamber Music Society at Merriam Theater (8 p.m., $35–$45)

Break It Up

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
Two of The Key’s favorite local acts, Slutever and Break It Up, perform together (alongside L.A.’s Bleached) at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Back in April, we featured Slutever in our Key Studio Sessions; a month later, we interviewed guitarist/drummer Rachel Gagliardi about her children’s music side project, The Weenies. Over the summer, we interviewed all three members of Break It Up and featured them in our Key Studio Sessions as well. You can listen to a track from each session below; click on the above links for the full sessions. Slutever performs with Bleached and Break It Up at 7:30 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $10. 

Also Playing: Blocktoberfest featuring The Walkmen + Cozy Galaxies, Kuf Knotz, Toy Soldiers, Suzie Brown, New Pony, Reckless Amateurs, Paper Monster, Parsnip Revolt, Andy Dalzell on South Street between Broad and 17th Sts. (noon–8 p.m., all ages, free); Minus the Bear + The Velvet Teen at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., all ages, $27); Dick Dale + The Levee Drivers at North Star Bar (9 p.m., 21+, $20–$25)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16
Southern Culture On The Skids + Pokey LaFarge And The South City Three at World Cafe Live (7 p.m., $21–$39); Richard Thompson at Keswick Theatre (7:30 p.m., $29–$39)

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Download “Charmed Life,” the new song by Icebird (featuring rjd2 and Aaron Livingston)

rjd2 and singer-songwriter Aaron Livingston are collaborating together as Icebird and will release their debut album, The Abandoned Lullaby, on October 11th. Download the first single, “Going And Going. And Going” here. Below, download another new song from the album, “Charmed Life.” Icebird will open a solo set opening for rjd2 on Friday, October 14th at Union Transfer. For more information and tickets to all-ages show click here.

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RJD2 performing at Penn’s Landing today at 1PM


RJD2 tweeted and posted on his Facebook page that he’s performing at Penn’s Landing today at 1p.m. He’s part of the HP Jam Session starting today through Sunday. According to the Facebook event page RJD2 is “playing at approximately 1pm. (time subject to change).” The other day we posted here about a new album coming from RJD2, his collaboration with singer and guitarist Aaron Livingston called Icebird. The album, called The Abandoned Lullabye is out October 11th with a show at Union Transfer on October 24th. Download a new song here.

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Download a new song from Icebird (RJD2 and Aaron Livingston); releasing new album October 11th and playing Union Transfer on October 14th


Philly DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist RJD2 has announced his new project and album with vocalist Aaron Livingston called Icebird. Their album, The Abandoned Lullaby, is being released on RJ’s label RJ’s Electrical Connections on October 11th. RJ and Icebird perform at Union Transfer on Friday, October 14th. Livingston, who also performs with his bands The Mean and Young Vipers, worked previously with RJ on his 2010 album, Colossus on the song “Crumbs Off The Table.” He is also featured on “Guns Are Drawn” from The Roots’ Game Theory album. I had the honor of meeting up with RJ back in June during which he played me the entire new album. It’s definitely a psychedelic soul affair that brought to mind records by Funkadelic like Maggot Brain with musical elements of synth-pop, straight ahead Hendrixian rock, and of course, some serious head nodding beats. Below, download the first song from the album.