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This Weekend: Philly shoegaze / psychedelic band Jackie Paper playing Silk City on 10/20

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The multifaceted psychedelic pop-rock band Jackie Paper have undoubtedly woven themselves into the fabric of the Philly DIY music scene. With a home base at Hong Kong Garden, the band has worked its way through the city’s venues, from Kung Fu Necktie to El Bar to World Cafe Live. Sunday they’ll be performing at Silk City joined by Zebras and Bulls Fight Tonight!Week of Wonders and Drone Ranger.

Created by Joshua Dowell (guitar, vocals), the band also includes Patrick Firth  (percussion), Michelle Goodwin (flute and vocals), Asher Dark (bass) and Daniel Jose (synth). The band manages to combine raw Philly psych with elements of shoegaze and ’60s sounds. Tracks on their 2012 demo, available on Bandcamp, trail between droning fuzz bass and upbeat percussion, mixing distortion and keys complimented by woodwind arrangements, making for a truly unique sound. Listen to “Good Luck” from the EP below; get details on Sunday’s show at Silk City at its Facebook event page.

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Save the date: The Clark Park Music & Arts Festival is September 21st (featuring The Fleeting Ends, The Districts, Black Stars, Thee, Idea Men and more)

Clark_Park_Poster.1 The Clark Park Music & Arts Festival is happening on Saturday, September 21st, starting at Noon. The festival will feature over 40 vendors and 9 bands to celebrate the community supported Clark Park Fall Equinox Festival. Some of the bands performing include The Fleeting Ends, The Districts, Jackie Paper, The Deadeyes, Seismic Thrust, Black Stars, THATAFS, Thee, Idea Men and Southwark. Clark Park is located 43rd and Chester Avenue in West Philadelphia and is all free and all fun. Below, sample some tunes from a few of the bands that will be performing.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Inc. at Johnny Brenda’s, Astro at World Cafe Live

Often compared to Prince, the two brothers of Inc. combine high pitched vocals with smooth and sensual beats. Born and bred in Los Angeles, the duo tackles the soul genre — and does so with undeniable style and sparse (but impressive) instrumentation. Andrew and Daniel Aged will stop into Johnny Brenda’s tonight as the brothers continue on a debut North America tour. Check out the video of “Black Wings” — which features an unexpected amount of chains and chickens — and find tickets and information here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Wallace Brothers Band at Ortlieb’s Lounge, Jackie Paper at The Fire

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The Wallace Brothers Band of Kutztown make some solid Americana, finding influence from artists from Merle Haggard to Crosby Still Nash & Young.  Tonight, the group plays at Ortlieb’s Lounge along with Jet Watson and his Atomic Ranch Hands.  If you’re in the mood for a little country tonight, be sure to check out the show.  You can find ticket information here and check out a song by The Wallace Brothers below.

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THATAFS: Odd name, great band (playing Milkboy 7/6)

THATFASWith a name like T.H.A.T.A.F.S (Time Hitler and the Assholes From Space), it’s hard to take this group seriously at first glance.  Who would name themselves that and what does it mean?  The closest I’ve come to the origin of the name is that the band are the Assholes From Space chasing Time Hitler across the galaxy and across dimensions.  Which sounds like a terrible 80s screenplay. But even so, when it comes to music, this Philly group doesn’t mess around, finding influence from a wide range of sounds.  On their latest release, Wild and Willing, the group at times sounds like hard rock or punk, channeling the Velvet Underground of Pavement.  But THATAFS just as easily slip into psychedelic rock, and the album is full of long-trippy gems.  This weekend, the group is playing at Milkboy along with Jackie Paper, The Cats and blues-rock six-piece Vietnam.  Click here for ticket information and check out some music from the long-named THATAFS below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Junip with Birdie Busch at Union Transfer, Alessi’s Ark at Johnny Brenda’s, Jackie Paper at Ortlieb’s Lounge

Led by Swedish songwriter Jose Gonzales, the band Junip, is sharing the stage with Philadelphia singer Birdie Busch tonight at Union Transfer. Known for their soft, but invigorating sound, both musicians take their own spin on folk by mixing blues progressions with atmospheric, psychedelic breaths, soft rock riffs, and delicate lyrics. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s show here. Watch Birdie Busch’s “These Banks” from her PledgeMusic-funded album, The Greatest Night, below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jamie Lidell at Union Transfer, Amanda X at Kung Fu Necktie, THe Appleseed Cast with Belgrade at the First Unitarian Church

jamielidell8-credit_nicole_nodlandBritish performer Jamie Lidell will be at Union Transfer tonight.  Over his six-album career, Lidell has worked with Beck, Feist and Simian Mobile Disco.  Lidell is currently touring in support of his recent self-titled Warp Records release, which sees the soul singer adopt a more electronic dance vibe instead of his usual R&B tinged soul angle.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Empress Of and Ludwig Persik can be found here.  Below, watch the video for Jamie Lidell’s “You Naked.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: LIGHTS at The TLA, Blonde Gang at PhilaMOCA’s Tuesday Tune-Out, Thee Nosebleeds at Kung Fu Necktie, Duncan Shiek at World Cafe Live, Jackie Paper at the North Star Bar

Toronto’s LIGHTS will take the stage at The TLA tonight.  Lights Poxleitner reached early success with a Best New Artist Juno Award in 2008 but hasn’t let the pressure of living up to expectations hold her back musically.  Her latest record, Siberia, is a step in the experimental direction and infuses dub-step drops with her usual pop-oriented melodies for a grittier final product.  LIGHTS performs alongside Arkells at tonight’s all-ages show.  Tickets are $15 and doors open at 7:00 p.m., more information here.  Below, watch LIGHTS’ latest video for “Timing is Everything.”

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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.