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Young Robots Records will release limited edition vinyl EP at Creep Records on 3/1 with a performance by The Downtown Club

The Downtown Club | Photo by Theo Constantinou
The Downtown Club | Photo by Theo Constantinou

Young Robots Records, home to local acts The Downtown Club, Nicos Gun, Instamatic and others, will release a limited edition vinyl EP on March 1st.  Taking a selection of cuts originally released on the label’s Philadelphia Maneto compilation, the new wax run will includes original songs from the bands mentioned above alongside remixes by label boss DJ Apt One.  A release show and party will be held at Creep Records in the Piazza on March 1st with appearances by The Downtown Club and DJ Apt One.  Admission to the event includes a hand-numbered copy of the EP and can be purchased here.  Check out Philadelphia Maneto below.

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Watch a new Red Bull Sounds of the City session featuring Nicos Gun

Nicos Gun | Photo by Ryan Muir/Red Bull Content Pool
Nicos Gun | Photo by Ryan Muir/Red Bull Content Pool

Local electro-dance crew Nicos Gun went acoustic for their new Sounds of the City session, presented by Red Bull Sound Select.  The band performed three tracks, including music from their upcoming record Dream Vacation.  The videos were filmed in locations around Philly, including their apartment in Northern Liberties, Northern Liberties Park and at The Fire on Girard Ave.  The filming spots are more than just notable Philadelphia points of interest – the band chose locations that are important to them as musicians in this city (The Fire is where they played their first show together).  Below, check out the video for Nicos Gun’s new single “Power Back,” followed by “Island of Sirens” from the new record and “Business and Pleasure” from their debut Plush.

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Lushlife to play next Red Bull Sound Select event on 9/17 with Cuddle Magic, Heliotropes and Johnny Showcase

redbullsoundselect The next Philly Red Bull Sound Select show will be held on Tuesday, September 17th at a secret location TBA. Curated by Tayyib Smith of Little Giant Media, the showcase will feature Cuddle Magic, Heliotropes, Johnny Showcase and Lushlife. Tonight is the August edition of Red Bull Sound Select at The Blockley with Kilo Kish, Nico’s Gun, Mic Stewart & Joie. Go here for more information about tonight’s show, curated by Veteran Freshman. Below, listen to some tunes from Lushlife, Cuddle Magic and Johnny Showcase.

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Check out who’s playing the Red Bull Sound Select show at the Blockley 8/16

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Red Bull is hosting a show at the Blockley on August 16 as part of its Sound Select concert series, which aims to bring together and “break” new music. Headlining the show is experimental, alternative hip-hop driven artist Kilo Kish. She dropped her record, K+, earlier this year – you can stream it below through SoundCloud. Curated by Veteran Freshman, the show also include performances by local singer-songwriter/hip-hop artist Joie, and Philly quirky psych-rockers Nico’s Gun. Also on the bill is Mic Stewart, who just recently released the music video for “Let it Bump,” his track with Chill Moody and DJ Damage. Tickets for the show can be bought at the door – $3 before 10 p.m, and $10 after.

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Download Nicos’ Gun “Dirty Girl (DJ Apt One Remix)” from the forthcoming Philadelphia Maneto compilation

Local record label Young Robots has been working hard this summer to put together a Philly-centric compilation of new songs and remixes from local bands and producers, called Philadelphia Maneto. Curated by local electronic artist DJ Apt One, the comp will feature additional help by a selection of other dance-centric artists, with the set released next week on digital-download and 12″ vinyl. On July 18th, there will be a concert at the Race Street Pier to celebrate the whole thing. Last week we got a taste of the set with The Downtown Club’s “Dance”; today, we have a featured remix of the Nicos Gun track “Dirty Girl.” The track (recently remixed by Philly’s own Les Professionnels as well) is full of delightful synth programming and an infectious beat. Listen to it and grab your download below.

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Les Professionnels remix Nicos Gun’s “Dirty Girl”

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Philly-based dance-punk outfit Nicos Gun released their full-length record Plush in December of 2011, and it featured the Prince-y opening track “Dirty Girl.” Fast forward a couple of years, and it seems about time that the song gets a little reboot, courtesy of none other than fellow Philly-natives, Les Professionnels. The newly remixed “Dirty Girls” reinvents the tune in only a way that the self-proclaimed “cosmic voyagers” could.  Featuring the same punch and attitude of the original, while adding a funky new layer of electro-pop, too, Les Professionnels manage to give the song new life, yet are careful not to distract from its original appeal. The remixed track is now available on iTunes, and can be streamed via Spotify. Listen to it below. Les Prof plays MilkBoy next Friday, June 28th; tickets and information can be found here.

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Nicos Gun release new video, announce MilkBoy concert

Philly’s own Nicos Gun released a brand new video this weekend for their song, “Islands of Sirens.”  The video features kaleidoscopic images and late-80s style footage of the band dancing, crying and playing their instruments. The song begins with a blues riff that repeats and never quite seems to resolve itself until the end.  Overall, it’s an infectious melody that seems heavily influenced by Prince – not unlike Nicos Gun in general.  Check out the video below and be sure to put on your dance shoes, because Nicos Gun is playing Milkboy June 29th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: David Bowie Tribute at The Blockley, Omar and Lemuria at The Barbary

Photo by Dan King
Photo by Dan King
Local bands are coming together for a David Bowie Tribute at The Blockley tonight.  Titled “Let’s Dance” and presented by Deathwaltz Media Group, the tribute show will feature a costume contest, art exhibition, and dance party.  Nicos Gun will do a rendition of Bowie’s 1983 album Let’s Dance with American Babies and more on hand to perform their own versions of Bowie’s jams.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Watch the preview video below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Parquet Courts at PhilaMOCA, Sir Sly at Johnny Brenda’s, Alo Brasil at Underground Arts, Lentil Fest at The Fire and more

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Post-punk quartet Parquet Courts headline an eclectic line-up at PhilaMOCA tonight.  Back in Philadelphia for the third time this year, Parquet Courts continue to tour in support of their debut full-length Light Up Gold, which just got a proper label release through indie label What’s Your Rupture.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Amanda X and Household can be found here.  Watch Parquet Courts perform “Master of My Craft” and “Borrowed Time” live on WNYC below.

One of the stand-out bands at March’s SXSW, Sir Sly make their way to Philadelphia tonight for a show at Johnny Brenda’s.  With an EP plus a few more tracks released, the band has quickly made it clear that they will operate in the realm of expansive, catchy pop hooks.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with JMSN and The Last Royals can be found here.  Watch a new video for “Found You Out” below and download “Gold” here.

Local Brazilian band Alo Brasil plays Underground Arts tonight.  More than just a performing band, Alo Brasil features an interactive live show influenced by African rhythms like samba, maracatu and more.  Though often accompanied by costumed dancers, for their recurring “Underground Sessions” Alo Brasil has a refreshed line-up of musicians.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here, or on the Facebook event page here.  Watch a promo video for Alo Brasil below.

Lentil Fest continues at The Fire tonight, with performances by Kuf Knotz, Nicos Gun, Reef the Lost Cauze, Mike “Slo-Mo’ Brenner, Gedeon Luke and Brady & the Bear.  In support of Lentil the french bulldog (born with a cleft pallate), all proceeds will benefit the French Bulldog Rescue Network, Street Tails Animal Rescue and ccakids.org.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Watch Kuf Knotz perform at the 2011 XPoNential Music Festival below.

Also happening: XPN welcomes The Smithereens to The Sellersville Theater; XPN welcomes Free Energy to the North Star Bar.  Tickets and information for both shows can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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