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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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Les Professionnels debut their remix of “Dirty Girl” by Nicos Gun (playing MilkBoy tomorrow, The Blockley on Saturday)

les prof medusa When they took control of the Philly Local show a couple of months ago, local remixers Les Professionnels debuted a new reworking of Nicos Gun’s “Dirty Girl.”  Ahead of the track’s release next month, “Dirty Girl” the remix is up for streaming on Youtube paired with a pointillated video created by TRMINAL.  From Les Professionnels:

The Remix is heavily influenced by our love of Daft Punk, Prince, MJ, Indie Dance, and Deep House and we thought it would be fitting to release in anticipation of Daft Punk’s new album (something we are very excited about). When making this remix we imagined Nicos Gun  as the centerpiece of a wild house party set in space. There’s even a nice bed of crowd noise to boot! We hope you enjoy it as much as we loved making it!

Stream the track below and listen to the original version here.  Les Professionnels have a show at MilkBoy tomorrow night; more information can be found here.  They’ll also be partying at The Blockley on Saturday – check out the Facebook event page here.

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Lentil Fest! benefit with Kuf Knotz, Nicos Gun, Reef The Lost Cauze, Sean Hoots, The Lawsuits, and more at The Fire on May 4

seanhoots On Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th, The Fire plays host to a benefit with proceeds going to The French Bulldog Rescue Network, the Street Tails Animal Rescue (STAR), and the Children’s Craniofacial Association. Performers on Saturday, May 4th include: Kuf Knotz, Nicos Gun, and Reef The Lost Cauze. On Sunday, May 5th, the lineup includes: The Lawsuits, Spirit and Dust, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Anjuli Josephine, Attia Taylor, and Sean Hoots. Go here for tickets and more information about the shows.

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New Music: Listen to Nicos Gun “Waterfalls”

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The battle of the Nicos Gun side projects has been raging on Soundcloud for a while now, enough so that we were beginning to wonder when a new Nicos track proper would show up. Today we got one: a slick groover called “Waterfalls.” Barney Cortez’s lead vocals are clear and more melodic than we’re used to hearing from him, and there’s a total 90s Prince underbelly to the song. Check it out in the player below.

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What Are YOU Doing New Year’s Eve?

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With 2012 wrapping to a close, there aren’t many more questions that have to be answered this year. One that you should definitely think about, though, is which concert you will be attending on New Year’s Eve. The two-night stand at Johnny Brenda’s from Philly’s The War on Drugs is sold out as of this morning, but we’ve got a round-up of what else is going on. So now all you have to worry about is how many friends will be begging to tag along! Continue reading →

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