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.


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.


New Music: Listen to Nicos Gun “Waterfalls”

Photo by Dan King

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.


What Are YOU Doing New Year’s Eve?

Photo by G. Widman | GPTMC

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 →


Ring in the new year with Nicos Gun and The Fleeting Ends (playing MilkBoy on 12/31)

If enormous crowds and fancy cocktail parties aren’t really your style when it comes to ringing in the new year, you might want to head over to MilkBoy where Nicos Gun will be throwing down a guaranteed rager of a New Year’s Eve party with special guests The Fleeting Ends.  Both local bands know how to make dance-craze-inducing music and The Fleeting Ends will be celebrating the release of their new album (expected sometime in December) so things might get a little wild. Tickets to the 21+ show are $15; more information can be found here.  Below, watch Nicos Gun’s video for “We Could Die.”


It’s Nicos Gun solo project day on Soundcloud! New tracks from Nick Bockrath, Barney Cortez

The timing was too good on this one. Just as I was getting ready to post about “Cannibals,” a dramatic disco-fied new demo that Nick Bockrath of Philly dance rockers Nicos Gun posted to his newish Soundcloud page, I took a quick look at my Google Reader. Turns out our friends at The Deli also posted about a Nicos solo project in their end of the blog world – except they dug up cuts from Bockrath’s co-frontman and occasional comedic foil, Barney Cortez. While the former’s solo tracks seem to put a more urgent, emotive spin on the Nicos party-disco-funk-tronica stylings, Cortez digs into Bowie-style glam, psychedelic pop and goth on his Soundcloud. Sample a cut from each Nicos solo project below, and to add even more branches to the family tree, find out more about their dual side-project Rich Mystics here.


Stream the new Rich Mystics (Nicos Gun side project) album, Loverdose

Rich Mystics is Barney Cortez (vocals, songwriting, keyboards, guitars, percussion) & Nick Bockrath (guitars, piano, organ, drums, loops) (from Nicos Gun), with some additional help from Eric Slick (Dr. Dog) on drums and percussion, Nina Willbach on violin, Harry Zelnick on drums and Andrew Black. It’s got a very serious Bowie/Space Oddity-meets-Dukes of Stratosphear vibe to it which ranks pretty high in our books. Listen/purchase below.


Listen to “Precious,” a funky new track from Nicos Gun

Philadelphia rockers Nicos Gun just released the first single off their upcoming EP, the follow-up to the band’s 2012 debut album, Plush. The single, “Precious,” features heavy bass grooves combined with lead singer Barney Cortez’s usual glam rock-influenced falsetto vocals and some electro vibes, which make for a funky track. The recording for the EP was split between Speak Easy Studios in Los Angeles and also Pine St. Studios in Philly with producer Steve Mckie and features special guests George “Spanky” McCurdy on drums, Aaron Draper on percussion and CJ Branch on keys. Listen to the full recording of “Precious” in the player below.


Watch Nicos Gun’s new video for “Universal Drug” (playing Morgan’s Pier this Saturday)

This Saturday’s edition of the R5 Productions free summer concert series at Morgan’s Pier brings indie-dance rockers Nicos Gun to the Delaware waterfront. The Philadelphia quartet released its debut album Plush last year and have since been featured at the Roots Picnic, played 4th of July on the Parkway, toured and released even more new music. Their new song “Universal Drug” showcases a mellower side to the band; watch its official music video below:

An early version of the song was recorded for the Key Studio Sessions when the band visited WXPN studios last year; check that out below:

When they’re not spacing out, the funky punk foursome brings a wave of energy to their audience, inviting the crowd to feel engaged in their music. Nicos Gun play at 6 p.m. at Morgan’s Pier this Saturday, August 11th. This show is 21+ and awesomely enough, free!


Raw Life Records presents Jam House tonight at The Legendary Dobbs

Eclectic local label Raw Life Records is hosting a label showcase entitled “Jam House” tonight at The Legendary Dobbs. The line-up is a genre-spanning mix of pop, hip-hop, rap, and dance music featuring host Rone and performances by Nicos Gun, Dice Raw, Black Stars, Young Gliss & De’ko (performing “The Dream Sequence” EP), Finesse, a DJ set by Les Professionnels, and special guests.

There’s no cover for the 21+ event and the show starts at 9 P.M. For more information visit the event page here.

Check out Nicos Gun’s video for “We Could Die” below.

Listen to Young Gliss & De’Ko’s “The Dream Sequence” EP in the embedded player.