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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Young the Giant at Tower Theater, Evening River Band at The Fire, and Pill Friends at the Trocadero

Young the Giant | photo via www.facebook.com/youngthegiant
Young the Giant | photo via www.facebook.com/youngthegiant

After achieving indie-rock stardom with their 2010 debut, Young the Giant took some time to regroup before readying its follow-up Mind Over Matter which arrived last month. Tonight, they’re in town for a show at the Tower Theater in support of the new release. To channel fans’ creativity, the band recently announced a Mind Over Matter-themed poster design contest. Before drafting your sketches, grab tickets to their show here and check out “It’s About Time” below.

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Pill Friends’ new LP Blessed Suffering streaming on Bandcamp

a1230121774_2The new LP from local quartet Pill Friends is now streaming on Bandcamp. Titled Blessed Suffering, it features previously released tracks “Forget Me” and “Satan Is Your Master”, as well as eight brand new ones. Produced and recorded in Philly by Scott Stitzer during the last couple of months, the album stays consistent with the band’s established sound and the style, offering up a unique mix of acoustic arrangements and intriguing, very dark lyrics. Check it out in its entirety below.

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The Week So Far: 10 must-read stories on The Key (incl. David Wax Museum, Pill Friends, At Fest)

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This week’s show announcements include The Last Bison and David Wax Museum at World Cafe Live, Hop Along and The Sidekicks at The First Unitarian Church, Man Man at Union Transfer [linklink and link]

Stream and download Laura Stevenson‘s Folkadelphia Session [link]

You gotta hear “Find a Way” by Elastic Bond this week [link]

Get a free download of Wild Ones‘ bubbly “Curse Over Me” from their debut LP [link]

Local dream-poppers Lockets share b-side “Girl” from their upcoming single release [link]

Steady Hands release new video, free download for “I Swear Like a Sailor” [link]

Get inside the studio with Jesse Baker Band in the video for “We’re Gonna Make It” [link]

Stream two new tracks from Pill Friends‘ new LP Blessed Suffering [link]

The Trocadero will screen the world premiere of Philadelphia Folk Festival documentary At Fest on 8/7 [link]

Explore Alex Savoth’s new direction with The New Black [link]

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Stream “Forget Me” and “Satan Is Your Master” from Pill Friends’ new LP

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Endearing bummer-pop outfit Pill Friends have set the stage for their second studio release of the year with two new singles, “Forget Me” and “Satan Is Your Master.”  Both tracks appear on the local four-piece’s Blessed Suffering, a full-length coming out soon via Brooklyn/Philly microlabel Birdtapes.  Despite the painfully catchy melodies and pop stylistics of the two tracks, the lyrics tell a different tale entirely with phrases like “I’ll wipe the blood from your tears” and  ”devour me” worming around.  This juxtaposition of sentiments is represented in the opening lines of “Forget Me,” during which a young girl’s voice recites an excerpt  from Sören Kierkegaard’s The Sickness Unto Death.  While you’re waiting for Blessed Suffering to be released, download a free recording of Pill Friends’ June 8th show at local show space The Soup Kitchen here.

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Pill Friends release free EP of acoustic Soup Kitchen show

a0851006741_10_0Local group Pill Friends have just released a recording of a show they did at DIY space The Soup Kitchen this past June, and made it available for free via Bandcamp. The recording features six tracks, all performed entirely acoustically – some old and some new, which will be featured on Pill Friends’ proper forthcoming full-length. The recording quality holds up quite nicely, and never fails to remind you that it’s live, featuring the always-endearing noises of the those in the audience. Stream and download it in full, below.

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Watch My Basement is a Sh*thole, a student-produced documentary on Philadelphia’s DIY scene

Photo by Teresa Salinas
Photo by Teresa Salinas
Students at Temple University produced a short documentary on Philadelphia’s basement show and DIY scene, examining the culture’s trajectory from the seventies (mentioning when WXPN had a hand in hosting punk shows) to today.  The film was created by Evan Lescallette, Luke Proctor, Ayanda Sithole, and Tina Lam for their Genres in Media Studies class and features interviews with Joe Reinhart (Algernon Cadwallader / Headroom Studios), John Redden (The Barbary) and Mark Walsh (Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe / IHOP / Double Deuce) as well as live set clips of Rasputin’s Secret Police, Pill Friends, Bleeding Fractals (pictured above) and more.  Check out the documentary below and visit DIYPHL for a comprehensive list of house / DIY shows in the Philadelphia area.

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Calexico, Quilt, The Naked Sun

Bringing their sunny psychedelic sounds to Philadelphia, Boston’s Quilt recently stopped by the Folkadelphia studios to record a live session full of warmth and color.  The 60s vibe of the band seems so natural it’s easy to slip into a dreamy daze while listening to the five tracks they recorded.  Stream and download “Arctic Shark” below and head over to Folkadelphia’s Bandcamp to get the rest of the session.  Quilt will be back in town this Saturday, February 16th for the 2013 Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival at The Fire.  Tickets and information can be found here.

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