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The Wonder Years will kick off acoustic holiday party tour in West Chester, bring Young Statues along for the ride

YSWYPhilly-area pop punk heroes The Wonder Years announced a round of acoustic holiday party shows this December, kicking off on the 12th at The Note in West Chester. Tickets to the all-ages show are $15 and go on sale this Friday, October 18th via Ticketfly.

The band is still supporting its outstanding 2013 LP The Greatest Generation, released this spring. The album saw TWY’s songwriting scope broaden from slice-of-life stories told by a crew of South Philly punks to more resonant, introspective, dare-I-say philosophizing studies of the American Dream; how it means different things and plays out in different ways for different segments of the population. It’s The Wonder Years’s most mature offering to date, and worth exploring if you haven’t heard it yet. (Stream it via Hopeless Records’ YouTube channel here.)

Joining the band on the run is Young Statues, the South Jersey emo-pop five-piece who recently released the Age Isn’t Ours EP (as well as a couple collections of cover songs), and is hopefully due for a new full length in 2014. Along with Vinnie Caruana of The Movielife, the crew will tour up through upstate New York and Rhode Island, and hopefully they aren’t joking about the free cookies and hot chocolate for attendees wearing an ugly Christmas sweater.

In related news, Philly epic punk crew Restorations announced today that they will be on the lineup of The Bouncing Souls‘ December 29th Home For the Holidays grand finale – along with Delaware hardcore heroes Boysetsfire – at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Four-night passes are available now via the Chunksaah Records website.

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Weekend Picks: Both Gomez and Obits cancelled, but at least Cass McCombs and Lower Dens are still playing

Obits (one of the bands you WON'T be seeing tonight)

FRIDAY JULY 15
Rick Froberg: The singer/guitarist of the legendary math-rock band Drive Like Jehu (as well as that band’s more straightfoward-rocking followup, Hot Snakes), cover-art designer for bands such as Rocket From The Crypt, and all-around musical badass. He’s also a guy you’re NOT going to see at Johnny Brenda’s tonight—because his latest band, Obits, had to cancel its show. (Which we were really, REALLY looking forward to after it was first announced.) To add insult to injury, Gomez just announced that it will be canceling the rest of its current tour due to singer Ben Ottewell’s vocal loss, according to The Swollen Fox. (The band is playing its scheduled Free At Noon show at World Cafe Live today, but will not be performing tonight at TLA.) We suppose you could see Taking Back Sunday at Tower Theatre, or try to find a ticket to the sold-out Bouncing Souls show at First Unitarian Church. Then again, you could just stay at home and watch a bunch of live Gomez and Obits videos.

Also playing: Taking Back Sunday + Thursday, Colour Revolt, We Are The In Crowd at Tower Theatre (7 p.m., $34.50); The Bouncing Souls + Tim Barry, Gods And Queens at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT)

SATURDAY JULY 16
The Philly-via-South-Jersey quartet Arches—who recently recorded a Key Studio Session with us—will be celebrating the vinyl release of their full-length debut Wide Awake at Johnny Brenda’s. (The show is presented by our friends over at YVYNYL.) Arches performs with Holy Spirits, White Laces, and Gracie at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $8.

Also playing: Lingerie Party + Wyldlife, Snakes Say Hisss, El Malito at The Trocadero (11 p.m., 21+, $10); The Bouncing Souls + Blanks 77, The Scandals at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); The City Music Project + Lady, Swift Technique at World Cafe Live (9 p.m., $13)

SUNDAY JULY 17
Ever since his debut EP Not The Way was released in 2002, Cass McCombs has been attracting praise from critics and audiences alike, as well as forcing them to note the effect his music has on their selves. His enigmatic properties have taken him far; he has performed and/or toured with notable names such as Andrew Bird, Modest Mouse, Beach House, The Decemberists, Arcade Fire, and The Shins. His fifth and most recent LP, WIT’S END, was released on April 26th to further critical acclaim. Joining him and his band on Sunday will be Lower Dens, a Baltimore-based new-wave/drone-pop group featuring the vocals of Jana Hunter (Phosphorescent, CocoRosie). Cass McCombs Band performs with Lower Dens at Johnny Brenda’s at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.); tickets to the 21+ show are $12 in advance and $13 at the door. —Claire Fishkow

Also playing: Kim Lenz And The Jaguars + Delco Nightingale, Dixy Blood at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $10); Stephen Marley + Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, John Brown’s Body at The Blockely (7 p.m., $25-$27); Rupa And The April Fishes + Blue Hippopotamus, April Mae And The June Bugs at North Star Bar (8 p.m., 21+, $10)

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheers Elephant at Pastorious Park, The Bouncing Souls at First Unitarian Church

As the band’s flyer shows, Cheers Elephant is having a busy month of July. Tonight you’ll be able to see the local quartet perform not one but two sets for free at Pastorius Park, as part of the park’s Summer Concert Series. (In the meantime, you can listen to our Key Studio Session with the band from earlier this year.) Cheers Elephant performs at Pastorious Park at 7:30 p.m.; tickets to the show are free.

Meanwhile, over at First Unitarian Church, the legendary New Brunswick punk band The Bouncing Souls will perform the first of four sold-out shows. Tonight, the band will plow through its first two full lengths—The Good, The Bad, And The Argyle and Maniacal Laughter—alongside opening acts World/Inferno Friendship Society and The Creetons; other openers include Strike Anywhere and Iron Chic (Thursday), Tim Barry and Gods And Queens (Friday), and Blanks 77 and The Scandals. The Bouncing Souls perform with World/Inferno Friendship Society and The Creetons at 7:30 p.m.; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT.

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