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Listen to The Love Club’s amped-up new single “New Face” (playing PhilaMOCA 11/30)

Photo by Lydia Lunch

Philly garage rock crew The Love Club – the rotating-lineup project of songwriter Mitch Esparza – is releasing its new album, Pearls Dissolve In Vinegar, this week with a party tomorrow night at PhilaMOCA. Esparza’s songwriting pulls from blues, folk and experimental rock on any given release, and The Love Club is his outlet where he runs it through an amp and cranks it all the way. A couple days ago, it teased the new record with a song called “New Face,” a fast and fuzzy three-minute jam. Listen to it below, and get more information on tomorrow’s show at its Facebook event page.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Union Transfer, Those Darlins at Boot and Saddle, and The Love Club at The Fire

Photo by Eva Vermandel
Photo by Eva Vermandel

Godspeed You! Black Emperor will take a beak from their tour with Nine Inch Nails to rock Union Transfer tonight. The instrumental band released its fourth album, Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, last year. The well-crafted, atmospheric record atoned for fans’ ten year wait (due to the band’s rumored breakup) for new music. Godspeed makes the kind of music you could easily picture in a movie. It’s eerie and ominous but it grabs you. Listen to “Mladic” below and get tickets to the show here .

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PhilaMOCA announces 12th Street Art and Music Festival on 9/22 feat. The Love Club, Thom McCarthy and more

Most people who visit the Philadelphia arts and music space PhilaMOCA quickly learn that the building used to be Mad Decent HQ, as well as ground zero for the early Mad Decent Block Parties. (The MD logo embossed in the cement on the stoop is a quick clue.) Today, the current tenants announced their own spin on the block party / concert showcase by announcing The 12th Street Art and Music Festival, set to bring a dozen or so bands and DJs to their street on Saturday, September 22. Bands will perform at 12th and Spring Garden, by the venue; DJs will spin on the other end of the block, in front of The Institute Bar at 12th and Brandywine. Scheduled to appear are singer-songwriter Thom McCarthy, power blues trio The Love Club (plus a solo set by TLC’s front-guy Mitch Esparza, aka ((Taco))). Also on the lineup are S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., Post Sun Times and SKGB, plus DJ’s Lara, Lady Prowl and Achievement.

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New live music series at Mt. Airy’s InFusion Coffee features Heyward Howkins, The Love Club and more

Philly promoter Paul Whelan has mostly staged shows at well-trafficked local DIY spaces – PhilaMOCA in North Philly being a big one. Now he’s bringing live music a bit closer to the northwest Philadelphia neighborhood he calls home. Beginning next week, Whelan will start programming free shows at InFusion – the Mt. Airy coffee and tea gallery run by his girlfriend Jane Shapiro – kicking off with Heyward Howkins, Alec Gross, Jake Hill and Kettle Pot Black on Sept. 4. It’s a great lineup and very folk-oriented, but Whelan says his shows moving forward will stretch into a wide variety of genres. “My heart has always been in the indie rock (has that term been beat to death or what) scene,” he says. His next event moves in step, bringing garage-rock bruisers The Love Club to InFusion for Mt. Airy’s monthly Finally Friday – you know, the opposite of Old City’s First Friday – on Sept. 28. From there, Whelan says he’ll program free live music at InFusion every Finally Friday, with other events booked in between. Continue reading →

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Bandname, Slutever and others will play PhilaMOCA’s Nuclear BBQ on July 15th

The folks over at PhilaMOCA have put together a mini-fest of epic proportions to welcome Alabama grunge surf rockers Nightmare Boyzzz. The line-up is fully stocked with local favorites including the pumped-up punks of Bandname, girl power-duo Slutever, and the garage-rock stylings of The Shakes and The Eeries. Also on the bill is Seattle’s pop-punk outfit Tacocat. Plus (((TACO))) of Philly’s The Love Club — fresh off their new release, Full Length — will also perform.

The fest is Saturday, July 15th at PhilaMOCA. Tickets will be available at the door for $10. Expect lots of free food and drink. More details are available on the Facebook event page. Below, stream Bandname’s latest release, “King of Surfers,” from their split 7″.

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Philly Local Philes: The Love Club’s “Blow”

One of several musical pursuits of David Mitchell Esparza – aka (((taco))) – The Love Club deals in steamy, noisy electric blues, raw and right to the point. Today’s Philly Local Phile spotlights “Blow,” an unapologetic cautionary tale from their 2011 EP, Of Love and Other Demons. Stream it below, or take in the racket in person when The Love Club plays a free show at Kungfu Necktie this Thursday, Dec. 22, opening for Arrah and the Ferns and Chandelier Ballroom.