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New Name, New Music, New Show: The National Rifle reinvents itself as Bondage and Discipline, debuts at KFN next month

Photo by Jon Stars | photo courtesy of facebook.com/bondageanddisciplinemusic
Photo by Jon Stars |  via facebook.com/bondageanddisciplinemusic

Philly alt-rock crew The National Rifle has been hinting at some big news since last November.

Turns out, the band had plans to change its name to Bondage & Discipline, which it did a month ago without much explanation, after seven years under their former moniker. And though the name sounds like the formation of a new emo/punk group, the band assured fans (and possibly disappointed a few Philly punkers) that their sound will remain rooted.

In a post on their Facebook page, the band said “Although the name suggests a strong contrast to their sound and style – the new name brings a dark, romantic side to the band while staying true to their electronic rock/pop sound.” All of this came around the same time after TNR released their latest album, Almost Endless, which is garnished with poppy guitar strums, uplifting “oohs” and “ahhs” and foot-stomping drum beats.

To celebrate their evolution, Bondage and Discipline announced today that they’ll play a debut show under their new name at Kung Fu Necktie on Friday, March 28th at 7 p.m., and will release a brand new single, “Victory in the War” in late March. For more info, keep tabs on the band at Facebook – and check out a video from their previous incarnation below.

 

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Photo Recap: Shorty Boy Boy headlines benefit for Boston Marathon victims

Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo
Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo

Last night fans flocked to the North Star Bar for a special concert in support of the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. Headliners Shorty Boy Boy put on an outrageous performance which involved building a tent in front of the stage to preform in; he also pulled a mid set outfit change into pajamas. Along with a killer light show, they made sure their set would not be soon forgotten by audience members. Indie rock band The National Rifle and poppy up-and-comers Cruiser also preformed. If you missed the fun check out the photo gallery above.

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Download The National Rifle’s Daytrotter session, see them tonight at Benefit For Boston

TNROn the rise with their dynamic layers of synth heavy melodies, dance-pop rhythms, eccentric bass lines, and adamant energy, The National Rifle brought their electro space-rock sound to Rock Island, Illinois for a live-studio session in the Daytrotter’s Horseshack. Now available for members to download, the session contains 6 total tracks, including their singles “Coke Beat” and “Glass Line.” You can see The National Rifle play tonight at the North Star Bar at the Benefit for Boston. Find information and tickets for tonight’s show here. Listen and download The National Rifle’s Daytrotter session here. Watch their performance of “Street Burn” at Johnny Brenda’s earlier this year below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Benefit for Boston ft. Shorty Boy-Boy at North Star Bar, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell at Verizon Hall, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at MilkBoy, Chris Forsyth at Ortliebs Lounge

Shorty Boy-BoyShorty Boy-Boy brings his dance beat, guitar savvy, unique pop sound to the North Star Bar tonight in support of the Benefit for Boston. Sharing the stage with The National Rifle and Cruiser, each $10 entrance fee will be donated to The One Fund for Boston Marathon victims. Learn more about and find tickets to tonight’s 21 and over show here. Listen and download Shorty Boy-Boys single, “New Yng Cute,” below.

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Watch The National Rifle Perform for Bands in the Backyard (Playing a Benefit Show at North Star Bar 6/27)

TNRIndie Rock outfit The National Rifle recently played a Bands in the Backyard session in South Philly. Both synth-y and a bit power pop-y, they played their track “Glass Line,” and chatted afterwards about their band, their sound, changes over time, and the Philly music scene. The National Rifle has been around for about five years, and they just released their first full-length album, Almost Endless, earlier this year. The band will be playing the North Star Bar on June 27th, alongside Shorty Boy-Boy and Cruiser. It’s a benefit show to raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings – great music, great cause!

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Download The National Rifle’s “Almost Endless”; see their tour-kickoff or welcome home shows

TNRIndie rock four-piece The National Rifle are heading out on a month-long tour of the midwest and southwest, starting and ending in their homebase of Philly. The band plays Ortlieb’s Lounge on Sunday, April 21st and returns home to MilkBoy on May 18th. Tickets and information on these shows can be found at the WXPN Concert Calendar. Below, you can download the title track from TNR’s debut LP Almost Endless, which we profiled earlier this year in the Unlocked series. Read our interview with the band here.

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. The Stray Birds, Local Natives, Lord Huron

With their debut full-length Almost Endless released this past week, Philly new-wave / rock outfit The National Rifle were the featured topic for this week’s Unlocked series here on The Key.  The new album takes the band’s sound in a new direction with it’s polished overtones, which you can learn more about here and here.  Below, stream and download “Street Burn.”

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