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Vintage Kicks bask in Suburban Sunshine, new EP due March 1st

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Photo via facebook.com/vintagekicks

With a classic punk edge and Brit-pop appeal, Jersey’s Vintage Kicks are back with a brand new EP Suburban Sunshine. Set to arrive on March 1st, it follows their debut album King Geek which put them on the map back in 2011. Citing The Clash and Arctic Monkeys as influences, the band takes stylistic cues from both to develop a sound that’s new and familiar at the same time. To celebrate the new record, Vintage Kicks will play a release a show at Kung Fu Necktie. Get more details here and check out a new track “Big Ragoli” below.

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Vintage Kicks release live video of “Cherry”

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Philly pop-punk outfit Vintage Kicks have just released a live video session of their song “Cherry.” The track was originally released via The Bloomsbury Coalition back in the winter, but this video arrives just in time for summer, with a surf-rock kind of hook that demands to be blasted in the car with the windows down. The band doesn’t have any upcoming shows, but their most recent full-length, King Geek, is available for a free download at their Bandcamp page.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hospitality at Johnny Brenda’s, Heavy Medical at The First Unitarian Church, Vintage Kicks at Kung Fu Necktie

Brooklyn’s Hospitality perform at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Led by Amber Papini, Hospitality are pure indie fun with math-rock subtleties.  Their head-bop-worthy major label debut came out on Merge Records at the start of 2012 and received praise from notable resources ranging from Pitchfork to The Deli NYC. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Conversations With Enemies and Tinmouth can be found here; below, watch Hospitality’s video for “Friends of Friends.”

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Vintage Kicks releases track “Cherry,” brought to you by The Bloomsbury Coalition

Phily five-piece Vintage Kicks released the song “Cherry” this week on a split alongside the New Jersey indie rock group SCOOBA. “Cherry” is a contagious pop/punk song with a surf inspired intro and a 90′s modern rock hook. Vintage Kicks, who played with the Philadelphia rock band Close To Good at Kung Fu Necktie on November 29th, have crafted a tone that combines virtually everything catchy from 60′s garage rock and 2000′s indie such as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, The Libertines and Wavves. In true split fashion, Copycats features one new song from each of the two bands as well as a rerecorded interpretation of one of the other bands songs. The album was released by The Bloomsbury Coalition, a collection of musicians and artists from the Delaware Valley. This album is the first split from the collective, who have previously released a series of five compilations from bands in Delaware Valley area, including Stalin & Friends, Dot Square and 3 J’s in the A.M. The split is available for “name your price” and can be found on their bandcamp; listen to “Cherry” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Beth Orton at The Trocadero, Cousin Brian and Vintage Kicks at PhilaMOCA, Bell X1 at World Cafe Live, David Gray at American Music Theatre, Gossip at The TLA

Singer-songwriter Beth Orton will take the stage at The Trocadero tonight.  The English musician’s forthcoming record Sugaring Season is her first in six years and represents a time of self-reflection and transitions in both her personal life and her music career.  Supporting Beth Orton is Vermont-bred folk singer Sam Amidon.  Tickets for this seated all-ages  show are $29.50, available here.   Doors are at 7:00 p.m. and music begins at 8:00.  Below, watch the video for Beth Orton’s single “Magpie”.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Amanda Palmer at the TLA, Bob Weir at The Tower, Sondre Lerche at World Cafe Live, Vintage Kicks at Kung Fu Necktie

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On the eve of her latest album’s release date, Amanda Palmer and her touring band The Grand Theft Orchestra bring their road show to The TLA on South Street tonight. Tickets to the all-ages show are $23, and are available here. Theatre Is Evil is released tomorrow on Palmer’s own label, 8 Ft. Records. Below, watch a performance of the album track “The Bed Song,” filmed for The Boston Herald. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purples at Kung Fu Necktie, The Young Dubliners at World Cafe Live, Close to Good at The Balcony

Philly indie power trio Purples still hasn’t released any proper recordings, but that’s okay – they play live often enough, and their live show rules. Tonight the band hits up Kung Fu Necktie, along with Nashville’s James Wallace & the Naked Light and Shaking Through artist Springs. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m. and admission is $10. Below, check out a video from Purples’ Key Studio Session shot by our buds at Bands in the Backyard.

[BITBY BKSTG] PURPLES at XPN’s THE KEY STUDIO SESSIONS from BITBY on Vimeo.

Still touring hard in support of their 2009 release Saints and Sinners, Los Angeles celtic rock combo The Young Dubliners plays World Cafe Live tonight with The John Byrne Band. Tickets to the all-ages show are $17 and available in advance at the venue’s website, or at the door. Below, watch a video of The Young Dubs covering the Pogues’ classic “If I Should Fall From Grace With God.”

At the Balcony Bar at the Trocadero, Philly four-piece Close to Good brings its electronic rock stylings for a show with pop-punkers Vintage Kicks. Their music is spins off of the 8-bit techno scene, but also incorporates elements of the macabre – they see themselves as a middle ground in “the clash between Dracula and Megaman.” Kind of bizarre, but we’ll take it. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m., admission is $8. Below, check out Close to Good’s song “Second Voice” from its Volume 1 EP.

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