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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti at Union Transfer, The Dude Hates Cancer! benefit at Johnny Brenda’s, Lotus at FDR Park, River City Extension at The Blockley, Void Vision at Pageant: Soloveev Gallery


Experimental weird-pop visionary Ariel Pink released his sophomore record Mature Themes in August, following up his 2010 4AD breakout Before Today.  Pink has become infamous for his paradoxical anti-pop approach to music, creating mind-bending sounds that have been described as masterful by his peers.  Pink and his Haunted Graffiti band play Union Transfer tonight, along with the Greek mythology-inspired Phèdre.  The event is all ages and doors open at 8:00. Tickets are $18, available here.  Watch Pink’s video for the single “Only in My Dreams” below.

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Photo Recap: Eraserhood Forever at PhilaMOCA

On Friday night, North Philly gallery/showspace PhilaMOCA hosted an evening of art, music, and performance celebrating David Lynch. The event featured work from local artists, comedy acts from local troupes Secret Pants and Camp Woods, a Lynch-themed burlesque act, and musical performances from locals Full Blown Cherry, and Void Vision. Take a look at pictures from the evening above.

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Full Blown Cherry, Void Vision celebrate David Lynch’s “Eraserhead” tonight at PhilaMOCA

The oft-maligned area of Philadelphia surrounding Ridge and Spring Garden — immortalized in David Lynch’s surrealist debut feature Eraserhead — is again in the spotlight. Tombstone-factory-turned-DIY-space PhilaMOCA has curated an exhibition celebrating Lynch’s film, as well as the neighborhood (known now as Eraserhood) in which he filmed which inspired it. The gallery opens at 6 for viewing of Jack Nance-inspired art, followed at 8:30 by performances from Philly rockabillies Full Blown Cherry, and solo electronic artist Void Vision. The night will also feature comedy acts from local troupes Secret Pants and Camp Woods. Add to that bill Lynch-themed burlesque and free refreshments from Naragansett and Red Bull and you’ve got a night to remember. Exhibition opens at 6, performances at 8:30 at PhilaMOCA; admission is $10, all-ages. More information on the event can be found on the Facebook event page.

Below, stream and download “Sour” from Void Vision’s self-titled album.

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Philly Local Philes: Void Vision’s “Sour (8-Bit Version I)”

Void VisionEmergent, elegant Philly synthpop act Void Vision is well-studied. Bending the polished dance tones of contemporary favorites The Golden Filter (and ’90s wavemakers Ladytron) across the harder ’80s edge of Tones On Tail and Twitch­-era Ministry, singer/programmer Shari Vari effectively cross-sections three decades of electronic music. The result is at once dark and brooding, yet body-moving. On last November’s 8-Bit VVersions EP, she goes deconstructionist, reworking songs from Void Vision’s self-titled debut with the most minimal electronic sounds. While some cuts misfire, sounding like an arcade game gone awry, the style suits the music more often than not. Today’s Philly Local Phile digs into “Sour (8-Bit version I),” and leaves us wondering – will VV’s performance at the Balcony this Wednesday be lo-fi or high-fi electro? Void Vision performs with Action/Reaction, Kiss Kiss Kill, Whatever With Helena Espvall And Alien Architect, and Mikronesia at 8:30 p.m. at The Balcony At The Trocadero; tickets to the 21+ show are $9.

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