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Catch the Wave w/Del Sur at The Fire Aug. 2

Those tight waxed surf guitar licks and smattering of drums develop a cozy island aesthetic. Del Sur transports you to the tropics or provides a soundtrack to the recent heat spell. There’s a relaxing yet constant wave-hitting-the-shore groove as youthful intimate lyrics splash against your ears. Del Sur opens at the Fire this evening setting the table for the jazz-inflected, electropop of Novelty Daughter. Melding an electronic hip-hop musicality with close confines vocal harmonies, TV Girl headlines. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 7pm, $8, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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Grimace Federation Vinyl Release Party at KFN Aug. 1

The music of Grimace Federation reaching the ears of the masses was never a forethought in its creation. Founded on a self-gratifying need to shift sound with friends, vast musical influences and jam sessions that had no boundaries, the ever-evolving Philly unit has always been armed with an arsenal of multi-layered, hallucinogenic beats. The band is currently set to drop its new EP The Measure In Mixture, via lauded hip-hop label Rhymesayers. The album combines spastic krautrock beats with the grandeur of an Ennio Morricone soundtrack on a Boards of Canada sonic landscape, and features superbly badass, bass-heavy remixes from Aesop Rock. Grimace Federation is celebrating its release on vinyl this evening at Kung Fu Necktie, and will be joined by Beard-o-Bees (the solo project from Lotus’s Jesse Miller), the debut of doom-psych outfit Colma, and more. There will also be all-you-can-eat pizza to help soak up all the alcohol and drugs that you’ll consume tonight - NIIIIICE! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 9pm, $5, 21+ - Q.D. Tran


Seismic Thrust Tape Release Show at Venue Boy Aug. 1

Seismic Thrust generates a potent mixture of sound with their new EP Be Cool, which will be available on cassette, via King Pizza Records, this evening at Venue Boy. The band delivers that thick, sludgy, engulfing cloud of haze as snarling bass and residual-ringing guitar are cooled and mellowed by vocals, which are unearthed from a guttural place and still stretched in a soothing manner. It’s grungy, smoke-filled psych with a crisp fresh percussive snap and a lingering jangle that peers through to the other side. Tonight, Seismic Thrust begins a nine-date run with New York psych-punk quartet Chimes, who blends alluring vocals and instrumental raw force. The sincere, emotively-exposed songs of Pill Friends kick of the evening. Venue Boy, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, Donation, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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Mating Ritual comes out of the dark in "I Wear Glasses"

Mating Ritual is the project of Ryan Marshall Lawson, a songwriter whose aiming for a new wave-inspired sound that's both immediate and evocative. His latest single, "I Wear Glasses", pushes forward a danceable melody with its delectable glittering synths and spindly guitar lines. Lawson's ability to write singles that instantly grab your attention proves his days as a recluse inside a cave in the Valley, as he once stated, are numbered. 

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Weekend Warrior, July 31 - August 2

Once again, NoLibs’s 2nd Street will be mobbed this Sunday for Philly’s annual 2nd Street Festival, the city’s biggest block party. There will be two stages of live music, featuring local talent such as The Extraordinaires, Dogs on Acid, LOUDS, Tutlie, Tin Horses, Satellite Hearts, and many others. (Check out the schedule of performances HERE!) The streets will also be filled with food stands/carts, beer gardens, art, workshops, and craft vendors. Start working on that excuse for why you’ll be late or won’t be able to make it in on Monday! 2nd Street Festival, N. 2nd St. (between Germantown & Green Sts.), 12pm-10pm, Free, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

 
Other places to party down this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI St. James and The Apostles (Five Year Anniversary), Mark Lanky & his band, Sad Actor, SAT Grubby Little Hands, The Orange Drop, Man Illuminated, Murmuration
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Roof Doctor
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Momma Hankston, The Plums/Fenris/DJ Sean Hearn, SAT Humanshapes, Address/Grimace Federation (Record Release), Beard o Bees, Colma, Crouse, SUN Salems Outlaws/Whaler (Cassette Release)
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Sheer Mag
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Dean Ween Group
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI WIDE: DJ Coolout, Yolo Ono, SAT (Black Box) Satellite Hearts
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) This is Infinity, SAT Lainey Quinn, 10 Cent Days, Spoken Life, SUN (Balcony) Behind Deadlines, Girl From English
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Box of Rain, Pure Jerry
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN (Upstairs) Katelyn Jae
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Stammer (CD Release), Mock Suns, Blood Sound, SAT (4:30pm) Final Showcase, Upstream Color, The Phosphenes, Everything I Lack/(9pm) Thorazine, The Workhorse III, SUN Del Sur
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Lets Get Furious at Cancer (Benefit Show) Kingsnake, Hellblock 6, Cheerbleeders SAT August John Lutz II
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Adalie, Skyline the City, SAT Rosali
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Pool of Thorns, The Unwarranted, The Droogettes, SAT The Escape (CD Release), Night Trip, Nobody Yet
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Vikter Duplaix, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Starkey, Dev70, Noah Breakfast
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) Sat Will Paynter
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI New Pony, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Kate Says, Knightlife, Red Letter Life, Jonathan Monument, SAT (12pm) Thought Patterns, Baby Blitz/(8pm) Bill Bradford, Atomic Sky
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Dark Lo, DJ Geez
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Thief, Steal Me A Peach, Hopscotch Jefferson, SAT Undergun, RFA
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Thanks2U, Last Full Measure, Our Fair City, SAT Keely Sibilia, Nicky P, Adam Travis & The Soul
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James, SUN (2pm) DJ Jugo w/percussionist Josh Robinson /(9:30pm) DJ Royale
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) Illvibe Collective, Rich Medina, SAT DJ Francisco Collazo
 
XO Lounge (1439 South Street) SAT My Dog Bill
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) SAT Spent Flesh, Kids
 
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT King Azaz, Crime Hands, Girl Dog, Matt Holden
 
Berks 14A (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Aphra, IIl Faut
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Lost Ships, Sadhana, Dmnq Lndn
 
Baker Bowl (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Three Man Cannon, Krispy Kareem
 
Cha-Cha’razzi (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI NAH, Soul Glo, Grower
 
Kat Frat (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Anomie, Littler
 
Venue Boy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Seismic Thrust (Tape Release), Pill Friends
 

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