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Locals Only Keeping Philly Weird at The Boot & Saddle Jan. 24

Helping to keep Philly weird is the strangely awesome collection of local acts performing at The Boot & Saddle tonight. First up is the talented songstress Megan Biscieglia, who enchants listeners under the moniker Bad Braids. She’ll be presenting her brand of psychedelic folk, which edges on the vocal-centric madrigal. Following is the danciest acts of the evening, which is kind of odd for me to say, Laser Background. The band took a bit of a holiday break towards the end of last year to help recharge as they work on a more focused sound for their upcoming album. Alliterative sleepwalkers, Son Step, fall in line as direct support for the genre-bending noisemakers, Banned Books, who will be closing out the evening. These two musical mad scientists mix crunchy distortion with unexpected, instrumental spazz-outs to produce something bizarre, yet wonderfully inviting. Get yourself ready, South Philly! The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Maggie Grabmeier
 

DRGN King & SHMNS Helping to Blow Off Some Steam at Flux Jan. 24

It’s been a whole year since DRGN King released their debut LP Paragraph Nights (Bar/None) and toured the country a couple times over. After such a breakout year in 2013, the band is ready to start off 2014 with bang tonight at Drexel University’s music and art space Flux. DRGN King will most likely be previewing some new jams that they’ve been putting the finishing touches on for their upcoming album. They will also be joined by SHMNS, who had a good 2013 as well traveling around the U.S. in support of their EP Somewhere Between Hear and There. Well, school is back in session so expect to see students blowing off some steam this evening. Flux, 30 S. 33rd St., 8pm, $5, All Ages - Bill McThrill

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The Districts' Label Debut Available for Streaming

The Districts' snowball continues to get bigger as it's pushed up the steep slope of the music industry, and deservedly so. (Sorry, we couldn't help it, being surrounded by all this snow.) If you've caught the band live, then you've definitely taken notice of Rob Grote's impassioned, guttural vocal delivery and foot-stompin' intensity. We also really dig Mark Larson's poised guitar work. Well, the group polished off a few older tunes from Telephone and revealed a couple of new ones on their label debut that don't show any signs of the momentum lessening any time soon for the youthful crew. You can stream their splendid self-titled EP over at Rolling Stone. Enjoy!

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The Ascent of Everest at The Stone Fox Tonight, 1.24

Experimental rockers The Ascent of Everest’s last undertaking was the soundtrack they were meant to compose for the short film “The Devil’s Damned to Try” (available to hear HERE). Their sense of tension and dark orchestrations made them a natural fit for the project, which was released September of 2013. Their Facebook profile promises “a stellar set in the works-“ which may see its first audience in 2014 at the Stone Fox this Friday, 1/24. Rounding out the bill is The Inscape and Hollow Ox (this may be their last performance, so it would behoove you to be in attendance just to say you were); the show starts at 9pm. –Terra James-Jura

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The Deli Presents Kan Wakan at The Echoplex 2/10

In the simplest terms, Kan Wakan can be described as Orchestral Pop, but that would diminish the true breadth of their inventiveness. Their debut 'Forever Found' EP is filled with lush arrangements, and a soulfulness that creeps in like a whisper on songs like "Midnight Moon Pt. 1" or with a more forceful blast on "Forever Found." Kristianne Bautista's sultry vocals are the constant throughout the band's instrumental swells, containing the power to seduce any crowd. For those of us lucky enough to live in LA, we have the honor and privilege of witnessing their musical prowess live on the Echoplex stage for free every Monday in February. Proudly, The Deli LA will be presenting their show on February 10 with performances by MyPet, J. Laser and Tien. Stream the upbeat, spacey funk jam "Moving On," which could easily be the next James Bond theme song, below and head to the Echoplex Monday, Feb. 10 for an unforgettable night. - Jacqueline Caruso

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