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Weekend Warrior, October 26 - 28

Tonight is our Halloweeniversary Party, and we’re already in party mode! We are so excited about our killer lineup with locals GRANDCHILDREN, GHOST LIGHT, and LASER BACKGROUND helping us celebrate this momentous occasion as well as very special guests SIC ALPS (who will be performing second so get there early)! It’s a no-brainer so come dressed to impress or make everyone laugh. Good times, good peeps, good vibes, tasty “special” treats and much more - it’s without a doubt the place to be this weekend! “Party on, Wayne. Party on, Garth.” Cheers! PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 13th S., 8pm, $10 donation, All Ages - Q.D. Tran
Surprisingly not as much as you’d think going on for a Halloween weekend, but here are your other options…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Slutever
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Rainbow Destroyer, KeN, SUN Black Landlord Halloween Extravaganza w/St. James & The Apostles
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill Ave.) SAT TJ Kong Halloween Murdershow w/On the Water, Levee Drivers, Juston Stens & the Get Real Gange, Grubby Little Hands
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Swift Technique, First Capital Funk
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Nicos Gun, Blayer Pointdujour & the Rockers Galore, SAT (All Ages) Plastic Harmonicas, Sunny Shading, (Late) The Late Ancients, My Son Bison
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Hivelords, Ashencult, Shadows in the Crypt, SAT Paths 2 Glory, Sinking Ocean Gods
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Trayvon Dahmer, Bam!
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI (Early) John Train, (Late) Hunter's Cannon, SAT Rev TJ McGlinchey, SUN Rusty Cadillac
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN Kingsfoil
Ortlieb’s (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Delco Nightingale, SUN Leana Song
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) SUN Whitney Peyton, Jake Haze
Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) FRI Dirk Quinn Band, Si Senorita, Neptune Bloom
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford St.) SAT Making Time
Rebel Rock Bar (100 Spring Garden St.) FRI The Noid, SAT Glimmer Drop, The Goods Excuses, Black Stars
Milkboy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Quelle Source, Goodnight Lights, Long Walk Home, SUN S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D.
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) SAT Easy 3 & The Funky T., The Justin Phillipi Band, The Carpet Squares, The Duke Brothers

New Video: The Fred Mlarsky Show - Grimace Federation

Hmm…this is a bit tongue-in-cheek strange. Check out below Grimace Federation’s Wes Shwartz and Brooklyn’s Sonkin, a.k.a. Leon Sonkin, making an appearance on Woodshop FilmsThe Fred Mlarsky Show to talk about their bimonthly electronic music series Popular Science, which will take place again on November 7 at Kung Fu Necktie.


Josh's Top 3 NYC bands from CMJ 2012: Wilsen, Blonds, The Nightmare River Band

Josh run The Deli's CMJ Music Marathon last weeks (consisting in blogging about 26 emerging bands based in The Deli's 12 local scenes - but mostly NYC). Here's his top 3. We'll have a list of honorable mentions tomorrow.

WARNING: Josh was our "guy/mellow/folky" runner. Tracy - the "girl/upbeat/punky" marathoner - was covering noisier bands, stay tuned for her selection.

1. Wilsen "When the forlornly whistling of the lead singer, the eponymous Wislen, coincided with striking crash of a cymbal, I can’t imagine there was a spine in the room left sans-shivered".

2. Blonds "With their commanding take of an already strong catalog, Blonds proved to be the highlight of CMJ Tuesday."

3. The Nightmare River Band (pictured) "The Nightmare River Band played a great set filled with some rather awesome rock n’ roll songs."


Rush Midnight to release debut EP + kick off mini tour

When Rush Midnight’s lead singer Russ Manning croons “the music starts to creep back in” on the band’s lead single, “The Night Was Young Enough,” it is as much a celebration of youth as it is a declaration of synthpop’s unexpected elasticity over the past decade. With a voice that evokes new romanticism and a video that feels like “Let’s Get Physical,” slowed down and bohemianized, Manning (former bassist of Twin Shadow) continues indie-electro’s move out of the mumbly moodiness of every Washed Out copycat into more sensual, soulful territory indicative of fellow-Brooklyn acts like Body Language and MSMR. Rush Midnight’s debut EP, +1, lands on October 30 via Cascine Records and a short tour kicks off at the Studio at Webster Hall (NYC) on November 9th.- Brian Chidester


Bridget and The Squares play Paper Box 11.9

The boy/girl duo of Bridget and the Squares might not initially strike you as badass and full of rage, but trust me... this is a band out for blood. Their two latest EPs Kill and Destroy take you down a dusty road littered with broken people and failed relationships. Riding epic piano lines through the desert in tracks like ‘The Animal and ‘Nothing Right, Nothing Wrong,’ singers Laura Bridgett and Kyle Thompson chart the wreckage they find through the love and passion they bring to every subject excavated. Get on over to their bandcamp for more, and catch them on November 9th when they play Bushwick's Paper Box - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)


Making it in the city: ZZZ's

Dystopia's probably the track that'll best define their universe, with its menacing beat-heavy thick horror soundtrack crumbling around high pitched synth lines, and random alien-like hyper-distorted vocals cutting in. Spitefully charging through crunchy cold-blooded jams, the three ZZZ's ladies re-appropriate dark dissonant no-wavey/industrial atmospheres to twist them into their own, using just about every trick in the book to avoid falling into routine. Originally from Japan, they formed the band in NYC in March 2012, playing some 50-odd gigs around the US, and more recently, a couple of shows during this CMJ; and seeing as, according to their Twitter, they're leaving the city at the end of December -not sure how long for- we're hoping to hear more dates announced soon. Meanwhile, check out their music below. - Tracy Mamoun 


Kickstart Your Evening w/The Extraordinaires at JB’s Oct. 25

Carnival-esque folk-pop outfit The Extraordinaires have been working in the studio with producer Kyle “Slick” Johnson so you can expect some new tunes tonight when they headline Johnny Brenda’s. The band recorded a new EP this year entitled Beware! The All-Seeing EYE! at Fancy Time Studio using their winnings from our studio time giveaway contest with Johnson last year. They also have another new EP from an independent feature film called The Space Jockey Pursuit that they were asked to write and record music for in 2010, and just launched a Kickstarter campaign in support of their 4th full-length album, which will be released on vinyl with their unique handcrafted packaging and a storybook. Check out their new promotional video below for the campaign, and go donate HERE! The Extraordinaires will also be joined this evening by locals The Spinning Leaves and Baltimore’s Hume. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman


Nightlands Slowly Building Sounds at PhilMOCA Oct. 25

There is no doubt that bassist Dave Hartley ranks up there as being one of the most highly sought-after Philly musicians these days with his skills being recruited to back fine acts like The War on Drugs, Sondre Lerche, Sharon Van Etten and Buried Beds. However, he somehow still finds time to work on his very own project Nightlands, which has a new full-length album titled Oak Island scheduled for release on January 22 via Secretly Canadian. Hartley has also been doing some recruiting of his own pulling from the pool of talented local area musicians to bring his shimmering compositions to life, and you’ll have the opportunity to hear what he has been slowly building when Nightlands headlines tonight at PhilaMOCA. This evening’s bill will also feature Baltimore’s Soft Cat (Friends Records) and a solo set by Michael Johnson, a.k.a. Ape School (Hometapes). PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 9pm, $7 - $10, All Ages - Q.D. Tran



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