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Weekend Warrior, July 15 - 17

The joyous jangle-pop of four-piece Literature is part of a stacked billing at PhilaMOCA this Saturday. The band’s tightly compacted tunes invite you to let loose, smoothly surfing through your ears in an exuberantly catchy bounce. Their brand of indie-pop cruises in a stable, on-the-move, percussive nature as chilled waves of drifting vocal harmony balance the rush of adrenaline-laced instrumentation tempering the fervor. The confessional, melodic power pop of Hurry nonchalantly opens up lyrically, while demonstrating force in fortuitous flashes. With the simplicity of detailed yet semi-whispered, revealing, personal narratives that burst in exuberant moments, Free Cake For Every Creature’s open-book songs bring one in close while carrying a poignant energy. Weaving bits of post-punk, noise, and shoegaze together, Baltimore quintet Wildhoney, who are part of a upcoming 4-way split EP, Continental Drift, which also features Mercury Girls, complete this R5 booking. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Michael Colavita
 
Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Mischief Brew, The Brood, Kahlil Ali, Teenage Bigfoot
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Sparrow Steeple, SAT Goodnight Lights, Bird Watcher, Tangiers
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Song Dogs, The Rivals, Bryant Eugene Vazquez, SUN The Missile Toads, Dark Thoughts
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Whips/The West Kensingtons, SAT The Absolute Sky, Lord Bulldog/DJ PHSH, Patrice McBride, SUN Louie Louie, The Point Breeze Country Club
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Cultureal, Jason Fraticelli Band, Jah People, SAT Tektonic, The Radicans
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Silence Kit, Sun Hat, SAT Nathan Allebach, Second Child, Sonnder, The Band of Rivals, SUN Kate Nyx, Avenue Eight
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Seraph in Travail, Ashes of Our Sins, I Vampyre, Scars Like These, Generation Empty, Signal To Noise
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) Philly Gumbo, SAT (Upstairs) Soulidified
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI The Tisburys, Henry Alms, Father Figure, PeachFuzz, SAT (5pm) Andross, Hartline, Big City Noise/(8:30pm) Mock Suns, The Orange Drop, Tapes & Tubes, SUN Green Jeans
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.)  FRI Thee, Idea Men, SAT Soraia
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Nyxy Nyx,  Wasnt Wisnt, Tinmouth, Minima Moralia, SAT Ugly Babies, Valley Exit, SUN Ron Gallo
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Backroom Dreamers, Airways, Modzilla, SUN Poor Devil Trash Boy, When Ships Collide
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT The Phonies
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI American Dinosaur, Delmont, Ray Bradley, SAT Misty Plum, E Joseph & The Sparrows, Danielle and Jennifer
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Rasputin’s Room, SAT Ed Christof,, SUN Maddonalesque
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  SAT Splintered Sunlight, Three Fourteen
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Stippling, Stucco
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Honey Radar, Blowdryer
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT John Sharkey III
 
Titan House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT QQQ, Cumquat (Tape Release), Cemetery Flowers
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Trash Boy, Along the Way
 
Shred Shed (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Population Zero, Narcos,
 
Second Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Enamel, Carried Away
 




New Music Video: "The Girl, The Gold Watch, And Everything" - Literature

Indie popsters Literature always give us a good feeling inside, and that rings true with their latest music video for "The Girl, The Gold Watch, And Everything." The track can be found on last year's full-length release Chorus (Slumberland), and the video was directed by Jack Wagner. Look out for a new split 7" coming soon with Baltimore's Expert Alterations via Square Of Opposition Records.

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New Video: Live Studio (Break Thru Radio) - Literature

Indie-pop quartet Literature stopped by Saltlands Studios in Brooklyn (DUMBO) this past fall while at CMJ Music Marathon. They recorded a session for Break Thru Radio's Live Studio series, and answered questions with its host Maia McDonald. You can check it out below, which includes performances of "Paint It Blue," "The English Soft Hearts," and "Jimmy."

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New Music Video: "New Jacket" - Literature

Tired of the grey chill that has consumed the area? Check out Erik Smith’s vibrant new music video for Literature’s “New Jacket,” a song found on their latest record Chorus (Slumberland Records). Accompanying the song’s ethereal up-tempo vibe with an invigorating (and slightly trippy) play of colorful flowers and lighting, the video offers a momentary escape from the harsher reality nature currently offers.

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Literature Record Release Show at Underground Arts Sept. 15

Literature is a great indie-pop band. I thought that the very first time I heard the group’s debut LP Arab Spring. And now, their long-awaited full-length follow-up, Chorus, has found a fitting home at Slumberland Records. With an arsenal of unapologetic hooks, frontman Nathaniel Cardaci’s charming Anglo-accented phrasings, and upbeat instrumentation that injects a warm glow into your soul, Literature has produced another must-add-to-your-collection release, which I suggest grabbing sooner than later since the first pressing of Chorus is “ALMOST GONE”. They’ll be having a belated celebration of its deliverance tonight at Underground Arts (moved from the First Unitarian Church) opening for Brooklyn outfits The Drums and Beverly. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $15, All Ages - Q.D. Tran

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