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The Guests Opening for LVL UP at the Church Feb. 28

The Guests open up the proceedings this evening at the Church. The band, which includes Kyle and Hart Seely of Sheer Mag, instill a provocative, cleansing air, as the rolling backend extends outward, synching the synth with one's mind. However, an obscure, darkwave current looms, calling you into the shadows with an alluring, commanding voice. One is drawn toward the howl that lies just beyond the line of sight. Garage-pop quartet Marge maintain a rumbling forward instrumental core washed over vocal harmonies, creating a hardened yet accessible edge. With Talking Quietly of Anything With You due out April 15 via Double Double Whammy, the insightful, catchy observations of Free Cake For Every Creature thread the way to LVL UP. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 7pm, $10, All Ages - Michael Colavita





Pinkwash Smash & Grab at Boot & Saddle Feb. 4

Pinkwash’s debut LP (coming out via Don Giovanni Records) is a point of intrigue, which only escalates as time passes. The raw, blistering, smash-n-grab noise-rockers exhibit an unforgiving intensity, demonstrating an outpouring of emotion. It’s a heavy, somewhat primal display that forms an uncompromising, combative force that hits one’s core. Tonight, they headline at Boot & Saddle, possibly with a glimpse into that future release. With a new EP Take Me To Honey Island on Bratty Records, Pouty hits a pop-punk note that’s parts charging grit with a universal sensibility. The band is features Rachel Gagliardi (Slutever), who recently relocated back to Philly from LA, and Cat Park (Amanda X, Bandname, Eight). Garage-pop quartet Marge lights the fuse on what promises to be an interesting evening of local music. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8:30pm, $8, 21+ (Photo by Amnada Hatfield) - Michael Colavita

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Dogs on Acid/Year Of Glad Winter Tour Kickoff at Ortlieb's Dec. 10

Dogs on Acid and Year Of Glad kick off their winter tour with a showing this evening at Ortlieb’s. Dogs On Acid’s self-titled debut is ripe with hook-laced pop punk that rouses in energetic anthem form. Penetrating lyrics coupled with a melodic, determined, forward-thrusting, loose-flowing yet tightly constructed sound, it approaches the personal through an exuberant filter, deflecting the guttural punch. Speaking of excellent self-titled releases, Year Of Glad’s riff & rumble jolt combines with multiple-fronted, harmony-textured vocals causing equilibrium. Adding to this already interesting equation, garage-pop quartet Marge, whose rough-around-the-edges instrumentation, melds with softer-spoken sincerity. Tamar Dart, a.k.a. Little Strike, delivers perpetually positives via her electropop, completing a lineup of local talent you won’t want to miss. Ortlieb’s, 847 N. Third St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita





New Marge & Gunk Release Available for Streaming

Marge and Gunk have issued a collective release, which you can stream below. Appropriately titled garge munk, the 11-minute run of music bookends a pair of gritty yet calm Marge tracks, while Gunk takes a fuzzy bass/percussions rolling approach, balancing the heady vibes with a jarring bite. These sonic puzzle pieces fit together noisey crunchiness with a smooth finish. Marge will be performing tomorrow night at Everybody Hits with Sun Organ, Cigarette, and Beth Israel.

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Marge Opening for Tweens at The Pharmacy Aug. 25

Garage-pop quartet Marge continues the lineage of female-empowered acts seemingly sprouting up all over the place in Philly. With charming, melodic vocals and gritty instrumentation, they are steadily becoming a fixture in the DIY community. Marge will be opening this evening at The Pharmacy for rambunctious, trash-pop provocateurs from Cincy, Tweens. And sandwiched between the two acts will be local grunge rockers Littler. The Pharmacy, 1300/02 S. 18th St., 7pm, $10, All Ages - Alexis V.

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