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The Armchairs Rocking at DDG June 4

The charismatic psych rock popsters The Armchairs are going to be performing tonight at Danger Danger Gallery. They are bringing with them a bag full of tricks including the brooding garage folk-blues of TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb and get this, custom songs. That’s right, you could hire The Armchairs to write a song about anything, like that lipstick that’s poppin’ or that internet girlfriend that “totally exists”. Dibs on Road House The Musical. I have seen things like this on a way lamer level asking one grand for a name drop, but these cats are practically giving it away. For only 10 bucks a song at a live show of your choice or $20 for a recording. You could have your personal Armchairs song. That’s what you call good business. If that isn’t enough, you can look forward to the release of their long-awaited debut LP Science & Advice. The hook? This show is their last until The Armchairs’ release party in August. You’ve been warned. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 9pm, $5 - $ 10 donation (Photo by Robert Patterson) - Adam G.



MC Digga Swaggers into JB’s June 4

Gil Mantera’s Party Dream and Sunbears are two bands that are equally faszinierend. But when both bands take the stage during tonight’s Super-ficial Opening Night Show of Philly Beer Week, they’re not the only acts that are going to have you saying, “Achtung Baby!” Because they’ll be joined by Philly’s only emcee to bust rhymes in Deutsch, MC Digga. What started out as a joke by Mill Creek Tavern’s Director of Music, Ben Morgan, a few years back has since spawned into his German rapping alter ego. From his anthem about being born “Geboren”, to his umlaut-filled version of “Ice Ice Baby”, you will find yourself giggling with glee (not that painfully awful type of Glee - sorry ladies, gay men everywhere and teenie boppers who don’t know better) as you dance along to the pulsating beats. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill



Endless Spring

It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Houses, and I can’t wait to see what is coming next. Their one released track, “Endless Spring” has been all over the internet lately, and when you hear it you will know why. It is a beautiful encapsulation of the welcomed warmth of the Chicago spring.

Houses signed to Lefse Records (home to Neon Indian, Sunglasses, Woodsman, and other like minded bands) late last month, and is planning to release their debut EP All Night later this summer. Below is a more tropical remix of “Endless Spring” created by David Bird.


Pilot Cloud Live at KFN June 4

Justin Lerner and Nick Biscardi first started Pilot Cloud two years ago as a means to create the music that they wanted to hear so the indie shoegaze duo set off on their journey and released their debut album In Transition. Since that time, the band formed a live set so they could embark on several small tours, and managed to have their work picked up by startup netlabel, Acoustic Firework Records. The guys have recently started a new chapter when they put out their follow-up Halcyon, and tonight’s show at Kung Fu Necktie marks their first show back since the mini-tour that they did in support of it. When you listen to their music (which you can download for free on their website) your ears will become awash in intricate guitar work and spaced out harmonies that aim to transport you to another galaxy. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Melissa Marie Hernandez) - Bill McThrill



From Our Open Blog: The Sometimes Family

Listen to these sweet soul sounds! Have you ever heard anything like them!? Well, perhaps if you've been to see the Sometimes Family live and in concert it will all seem like some kind of deja vu. There's just something about the Sometimes Family's music that gets into that ear canal and wiggles and jiggles around, reaching down, DOWN, until it hits the deepest parts of your soul. It latches on with its clawed tentacle and pulls your body into positions and postures of dance and wild movements you didn't have in you before. At the end of the song, you are left with a longing and a feeling of despair, quickly remedied by the simple act of replaying it. It is a painful experience to leave the concert, but you are bettered by it, and it was all worthwhile.

On June 10th The Sometimes Family will play at The Abbey Pub.


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