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Joy Again Opening for Day Wave at Boot & Saddle May 11

Was there any feeling that brought us more joy during our childhoods than speeding down a playground slide? Philly six-piece Joy Again, brings us back to those youthful, and carefree times with their dreamy-pop vibes. They plunge back into a time of innocence with a substantial, buoyant sound that signifies the start of summer contention. The dog days ahead will easily be faced with such soothing, beach-worthy tunes. The group will be hitting Boot & Saddle tonight, where they'll be setting the tone for headliner Day Wave, a.k.a. Jackson Phillips, who recently released his new EP Hard To Read back in March. Boot & Saddle, 1131 Broad St., 8:30pm, $12, 21+ - Gina Rullo





New Laser Background LP Available for Streaming

Stereogum has premiered the new album from Laser Background, the brainchild of Philly music veteran Andy Molholt. Correct is the second LP for Laser Background out May 13 on La Société Expéditionnaire/Endless Daze. Molholt has been making infectious psych-pop for a while now, first with his previous band The Armchairs and as Laser Background for the past four years. The shape-shifting synths and Molholt’s dreamy vocals are center stage in his solo project, where he has been expanding on his eclectic vision. Check out the album via Stereogum and pre-order it right HERE.




Palm Offering Sonic Refuge Tonight at Goldy's

Gray skies continue to blanket the area, however, this evening’s show at Goldy’s offers a sonic refuge. With a four-pronged experimental psych-rocking arsenal, Palm drifts into the unknown, off the traditional path. The purposefully abrupt deviations develop a sense of anticipatory tension, pushing each song forward to an undisclosed location. Guitars twist in a murky dissonance as the juxtaposing vocals, a ghostly calm, penetrates the periphery. The smattering of backend, meanwhile, provides a steadying hand. Tonight, Palm will joined by the disenchanted daydream of Old Maybe and the introspective experimentation of Microsoft Saint. The innovative exploits of Atlanta’s Hellier Ulysses cap this imaginative evening.  - Goldy's, 723 Chestnut St. - 3FL, $7, 8pm, All Ages – Michael Colavita





Stream "Collective Sigh" The Debut LP From Pinkwash

The highly anticipated release of Collective Sigh, the debut album from the duo of Ashley Arnwine and Joey Doubek aka Pinkwash officially ends this Friday May 13 when it’s released via Don Giovanni Records. Unloading the frustration and anger associated with grieving, the tandem hits the ground running dealing out heavy driving rhythms, which propel the hair-raising primal tear of the vocals. Catch the band’s record release Friday at Lava Space, which also includes SWARM, Andromeda Sky, and King Azaz





A Fundraiser for the Philadelphia Student Union w/Sheer Mag, Bad Canoes & More at PhilaMOCA May 6

Will McAndrew (of R5 Productions) is curating a fundraiser show at PhilaMOCA to support the Philadelphia Student Union in its mission of banding students together to "demand a high quality education in the Philadelphia public school system." It's a tried and true method; there’s no better way to empower young people and bolster a youth movement than through the magical power of rock 'n' roll music. Guitarmony shred-rock titans Sheer Mag will be headlining the event, busting out riffs that they would never teach you in school. Dark Thoughts will also be performing in support of the students with their angsty, accelerated Ramones swagger, building heavy parallels in sound and objective to Rock 'n' Roll High School. Hopefully all buildings will be left intact. Bad Canoes, which features the unparalleled vocal stylings of Marissa Paternoster from Screaming Females, are also pitching in by bringing their outlandish, no-wave meets Slits-inspired rock 'n' roll to the stage. With songs that range in subject from bangin’ radio stations to meeting babes at the mall, each tune is delivered with a raw ferocity and jarring rejection of musical standards. On this lineup, they’re like that one disruptive kid in class who can always get the whole room going: disorderly and chaotic, but a welcome departure from the status quo. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $12, All Ages. - Bryce Woodcock

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