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Cozy Galaxies Invade Our Universe at The M Room March 19

Philly-based music blog Noise Narcs have decided to make everyone’s weekend by rounding up three of its favorite local bands and encouraging “the entire audience to get drunk” (which we totally support). The main attraction is Cozy Galaxies, who have a knack for unflinchingly honest lyricism laid on top of impossibly lush, romantic instrumentation. “Clean Yourself Up” sounds like Noah and the Whale with some bite, a steady-build track with a majestic guitar refrain. “Dreamer” centers around a rousing military march. There’s also Grubby Little Hands, who are possibly in a genre all their own with their apathetic slacker-folk, while Bridge Underwater provide the pop jangle with a post-punk streak. So grab a special, and cheers! The M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., $10, 8pm, 21+ - Joe Poteracki


Southwork Sell Out Debut Performance at KFN March 19

Tonight’s sold out show at Kung Fu Necktie might be Southwork’s debut performance. But it’s far from the first time that you’ve seen the seven-piece multi-instrumentalist rock outfit. The classically trained group is a former street pirate band of Mummers who have marched across South Philly with an ensemble of horns, percussion, ukuleles, and then some. It also features members of bands like The Swimmers, Fat City Reprise, and Distant Orange. When the collective takes the stage you will bare witness to a cavalcade of layered harmonies, mellotrons, kazoos, and more. Univox will be on hand to give the show a boost of energy with their arena rock anthems and multipart harmonies. Rounding out the bill will be New Jersey’s electro misfit duo Brick + Mortar. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, Sold Out, 21+ - Bill McThrill

SXSW Day 3: Ben Kweller, Living Days, Bahamas, The Autumn Defense

Another day walking South Congress in the sun...Bahamas at the San Jose, a very well-named guitar and drum duo, sounded like the islands: laid back, quirky, carefree. Before that some thumping electro-pop from Living Days, somewhat at odds with the beer & taco vibe at Guero's. 

Kind of enjoyed the improv mood that sprang up at Music By the Slice after they were forced acoustic, so returned there in time to check out Still Corners, who I don't think were ever very loud to begin with. The Autumn Defense turned in an elegant set at San Jose; but easily the highlight of the day was the Ben Kweller listening party for Go Fly A Kite. 

Billed as 'blogger kegger', it was a low-key event in the backyard of the very hip St. Cecilia's Hotel, involved a couple of kegs, pizza, some toddlers running around. Kweller said a few words about the album + old school recording process, and pressed play...and Go Fly A Kite sounded rich, warm, vibrant, fun. Maybe it's the beer talking. If it was the beer talking, the beer liked the album quite a bit. The beer would like to listen again. Kweller's left his previous label (ATO) + started his own (The Noise Company), seems to have done him good.

And we head back out... 


Meijin's SXSW day 2

St. Patrick’s Day at SXSW 2011 was unlike any March 17th I had ever experienced. The Deli Magazine teamed up with Brooklyn Lager, GAT5, and Black Knight Productions to showcase thirty bands, eight of which I was proud to present, on three stages at Hotel Vegas/Volstead Lounge in the heart of downtown Austin at the Brooklyn BBQ. My day began with The Gay Blades, who are becoming a household name. Unfortunately, the set was cut short by a loss of diesel power. The crew quickly replenished the generator for the outdoor stage, but TGB unleashed some mega-phone free-styling, a resourceful and entertaining solution to the unexpected events.

Fueled up, Fan Tan (top picture) hit the stage, while speed metal, Goes Cube, shook the indoor “Dive” stage. Bouncing between stages, I encountered Butcher Bear Soundsystem with Charlie who included a man in a yellow bear suit, pretty painful for the 86 degree Texas temperature. Following the plush performer was reggae-tinged rock quartet, Deadbeat Darling, special guests, fashionable and punky The Vandelles (pictured below), and ethereal Dream Diary.

As the sun set, the crowd grew and feasted on BBQ , enjoying on-the-house beverages (during the last quarter of ever hour), and one of NYC’s top artists, soothing, bass-driven, The Dig, outside, while piano accompanied poet, Emily Greene (pictured below), played the acoustic “Volstead” stage, and The Wicked Tomorrow’s sultry sound stopped attendees in their tracks.

Continuing the rock duo them, The Courtesy Tier echoed throughout the “Dive” space, followed by guitar-heavy Blackbells, and simultaneously, in the backyard, Black Taxi drew the crowd into a dancing frenzy. The ear-catching melodies and moving vocals of Brooklyn trio, Apollo Run, pulled the audience indoors before the last, but not least, dynamic and rhythmically complex decibel., closed the BK BBQ with a bang, literally, as the duet landed in a pile atop the drum kit. All in all, the day was a memorable and proud twelve hours for New York music. - Meijin Bruttomesso


SpiderFriends Album Release w/ Vinyl Thief, Sol Cat, & New Pleasure, 3/18/11

There is something to be said about a band with a sound that has continued to change since they formed almost two years ago, which is why Nashville can look forward to lots of surprises tonight at Exit/In for the new album release of SpiderFriends. It's been a while since we've seen SpiderFriends play, so we have no idea what they're going to sound like now, but for what it's worth, we totally enjoyed their last record--(which, by the way, was pressed on fancy electric pink semi-transparent vinyl, so we've got high hopes for the aesthetic aaannnddd musical appeal of this album). Also playing will be local artists Vinyl Thief, Sol Cat, and New Pleasure. The show starts at 9, 18+, $10 cover, which is a bit steep, but you receive the 14-TRACK ALBUM HOLY COW THAT'S A LOT OF SONGS, so just bite the bullet and cough up the cash!--Erin Manning


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