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Chris Young takes rap back to the glorious West Coast days

Chris Young’s delorean is humming in your driveway.  You were trying to make a fluffernutter sandwich, but you kept getting distracted by the funky jams blasting from his windows at full volume.  Now you’re dancing in your driveway and all the neighbors are coming to join you.  While so many rappers are trying to build some crazy cybernetic future version of hip hop, Chris Young is taking you back to 1991.  The EP is a solid representation of an early 90’s West Coast hip hop vibe.  Funky, upbeat production matched with witty and masterful lyricism make a great first impression that’s perfect for either dancing in your driveway or if you’re just stuck in traffic.  Visit chrisyoungtherapper.bandcamp.com to download the ep for free. - BrokeMC


NYC punks Shapes play Cake Shop on 12.17

Touting their music as gutter glam, the nightcrawling NYC sextet known as Shapes embody the sounds of the DIY hipster rock scene while showcasing a freewheeling buoyancy which permeates across their raucous five-track offering I FEEL…THEREFORE I DRINK. Commencing contagious melodies with a garage rock engine pumping out The Stooges’ attitude, My Chemical Romance’s catchiness and the The Ramones’ simplicity blended with a shot of punk pizzazz via Dead Boys and Sex Pistols, this troupe keeps the energy level at fever pitch and still hold it all together musically, fueling their odes to after hours with whatever substance they can get their paws on and a side order of the down and dirty rock ‘n roll that made NYC infamous (“Bash!”). You can see Shapes live at Cake Shop on  12.17. - Mike SOS


Birds of Maya Lookin’ for Prey at KFN Dec. 1

Listening to Birds of Maya incites a certain spontaneous, enthusiastic splendor that can only be matched by their vigilant, fervent worship of protracted blues-soaked hard rock epistles. While this three-piece crafts complex slow-burners that drag like a Marlboro Red, their sound is anything but lackluster. In fact, it’s balls-to-the-walls rock - a bedlam of crude electric vibrations and trouncing garage kick starts that drapes rightly as the backdrop to what will be the best (or, at the very least, wildest) night of your life. But don’t forget to warm up first with bill mates Taco Leg and Watery Love, otherwise you’re just gonna be aching in the morning. You shouldn’t snooze on this one because with the growing interest in Mike Polizze’s Purling Hiss, you never know when Birds of Maya will pop up again. (Bummer - looks like Home Blitz dropped off the original lineup.) Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St, 8pm, $6, 21+ - Annamarya Scaccia

Summer Fiction Release Party at JB’s Dec. 1

From laying down home recordings on four tracks to doing freelance music writing for Philadelphia Weekly & the Inquirer and utilizing everything from acoustic guitar to children’s toy xylophones in his songs, Bill Ricchini has lead a long and eclectic music career. After generating buzz in Europe and the U.S. for a self-released album which was named “Best Unreleased Album” by Salon, he was signed to Megaforce/Transdreamer Records, where he released two albums that managed to stay true to the sounds from his influences such as the Beach Boys. After a bit of a hiatus, Ricchini is back with a new project titled Summer Fiction. The self-titled opus was recorded inside everything from studios to church basements, and features a cavalcade of classical and rock musicians that even includes members of BC Camplight and Buried Beds. The celebration of the album’s release is tonight at JB’s, and will also include In Grenada, who have been receiving plenty of praise for their home recorded debut Break as well as psychedelic folk outfit Yellow Humphrey. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill


Oh So Peligroso Upcoming CD Release Show

This Saturday (12/2), DC's alt. rockers Oh So Peligroso take the Red Palace stage for their S/T CD release party. Formed back in 2009 by a group of UMW college friends, Oh So Peligroso mix uber-chant vocals and harmonic driven guitars with rocked and rugged bass lines, very apparent in the track "Suitcase" featured below. Also on the bill is the Laughing Man- so get there early (doors at 8:30) to be amazed. Lifted from the OSP invite: "You better put your 3-D glasses on 'cause we got some holiday shit comin' straight at ya." Word.

Oh So Peligroso - Suitcase by user4670251


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