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The Armchairs Leading the Freak Out at KFN Jan. 16

The Armchairs simply want to have a good time, and they want you to have a good time! You found the gang at the top of their game when they released 2010’s Science and Advice (which you can purchase inside an artistically sound travel pillow here, but that should not be a surprise since they are part of the wonderfully creative Punk Rock Payroll family). They joined forces with Ape School’s Michael Johnson helping with mixing to create an album that is a giant leap forward in production for the relatively young outfit pulling together a joyously madcap jaunt through 60’s and 70’s influenced psych-pop. Joining them in making the crowd freak out will be Virtual Virgin. Since emerging onto the local music scene, the group has been creating heart-pumping dance tracks and symphonic serenades that tantalize the senses while dabbling in vibrant multimedia work. (Check out their official video for “Adam & Eve” below.) Rounding out the lineup will be Brooklyn’s Horse’s Mouth and Paper Masques, a psych-folk project from Zelda Pinwheel’s founder Stephen Quaranta. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 Fron St., 7:30pm, $5, 21+ - Bill McThrill  
 


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Pithy Sweet EP Release and free download!

Pithy Sweet, a trio from Fullerton, puts a modern edge on psychedelic rock. Influenced by bands like The Velvet Underground, The Who, and The Black Keys, their sound is reminiscent of The Black Angels with a more upbeat twist. Ben Kent(vox/guitar), Evan Novorot(bass), and Robert Burrison(drums) have been playing music together since they were 16.

The band just released their EP "Hole In My Pocket" on the 13th. Consisting of 4 tracks, it begins with the pulsating and progressive tune "Bring It On", and follows with the more alternative "Fight To This Song", electrifying and angst-ridden. The third track, "Freeze", is nostalgic with funky, playful guitar riffs. "Stella" resonates airy reverbs and a hypnotic 60's feel. 

Get a free download of "Fight to This Song" here, and buy the album here. Pithy Sweet will be playing a show at La Cave in Costa Mesa on the 8th of February...so mark your calenders now!

-Jenna Putnam.

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Grandchildren’s First Philly Show of 2011 at The Ox Jan. 15

Philly’s own electro pop ensemble Grandchildren are taking over The Ox tonight. It will be their first Philly show in 2011. It was a big 2010 for these guys with the release of their stellar long-awaited debut LP Everlasting, a quickly growing fan base and plenty of media love. Hopefully this year will only bring more success to these guys. And maybe even some new music? Grandchildren’s live show is not to be missed, and if you have yet to catch them live you are in for a treat. The band’s technical proficiency is a sight to be seen and the rotating stage setup highlights their LP’s diverse but always captivating songs. The multiple drum kits drive the set while band leader Aleks Martray sits back with his acoustic guitar adding his touches to the hypnotic soundscapes. I had the pleasure of seeing Grandchildren play The Ox for our Best of Philly Showcase 2010. It was a tight fit on the stage, and their sound could barely be contained within the warehouse space. Looking forward to hearing them through The Ox’s newish sound system! The Ox, (you should already know or ask a friend), 8pm, $5, All Ages - Adam G.
 
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Freeway Recorded New EP w/Statik Selektah in 24 Hrs LIVE on XXL

So Freeway’s freestylin’ skills are becoming legendary around these parts. Well, the quick-tongued, bearded emcee recorded a 7-song EP titled Statik-Free in 24 hours with hip hop producer Statik Selektah while XXL streamed the recording session LIVE this past Monday to 50,000+ viewers. You can already purchase the EP on iTunes here. Below is “The Making of Statik-Free”, a video with some behind the scenes footage from that day. - The Deli Staff
 

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Get Double Teamed by Slutever & Omar at KFN Jan. 15

Aggressive dissonance nears reckless abandon between crashing cymbals and shouts of “I hate it”, in Omar’s abruptly ending “Larry I Love Ya, But Ya Blew It”, exuding an anxious energy that hums throughout “Jumping Jacks” and the punk-esque chants of “Nism”. Matched with the driving riffs and urban landscapes of “Day 8 (Trampoline Only)”, Omar’s anthems play out fast and fun, finding a common ground between post-punk nostalgia and lo-fi fuzz. Headliners Slutever set to crank out signature brat-punk ballads are prone to heat things up like “Sun Hot” while the tongue-in-cheek nostalgia of “Seventh Grade” and apathetic charm of “No Offense” makes slam dancing seem appropriate. Far from falling out of fashion, both acts go down smooth with Brooklyn-based Easter Vomit. Slut it up at Kung Fu Necktie (come on, don’t be shy)! 1250 N. Front St., 7:30pm, $5, 21+ - Dianca Potts
 

 

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