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Those Darlins release 7" 2/1/11

On Feb. 1, Those Darlins are dropping a new 7 inch, “Be Your Bro,” which includes two more tasters – “Be Your Bro” and “Let U Down” – from the upcoming Screws Get Loose (scheduled for release March 29) via OH WOW DANG. – Jessica Pace


Far-Out Fangtooth Making Time in the Ruby Lounge at Voyeur Jan. 29

The super fuzzed out garage-goth noise-makers Far-Out Fangtooth are taking over the Ruby Lounge downstairs at Voyeur tonight for Making Time. Hearing their latest 7” out on Philly’s Ian Records, I was struck by how different of an experience it was from when I saw them at Best Fest last year. Maybe it was the fact that it was in dusty daylight, and their shadow lurking shoegaze is more conducive to underground dive bars/sex dungeons. Maybe it’s because their songs seemed more like extended jams rather than “traditional” songs (not necessarily a bad thing). It was probably because these guys weren’t there. Regardless, their current sound is dark and driving with elements of A Place To Bury Strangers or a more brooding version of label mates Party Photographers. Don’t let their all black everything persona fool you though, because this band is looking to party, so you better be ready. But you probably wouldn’t be at Making Time if you weren’t. La Femme’s French new wave surf pop is also absolutely enchanting so their will be plenty more to keep the party going throughout the evening, and Brooklyn’s Small Black (Jagjaguwar) will be helping to anchor the bill as well. Voyeur, 1221 St. James St., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Adam G.

Normal Love for Mincemeat or Tenspeed at DDG Jan. 29

High Two and Badmaster Records come together for one oddball show at Danger Danger Gallery tonight. In a quixotic sort of way, it makes perfect sense when bands like minimalist classical freestylists Normal Love and avant garde electronic noise master Mincemeat or Tenspeed come together to perform under one roof. Whether it’s with a string ensemble or multiple pedals, both experimental masterminds are extremely adept in stimulating the senses with a torrent of sounds that test what one can handle. Throw in New York’s White Suns (who recently brought Normal Love along to celebrate their recent record release) into the mix, and you’re especially in for a treat of peculiar sounds. Joining them tonight will also be tripped-out no wavers Bad News Bats, whose recent adventures have included West Philly’s In-Fest and seeing Tom Savini sword fight with children. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 9pm, $5 - $10 donation, All Ages - Bill McThrill



Banned Books Should Be Illegal at KFN Jan. 29

Banned Books are relative newcomers on the scene, but once you’re given a taste of their sound, you’ll be wondering how you went that long without them. Tracks like “Mission Creep”  and “Your Dress” make use of killer start-stop rhythms; snarling, angular guitar riffs; and glitchy synths, all intercut with delirious spasms of noise and static. They manage to be simultaneously brooding and infectious, among many other facets. For something a little on the dancier side, check out a song like “Anti-anthem”, with its cascading drums and confrontational lyrics. Also on the bill tonight are freak-folks Delicate Steve (featured in the latest Deli NYC print and available in pdf version here) and The Sparta Philharmonic. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front Street, 7:30pm, $8, 21+ - Joe Poteracki

Great Elk lands Rockwood February residency + release 4 new songs

This February, Brooklyn based rootsy rock band, Great Elk, will host a 4-week residency at Rockwood Music Hall. Each Thursday night they will be joined by local favorites, hand-picked by Great Elk themselves, including Tall Tall Trees, Kevin Johnston, Luke Wesley and Monuments. Each Thursday show will also see the band release a limited edition of hard copy singles, with a new track each week.


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