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Goodnight Lights CD Release Party at JB’s June 18

Last year was a breakout year for Goodnight Lights since it marked the release of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut. But the band is ready to kick it up a notch in 2010 with the release of their sophomore album Electric Spark, which can be downloaded for free on their website. This 9 song undertaking was self-produced with the bands bassist Jonah Delso at the helm, and the album artwork was created by drummer Michael Ziegler. The end result is a dynamic product that echoes the sound of some of their influences such as Pixies, Cake, and Guided By Voices. The band is set to celebrate in epic fashion at Johnny Brenda's tonight, and they'll be joined by their good friends The Quelle Source. The band has been catching eyes and ears since putting out Enjoy The Ridge over the winter, and songs like "The State Line" and "Scratch Your Fast Forward" are sure to be anthems that signify the energy of the evening. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill

 

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The Fridays in June Concert Series with WPO at Cianfrani Park June 18

During the summer the finest parks in Philly come alive with the sound of music. And tonight is a rare occasion, because South Philly is going to get treated to one of the best of the West. Whether it’s been during one of Clark Park’s many festivals, farmers markets on 40trh Street, or other fine occasions like Bastille Day, West Philadelphia Orchestra have been no strangers to filling the summertime air with their joyous tunes. And just like their monthly gigs at Tritone, WPO are sure to have Cianfrani Park moving to their Balkan dance beats and Eastern European Folk. And their sure to have Patrick Hughes, Elliot Levin, and an assortment of other major Philly music players in tow when their 14 strong take it to the grass. Cianfrani Park, 8th and Fitzwater St., 7pm, FREE, All Ages - Bill McThrill
 

 

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Sub Pop’s Pissed Jeans LIVE at JB’s June 17

The Philadelphia (by way of Allentown) noise rock purveyors Pissed Jeans are golden gods around these parts. Their brusque version of hardcore - sludgy, vagrant sensory assaults crusted with throaty brays best defined in 2009’s King of Jeans (Sub Pop) - has gotten the word-of-mouth treatment, packing venues like sardines just through meager curiosity. And their evocatively mutinous live sets certainly raise the ante, taking Pissed Jeans up scores of notches from “buzz worthy” to absolutely necessary. So, as if your life depended on it, go to Johnny Brenda’s tonight and watch them tear it down with Eddy Current Suppression Ring. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Annamarya Scaccia
 

 

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Me Likey An American Chinese at North Star Bar June 17

An American Chinese reminds me of that feeling you get when you hear something that's totally new and yet oddly familiar at the same time, like an old friend that you forgot about and then remembered is absolutely amazing. There's definitely a lot of that punky folk-pop, not unlike the Violent Femmes, and then other tracks carry the mark of Elephant 6 bands, with their playful synths and vocal harmonies. But neither of these things is particularly intrusive, and at the end of your listening experience, all you can really think of is "Hmm...An American Chinese...Wow." Also get there early for those space oddities Orbit to Leslie. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar Street, 9pm, $8, 21+ - Joe Poteracki
 

 

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Join Us at Molestice This Saturday June 19!!!



OK, so I once lived on a rare block in Center City with a bunch of my friends. Well, around the corner on Cherry St., but we were honorary Mole people. If you are thinking to yourself “Cherry St., I think that I’ve been there before”, you probably have been. My house was a commune for weird musicians who liked to get fucked up and the people who liked to get fucked up and listen to them play, but outside just around the bend, you had plenty of strange characters hiding in their Colonial style row homes that once were used as servants’ quarters for the plantation. You had self-elected Mayor of Mole St. Neil Benson, a former international photo journalist turned dumpster diver and “found art” trailblazer, the pro skaters and their gang of shredding junkies and video filmmakers, the dreadlock people who liked twirling fire, Mrs. Polanski (R.I.P.) who was pretty crazy and racist but we forgave her because she was too old to know better, the Swedish dude who sells cheese and loves to dance (no, he’s not on drugs - I don’t think) almost as much as he loves his trusty sidekick/master “Super Dog”, and many, many more. It was/is a great community of folks, and almost like clockwork or maybe a sundial, we shutdown our beloved N. Mole St. to celebrate “Molestice”.



What’s Molestice? It’s when music, food and drunken people all collide into a shitload of fun for hopefully the longest day of the year (or most likely the Saturday before it:o)! Well, I’d like to invite everyone and their friends to join us this Saturday for the 26th Annual Molestice Block Partay! The Deli was asked to invite some of our talented, fun-loving friends so we figured that it’s not really a partay without the high-energy performance and comical lyrical stylings of Chang Chang (oh yes - “we’ll paint this city red, and then we’ll paint it back again”). We also couldn’t resist asking former Featured Artists of the Month, Harry Rocket and Attia Taylor. We might get to experience our first live “hair rocket”! You’ll surely be smitten by the experimental pop of the adorable Attia Taylor. The community of Mole people and friends, Wasted Potatoes, Casey Alvarez, The Paper Janes, and 61 North, will also be kicking off the festivities. There will be FREE FOOD and BEER provided by the kind and friendly neighborhood residents and generous sponsor Rex’s Pizza. Molestice, N. Mole St. (between 15th/16th St. and Cherry/Race St.), 12pm - 8pm, FREE, All Ages

Molestice Lineup Schedule: Wasted Potatoes - 12pm; The Paper Janes - 1pm; Casey Alvarez - 2pm; 61 North - 3pm; Chang Chang - 4pm; Hair Rocket - 5pm; Attia Taylor - 6pm; DJ Adrian Hardy - 7pm

- Q.D. Tran

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