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Lux Perpetua and Friends at JR’s June 18

O, the little hole in the wall that is JR’s! Is this what we really have to call a music venue in South Philly!?! But in its defense, it has been doing a good job at bringing in some of our beloved local up-and-coming artists. Tonight you have the comforting tunes of Lux Perpetua (a.k.a. Justin Wolf), but expect his songs to get some extra sonic juice with Phil Pardell and Matt Gibson (The Extraordinaires) filling spaces in already cramped quarters. Badmaster’s My Mind will also be assaulting the senses as they use their spastic compositions to leave an eternal buzz in your head. JR’s, 2327 S. Croskey St., 9pm, $5, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman
 

 

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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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