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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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The Spooks Release Sleepy Monsters 7” and Plan Summer Tour

I’m thinking if The Spooks don’t headline next year’s Zombie Beach Party, then I might have to boycott it. I’m just sayin’. Here’s a taste from their latest 7” Sleepy Monsters called "Sleepy Sleepy" that they’ll be touring nationally in support of this summer. Take a listen. You tell me if they should be playing at a beach party for the living dead. The Spooks will also be coming out with their debut LP which they are recording with Adam Granduciel from The War on Drugs and will be releasing it on Trig Club, a new label started by the bloggers behind Yvnyl and Frightened By Bees. - H.M. Kauffman

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U.S. Girls Opening for Pocahaunted at KFN June 15

With the reemergence of lo-fi muse Ariel Pink and his more polished work on 4AD, you might have pondered what U.S. Girls (a.k.a. Meg Remy, born Meghan Uremovich) would sound like with more resources behind her. Well, Remy has wondered that herself, but for now, I have to say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” She’ll be opening tonight at KFN for Pocahaunted (cool name, but get there early because I’m thinking the hometown girl will probably be the highlight of the evening). Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman
 

 

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