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The Fleeting Ends Don’t Have Split Ends at M Room June 10

The lamenting, textured indie rockers The Fleeting Ends are performing tonight at the M Room. Apparently battle of the bands are still relevant/hip/in existence(?), and these guys recently won one which has been getting them some more airtime on local stations. They are also hitting the local festival circuit this summer making stops at Philly Folk Fest and Bethlehem Musikfest (hehe - headliners include Lynyrd Skynyrd and Styx). Their songs wallow in jagged guitars and yearning vocals that reach wavering tenor notes and brooding baritones the likes of The Smiths. They float comfortably in the sea of retro that is consuming the Philly scene. We’ll see how that goes. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ - Adam G.

 

 

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Mongrel Mix Mixin' It Up at North Star Bar June 10



Mongrel Mix strive to be a separate beast as they fuse Blues, Rock, Latin, Jazz, and Funk with Afro-Cuban rhythms. You’ll find tracks that take you on journeys through music history with their own twist as you can be dancing to Talking Heads influenced funk one moment and contemplating Springsteen-ish working man folk the next. Their influences maybe “either old or dead”, but Mongrel Mix are working hard to keep their memories alive. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $8, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

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Orbit to Leslie Touch Down at KFN June 9

Chris Wood is, and always has been, unstoppable. He's an essential part of a few different local bands, all of which are worth checking out, but Orbit to Leslie is arguably his best project. Elements of surf, afro-beat, and everything else under the sun stew in a pop confection that never fails to impress. If you've listened to their debut album The World Was Saved With Chocolate Cake, which came out late last year, you'd already know just how much creativity is felt in the nuances songs like "Elephant Fist", with its Caribbean-sounding shuffle or the elegant psych-rock of "Soul Survivors". And as a bonus treat, they're joined by those polyrhythmic wonders Grandchildren, whom you can also catch at The 2nd Annual Dock Street Music Festival and at Pterodactyl (with Oh! Pears and Cheers Elephant) this week if you are a rabid fan who just can’t get enough. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street, 8pm, $8, 21+ - Joe Poteracki
 

 

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Troubadour for the Common Man - Peasant at JB’s June 9

Sounding part California surfer part guitar-strumming folk-grass traveler, Peasant, a.k.a. Damien Nicholas De Rose delivers songs that make you feel like it’s his music that you hear playing in the background of a montage of your life, right there with your first kiss and college graduation. And it’s his latest album, Shady Retreat (Paper Garden Records), that categorizes him with the likes of Melpo Mene and Andrew Bird. With his gentle voice exalting honest and vulnerable lyrics, you can almost feel him holding your hand as you amble down the back roads sipping cola with those butterflies in your stomach. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Katie Bennett
 

 

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Revised “Promoter Bill” Going to Council Tomorrow

City Councilmen Bill Greenlee and Darrell Clarke will be bringing a revised version of the “Promoter Bill” to the Committee of Licenses and Inspections tomorrow, June 9. It’s a much tamer version than its asinine counterpart.
 
“The amended bill calls for establishments with maximum capacities of 50 or more to notify the Police Department two weeks in advance if a promoter or outside operator is going to be in charge of maintaining security and the legal occupancy limit during an event…the bill also will require promoters to register with the city and have a current business-privilege license,” said Noelle Marconi, Greenlee's legislative director.
 
It’s better, but I still never think cops and good times mix well. Does the bill still suck to you? Well, it's not too late to voice your opinion.
 
- Q.D. Tran
 

 

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