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Dragonzord and Cranes Are Flying Live at Green Line Café May 29

Starting out in North Jersey in 2006, Cranes Are Flying have gone through several incarnations and lineup changes until finally landing in West Philly. Now the band is a booming pulse of fast paced energy that features members of Da Comrade!. Don’t think that they’ll be completely mellowed out in the slightly more intimate Greenline tonight, because calculated songs like “Burn Me” and “Prima Ballerina” will move you to a head pounding frenzy. Joining them on the small stage tonight will be the anime influenced distorted vocals of Dragonzord. Ever since awakening from a long hibernation, Dominic Angelella and Joe Baldacci have reemerged with a new formation that features a 5-piece live band. They have also been working on an extensive list of upcoming releases, so you might just hear some new tunes to go along with the arousing brilliance of “Teen Plague” and “I Take It Back/Old Clothes”. Greenline Café, 4426 Locust St., 7pm, $5 donation, All Ages - Bill McThrill
 

 

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Memorial Weekend Warrior, May 28 - 31

It’s Memorial Day Weekend so bring on the summer and good times! There are some seriously fun things to do this weekend. But we think that the Free Energy and Jukebox the Ghost show tonight at the First Unitarian Church is the perfect way to kick-off this weekend and bring you to that happy place. Here’s a performance of Free Energy from a rooftop in NYC (5/13/10) to get you pumped up for this evening/weekend/summer! First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, $12, All Ages

Come on let the good times roll…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Blood Feathers, SUN Grandchildren

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SUN The Homophones

North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, The Groovement

Tritone (1508 South St.) SUN The Wallace Brothers Band, MON Sugar Town and Ladies Rock Philly Memorial Day Extravaganza

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Absolute Zeros Album Release w/Dani Mari

Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Fuck Attack! SAT The Extraordinaires, Univox, Skeletonbreath, SUN Chang Chang

Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) SAT Dragonzord

Mar Bar (200 S. 40th St.) SAT Post Post

Pterodactyl (3237 Amber St.) SAT Inhabitants Closing Show w/ The National Rifle, Cheap Seats, Vitamin Cheese

Old Swede’s Church (Front and Christian St.) MON Ladyfingers EP Release Party

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Univox Opening for Fang Island at The Barbary May 27

Garage four-piece Univox execute pristine rock on the surface of their self-titled debut - caked harmonies, intricate compositions and just right group (re: 4 people) singing that distend like keyed up mushroom clouds. But underneath that shiny skin of polished production work, these four longtime pals/music veterans pound out seedy noise that teases like a silver-tongued devil. Released earlier this month on New York-based indie label ROIR, Univox is filth-meets-rapture - an escalating impetus of instinctive and fuzzy rhythms that are entirely blissful and wholly debauched.Watch these Philly garage rockers spread their wild love on stage tonight at The Barbary with Brooklyn-based indie rock addicts Fang Island. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Avenue, 7pm, $10, All Ages - Annamarya Scaccia
 

 

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Ugh, God Live at The Khyber May 27

Ugh, God is the sound of goofy, balls-to-the-wall catharsis. Many songs begin with some form of screaming or yodeling, and then almost always transform into spazzy noise-punk. What better way to convey stories about kitty suicides and mid-life "sausage" crises than in the form of three spastic, trebly guitars, two off-kilter drummers, and an explosive live show that's just as fun as it is scary? That's the market Ugh, God occupies, and it doesn't seem they have many competitors. Space Sluts, however, aren't quite as intimidating as the name suggests. Their songs give off the warmth that only the best '90s guitar rock can, possessing all the jangle and mellow atmosphere of bands like Guided by Voices or Yo La Tengo, and then some. Listen to the chiming arpeggios of "Ross" and then the murky shoegaze of "Shadow in the Rain," and be impressed. The Khyber, 56 S. 2nd Street, 9pm, $8, 21+ - Joe Poteracki
 

 

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Major Lazer New Mixtape w/La Roux Available for FREE

Major Lazer just released their new collaborative mixtape with UK electro-pop duo La Roux titled Lazerproof. It also includes guest appearances from Amanda Blank, Drake, Gucci Mane, Gyptian and Rusko. You can download it for FREE here, or at this alternate link which was created because Mad Decent had tweeted that due to excessive traffic of 200,000 people who tried to download the file at once it crashed their site. - H.M. Kauffman  

 

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