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Free Pop-up Concert w/Purling Hiss and Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band at Spruce St. Harbor Park July 24

This evening, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation will erect a stage at Spruce Street Harbor Park for a free pop-up concert that will be benefit Vox Populi Gallery and will include video projections and sculptures from some of its artist-members. The show features a duel-headed juggernaut of local psych-rock in Purling Hiss as well as Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel. The trio of Purling Hiss explores and bends the boundaries, placing themselves somewhere that pulls elements from the noise, shoegaze, psych scenarios, while also incorporating delicate melodies with a take it or leave it garage aesthetic and raunchy instrumentation that include monsterous extended guitar jams. It’s a complex sound that when boiled down tastes like what rock 'n' roll is all about. Speaking of going out there, Chris Forsyth and company dare (guitar in hand) to push those concepts. Tearing down artificial walls as part of what becomes a sonic journey organically stretching the fabric of convention with elongated instrumental charges, revealing what lies just beyond the edge. This will be nice warm-up for their set tomorrow night at The Boot & Saddle opening for Oneida. (If necessary, the rain date is scheduled for this Sunday, July 27th at 7:30pm.) Spruce Street Harbor Park, (Spruce St. & Columbus Ave.) 7:30pm, Free, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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Weekend Warrior, May 16 - 18

It’s fuckin’ pourin’ out! But you should definitely still join the rest of the denim-clad longhairs ready to rock tonight at Golden Tea House. Purling Hiss will be going back to their DIY roots headlining the West Philly house show this evening. You’ll also find Mike Bell & The Movies celebrating the release of their latest album. (Wait . Isn’t this like their third record release celebration for the same album - the second of this year!?! I guess that they’re getting some serious mileage out of it.) Perry Shall’s metal outfit Hound (who also just dropped its new LP Out of Time today) and twee-tinged rock gals Marge will be holding things down as well. Get wet - it will be worth it! Golden Tea House, (Please contact guildshows@gmail.com for more info.), 8pm, $5 - $7, All Ages - Alexis V.
 
More places to rock out at this weekend…
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Joint Chiefs of Math SUN Bleach Bath, Cornelius the third
 
The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby (Trenton & Norris Sts.) SAT The Deadeyes, Conversations, Brian Fitzy
 
Italian Market Fest (9th & Ellsworth Sts.) SAT Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, New Sound Brass Band, Leo Minor, Katie Barbato, Cold Roses, Soraia, Railroad Fever, Sonnder, James Hearn, Ryan Tennis, Echo Victory, SUN Thee, Idea Men, Lovers League, The Funky T, Daniel Collins, Fistful of Sugar, Late Saints, The Blackhawks, Wooden Hez, The Members Club, Seoul Delhi, Pulmonary Funk
 
Wheat Beer Festival (15th & Mifflin Sts.) SAT West Philadelphia Orchestra, St. James & The Apostles, Arrah Fisher, The Jawz, Ancient Creature
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Orange Drop, Weekender
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Bad Doctors, Future Primitive, SGNLS
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI (Upstairs) Why Can't I be Robert Smith Fest: Revolution I Love You, The One2s, Audio Kings of the third world, Lapses, (Downstairs) Captain Scurvy & The S.S. Pancake, The Dirty Soap Blues Band, (Downstairs) Caravan Lineup Announcement Party: Rotary Downs, Jesus Christ Goddamnit , Beef Cherokee, SAT Jesus Older Brother, Devil’s Triangle, Marc Neibauer, SUN Snoozer
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Saosin (Featuring Anthony Green)
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI West Philadelphia Orchestra, Jeff Thomas All-Volunteer Army, SAT Mohican
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Murph, Rob Lately, SAT The Rowdies, Up Nights, Happy Accident, SUN Cop Problem, Bardus
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) Sat Commonwealth, Voletta, Underwater Country Club, Sun Rasputin’s Secret Police, Snoozer
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Black Mountainside (Tribute to Led Zeppelin) SUN Luke Temple, Birdie Busch
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Montoj, SAT Crown of Earth, The Unknowns, Sun My Son Bison
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Parsnip Revolt, Bear Cave Tower, SAT Roi & The Secret People
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Ghost Doctor, Agent Moosehead, SAT Rob Tait, The Late Ancients, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Vibe Deta, Andrew and The Rhythm Hounds, SAT Mach 22 (CD Release), Clashing Plaid, Bonzai
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Go Around, SUN Lovers League
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Jay Skull in Spades, The Rowdies
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Joe Jordan, The Black Stars, The GTV’s, Dr. Beardface and the Spaceman, Janine Toner
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Swift Technique
 
The Mitten (please contact the acts or venue for more info) SAT The Holidays, Hundreds and Thousands
 
Grey’s Ferry Skatepark FRI Bad Energy, SAT The Charley Few, Le Yikes Surf Club,
Salt and Pepper Deli, SUN The Goodbye Party
 
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Weekend Warrior, February 7 - 9

Union Transfer hosts a huge all locals only lineup this Saturday as Pissed Jeans and Purling Hiss join forces for a three-day run with a stop at Union Transfer alongside Trophy Wife, who will joining in for an evening of chaos. Ever since signing to Sub Pop and putting out Hope for Men, Pissed Jeans have found themselves being regarded as one of the best hardcore noise-rock bands of the current generation. And their work with Grammy-nominated Alex Newport on King of Jeans and last year’s Honeys has elevated their sound to a whole new level. What started out as a solo side project by then Birds of Maya guitarist Mike Polizze has evolved into another heavy rockin’ power trio in Purling Hiss. And ever since signing to Drag City and releasing their first record as a trio, Water on Mars, Polizze and friends have gotten bigger than ever. Though Trophy Wife aren’t yet as well-known as their other bill mates, all that could change with the third album that the ladies are shooting to release in late spring, so tonight could be an opportune moment to sample a couple new tunes among the old. It’s your chance to rage this weekend before the snow forces you to hibernate in your home once again. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8pm, $15, All Ages - Bill McThrill

 
Other places to go this weekend before more snow comes…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Norwegian Arms, Dream Safari
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Wild North, SAT Restorations, The Holy Mess, Dogs On Acid
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Dangerous Creatures, Vita and the Woolf
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI (Upstairs) Tinmouth, The Valhallas, Tiny Cities, (Downstairs) VoirVoir, (Late) Lantern, SAT (Upstairs) Prosper Or Perish, SoluM MortuM, (Downstairs) Goddamnit, Quiet Arcs, Passenger Train Proposal, Pulling Punches, (Late) Easy Creatures, SUN Psychic Teens, The Pretty Greens
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Bad Side, The Whips
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN Retake the Video, Nobody Yet, Sacagawea and The Hunters
 
TLA (334 South St.) FRI BK Friendly, Stolen Rhodes
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN Ben Kessler, Brethren, Wilbur, Hayley Jordanna, Memphis Hat
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Philly Kid Graffix Showcase, SAT Carl Crossfade, Traverse, Rhythm HB, H.I.M. Lee, Rachel Tension, TroiLauren, Spenser Michaels, SUN Marietta, Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Royal Noise, Kings & Comrades
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Tom Brosseau, Joey Sweeney, Mitch Esparza, SUN A Night at the Opry w/Red Skiles and His Country Ramblers
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Better Half, Overcoming Gravity, 91s
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Risen Resilient, Blackrue, Theone 2S, Shots Called
 
JR’S (2327 S. Croskey St.) FRI Fisthammer, Coffin Dust, SAT 2blk2wht
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Kwesi K, SUN Jennifer Logue, Katie Barbato, Alec Stewart, Carmen Magro, Echo Victory
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI John Train, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI (Early) The Phoenix Bridge, Layers And Frames, SAT Smacking Madison, Smarty Pants
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Daniel Collins, Pete Jive, Katie Barbato, Leo Minor, Railroad Fever
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI The Terribles, SUN Spoken Life
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Little Bird, Underwater Country Club, The Rivals, Bird Watcher, The Fitch Bros., SAT Dr. Beardface & The Spacemen, Janine Toner, John
 
Yell Gallery (2111 E.Susquehanna Ave.) FRI 185668232, Nocht the Only Ghouls, Falcony
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI The Weaks EP Release Show w/Thin Lips, Kite Party
 
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Purling Hiss Rip & Stitch Rock ‘n’ Roll at KFN Nov. 30

Purling Hiss’ unique downcast psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll will turn your downs up and your ups down, hurling you toward infinity with guitar solos that rip you apart then carefully stitch you back together. Their fourth LP Water On Mars came out earlier this year on Drag City, showing a Purling Hiss that continues to ooze and crack, ricocheting between sludge, shoegaze and sunny guitar rock. They’ll be headlining tonight at Kung Fu Necktie with local pals shimmering garage-pop trio Amanda X and Space Breaker, whose lo-fi fuzz-rock will have you thinking it’s summer 2010. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Ali Carter

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New Video: Paisley Montage (Promo) - Purling Hiss

Purling Hiss just released a promo video to share a taste of their upcoming LP Paisley Montage and to announce that the album will be available on October 29 via Richie Records. The power trio will be hitting the road this fall with The Men, and they will be rolling into town on Tuesday, October 22 at Johnny Brenda's.

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