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Hound Opening for Bardo Pond at Underground Arts Feb. 7

Veteran psych-rock superstars Bardo Pond will be playing a tripped out set that will be sure to mesmerize at Underground Arts tonight. And they'll be joined by the pulse-pounding, hard-hitting trio Hound, who captured my attention in a big way with the release of Out of Time, during the tail end of last year. The group brings heavy psychedelic stoner metal, at its finest, to the table, and channels fond memories of old school Motorhead and Black Sabbath. And they'll likely be unleashing some new tunes since they've been in the process of recording a new EP that should be out in the not too distant future. The show will also feature the brash, in-your-face rock of Watery LoveUnderground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $10, All Ages (Hound Photo by Heather McGinniss) - Bill McThrill
 
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Shape Breaker Opening for Watery Love & The Young at The Boot & Saddle Sept. 10

Lo-fi outfit, Shape Breaker, released a split 7" last January, along with Dublin's Fuck Mountain, and what came from it is the super rad, dark and twisted "Spellbound," a track that's four and a half minutes of spacious, fuzzed drums, metal mentality guitar riffs, and reverby as fuck vocals. By cross-checking the group's 2013 release, Wide Eyes, I notice length isn't the typical concern that passes through the guys’ minds. Aside from the last track off of the eight-song album, their psych-punk power pushes typically stay under the four-minute mark. 
 
Why am I obsessing over the length of these songs, written by Philadelphians Pat Hickey (vox/guitar) and Piotr Szpunar (drums)? Because I could see them spilling out into crazy live jams, with no one in the audience willing to open their eyes to see it end. Yes stoners, this will be your kinda gig, and you can catch them tonight at The Boot & Saddle, alongside local punk outfit Watery Love (featuring ex-Clockcleaner Richie Charles) and Austin’s The Young. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Nikki Volpicelli

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Watery Love LP Release Show at PhilaMOCA May 24

Led by former Clockcleaner drummer Richie Charles, Watery Love is one basement punk outfit that has found the likes of Meg Baird and Daniel Dimaggio of Home Blitz helping to fill out its bruising sound, with Kurt Vile not making the cut to be the band’s bassist. Those are some big indie heavyweights ready to lend a hand. It’s no surprise that a full-length album has been anticipated since the group’s debut, and Watery Love has answered the call with Decorative Feeding (In The Red Records), a fast-paced, no nonsense barrage of slash-‘n’-burn tracks. The band is set to celebrate its release this evening at PhilaMOCA, and pals Montana Mordecai will be venturing over to join in the fury. Also opening the bill will be the somewhat mysterious Igneous Eyes. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $7 All Ages - Bill McThrill

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Siltbreeze Showcase w/Far-Out Fangtooth & Watery Love at ICA May 14

“Scavenged from the wreckage of distortion, this celebration allows Siltbreeze's records to be understood in the best way imaginable - through sounds. Lots of them.” The beloved local boundary-pushing record label has invited the mesmerizing psych-goth of Far-Out Fangtooth and former Clockcleaner Richie Charles’ garage-punk outfit Watery Love to display some contemporary art of their own at the ICA this evening. Inspired by the exhibitions “Image Scavengers” (1982) and “Investigations 28: Martin Kippenberger” (1989), the music showcase will coexist with “Conjuring Kippenberger,” a talk that “touches on Kippenberger's flirtation with No Wave music and design” by designer Mark Owens. Come out, and discover where the lines of music and design are blurred! Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St., 6:30pm, Free, All Ages - Alexis V.
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Watery Love Performing w/Purling Hiss/Birds of Maya’s Mike Polizze on Bass at KFN July 23

Rock outfit Watery Love certainly carries a lot of star power in the local underground music community. Fronted by former Clockcleaner and mastermind behind Richie Records/TestosterTunes blog Richie Charles, the band has already attracted Espers songbird Meg Baird to be its original drummer before leaving for the fleece-weather climate of San Francisco and Kurt Vile to volunteer to come in for a tryout on bass. And just last week, Richie tweeted an Instagram pic with the caption - “Another over-qualified musician-type agrees to play bass guitar for Watery Love.” Well, that photo was of Purling Hiss/Birds of Maya schredder Mike Polizze. So if you’ve ever wondered what Polizze would sound like dropping bass bombs, then head on over to Kung Fu Necktie tonight where Watery Love will be joined by Taiwan Housing Project (ex-Harry Pussy, ex-Little Claw) and No Bails. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Alexis V.

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