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Silverteeth relocates to Newport, RI and releases self-titled EP

After nearly a decade in Brooklyn, prodigal son Bill Bartholomew is returning home to Rhode Island, together with his band silverteeth.  Alongside this relocation to Newport's tiny but powerful music scene, they also released a self-titled EP, and it feels like the two may be correlated thematically. The project contains guitar-centric, no-nonsense alt-pop that opts for a tight, well-oiled sound. On the record, Bartholomew's voice and guitar each drip with sentimentality, and stir the powerful emotions that occur when going through a major life event, such as a move back home. Silverteeth played a EP release show on July 8 at Aurora in Providence, which should the first of many New England shows to come. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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Cumquat Tape Release Show at Titan House July 16

As public service to the Philly DIY scene, the merry folks at Titan House refuse to stop the rock, and will be hosting a show that will blast their neighbors with everything from heavy fuzz to electronic backbeats, laughter to tears, and cigarette smoke to loud, sanctimonious conversations with a strong socialist overtone. First on the lineup is Cemetery Flowers, whose swirling atmospherics, driven by repetitive black metal progressions and layered feedback over massive '80s-sounding electronic drums, creates the perfect Burzum-JAMC storm that’ll make your ears hum. Cumquat, a.k.a. Kevin Sullivan is an experimental electronic project that makes heavy use of samples and found sound, altering them into swelling, looping, danceable rhythms. The vocals steadily pursue a melody throughout the chaos of altered, erratic noise and rhythmic samples. He'll be celebrating the release of his new EP, Prickly Glazer, out now on cassette via Gambling Debt Records. QQQ follow up with his classic dystopia-electronica sound, which emphasizes a more smooth, cruising texture in composition. And finally, touring act Grave Pool will close out the night with their sweeping surreal sound that is derivative just as much from '80's dream pop as from early ‘10's chillwave. Synth sounds expand and disperse like jetstreams, while guitars swell and echo like the revisiting of an old memory. Titan House, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, $5, All Ages. - Bryce Woodcock

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Best Friend hits the high neon notes on "Flowers/Always Is"

If lo-fi post-punk with a sense of driving urgency is your jam (and it certainly is mine), then Best Friend's newest EP deserves a spot on every summer nighttime listening mix you burn for that special someone. That girl with the dark leather jacket who's way too cool for you, but you just can't stop picturing yourself driving off into the Miami sunset with her right there in your DeLorean? That's the one. She'll dig it. You'll dig it. -Austin Phy

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Weekend Warrior, July 15 - 17

The joyous jangle-pop of four-piece Literature is part of a stacked billing at PhilaMOCA this Saturday. The band’s tightly compacted tunes invite you to let loose, smoothly surfing through your ears in an exuberantly catchy bounce. Their brand of indie-pop cruises in a stable, on-the-move, percussive nature as chilled waves of drifting vocal harmony balance the rush of adrenaline-laced instrumentation tempering the fervor. The confessional, melodic power pop of Hurry nonchalantly opens up lyrically, while demonstrating force in fortuitous flashes. With the simplicity of detailed yet semi-whispered, revealing, personal narratives that burst in exuberant moments, Free Cake For Every Creature’s open-book songs bring one in close while carrying a poignant energy. Weaving bits of post-punk, noise, and shoegaze together, Baltimore quintet Wildhoney, who are part of a upcoming 4-way split EP, Continental Drift, which also features Mercury Girls, complete this R5 booking. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Michael Colavita
Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Mischief Brew, The Brood, Kahlil Ali, Teenage Bigfoot
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Sparrow Steeple, SAT Goodnight Lights, Bird Watcher, Tangiers
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Song Dogs, The Rivals, Bryant Eugene Vazquez, SUN The Missile Toads, Dark Thoughts
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Whips/The West Kensingtons, SAT The Absolute Sky, Lord Bulldog/DJ PHSH, Patrice McBride, SUN Louie Louie, The Point Breeze Country Club
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Cultureal, Jason Fraticelli Band, Jah People, SAT Tektonic, The Radicans
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Silence Kit, Sun Hat, SAT Nathan Allebach, Second Child, Sonnder, The Band of Rivals, SUN Kate Nyx, Avenue Eight
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Seraph in Travail, Ashes of Our Sins, I Vampyre, Scars Like These, Generation Empty, Signal To Noise
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) Philly Gumbo, SAT (Upstairs) Soulidified
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI The Tisburys, Henry Alms, Father Figure, PeachFuzz, SAT (5pm) Andross, Hartline, Big City Noise/(8:30pm) Mock Suns, The Orange Drop, Tapes & Tubes, SUN Green Jeans
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.)  FRI Thee, Idea Men, SAT Soraia
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Nyxy Nyx,  Wasnt Wisnt, Tinmouth, Minima Moralia, SAT Ugly Babies, Valley Exit, SUN Ron Gallo
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Backroom Dreamers, Airways, Modzilla, SUN Poor Devil Trash Boy, When Ships Collide
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT The Phonies
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI American Dinosaur, Delmont, Ray Bradley, SAT Misty Plum, E Joseph & The Sparrows, Danielle and Jennifer
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Rasputin’s Room, SAT Ed Christof,, SUN Maddonalesque
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  SAT Splintered Sunlight, Three Fourteen
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Stippling, Stucco
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Honey Radar, Blowdryer
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT John Sharkey III
Titan House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT QQQ, Cumquat (Tape Release), Cemetery Flowers
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Trash Boy, Along the Way
Shred Shed (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Population Zero, Narcos,
Second Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Enamel, Carried Away
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My Son Bison Opening for City of the Sun at Boot & Saddle July 14

As we await the arrival of their new full-length Two Faces and a Vase later this summer, My Son Bison rolls into Boot & Saddle this evening. The band merges the comforting familiarity of folk with intricate baroque developments. That common starting point, with whimsical levels of instrumentation, provide an adventurous experimental bridge in which diving into the depths exposes illumination rather than the weight of carrying additional musical baggage. Tonight, they set the stage for New York-based trio City of the Sun, who embark on acoustic-based journeys, pulling listeners into a whirlwind whose origins are as diverse as the path they forge. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8:30pm, $10, 21 + - Michael Colavita


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