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Kingsbury eases the torment of loss on luminous new single, "U Take it Back"

The first time we heard of Caroline Kingsbury, a.k.a. Kingsbury, the then-21-year-old was going through a changing period in her life without the support system that she needed at the time. In the time that's passed, the singer-songwriter experienced love and lost it, facing her painful memories a newfound strength on her latest single, "U Take it Back." "You gave me something I never had / and then you take it back," she exclaims with devastating simplicity,  wrapping her salty-yet-sweet vocals over a backdrop of billowing synths and gossamer guitar lines. She invites a calm and stately atmosphere to soothe her unease,  reminding us that there's always comfort in melancholy.

Since then, Kingsbury has supported likeminded indie-pop acts like Aurora, NoMBe, and local artist Miya Folick. Up next is a month-long tour supporting Alex Lahey, which kicks off right here at The Troubadour on August 13. - Juan Rodríguez

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Blacker Face “Tantric Suicide"

Blacker Face has released the video for the lead single, “Tantric Suicide”, from their forthcoming LP, The Distinctive Juju. The video is a fun take on the NPR Tiny Desk Concerts, as they present their “Not-Tiny-Desk” video.

The LP is due out October 18th via Sooper Records, and this will be the band’s debut for this fantastically supportive local label.

You can help Blacker Face celebrate the release of The Distinctive Juju on October 18th at The Hideout.

Photo by Sam Callahan

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Weekend Warrior - July 26 - 28

Recorded by Jeff Zeigler at Uniform Recording, Heatmap’s new EP Thank has found its way to us via Dimension Arts, and tomorrow night, the band will be holding its record release show at Ortlieb’s. The trio finds a balance between even-keeled, composed precision with volatile undertones. An authoritative sense of control drives the songs steadily forward, instilling security. However, jagged edges along those smooth, thumping rhythms suggest that within those calculated movements, danger and unpredictability still lies. They’ll be supported by the infectious haze of Goldenaire and the brutal barrage of frustration-releasing aggression that is Desperate Living. – Michael Colavita

More things to do to help you escape this dystopia…

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI IATT, Blasphemous, Polemicist, SAT Heatmap (Record Release), Goldenaire, Desperate Living 

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT DJ Emynd, Bo Bliz, SUN DJs Tim Motzer and Jeff White

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SUN Scantron

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Levee Drivers, Todd Fausnacht/DJ-Sun, Rebel Foster, SAT The 1910 Chainsaw Company/Fame Lust

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI No Thank You, Amanda X, SUN Jenna and The Pups

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI DJ Evan Edge, DJ Skeleton Lipstick, SAT Chemical Fix, SUN No Option, Simulakra, 3weekoldroses

TLA (334 South St.) SUN , Black Thought Presents: Delirious

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Function

Franklin Music Hall (421 N. 7th St.) FRI-SUN This Is Hardcore

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Marielle Kraft (Record Release), Chris Paterno, Brianna Nelson/(Downstairs) PhillyBloco Carnival, Unidos da Filadelfia Samba School

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Human Shield, SAT Mars Parker, ALEANA, Moses Mosima, Annon XL, Jizza Raw, Hashland

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Primatives (Record Release)/The Jumping Juvies

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Live Band Karaoke, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Jac with No K (EP Release), Lovecartel, SUN Keely Sibilia, The Last Generation On Film

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Gracie Martin & The So Beautifuls, Sabrina Pantal, Julia Rainer, SAT The Lot, The Barren Mary's

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Bill Collector/DJ Mighty Mike Saga, Elijah Vrms

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SUN Cirque Noir

The Tusk (430 South St. above woolly mammoth) FRI At Best, Zymotic Flow, Cvges, SAT The Prisoners

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI The Robinsons, Yeet, SAT Scars Like These, The HeelsDecontrol, Beer Me!

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Knightlife, Bohemian Mule, The Missing Frets, SAT Apple Juice Jones, Cookie Rabinowitz

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Breakwater, Urban Guerilla Orchestra, SAT Dice Raw, Voss, Frankie Vado

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT DJ Ricky Lee, SUN Menace Cartel

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Sixteen Jackies, Courier Club 

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Flamingo Chicks,Vague Advice, Miracle Swill, SAT Canine 10, Debonair, Nothing Wrong

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Birthday Boy, Here/Now, Secret Drawer

The Mothership (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT Stinking Lizaveta

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) FRI Dosk

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT No Sir E 

Haus of Yarga (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI In Trouble, Pit Hair, SAT Viscera (Album Release), Zombieshark, Chava

Couchtown (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Daydrunks, Beach Bod

The Bass Mint (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN AmericanTrappist, Lizdelise, Rachel Andie & The Fifth Element, Lily McKown

Pleasure Mountain Ballroom (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Beach Bod, A Million Dollars

The Tide Pool (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Blubird, Slowsie, Americanadian, SAT Ivory

XPoNential Fest (BB&T Pavillon/Wiggins Park) FRI Japanese Breakfast, Killiam Shakespeare/Foxtrot & the Get Down, SAT Low Cut Connie, Ali Awan, SUN Dave Hause & The Mermaid, RFA, Zeek Burse

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New Strange Ranger LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Remembering The Rockets, the third full-length album from Strange Ranger, is out now via Tiny Engines. Pensive, emotively-vulnerable lyrics are reinforced by the delicate melodic instrumentation. A warm gentleness combines with ongoing, personal exploration, resulting in an album that ventures into soothingly, sensitive depths. You can catch the band in Philly next at the First Unitarian Church on Thursday, November 14, with Chastity Belt.

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Ex Okays "Good/Old Days"

Ex Okays have released a new EP called “Good/Old Days”. The group released a single called “Involvement” earlier this year, but this is the first album from the group since 2017’s “Friends” EP.

Ex Okays is the work of Aidan Cahill, Dominic Folino, Doñovan Thomas, Elias Snyder, and Johnny Cummings.

You can catch Ex Okays on July 27th to celebrate the release of their EP at Nude Beach (you need to DM the band for details) with French Police and Town Criers.

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