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MOGO Fest Pick 3: Pynnacles, Cambrian Explosion and LiquidLight at Dante's

*photo by John Keel

MOGO Fest wouldn't be a definitive Portland faction without a little bit of psychy garage. Veronica Booking is handing this arena for the festival, with one of her bills being one of our picks for today's festivities. 

On tonight's bill at Dante's, the self proclaimed dancey "trash jewel" output of '60s throwback band The Pynnacles headlines this night of psychedelic pleasantry. This is also somewhat of a "welcome back" show for progressive stoner rock group Cambrian Explosion, who have been on the road for much of February. Rounding out this nod of a classic night is some space rock from LiquidLight, who came out on top in our Best of 2015 readers' poll

Dante's is sure to transform into a land of trippy lights, so come prepared to be immersed in impressive soundscapes and colorful visuals. Music starts at 9pm, with tickets running $10.

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Weekend Warrior, March 3 - 5

Dark-pop collective She Policeman will be celebrating the release of its debut self-titled LP tonight at Boot & Saddle. It will also mark the band’s debut live performance. Led by singer-songwriter Michelle Spano who is back by Barry Knob, Steve Quaranta, and Claire Quaranta, you’ll find the group of longtime Philly musicians transporting us back in time to what now seems like the carefree 80s compared to 2017our present day circumstances. Opening the festivities is Langor, indie pop from the oddball mind of Brian Langor (Needle Points, ex-Sw!ms), and Philly indie-rock elder statesmen, Purples, will be headlining this evening’s bill.
And if you can find your way to North Philly DIY space Trash House on Sunday, you’ll be treated to a rad lineup of Hello Shark, Power Animal, and The Goodbye Party, playing host to Brookyn’s Bellows. - H.M. Kauffman

More reasons to not sit at home this weekend…
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Purples, She Policeman (Record Release), Langor
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, SAT Hound, SUN Marge
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI DJ BlackWidow/Backwoods Payback/DJ Deejay, SAT Stadium Armory/Geisha Façade/DJ Baby Berlin, SUN Shots Called, The One2s/In Different Sounds, FLNG, Secret Seahorse
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Anjuli Josephine (Release Show), Christine Irizarry, Katie Jo Knaub, SUN Bullbuckers
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Steal Your Face, Mikey B & Miz, SAT JJX, Senvenire, Kailey Prall, C.J. Dunleavy, Peter Mitchell, James Cannon/Eloise Sharkey, Christopher Perry, Calla Bere & The Attitude, Tony Ukes, Livvie Forbes/Flex Squad, Mookie Mook, O.T., YOG JP, Yo Astro
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) A Benefit for Living Beyond Breast Cancer: The Miners, Loose and Alright, Reckless Amateurs
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Phunkyman, Bosom Band, George Cahill, SAT The Silence (Album Release), Travel Lanes, The Donuts, SUN Kaonashi
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Little Stranger
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Bill McCloskey, Ali Wadsworth, August John Lutz II, SAT CaveWomen, SUN Owl And Wolf
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SUN Beano, Milano, Domi Jo
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Red Letter Life, Karmalatta, Effucsion 35, Elephant Odyssey, SAT The Droogettes, The End A.D., Workhorse III
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Royal Ghosts, Age of Truth, Mesmeria, Pravda, Cerebelles, SAT Trap Rabbit, The Sugarpops, Hootsie, Jonny Drucker, The Bent Benjamins
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Tasty Face (Album Release), Past Life, Tucker Hill, SAT Stella Ruze, Jamie Gallagher, John Gilbride, Andrew Jude
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Pet, Arthur Shea, SAT Semiotics, Boy Lawyer, Lally, Sunshine Parker, SUN Weller, Water Temple, Sleepy Freak
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St., Ste. 76) FRI Mercury Retrogsrade, Dot.gov, Sitting in Cars
West Kensington Ministry (2140 N. Hancock St.) FRI The Mysteries, Tangiers
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Trash Boy, Blushed, Busy Bee, Elissa Janelle Velveteen
Pilam (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI RFA
Trash House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Hello Shark, Power Animal, The Goodbye Party
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Dan Dan Share New Single, "Swimsuit Season"

Since Dan Dan won our Artist of the Month poll back in October, they've instrumentally crawled deeper into our hearts with their synthy electro-rock. When we first heard of them, we itched to take in every last bit of Dan Dan's creations like rays of sunlight providing all of that necessary Vitamin Dan. They've since released a couple of new tracks and have been play a grip more shows, one of each recently warming are hearts.

Dan Dan just shared "Swimsuit Season" with us no more than a day ago and it's already sparked endless dreams of hot weather, sandy beaches and fun in the sun. Their use of synths, vocoder and an addicting drum beat on the track provide an endless allure that makes you want to play it on repeat.

Here's to hoping they'll play it at their next show, a benefit for the ACLU and the White Helmets fighting for what's right over in Syria. Also set to play this benefit, taking place this Friday at Valentines, is Lavender Flu and Pathogens. Tickets are on a sliding scale of $5 to whatever you can afford and music starts at 9pm.

Enjoy "Swimsuit Season" below.

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New Aphra Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Rebecca Waychunas, a.k.a. Aphra, strings out stirring, sensitive songs, developed through personal/familial struggles. Her latest release, Sadness is a Gesture (Inherent Sounds), exhibits an unimpeded array of vocally-anchored, heart-rendering exposures. These songs maintain an intimate, aching proximity, aided instrumentally by scene-sketching electronics, molding the many moods. Waychunas finds a way to create elegantly raw music that shifts the focus onto the real and gritty darkness of addiction. She’s set to perform on Wednesday, March 8 at The Barbary to celebrate its release, with a lineup that includes Blood Sound and The Undercover Dream Lovers.

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Parlor Walls release debut LP “Opposites” at Sunnyvale on 03.09

Experimental art punk trio Parlor Walls are set to release their debut full-length “Opposites” through Northern Spy records on March 10.  Recently released single “Birthday” (streaming below) initially presents a simple percussive pattern in disguised waltz tempo, underneath strummed trebly electric guitar, brass and reed woodwind pads and soft droney vocals.  All of that changes with an angular skronk cadence taking over to deliver vocals declaring “you wanted everything – everything, everything.”  Including saxophone as an integral sonic element suggests jazz influences, however the phrasing and jagged rhythms positions the instrument closer to John Zorn’s often dissonant avant-garde.  The percussion becomes more nuanced as instrumental segments progress up until vocals break in with the phrase “don’t you know I’m perfect!”  A fuller version of the opening progression returns before one final launch into an intensified stomp where the song’s meaning (and title) is ultimately revealed. The band will play a release show at Sunnyvale on 3/9 with The Dreebs & Arian Shafiee (of Guerilla Toss). - Dave Cromwell


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