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Weekend Warrior, April 5 - 7

A soothing strangeness is created by experimental rockers Cerulean Blue.  At any given musical moment, the band appears to ride a chilled-out, melodic trajectory. And with a flip of a switch per se, a sort of aggression-releasing chaos ensues, or at least, the potential lies in wait. Those polarizing conditions keep listeners in a state of high alert. Tonight at the House of Yarga, Cerulean Blue will be sharing the billing with the floating-amid-the-clouds meets the jarring,  adrenaline-laced thunderclap of Sun Organ, as well as MA’AM. (Photo by Michelle Goodwin) – Michael Colavita

Other places to escape the chill this weekend…

Haus of Yarga (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Cerulean Blue, Sun Organ

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Ellen Siberian Tiger, SAT Scantron, SUN Max Swan

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Spelling Reform (Record Release Show), Buddie, TIOGA, SAT School Of Rock Philly presents: A Tribute to The Kinks/School Of Rock Philly presents: Arena Rock/Mo Lowda & the Humble

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI DJ Deejay, SAT Zilla Rocca/DJ Mike Shaffer, Skeleton Lipstick, SUN Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen, The Bad Larrys/Ulthar, Moros, Blood Spore

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Foxtrot & The Get Down, Brianna Judge, Great Time,Rachel Andie & The Fifth Element

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI DJ Dame Luz

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Conjunto Philadelphia, SAT (Upstairs) Rachel Andie/(Downstairs) Ben Vaughn Quintet, Kenn Kweder

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The End A.D., Eyes of The Living, Empire Rock Club, SAT AscensionDrive, Effusion 35

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Mo Lowda and the Humble, Kirby Sybert, SAT Dark Thoughts, Rubber, SUN Deadfellow, Sock Revival

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI In Different Sounds, Travis J And The Rhinestones, SAT Archpalatine, Aquatic Ape Theory, Idle Kyle, Philadelphia

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Retroglyphs (EP Release), Vital Stats, All This Huxley, SAT Marielle Kraft

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Day, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Line Leader, Qwark

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ed Christof, SUN Honeygasm Sundays

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Paul Green Punk Brunch with special guest Jo-Ann Rogan, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Rivers of Nihil, IATT, Burial In The Sky, SAT Emo Nite LA: DJ Sets from Matt & Michael from The Wonder Years and Amora

Century (1350 S 29th St.) SAT Endless Taile

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Trap Rabbit, Somethin' Divine, Montoj, Will Brown and the Jamboree Band, Nematode, SAT Naps Past Noon, The Savories (Album Release)

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Reef the Lost Cauze, Kuf Knotz, Boogieman Dela, SAT David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Brackish, No Thank You, SUN Taiwan Housing Project, Lightninging

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.)FRI Elissa Janelle Velveteen, Dune Puma, Rasan in the Heyday, SAT Cheer Up, Radish, Looser, SUN Dominick John Diglio, Douglas Ethan, Patrick McElroy, Michael J. Vitale

Jerry’s on Front (2341 N. Front St.) SUN Kiel Everett 

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) FRI 2nd Grade, Torchiana, SUN No Option

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St) FRI IANN, AM!KA, SAT Face Plant

Pickle Rehearsal Space (5213 Grays Ave., Unit B14) FRI Twin Beds, Georgey V, SAT The Chairman Dances, Pepto Abysmal

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI dot.gov, SAT Adventure Lost, Tucker Hill, Sitting in Cars

Cousin Danny’s (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Blueprint, Drowse

Super Wimpy HQ (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Knifeplay, +ID

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Debut La Palma Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

The pairing of Chris Walker & Tim Gibbon, a.k.a. La Palma, recently shared its debut self-titled album. A bubbling, bouncy, psych-pop/surf vibe hangs in the humid air. The balance of low-key, laid-back melodies and adventurous instrumental combinations create a compelling/calming dynamic. Unassuming, infectious rhythms and harmonic vocal textures hypnotically draw you in.

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The Wild Honey Pie Presents: Daisy the Great @ Le Fanfare on 04.17

On I’m Not Getting Any Taller, the latest album from indie-folk outfit Daisy the Great, the duo solidifies its own voice that's equal parts heart-wrenching and humorous. From first listen you can hear how they bend seemingly cutesy harmonies and mid-tempo, acoustic ballads into revealing and hypnotic displays of genuine hurt. The mundane, the absurd and the sentimental attachments found in life are lovingly displayed but still illustrate how affecting they can be. Songs like “Dips” morph from swaying, bluesy-pop to a dreamlike oasis that slips between your fingers before it crystalizes. Like a smile that can’t help but crack, I’m Not Getting Any Taller snaps a photo of the bleak and the blithe moments of life, something that rarely sounds as good as it does here. If you want to see Daisy the Great live and enjoy cocktails, you can catch them at Manhattan's restaurant Le Fanfare on April 17, an event organized by our blogging friends The Wild Honey Pie in a collaboration with bourbon makers Noble Oak. –Tucker Pennington

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Angela James "Quiet Night"

Angela James has released the first two singles, “Sailing” and “Hattie’s Dream”, from her forthcoming collection of lullabies called “Quiet Night”. On the album James is joined by Charles Rumback (vibraphone), Jason Stein (bass clarinet), and Katherine Young (bassoon), and has managed to create an album that will be just as enjoyable and restful for adults as it should be for children. The album’s tagline is “made for weary parents by weary parents”, but there is more of a lush peacefulness filling these tracks than a tired or weary feeling.

You can help James celebrate the new album on April 20th at Hideout (at 3pm) with Spectralina.

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New Chris Forsyth Double LP Available for Streaming

Ahead of its official release on April 12 via No Quarter, All Time Present, the new album from Chris Forsyth, is available for streaming, courtesy of NPR's First Listen. Setting sail on an adventurous path, a reeled-in, ruminating, atmosphere juxtaposes the searing, soaring, psych-rock peaks with pensive, instrumental valleys. A mythical, sonic story evolves over the long haul. Jerry’s on Front will be hosting a pair of record release shows on April 27 and 28 (the first of which is sold out), with the latter being supported by Cold Hands.

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