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Meg Baird and Birds of Maya Open for Woods at KFN Sept. 13

If you head over to KFN tonight, you should be prepared to be wading in varying sonic shores. The evening will open with some gentle acoustic folk from EspersMeg Baird which will be followed by a psychedelic blues tsunamis from shredmasters Birds of Maya. Both acts will be hosting Brooklyn buddies Woods with their upbeat psychedelic indie folk. This is a surprisingly nice bill for a Monday night! I love Philly. Just don’t expect to catch any football on KFN’s TV. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $5, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman
 
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The 88 release new song 'Center of the Sun' for your supreme downloading pleasure.

LA rockers The 88

Alternative rockers The 88 are gearing up to release their new self-titled album, to be released on iTunes on September 14 with a physical copy hitting the shelves on September 28. In anticipation of their first proper release since their breakup with Island Records, the band is offering up 'Center of the Sun', complete with its keyboard driven hook and sing-along lyrics, as a download on AOL Music.

The album was recorded at Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood under the watchful eye of engineer/mixer Andrew Alekel (Weezer, Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age). The band rehearsed relentlessly in preparation for the studio. It paid off, with the results sounding full without mounds of overdubs and polish, and faithfully translating their energetic stage presence.

The band gained notable attention earlier this year when they released the digital single 'Live is the Thing' which was recorded completely on the iPhone. Their DIY ethic not only fuels projects like that but has also earned them an amazing tour pedigree - it has landed them on tour with the likes of The Flaming Lips, The B-52's, The Smashing Pumpkins, and the late Elliot Smith. Their latest juant found them across the pond on tour with Ray Davies (The Kinks). Davies can be heard lending himself to the gang vocals on 'They Ought to See You Now' which will appear on the new release.

Download 'Center of the Sun' free care of AOL Music.

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Nico’s Gun Locked and Loaded at KFN Sept. 12

There’s something dapper about Philly indie rock four-piece Nico’s Gun. Tracks like “Dirty Girl” and “Modern Cool” play out like silken dancefloor pop jams with their underlying traces of disco and funk and overall sexy struts can’t help but be fetching and denim chic (or should I say royal purple chic ala Prince). And the distortion-heavy hip shakes of “City City” hint at the much beloved late ‘90s indie alt-pop of Imperial Teen and the Dandy Warhols - and we all know those two were the musical wet dreams of every slacker-hipster (slapster?). Even the stripped down, minimalist hooks of “Pink Roses” with its slight vocal echoes, sultry electric licks and calipered percussion, breathes unbridled coolness. Really, they’re super hip almost to the point of nauseating, but truly danceable. Don’t trust me? Then school yourself tonight when Nico’s Gun takes the stage at KFN with Brooklyn bands, Monuments and The Courtesy Tier. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $5, 21+ - Annamarya Scaccia
 
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The Northern Liberties Music Festival at Liberty Lands Sept. 11

OK, now I know that it is going to be hard to top this year’s Black Landlord BBQ, but Maxx and the gang will still be bringing their A-game to The Northern Liberties Music Festival today. They’ll be joined by partners in crime Blood Feathers, the washed out haze from Ports of Call, the half-glass empty, bearded indie pop of Dressed Like Stolen Cars, and many others. It’s FREE and beautiful out so take advantage of it. Set times are below. The Northern Liberties Music Festival - Liberty Lands, 3rd St. (Poplar and Wildey Sts.), 5pm, Free, All Ages

 
The No Libs Music Fest Schedule:
5:00 - 5:30pm Ports of Call
5:45 - 6:15pm Dressed Like Stolen Cars
6:45 - 7:15pm Baby Flamehead
7:30 - 8:00pm The Friggs
8:15 - 8:45pm Blood Feathers
9:00 - 9:40pm Black Landlord
9:55 - whenevs Northern Liberties Dance Band
 
- H.M. Kauffman
 
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Strapping Fieldhands and U.S. Girls at KFN Sept. 11

Judging by the looks of their history, Strapping Fieldhands have been one of Philly's best-kept secrets for around twenty years now. Since the early 90s, releases on Shangri-La and Slitbreeze have gotten them on tours with the likes of legendary indie gods Pavement and Guided by Voices. So what they end up sounding like is some sort of warped version of 60s garage, like Nuggets comps filtered through the grungy haze of 80s and 90s alternative. Whimsical, almost Kinks-y, lyrics about Ulysses and young lasses named Stacey Donnelly are approached with goofy cynicism. U.S. Girls, however, takes but a few of these influences and spins them into something much darker, and more in the vein of the current lo-fi scene. Megan Remy is an always an uncompromising force on the stage, immersing the audience in a tidal wave of distortion from her makeshift sound lab. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N Front Street, 7:30pm, $8, 21+ (Photo by Dan Cohoon) - Joe Poteracki
 
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