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Social Studies sign to Antenna Farm Records

It was announced this week that San Francisco band Social Studies has signed with Oakland's Antenna Farm Records. This west bay / east bay marriage will consummate with a honeymoon tour of the West Coast in May and the birth of the bands first full length LP Wind Up Wooden Heart due in late July. Antenna Farm Records also represents Bay Area artists The Dry Spells, Bart Davenport, Sugar & Gold and The Papercuts, amongst others.

The tour stops in Oakland on May 14th and San Francisco on May 27th at the Rickshaw Stop.

Wind Up Wooden Heart is the follow up release to 2007's first EP out of wedlock, This is the World's Biggest Hammer.

 "Time Bandit"

-Nicole Leigh

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The Days of Lore Presents The Mother Hips, Jared Mees and the Grown Children, and The Hugs Friday at Doug Fir!

 

Mark Lore, creator of The Days of Lore blog, knows a thing or two about music. Lore is the former arts editor of California alt-weekly Chico News and Review, and when he is not slaving away on The Lore blog, he's writing for music mags like Spin.com and our own Portland Mercury. Oh, and the dude apparently used to play in a couple of bands.

Consumed by music he is, and acting as a musical Jedi and thus a guardian of peace and justice in the music world, it is up to him to pass his wisdom onto us. Lore has used the Force to bring together three great bands tomorrow, April 16th, at Doug Fir: the Bay Area Americana-rock staple the Mother Hips, along with '60s-speckled garage-rockers The Hugs, and indie-popsters Jared Mees & The Grown Children.

It's an impressive lineup of bands whose music is fun, fun, fun and oh so danceable. I wonder if Jedi’s ever bust a move? I guess we will have to wait and see tomorrow.

Show starts at 9 p.m. The cover charge is $15, but watching Lore dance could be priceless.

- Deanna Uutela

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The Lemurs: New Vid + The Merits of Brad Pitt Discussed

Lemurs, New Song - "Go On Fools," front porch, crazy homeless guy from The Lemurs on Vimeo.

 

According to The Lemurs, who attribute their band name to a Pixies song, a bumper sticker, and the lack of thinking of something better, the band has a laid back attitude toward their writing process. “Our music is a combination of everyone in the band just being creative, while collaborating and compromising. Whatever comes out, that’s our sound. What that is, we don’t really know.”

 

The Texan natives all agreed that they share common influences in the pop and indie rock genres, while also sharing common dislikes. “We don't listen to disingenuous country (typically the Nashville contemporary pop stuff gets left out, but there are exceptions), not much rap/hip-hop (with some notable exceptions there too), no ‘Alt’ Rock (Matchbox 20, Creed, Sublime, and the like (can't think of any exceptions in this genre)).”

 

The band did admit to one area in which they do not share common ground. “We disagree on whether or not Brad Pitt is a good actor,” they joked.

 

 

It has been two years since their last release, but they're back with a new video and more material on the way soon. Their infectiously catchy synth-pop sound has made them a respectable band in the Austin indie scene for the past few years, and new material means upcoming chances to catch them live.

 

The indie pop band, who has shared the stage with bands including The Silversun Pickups, Stars, and Octopus Project, first got together in 2002 while attending school together. Though band members have changed throughout the years, the current lineup of Justin Mosley (bass, vocals), Mitch Billeaud (vocals, guitar), Michael Kingkaid (vocals, guitar, keys), Josh King (synth, sounds) and Danny Reisch (drums) makes for a determined crew of indie rockers who plan on recording all year.

 

 

The Lemurs are continuing to work on their new album and are hoping to release a few songs in the next couple of months. Until then, be sure to check out their video for their new acoustic song “Go On Fools.”

 

And, you can check out The Lemurs live tomorrow night (4/16) at The Parish at 214 E. 6th Street, where they will be headlining the Frontier Brothers’ Official EP release. Doors are at 9pm and tickets are $8.00.

 

--Melanie Wolfson Gardiner

 

 

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Pilam Lives to Rock Another Day and The Deli’s Best of Philly Showcase Finds a New Home at The OX April 24!

So we have great news! First off, Pilam is still alive and breathing. They survived the dreaded Penn council once again to rock another day/evening. However, they’ll be laying low for a little while, but will be back in the fall in full force, and hopefully sooner. We also found a new home for our Best of Philly Showcase. The kind folks at The Ox have opened up their home to us. The show will still take place on Saturday, April 24th w/Reading Rainbow, Grandchildren and Levee Drivers. We would love to see everyone out enjoying themselves that evening because we know that our staff certainly will! Cheers! The Ox, 2nd and Oxford (w/their permission), 8pm, $5, ALL AGES myspace.com/theoxphiladelphia - Q.D. Tran

 

 

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Interview with Jeff Prystowsky from The Low Anthem

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The Low Anthem dug their heels deep into the New England folk rock music circuit with cleverly crafted musical arrangements and a well-articulated sound that vaulted them into an all-inclusive global kudos. This trio turned quartet stands at the forefront of an abundant arsenal of off-beat instruments, which they employ to resonate the musical byproducts of their inventively framed themes. On the brink of their inaugural U.S. headlining tour, Jeff conversed with us about hitting the road, new additions, the weight of kinship and a followup record. The Low Anthem will be touring New England through 17-24.

Deli: Can you talk to me about the European Tour you guys just got back from?

Jeff: Sure. European touring is really great for an American band, at least speaking from my own experience. We’ve had just a great time in Europe. We have been over there four times now and each time has been really special and we’ve had great shows. On this last tour, we played a lot of great theaters, like Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, which is one of the most beautiful theaters I’ve played in. As well as the great music hall in Belgium called AB and a great one in Amsterdam called the Paradiso, an old converted church that's now a music venue. It makes it so much easier to put on a great show when you are playing in a venue that has a certain character to it, you know? It really helps for the show and for the performance. We’ve had great tours in Europe and we will be going back again in August to play the festival season there.

Read the whole interview by Alexandra Johnson HERE

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