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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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Ethel Cee Ready to Start a Ruckus at JB’s Sept. 11

Johnny Brenda’s is about to gain some serious junk in their trunk tonight when the Beats & Rhymes production and MC showcase makes it’s way to potentially turn my favorite little two-story indie venue into one when the second floor collapses from all the bumpin’/grindin’. The whole affair will be hosted by fiery female MC Ethel Cee whose laid back 808 beats and hard-hitting flow will keep the crowd entertained throughout the night. Her lyrics are dense and fairly harsh, but her smoky voice is calm and confident in a way that eases the intensity of her delivery. This will be a great opportunity too hear Philly hip hop new and old so don’t miss out! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Adam G.
 
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Rosetta Album Release Party at North Star Bar Sept.11

Sometimes it’s grueling to find the proper lexis for an artist’s sound when they’ve summed it up so nicely for you. At least, that’s the case with Rosetta. The Philly metal four-piece, which rose out of the ashes of hometown beasts Mykado, Sundayrest, and Sense Fracture in 2003, self-describes their music as “metal for astronauts” - “a sonic expression”, as they put it, satisfying to those who’ve surpassed Earth’s atmosphere (both physically or metaphysically, of course). It’s an encumbered delineation that does my job for me. But if that’s not enough for you, I’ll give it a shot: Rosetta churns out experimental, multi-layered metal slow-burners that are canorous, gnostic and scorching (for proper introduction to the Translation Loss Records-signed outfit, download 2005’s The Galilean Satellites). They’re also almost empyrean - cosmic build-ups and penetrating breakdowns that transport you to a higher state of consciousness. It’s not post-punk, post-hardcore or post-anything (by the way, the guys “oppose” that subgenre prefix). It’s just music with a larger objective. So if you want to lose yourself in new dimension, go to the North Star tonight for Rosetta’s album release party, and maybe stay for bill sharers Caspian, Japanese Sunday and Austria’s Lehnen.North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Andrew Weiss) - Annamarya Scaccia
 
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