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Ghost Room: rtb2, Leatherbag, the Duquaines

My friends: I have it on good authority that rtb2, the 'uber-duo' down from Denton, absolutely kills it live. And they will do said killing tonight (8/13), at the Ghost Room, in the always fine company of Leatherbag and the Duquaines. Oh yes. Oh yes. 

(photo by Thorpe Grine)


Mose Giganticus CD Release Party at The Fire Aug. 13

Big things have been happening to robot rocker Mose Giganticus of late. The artist recently unveiled his debut release Gift Horse on Philly’s own Relapse Records. The epic album reveals a whole new edgier more metallic sound that fans of his previous cyber punk technology laden tunes will be able to get behind, especially since the trademark keytar is still in tow. Upon releasing the album, Matt Garfield was quick to jump into his veggie-powered van and go on a supporting tour so he hasn't found time to celebrate the albums release at home. But all of that is set to change when he invades The Fire tonight, where he’ll play futuristic oldies like "My Machine" and his homage to Nikola Tesla (one of my favorite inventors - Thomas Edison was a thief and a scumbag), "Commander". Or with supercharged new tunes like "White Horse" and "The Left Path", you're sure to be left breathless thanks to all the energy you'll be expending during their set. Mose Giganticus will also be joined by local heavy hitting rockers, Monolith, who just recently released a new split EP on Science of Silence Records. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 10pm, $8, 21+ (Photo by Jana Miller) - Bill McThrill



The six track debut ep from Silhavey, Maru, is an eclectic mix of indie pop sounds. Ranging from more aggressive rock to horns, organs, and piano to near alt-country, the is surprisingly diverse. You can tell each band member brings their own set of influences and the group stirs it all together nicely. My favorite track on Maru has to be “Jungle”. The chorus is catchy and the instrumentation is fun. It really is a pure pop song. The track precedes the piano and organ on “Welcome” which is another sing-a-long party anthem.

Maru is a fine debut from an exciting young band. You can stream the ep on the bands website. The band will be performing at Elbo Room on August 22nd.


Into The Great Unknown at North Star Bar Aug.13

The Great Unknown lives up to its name’s western implications. Their songs are laden with gentle whistling, a steadily twangin’ lap steel, banjo pluckin’, harmonica chords and lots of lonely vocals - all boiling down to a self-proclaimed “mud & blood & beer” sound (it’s up to you to decide what that means). More “Americana” than country (think Woody Guthrie instead of Johnny Cash), their songs are chapters of travels across the country, with tales of secrets, weasels, junkyards, and their ultimate destination, “Water”. But these guys aren’t just a history lesson. They’re also a lot of hand-clapping, toe-tapping fun. And they do a mean “Spirit of the Night” cover with lead singer Jordan Berger sounding almost like the Boss himself. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $10 adv/$12 door, 21+ (Photo by Lisa Schaffer) - Katie Bennett



Crash Kings debut new video for "You Got Me"

Crash Kings

The Crash Kings are at it again with their new video for "You Got Me", the second single off their self titled debut album. The video was directed by David Arquette - yes, don't rub your eyes - and features the band opposite some very interesting ladies. It also doesn't hurt that the song is #29 on the Alternative Radio charts.


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