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Grandchildren’s First Philly Show of 2011 at The Ox Jan. 15

Philly’s own electro pop ensemble Grandchildren are taking over The Ox tonight. It will be their first Philly show in 2011. It was a big 2010 for these guys with the release of their stellar long-awaited debut LP Everlasting, a quickly growing fan base and plenty of media love. Hopefully this year will only bring more success to these guys. And maybe even some new music? Grandchildren’s live show is not to be missed, and if you have yet to catch them live you are in for a treat. The band’s technical proficiency is a sight to be seen and the rotating stage setup highlights their LP’s diverse but always captivating songs. The multiple drum kits drive the set while band leader Aleks Martray sits back with his acoustic guitar adding his touches to the hypnotic soundscapes. I had the pleasure of seeing Grandchildren play The Ox for our Best of Philly Showcase 2010. It was a tight fit on the stage, and their sound could barely be contained within the warehouse space. Looking forward to hearing them through The Ox’s newish sound system! The Ox, (you should already know or ask a friend), 8pm, $5, All Ages - Adam G.
 
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Freeway Recorded New EP w/Statik Selektah in 24 Hrs LIVE on XXL

So Freeway’s freestylin’ skills are becoming legendary around these parts. Well, the quick-tongued, bearded emcee recorded a 7-song EP titled Statik-Free in 24 hours with hip hop producer Statik Selektah while XXL streamed the recording session LIVE this past Monday to 50,000+ viewers. You can already purchase the EP on iTunes here. Below is “The Making of Statik-Free”, a video with some behind the scenes footage from that day. - The Deli Staff
 

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Get Double Teamed by Slutever & Omar at KFN Jan. 15

Aggressive dissonance nears reckless abandon between crashing cymbals and shouts of “I hate it”, in Omar’s abruptly ending “Larry I Love Ya, But Ya Blew It”, exuding an anxious energy that hums throughout “Jumping Jacks” and the punk-esque chants of “Nism”. Matched with the driving riffs and urban landscapes of “Day 8 (Trampoline Only)”, Omar’s anthems play out fast and fun, finding a common ground between post-punk nostalgia and lo-fi fuzz. Headliners Slutever set to crank out signature brat-punk ballads are prone to heat things up like “Sun Hot” while the tongue-in-cheek nostalgia of “Seventh Grade” and apathetic charm of “No Offense” makes slam dancing seem appropriate. Far from falling out of fashion, both acts go down smooth with Brooklyn-based Easter Vomit. Slut it up at Kung Fu Necktie (come on, don’t be shy)! 1250 N. Front St., 7:30pm, $5, 21+ - Dianca Potts
 

 

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Hang w/Buffalo Stance & Lux Perpetua at JB’s Jan. 15

What started out as one man with a synthesizer has since evolved into a loopy and joyful musical experience, from his involvement with Need New Body, to the tripped out quirky tunes on Sugar Glider, Jamey Robinson, who records under the moniker Buffalo Stance, has been creating his own quirky brand of experimental pop. And the fun times are sure to arise when he plays Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Another act that you should get there early enough to hear is Lux Perpetua a.k.a. Justin Wolf. His melodies can quickly transition from country folk to indie rock(-ish) while keeping things down-home soulful, and he has spent ample time working with the likes of The Extraordinaires and Folkskunde refining his craft. Also on the bill will be Titus Andronicus’ former guitarist Andrew Cedermark, who released a personal and thought-provoking debut in Moon Deluxe. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 

 

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Bar Bar Sessions!


The Head and the Heart - Rivers And Roads from bar bar apartment sessions on Vimeo.

How I've been wasting/gleefully spending my time today: watching the Bar Bar Apartment sessions from Mississippi Studios. This venue just keeps getting more awesome.

 

 

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