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Magic Picture Presents w/Evil Sword, Gavin Riley Smoke Machine & More at the FUC July 22

Tonight, Magic Pictures is conjuring a ritual assembly for us aspiring and practicing occultists at the First Unitarian Church for a celebration of music, spooky shit, and the untold magic of that lurks in the seams of reality. The show, which will supernaturally cram nine bands in the space of four hours, will be a glimpse into Magic Pictures’ conceptual crystal ball, detailing their notions of visual, musical and performance art. All bands were curated with the intent to emphasize their principles of “theatrics, spectacle, and awe,” and create an ideal context for such performances. Among the chosen group of musical conjurers is Philadelphia’s own Evil Sword, whose raggedy, minimalist, cauldron-stirring incantations are an unholy brew of experimental post-punk, literal bells and whistles, deathrock, and paranormal revelation. Kate Ferencz’s vocals move at a harsh recitative pace, punctuated with odd, rhythmic emphasis where inflection replaces melody. Also channeling his magic into the ritual will be Gavin Riley Smoke Machine, whose se set incorporates audio-visual, choose-your-own-adventure-style storytelling to the tune of 80's quasi-futurist synth tones and inventive narratives. Palberta, another cornerstone, noisy, experimental post-punk band, will add their clamor to the celebration with tunes that effectively immolate the entire western pop music canon in an attempt to access something willfully outside, providing an essential experience for comprehending a post-comprehension world. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, $15, All Ages - Bryce Woodcock


New Track: "Needlove" - Needle Points

Boogie-woogie psych outfit Needle Points just threw in its hat for this year's summertime jam. The group's latest single/song title, "Needlove," is rather apropos, considering that's what the band named their fledgling record label earlier this year. Do you need love this Friday morning? We sure do. Come give Mama some sugar. (Photo by Ryan Collerd)

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New Track: "Bubblegum" - Line Leader

Below is a new lo-fi, garage-pop ditty from Line Leader called "Bubblegum". The warm, breezy melody harkens to a simpler time, while the lyrics hint at a shadowier tale. Relationships get complicated. 


Soul Glo Opening for Pile at Everybody Hits July 21

The powerful dynamic of raw emotively drenched vocals, coupled precise heart-pounding instrumentation, will manifest in the hardcore intensity of Soul Glo this evening at Everybody Hits. Bringing those all-in fiery wails and letting them stew in a thick broth of deep digging and equally ripping grooves, it becomes clear that these combative musical expressions carry a significant worth that can be felt immediately. With their new album Bruise Easy due out on September 4, the measured melody and unflinching instrumental punch of Marge has been injected into the lineup, and the gear–shifting pop-punk of Loose Tooth will provide this bill at the batting cages plenty of local talent at the lead off position. Marrying a temporary comforting calm, butted up against surges of impending destruction, New Englanders Pile hit cleanup on this night. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $8, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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New JANK Album Available for Streaming

After releasing a new remix album of tracks from their LP Awkward Pop Songs, JANK premiered their latest album, Versace Summer, over at Noisey. You might be familiar with two of its tracks, "Alligator" and "This Is A Song About My Bike Ralph And It's Called 'Ralph'," which they put out last month, donating all the poceeds to the PULSE Tragedy Community Fund on GoFundMe. The new record officially comes out July 27, and you can catch JANK this evening at PhilaMOCA opening for Dikembe, Slingshot Dakota, and Timeshares. (Cover Art by Olivia Knowles)

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