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Lantern & Laser Background Represent at Everybody Hits Aug. 8

Tonight, a pair of local groups represents half of the bill at DIY space Everybody Hits - both tapping into a place that’s a touch twisted. The duo of Zachary Devereux Fairbrother and Emily Robb come together in Lantern, producing a steady diet of assertive, snarly, fuzzed-out rock n’ roll that touches down on the glam realm with its steady-churning accessibility, while still retaining a stick-to-your-ribs foundation chock full of authoritative personality and primal penetrating instrumentation. Having recently recorded at The Bottle Garden Studios, Lantern could potentially shine light on some new material. Speaking of which and joining in the festivities, Laser Background, the Andy Moholt-driven pop-psych carnival concoction, has also been hard at work on their next album, Correct. Laser Background balances infectious, poppy, playful bursts, simultaneously wrapping that package in a slightly distorted, oddball point of view. This evening's lineup is rounded out by Staten Island’s Bueno, who approach punk from a dark shadowy synth shadow, and the ongoing sonic experimentations of Zula. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $5-$7 Donation, All Ages - Michael Colavita


Circadian Rhythms Returns as a Seven-piece at Bourbon & Branch July 25

It’s been quite some time since we last saw Circadian Rhythms rocking a stage with their jazzy, melodic vibrations. But it’s all been for good reason, as they’ve utilized the long hibernation to the fullest by expanding to a seven-piece band and working on new material that will lead to their upcoming EP A Passing Thought. And if the first single, “In the Flowers,” that they recently unveiled is an indication of where their next release is headed, it should be in for a treat tonight at Bourbon & Branch. They’ll be joined by good buddies Laser Background, who have also been working on new material for their upcoming album, CORRECT. This evening will also be a good chance to catch Vermont transplants Hello Shark, whom we’re quite enamored with these days here at The Deli, before they go on a mini-tour with Attic Abasement. Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill

Weekend Warrior, May 23 - 26

Before they begin tracking for their next album Correct, the Andy Moholt-led psych-pop production known as Laser Background makes an appearance tonight at South Philly’s Boot and Saddle. Augmenting their set to include a pair of new (never heard before songs), which may serve as a preview of the direction that they’ll be taking with the new record. Laser Background’s accessibly warped take on pop-rock injects youthful energy while simultaneously offering a glimpse behind that creepy curtain. They’ll be joined on the bill by quick-shifting, space-rockin’, tempo-altering Brooklyn-based Celestial Shores, and eclectic genre-melding DC quartet, Deleted Scenes, who now includes Ricardo Lagomasino (Many Arms) on drums, headline the show in support of their new LP Lithium Burn, which was produced by Brian McTear and Jonathan Low. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita
Other places to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Cruiser, SAT Dark Blue (EP Release), Psychic Teens, No Other
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Laser Background, SAT Upholstery (Record Release), Deveykus, On the Water
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Watery Love (Record Release), Igneous Eyes
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Ecstatic Vision, Haggard, The Writhing Squares/Haethen, Decap Attak, Buzzherd, SAT Mock Suns (Record Release), The Stammer, Weekender/Baker Man, Bonfire/Pulling Punches, SUN Lifewish, Benjamin Poole, MON Humanshapes
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Beano, Jacqueline Constance
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SUN Residuels
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Second Phase, Disclosure
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Balance & Composure SUN Balance & Composure
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Laura Brown (CD Release)
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Goddamnit
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Sundrop Music & Arts Festival w/Mike Voss, Skrewtape, Jawnzapseven, Cornelius The III, SAT (Early) Cee Knowledge & The Cosmic Funk Orchestra, Seoul Delhi, Andrea Davalle, Conversations, Morgan Pinkstone, John Francis, Rock to the Future Band, (Night) Leana Song, Kwesi K, Jeremiah Tall, SAT (Day) I Yahn I Arkestra, Cowmuddy, Griz Band, Vilebred, Bastards of Earle, Mat Burke, Slo-Mo, Dirty Soap Blues Band, (Night) Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang, Attic Dancers, Anjuli Josephine, Katie Frank & The Pheromones
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Jaunderful SUN Chords for a Cure (Benefitting the Histiocytosis Association) Alright Junior, Corporate Hearts, The Loud Company
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Wild Rompit
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Summer Scouts
Morgan's Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI Salvo, SAT MatPat
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Chris Gennett, SAT Witch Fist, The Future Race
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Joshua Thomas, Jo Stones & Snagwing
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) SUN Ken Kweder
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT (Day) The Wanderers, (Night) The Morning Crazies
River Stage - Penn’s Plaza (601 N. Columbus Blvd.) SUN Jam on the River w/Lotus, Conspirator, Grimace Federation
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Kenny Price Caesar Live Soul, SAT The Jawn, Zymotic Flow, Lefty Logic
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Splintered Sunlight, SAT Jesse Lundy Band: Mach 4
Bourbon & Branch (707 N. 2nd St.) FRI Ninth Floor Mannequin
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Drums Like Machine Guns, Kate Ferencz, Faking, MON Radiator Hospital, The Holidays, Urine Culture
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Total Fucking Destruction, Repellers
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Dying, Boroughs, Limits
Moonbase Nix (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Bleeding Rainbow, Disinterest
The Rock Bottom XX (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe, Leaky Soups, Will Colvin
The Bubble Bowl (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Keepers, Plainview, Alps Held, Horsecops
MT. Thrashmore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Panucci’s Pizza
Everybody Hits (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Arc in Round, I IM EYE MY, People Skills, Bananas Symphony, The Pharmacy, MON Pinkwash

Human BBQ XXXV at Pilam on April 5th

Pilam erupts with its thunderous Human BBQ for its unprecedented 36th year today, and the music frathouse features a stacked lineup of 18 bands playing its basement and 1st floor. The event will be headlined by Brooklyn buzz band Total Slacker, and will feature other noteworthy out of towners like NYC’s Total Slant and Betlehem’s indie duo Slingshot Dakota. But Philly will be very well represented by the like of Cold Fronts, who should be seeing big things coming their way after recently signing to Sire Records. The ongoing psych rock project of booking wizard Andy Molholt, Laser Background will bring their synths stylings to the party. Mumblr will bring the fast paced fuzz punk, and Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe will bring their hard-hitting, emotive anthems. Add in 11 more bands of varying style, plenty of meat and veggie BBQ options, and the Human BBQ’s tendency for delivering surprise performers; and you have a stacked day of music. PiLam, 3914 Spruce St, 12PM, $15 21+ – Bill McThrill 

Locals Only Keeping Philly Weird at The Boot & Saddle Jan. 24

Helping to keep Philly weird is the strangely awesome collection of local acts performing at The Boot & Saddle tonight. First up is the talented songstress Megan Biscieglia, who enchants listeners under the moniker Bad Braids. She’ll be presenting her brand of psychedelic folk, which edges on the vocal-centric madrigal. Following is the danciest acts of the evening, which is kind of odd for me to say, Laser Background. The band took a bit of a holiday break towards the end of last year to help recharge as they work on a more focused sound for their upcoming album. Alliterative sleepwalkers, Son Step, fall in line as direct support for the genre-bending noisemakers, Banned Books, who will be closing out the evening. These two musical mad scientists mix crunchy distortion with unexpected, instrumental spazz-outs to produce something bizarre, yet wonderfully inviting. Get yourself ready, South Philly! The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Maggie Grabmeier

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