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Gemini Wolf Remix Album Release Partay at Tritone March 27

Tritone will be holding a dance partay tonight when Gemini Wolf celebrates the release of Rare But Serious Side Effects, a remix album for Synchronized Eyes, on local label earSnake. They’ll be joined by fellow earSnaker and one woman dance partay herself Lillie Ruth Bussey (whom we heard will be getting an extra-long set for the evening) as well as “mad scientist” and former Girls Rock Philly camper Attia Taylor. So grab a city special and fried candy bar before you start jammin' on the one! Tritone, 1508 South St., 9pm, $5, 21+ myspace.com/geminiwolf - H.M. Kauffman



Jukebox the Ghost Back Home at JB’s March 27

While you’re waiting for Jukebox the Ghost’s yet to be released album with Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Mates of State) of Tarquin Studios, the boys will be ending their trip from SXSW and run with Tally Ho tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. You should come out and welcome them back because rest assured that they’ll be off and running from city to city again. But when they take the stage and break out classics like “Hold It In” and “Good Day” as well as the tandem guitar riffs and piano rhythms, it should feel like old times. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/jukeboxtheghost - Bill McThrill



DIY Bushwick Fest, day 2: Pearl + Beard, Eskalators, Aviation Orange + more

Eastern District: Amber Lamps (we are looking for a myspace link!!!)

The first stop of the night was the art gallery/performance space Eastern District, where the experimental sound collage and folk act Amber Lamps was performing. As it turns out, Amber Lamps is not a reference to the wildly popular “Epic Beard Man” fight video circulating on the Internet (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, search for “Epic Beard Man” and “amber lamps.”) The performance consisted of one guy (later joined by a girl for dual vocals), creating sounds to the accompaniment of several tape players scattered about the darkened gallery. The ambient, droning soundscapes were transfixing, and the surround sound provided by the pre-recorded tapes added an all-encompassing sense of dimension to the performance. A folksy melody of acoustic guitar and male/female vocals broke out towards the end of the 15-minute act (it was essentially one long “song”, or a musical performance piece), turning the somber atmosphere of the sound collage into a cathartic release. I had also hoped to catch the roving banjo and snare drum duo Free Advice at Eastern District, but they apparently cancelled, so off I was to Bushwick Music Studios.

Bushwick Music Studios: Pearl and the Beard

Pearl and the Beard were totally captivating, and a highlight of the night. A trio (two girls and a guy with a beard, all bespectacled), they perform an energetic and instrumentally minimal brand of folk-pop. All three harmonize, creating haunting, pitch-perfect melodies. The crowd was fully absorbed by their set, and when they broke out their amazing and amusing “Will Smith Medley” (you can see a video on their myspace), everyone in the audience exchanged a delighted “WTF?” look and nodded along in approval. Keep on eye out for this band, they’re definitely going places.


The next act was the 18-piece indie-pop-ska band Eskalators, who definitely did not all fit on the stage at Bushwick Music Studio. Almost every instrument in the world was accounted for, from the obvious rock band instruments to flute, violin, glockenspiel, and a musical saw. The high-energy performance really got the crowd moving, especially when main vocalist Eric Williams pushed himself into the crowd and offered up the mic to anyone willing to sing along. The songs were infectious, short, and fun, and they prompted Tito (owner of Bushwick Music Studio) to play some Operation Ivy over the sound system after the set.

Aviation Orange

Aviation Orange were up next, and they held the audience captive with their synth-driven indie pop. The songs manage to merge ambient guitar and synth layers with danceable rhythms and hook-laden male/female vocals. Highlights included “Radio” and “Darling Johnny,” and they were as tight as a band can be, having just finished a small tour, SXSW, and a DIY fest show the night before at Brooklyn Fireproof.

Binary Marketing Show

My last act to catch was Binary Marketing Show, at Don Pedro. I only caught two songs, as I was exhausted and drunk and had work the next day (I’m there right now, typing this on my lunch break.) The band was engaging, playing tribal and textured noise-pop in the vein of Animal Collective. There were synth stabs, vocal loops, and primal percussion, and I got the impression this band would be exhilarating at a weekend loft-rager (the small crowd at Don P’s was sitting in chairs). After a quick dose of Binary Marketing Show I headed home and found that “Will Smith Medley” video, and got to thinking that those late 90’s/early 2000’s Will Smith singles were, in retrospect, really fun. -Bill Dvorak


Two noisy new releases + shows: The Austerity Program + Extra Life

Some musicians take noise seriously, and many ears like that - young ones in particular. Three years after they released their debut full length, The Austerity Program (top pic) are back with not even twenty minutes of music - a four song EP (apparently they promised their label a triple CD!). These Astoria based, tense fellows blend super distorted metal riffs with noise rock dissonance for a truly explosive listening experience - that you can witness live (preferably with earplugs) at union Pool on May 2.
Brooklyn's Extra Life's sound also incorporates occasional metal riffs, but within a more complex and not always necessarily "expressionist" sound. The band's new material has alomst a gregorian element to it, with vocals that flirt with religious chants on top of truly bizzare and unheard of math metal/dissonant arrangements. Gee... i swear the actual music sounds much better than the description we just gave. The band is actually getting quite a lot of buzz - don't miss their CD release at Silant Barn on Saturday March 26.


Writing with Bloody Mary

This is not the video to watch right before bed, but Teith (pronounced Keith) create sounds like no body else.


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