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PAC NW Keeping the Festival Season Going

 As if the last couple weeks haven't been enough of a clusterfuck in the way of music festivals, tomorrow brings yet another to add to the list of attendance. This time around, it's a collaboration between three bar venues downtown and Lagunitas Brewing.

PAC NW Fest features 15 bands spread out across Dante's, Ash Street Saloon and Kelly's Olympian, all in one Saturday night. 

Catch what is sure to be a rowdy final performance from Foxy Lemon's drummer Zach Boggis as they headline the bill at Kelly's Olympian. Supporting them will be Bubble Cats, the Hoons, Keeper Keeper and Internal State. That side room at Kelly's is sure to reach capacity.

Over at Dante's, you'll find Seattle's Moon Darling, Willow House, Arlo Indigo and Just Lions opening up for King Who, the new moniker for the trippy synth pop group Us Lights.

Dark pop rock lovers Skull Diver will be closing out the night at Ash Street Saloon with their psychedelic visuals and ethereal vocals. Febian Perez's post-Bike Thief project Eclisse will also take the stage, along with Rader, Young Hunter and Salo Panto.

All shows start at 7 p.m. Wristbands for all three venues are available for $12 adv, $15 door with single show tickets being $8. Wristbands can be picked up tomorrow at Ash Street Saloon only. Purchase wristbands here. Enjoy!

   

LEGS brings infectious indie dance music to Mercury Lounge on 9/10

It can be universally agreed upon that sometimes we just need to dance it out.  The Brooklyn-based band, LEGS, is here to provide a cure for those days when we’re feeling the urge to move. Their single, “Top of The World” holds true to its name, with its six minutes of infectious, mood lifting disco and synth beats.  Channeling some nostalgic dance vibes from the '70s yet infused with a modern aesthetic, Legs is guaranteed to cause the tapping of feet.  The band also claims to make you feel anything from “athletic” to “sexy” to “nocturnal,” which bodes well for a night out - the next opportunity to see them live is at Mercury Lounge on September 10th. - Madeleine Grossman

   

Electro-spiritual project Varick unveils new single Surrender

Deeply spiritual and tortured at once, NYC's electronic one man band project Varick is back with a new track that combines goth influences with EDM, synth pop and industrial. A song about "surrendering your ego in order to find a deeper meaning within yourself." Surrender (streaming below) well exemplifies Varick's interpretation of music and creativity as mediums towards the search for a deeper life balance, where catharses - here in the form of occasional explosions of distorted guitars - can be as enlightening as the contemplation expressed in the thoughtful lyrics. The single will be part of Varick debut full length album, entitled Veda I, to be released on September 9th.

   

Weekend Warrior, Aug. 19-21

Treat Y’r Self Fest returns to PhilaMOCA this Saturday for its second year. The benefit for the annual March to End Rape Culture (co-presented with Pussy Division) will be hosting a day of rad activities to create a safe, inclusive space that is accessible for all ages. Throughout the day and into the evening, you’ll find local favorites like Dreambook, Swanning, and Motherwhore coming together with artist from all over the country to donate their talents to help unify a community for an important cause. Punk legend Alice Bag (of The Bags) will be headlining the music showcase with a new album in tow! And for the first time, Treat Y’r Self Fest will be screening a documentary; Stories From the She Punks was directed by Helen Reddington (The Chefs) and Gina Birch (The Raincoats), and it chronicles “stories of women musicians from the punk-inspired bands of the 70s.” Music critic and author Jenn Pelly will be introducing the film. Kevin Attics (Mercury Girls, Literature) will also be spinning between sets, and Samantha Gurry will be creating some dope hand-cut animated visuals. So come out & TREAT Y’R SELF! PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 1pm - 11pm, $10-$12 (sliding scale or donation), All Ages - Alexis V.
 
More things to do before summer ends…
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Broken Beak (Record Release), Harmony Woods, SUN Power Animal
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Shelf Life, SAT Northern Arms, My Son Bison
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Venice Sunlight (Record Release), The New Connection, The Way Home, SUN Dreamswell, Grim Sleepers, Bad Mood Randall
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells/Watery Love, Sparrow Steeple, SAT The Madeleine Haze/Whiting, The Lunar Year/Matthew Law, The Bul Bey, DJ Ferno, SUN Heavy Temple, Hex Inverter
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Dayne Jordan, DJ Ferno, SUN Tim Williams (EP  Release), Matt Spitko
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SUN Curtis Lexx, Killer Whale
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Loose and Alright, SAT (Upstairs) The Striptease Orchestra
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Endless Taile, Resilient, Too Lonely For Standards, The Way, SAT Urban Shaman Attack, SUN Seraph in Travail, Cadaveric Spasm, Booklegger
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Muscle Tough, Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, Satellite Hearts, SAT Cold Roses
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI PHNTMS/Suburban Living (DJ Set), Hillary Wallace and the Death, Duffy’s Cut
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Reef The Lost Cauze, Caliph-NOW
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Pedro Fresco, Rex The Rager
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Rasputin’s Room, SAT Ed Christof/WWE Summer Glam Burlesque Tribute
 
Festival Pier (Columbus Blvd. & Spring Garden St.) SUN Ween
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI-SUN Liberty Music Fest
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT HMFO, Brothers & Sisters
 
Old Pool Farm (1323 Salford Station Rd. - Schwenksville, PA) 55th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Buster, Only, SAT Podacter, Easy Creatures, SUN Goddamnit, Pauline
 
Hubbub Coffee (3736 Spruce St.) SUN Pinkwash, Preen
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Ghost Gum, Shannen Moser, Sun Organ
 
LAVA Space (4134 Lancaster Ave.) FRI Dog Tears (Record Release), Distant/Damage
 
Planet Vegeta (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Supine
 
Birdhouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Arthur Shea, Fred Beans, McGarnagle
 
Second Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Psychic Teens, Humanshapes
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Past Life, Kelsey Cork, Busy Bee, Gravers Lane
 
   

Abbot Kinney Shares Bill with Panic Is Perfect Dangermaker and Vacances at GAMH - 8/20

San Francisco based musician, Abbot Kinney will be playing Great American Music Hall with Panic is Perfect, Dangermaker, and Vacances on August 20th!

Abbot Kinney is a rock band that thrives on big vocal hooks, a heavy, intricate rhythm section and an ambitiously grand scope, and while lead singer-songwriter Jared Swanson was certainly influenced by the “alternative” label of yesterday, his music wholly belongs to the 21st century. The group’s new EP The Night not only challenges the listener’s conception of what an indie rock song can sound like in a scaled-down, irony-charged modern music scene; it also represents a sonic evolutionary step forward.