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New Music Video: "Armor" - Banned Books

Art-pop/rock trio Banned Books proves that its art has no bounds in the band's new music video for the track "Armor." We were trying to figure out if it'd be better to post this before or after lunch. What do you think? Enjoy the cow-tastic footage directed, edited and costumed by Hanna Hamilton - bravo!

Banned Books - "Armor" (official music video) from Hanna Hamilton


New Track: "Fuselage" - Banned Books

Philly experimental noise-pop trio Banned Books has a new self-titled release coming out on February 23 via Ramp Local. The album was recorded in four days at Gravesend Studios with Ava Luna's Carlos Hernandez and Julian Fader. Here's a taste of it with their latest badass single "Fuselage."


Weekend Warrior, January 8 - 10

Brought to you by End Result Productions & WKDU in conjunction with R5 Productions and the First Unitarian Church is Blistering Ephemera II. The all-day music showcase this Saturday features national touring acts like Xiu Xiu (who will be playing Philly for the first time in four years), Providence, RI political sax punks Downtown Boys, and PC Worship. You’ll also find a slew of local acts earlier in the day. Slow Animal is certainly playing way earlier than I’d like. I also saw what I’m hoping to be a bad joke – “Maybe our last show ever???????” – on their FB page and their lack of shows lately makes me wonder so you’ve been warned. Other Philly folks include lo-fi, freak darling Kate Ferencz, art-pop trio Banned Books, hardcore punks Disinterest, and many more. Get it while the gettin’s good! First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 4pm, $12 - $20, All Ages - Alexis V.
Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Harsh Vibes, Ruby the Hatchet, Hound, SAT S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., Mage Hand, Mercury Milk
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Apache Trails
 Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Late Greats, Welter/Duffy’s Cut, Legally F***ed, SAT Cardigan Terrace, Sangre Luna/Thief, Steal Me A Peach, Old Head, Moonstriker, Tessellations, SUN Sad Boys, The Front End
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Slingshot Dakota
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.)  SAT Whitewater Pass, Sacred Cube
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.)  FRI (Upstairs) Light of Day Philadelphia: Rob Hyman, Ben Arnold, Mutlu/(Downstairs) Animus, SAT (Upstairs) Aiden James, SUN (Upstairs) A Fistful of Sugar, Sparkle Pony, Vinegar Creek Constituency/(Downstairs) Old Soul Revival, Fragile
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Exploding World, Vessna Scheff, Space Pizza, SAT The Sixties
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.)  FRI Stones Night: Brown Sugar, Dead Flowers, SAT Cold Roses, Linus The Moon, Thee Idea Men
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Belgrade, Flyermile, SATSt. James and The Apostles, Stinking Lizaveta, Workhorse III
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Francisco Collazo
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Jean Claude's Damn Van, SAT Matt Gauss Band, Hawk Tubley, The Fitch Brothers
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Pill Friends, Krispy Kareem, Alex Savoth, SUN Broken Arrow - A Tribute to Neil Young
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Flightschool, Bird Watcher, SAT Rugby Road
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ian St. Laurent, Matthew Law
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Blistering Ephemera II : Banned Books, Soul Glo, Disinterest, Kate Ferencz, Slow Animal, SCC
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Shed
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Frontyards, Maxamillion Raxatrillion, Only
Hong Kong Garden (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Seismic Thrust, Emmett Drueding, Dead
Slacka Barrel (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) Plainview, About A Million, Frontyards, Jackslap Cheer
Mantua Yacht Club (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Pine Barons, Former Belle, Heads On Sticks, Stay At Home Dad

Build on the Positivity w/Impressionist at JB's Dec. 15

These unseasonably warm temperatures have spawned a fresh optimism. Tonight, the multi-faceted Kyle Press-led ensemble, otherwise known as Impressionist, aims to build on that positive spin. Loose, dashing forward in a freeing manner, their tunes are enhanced through the fine attention to detail afforded by a large toolbox of instrumentation. Impressionist can paint with musical dimension; breezy and smooth can quickly transition to turbulent an ominous as keys, horns sax stir the sonic air. Through it all, an engaging, shape-shifting, organic puzzle keeps you consistently on alert. A pair of Atlanta-based bands, including Red Sea, whose laid-back grooving pop is spiked with hyperactive flurries, and the fascinating, classically-framed, modern-spun, vast landscapes of Faun and a Pan Flute, are sandwiched between the ongoing, experimental, noise-infused exploits of avant-pop trio Banned Books, who completes a billing that is comforting while pushing the traditional limits. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita


Banned Books Opening for Ava Luna & Cloud Becomes Your Hand at The Pharmacy April 28

South Philly's The Pharmacy has been steadily building its reputation in the DIY community, and you are starting to find acts on its bills that would normally be performing in venues further North in town. This evening, art-pop outfit Banned Books will be hosting Deli NYC favorites Ava Luna, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, and Columbia, South Carolina's ET Anderson. The trio of Matthew Dermond, Zane Kanevsky, and April Heliotis are wrapping up work on their first album together. Tonight's showcase will be a good opportunity for them to test out the new material before hitting the road next month with the band Palm. The Pharmacy, 1300 S. 18th St., 8pm, $7, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman 


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