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Free Energy Always Honorably Mentioned



Free Energy was the local band that seemed to skyrocket from nowhere this year. They went from being Dave P’s fun-loving neighbors with a band to the torch carriers of classic rock ‘n roll who found themselves in the studio with LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy. With more hooks than the opening day of fishing season, they are making big guitar riffs, tight pants and having a good time a prerequisite for all their shows. This year was their coming out party with DFA Records, but expect the full monty when they release their first full length album Stuck on Nothing on Astralwerks this February 23, 2010. myspace.com/freeenergymusic - H.M. Kauffman
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Artist(s) Who Deserve Your Friendship: The Spooks

 

 
The Spooks play unabashed garage/surf rock with guitar riffs that come from somewhere below the waist and vocals that could scare you into loving them. Their raw, punkish energy might possibly have you playing air guitar with some serious ferocity by the end of the night. Recently back from a tour down South in support of their EP Sea Monster, the boys should be well-practiced and tight when they join The G next Sunday night at Kung Fu Necktie. myspace.com/spooksquares (Photo by Megan Trosclair) - Q.D. Tran

 

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Northern Valentine Feelin' Fuzzy at Green Line Cafe Jan. 23

 

 
Northern Valentine, the name and the band, captures the essence of the most remote corners of the earth, from expansive vistas to the depths of the ocean, and occasionally straight up through the stratosphere. A little over-dramatic perhaps, but it's quite appropriate for an instrumental band who evoke post-rockers like Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai, but also embrace more shoegazey influences, like Flying Saucer Attack. Interestingly, all of the sweeping guitar symphonics and fuzzy drone soundscapes are created primarily by just two people, husband and wife team Robert and Amy Brown (along with a rotating cast of helpers and collaborators, of course). So while the band can weave epic build-ups just as well as any of their type, there's something about them that feels much more intimate. If you're looking for an ambient trip to get lost in, look no further than the Green Line Cafe, where the group is playing with CJ Boyd, The New Heaven and The New Earth, and Sensory Whore. Green Line Cafe, 4426 Locust Street, 7p., All Ages myspace.com/northernvalentine - Joe Poteracki
 

 

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Do You Need the Service? at KFN Jan. 23

 
Before forming Do You Need the Service?, Mark Sconyers and Justin Hallman made up the rhythm section of The Vanishers. When that ended they became a rhythm section for hire, while creating songs of their own. They also found the time to collaborate with people like Ken Brune and Michael Tramontana of Black Landlord. They also managed to create music that’s a jazzed out psychedelic trip that will easily unfold when they play the early show at Kung Fu Necktie. They’ll be joined by percussion heavy ghost rock legends Northern Liberties, who haven’t played a show since they shook the foundation of Code Space during the release of their 7” split album with Lesser Known Neutrinos on October 10th. So this show should be action packed. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7pm, $5, 21+ myspace.com/doyouneedtheservice - Bill McThrill
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Weekend Warrior, January 22 - 24

 

 
The Spinning Leaves will be celebrating the release of their vinyl record entitled LOVE on Rope A Dope at newly re-opened MarBar this Saturday. A pleasant trip down folk lane, this boy-girl duo is a minimalist’s delight, utilizing their few elements and producing a surprising amount of force and emotion. The vocals presented by both Michael Baker and Barbara Gettes mix splendidly - the right touch of tragedy and hope. Sweet lyrical melodies are reinforced by horns, piano, and other miscellaneous instruments that are lent to the record by special musical guests. One such guest is Hezekiah Jones a.k.a. Raph Cutrufello who will also be performing in support of the release. He leads a ragtag crew of talented musicians full of veterans from the Philly folk scene. Well, they are really family so just call them the Joneses. In addition to both of these amazing groups, one of our personal favorites in Philly lately, The Great Unknown, are scheduled to make an appearance. If you haven’t checked out The Great Unknown yet, now is a pretty good time to start listening. MarBar, 200 S. 40th St., 9pm, $7/students $5 also $20 entry + record, 21+ myspace.com/thespinningleaves
 
More stuff to do…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Toy Soldiers, The Great Unknown, TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb, SAT Bo Bliz and Emynd, Reef The Lost Cauze

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Do You Need Service?, Northern Liberties

MarBar (200 S. 40th St.) FRI Steppin Razor
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Infinien and Oud Blues

The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI Le Fits

M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Acres of Diamonds, SAT Fooling April

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Sam Friend

Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Long Walk Home and The Quelle Source

Green Line Café (4426 Locust St.) SAT Northern Valentine and Sensory Whore

Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Absolute Zeros, Parsnip Revolt, Dani Mari
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI (Early - All Ages) Kevin James Devine (CD Release Party)

 

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