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The Downtown Club, DRGN KING & Cruiser Opening for Yacht at The Boot & Saddle Oct. 24

Over the hump and just before the weekend, Thursday is looking up. Red Bull Sound Select, curated by Making Time, is bringing a free show to The Boot and Saddle; all you have to do is RSVP. Leading off the night is local act, The Downtown Club.  The group delves into the realm of post-punk, laying on a heavy synth and relentless drum. Both instruments together create a hypnotizing rhythm that’s made all the more mesmerizing by the seductive vocals of April Harkanson. There’s a certain control to their sound, a technical precision that builds tension and raises the heart rate, making for an intense ride. Also on the bill is DRGN KING, the brainchild of Dominic Angelella and Ritz Reynolds that has expanded to a full band and a revolving door of special guests. It’s hard to pin down the group’s particular sound, but one thing is for sure: Each track is filled with soulful joy. One listen and it’s evident that these guys truly enjoy what they play, and hopefully have no intention of stopping. Headlining the evening is the LA-based group, Yacht. They experiment in the electronic, ranging from dance to pop to psychedelic. And rounding out the evening will be the summery tunes of Cruiser. With such a varied lineup and no cover charge, there’s every reason to head out this Thursday and start the weekend off right. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, Free, 21+ - Shaylin O’Connell


Weekend Warrior, October 11 - 13

So have you heard the new Cruiser single “Kidnap Me” yet? It kind of makes me wish that I worked in music licensing because it would make my job a no-brainer. Well done, fellas. I hope plenty of TV, movie and commercial offers come knocking on your door. Go see them tonight at The Boot & Saddle; they have more summery, feel-good tunes besides that one if you are looking to escape the dreariness of this day! Cruiser will be opening for the UK’s Chad Valley, a.k.a. Hugo Manuel, electronic producer and frontman for tropical pop outfit Jonquil. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 9pm, $10, 21+ - H.M Kauffman
Other places to hide out from the rain this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Hound, Jim Shomo
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Killer Bangs, SUN Watery Love, The Abandos
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Title Fight, Balance and Composure, Slingshot Dakota
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Cheezy and the Crackers, The Real Feel, SAT Starwood, Molly Rhythm, Cousin Brain
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Harry Walther Band, Fantastic Planet, The Division, Primatives, SAT Lucy Stone, Family Vacation, James Mathias, SUN Abstract Verses, Nico the Beast, Carl Kavorkian
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Travel Lanes
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SUN Emmett Drueding
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Shorty boy-boy, SAT Ruby The Hatchet, Ex Reverie
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Jay Adim, Ill Doots, Matt McAndrew
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Matt Duke, SAT (Early) Graham Alexander, (Late) Kai Botak, Daniel Collins
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Tenth Amendment, Making Out With Medusa, Avenge The Breaking, Forever Is Never Enough, Love a Lunatic, SAT Ex Friends
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Chiddy Bang
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Steve Kimock & Friends Feat. Bernie Worrell, SAT Long Miles
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI (Ealry) John Train, (Late) Dave Steel Blues Band
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) SAT Denim & Leather, MindMaze, Machines of Penalty
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Viv Peyrat, Hopscotch Jefferson, Nate Rylan, SAT Local Smoke
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Good Graces, Reward, Let It Out Matt

New Track: "Kidnap Me" - Cruiser

With the rise in temperature last week, we were reminded of the lazy days of summer once again. Well, let Cruiser's new single "Kidnap Me" take you away with its feel-good, sunny hooks and melodies. It also marks the project's first recording (originally started by frontman Andy States) as a four-piece. The track was produced by Fancy Time Studio's Kyle "Slick" Johnson. Come escape the workweek with us!


Benefit for Boston w/shorty boy-boy, The National Rifle & Cruiser at North Star Bar June 27

Tonight North Star Bar is hosting Benefit for Boston, a show whose admission will go to the One Fund for Boston Marathon victims. The bombing that occurred this year during the marathon on April 15 killed 3 and injured hundreds. So to show some brotherly love for Beantown while enjoying some fine local music at the same time head on over to the Art Museum area where the tri-fold bill will include shorty boy-boy the moniker of Joshua Pannepacker intertwining humorously twisted lyrics that tends to escalate toward powerful rockers with fire-starting guitar licks and a casual grooves that are easy to slip into. The National Rifle approach their tunes with a bright pop-rock appeal founded in clear vocals and a backend that continually pops. Embracing a combination of percussion/bass/synth that instills a natural dance sensation with an interstellar space nod. Speaking of smooth, the breezy Cali-cool pop of Cruiser rounds out the night touching notes of surf rock including natural vocal harmonies, memorably crisp guitar lines and a tumbling backbeat. We highly suggest that you get there early because the first hour gets you free beer and specials on well drinks. All that and a good cause - you really can’t go wrong! North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

Tuesday Tune-Out w/Cruiser at PhilaMOCA March 19

This evening, Philly Music Showcase continues its residency as curator for Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA for the month of March. Headlining the bill will be the breezy indie-pop sounds of Cruiser, who will be performing to found footage put together by frontman Andy States. They’ll also be joined by eclectic York/Philly trio Younger Me. After the miserable weather yesterday, you owe to yourself to get out for an evening of feel-good tunes. PhilaMOCA, 531 12th St., 8pm, $5, All Ages (Photo by Zach Blum) - H.M. Kauffman


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