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The National Rifle

Bondage & Discipline Play Inaugural Show at Kung Fu Necktie Tonight

It came as a shock to many when supercharged, electronically-infused punk band The National Rifle announced that they were disbanding and starting a new project in late 2013. But the bands remaining members Hugh Morretta, Lynna Stancato, and Buddy Mazzenga used their downtime to create a bold new project, Bondage & Discipline, that relies more heavily on the electronic beats and female vocals that they utilized so well as The National Rifle.
If the debut track "Only Your Love" is any indication, they don’t steer too far from the melodic, stomping-good tracks of old. Tonight’s debut performance will be a good preview of even more of the tracks that they recorded at Cambridge Sound for a forthcoming album. It will also be a show that nearly marks the 5th anniversary of Revolution I Love You’s first show. It will be a good time to celebrate with the band that has been doing big things since releasing their latest EP Atlantic Ocean.  The lineup will be rounded out by Sandcastle.  Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St, 7PM, $5 21+ – Bill McThrill

The National Rifle Opening for Braids at The Boot & Saddle Sept. 28

The National Rifle pop their cherry tonight at South Philly’s newest music venue The Boot & Saddle. The local four-piece has gone through an evolution sonically with their latest release Almost Endless, produced by Miner Street’s Brian McTear. The band has embraced the interplay between guitar and synth moving more towards a New Wave vibe, sounding less like a runaway jet-fueled rocket ship, which is actually a good thing. They seem to be expending that extra, saved energy towards fine-tuning their songwriting craft. They’ll be opening this evening for buzzing Canadian avant-popsters Braids. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 9pm, $10 adv/$12 door, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman


The National Rifle Opening for Bad Things at MilkBoy Philly July 28

The National Rifle released their latest full-length album in January of this year, titled Almost Endless. Nine tracks of dance-infused progression, sure to take the MilkBoy crowd back to the scenes of certain1980’s hot spots. Although the band’s uplifting guitar rhythms and toe-tapping drums keep the tone light, it’s songwriter Hugh Morretta’s somber tone that betrays the music’s underlying maturity. His lyrics express lessons learned, especially the inevitable nature of growing up - what we can lose and gain in the process. Multi-layered not only instrumentally but lyrically makes The National Rifle, a band who’s been together for some time and grown together as a group, still hold that same joy for the music as greener bands. Speaking of green - actually, maybe a nice tomato red - is new outfit Bad Things featuring champion snowboarder Shaun White on guitar. Just starting off their summer tour, the band has released a teaser of their forthcoming album Caught Inside. Building vocals backed by cascading guitar riffs and reverberating drums make for triumphant rock and roll.  Milkboy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 8pm, $12 - $15, 21+ - Shaylin O’Connell


Free Download: Daytrotter Session - The National Rifle

Daytrotter recently posted their session with The National Rifle. You can take a listen to and download it for free HERE (w/membership). (Illustration by Johnnie Cluney)


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


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