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Saturday at the Parish: Sour Notes, Mercers + more

Red Falcon, The Sour Notes, and Pink Nasty join the Mercers at the Parish this Saturday (7/3) for an eclectic lineup of impressive local talents...The Mercers are enjoying many kind words about their recent EP Giant, and are dazzling their fans with a monthly single, which you'll find here. As for the newly formed Red Falcon, you'll recognize members from Built By Snow, Your Kisses Cause Crashes, Aster, and The Seas up on stage, and you'll also be among the first to hear 'em all together. Pink Nasty forms one half of the irrepressible and entirely uncensored Nasty siblings, and really owes us a new album by now...maybe she'll say where that stands if you ask. And finally the Sour Notes (above) will bring their recently delivered, much loved It's Not Gonna Be Pretty up onto stage and make it live and breathe. All in all, we're hyped. We've now hyped ourselves for this show. It's simply four fascinating Austin bands. At the Parish. 


In Grenada CD Release Party at JB’s July 2

Yes, In Grenada wants you to start the partying this weekend with them tonight when they celebrate the release of their debut album Break. It’s full of feel good pop begging to be the soundtrack to your summer. They’ve recruited a couple of The Deli favorites to join them (whom also happened to release most excellent albums themselves this year) when they invade JB's for a fun-filled evening. Busses’ bombastic psychedelic rock will get you pumped up while New Motels’ well-crafted, classic feeling tunes may induce spontaneous sing-alongs as well as hoots and hollers that will keep the party rollin’. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9:30pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman



Fol Chen drops new album Tuesday 7-6 with show at The Echo

The myopic, mysterious pop outfit Fol Chen plays The Echo this Tuesday July 6. Below is a leak of their next single from their upcoming sophomore release Part II: The New December (out July 6th). "The Holograms" is a clever song of forgotten names and words which bounces along on one of the album's catchiest melodies. They will be touring the West Coast this July and will embark on a handful of East Coast dates with the rising glo-fi/future beatmaker Baths.



Spottiswoode & His Enemies play 92YTribeca on 07.02

Great songwriting is timeless and space less, this is why Spottiswoode's songs sound like they could have been written anywhere and anywhen - although the dude betrays an obvious English accent. His songs and delivery remind us of some serious musical heavyweights like Tom Waits - with whom he shares entertaining cabaret antics – Leonard Cohen and Momus, for the alternatively witty and ironic lyrics. This NYC scene veteran will perform at 92YTribeca on July 2 with “His Enemies” – that’s the name of his band, probably a testament to how hard it is to find musicians available to play your songs without getting into fights? Also, check out his own web-paper “The Spottiswoode Examiner” for the latest news (judging from this picture he must have a pretty intense lifestyle…).
Our old friends Jones Street Station will open the night with their old time sounding tunes sung with angelic male voices – this is probably one of the few NYC bands that can effortlessly pull off 5 part harmonies.


Hair Rocket Starting the Fireworks Early at M Room July 2

If you’re looking for something to do after First Friday tonight, then shoot on over to the M Room for Hair Rocket. Led by mad man/multi-instrumentalist/Berklee dropout Chris Blasucci, powerpop never felt so cathartic as he takes you on “a young girl’s strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk”. No - really - Hair Rocket is a damn good time! You might not get to experience a launching of a 4 ft. hair rocket like at this year’s Molestice (don’t need to kill another Great White fan if they happen to be in the room, you know that they are a dying breed), but you’ll still go home with a bang for the beginning of this 4th of July weekend. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman