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Weekly Feature #225b: Darlings - live at Bruars Falls, 11.19

Darlings play a brand of mischievous lo-fi garage pop that has the potential to fill you with a sense of nostalgia for your wilder days (assuming your youth has passed at this point), or, if you’re still young, to remind you of recent parties you’ve attended and done something spontaneous (or stupid) at.The band will perform live at Bruars Falls on 11.19 with Sweet Bulbs. - Read Bill Dvorak's interview with the band here.

Darlings - "Teenage Girl" from Joseph Tirabassi on Vimeo.

Psalmships Set to Sail at DDG Nov. 12

Placid riffs and dreamy reverb cast “Resurrectionist” serene, sad and nearly romantic. Psalmships’ frontman and founder Joshua Britton vocally bridges the gap between the extremes of indifference and passion, affection or even love. Inherently moody, the song’s lyricism lends itself to shuffling backbeats reminiscent of post-rock anthems by Glasgow’s Mogwai or the less dreary Explosions in the Sky. Britton’s diction delivers itself with a slightly Cash-esque drawl, establishing an eerie basis for Psalmships' self-descriptor. Yes, this is “ghost folk” and it will seep into your bones. A new Americana, Psalmships’ EP Black Forest Withers, released this month, hums with the underpinnings of a genre seeped in the tradition of storytelling, inventive structures, and mood altering sound. Set to sail with Psalmships tonight are Ropeadope’s local music community lovin’ crew The Spinning Leaves and NYC's The Loom, who you should definitely catch with their big entrancing dark, brooding folk rock sound and gorgeous vocals. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 9pm, $5 - $10, All Ages - Dianca Potts
 

Gettin’ Cozy with Buried Beds at JB’s Nov. 12

With the way the weather has been acting up recently--bouts of rain, chilly sunshine, all around annoyance--we don't blame you if you want to spend tonight wrapped in a warm, cozy blanket of glistening pop refrains that'll make you forget winter's less than a month away. And the perfect local band to help with that? Buried Beds. With their delicate arrangements, sun-kissed vocals and rustic layered sways, Buried Beds’ shiny brand of sweet coastal folk-pop is absolutely adorable and one that, as I've said before and will say again, shows a brighter side to this sometimes murky city. It's an insistent smile inducer, really. Add electro-folk headliners Tuung and the alt-pop sweetness of the 1990s, and you have yourself a night of barefoot-in-the-grass splendor. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Ave., 1201 N. Frankford Ave., $10 door/$12 adv, 21+ - Annamarya Scaccia
 

Weekly Feature #225a: Arpline - Live at Glasslands on 11.17

We like ArpLine a lot - that's why we invited them to play our CMJ party at Spike Lee a few weeks ago. There are traces of early MGMT, but mixed with Kraut Rock and Post Punk influences, creating a feeling of club basement badass mixed with synthesizers, distorted guitars and dance jam goodies. ArpLine’s set to release their debut full-length “Travel Book” in early 2011. For a taste, listen to the upcoming record’s first single, "Fold Up Like a Piece of Paper", one of the most tense and cathartic tunesyou may find yourself dancing to. Please do that at Glasslands on 11.17, as the band will be playing with other Deli favorites like The Big Sleep, Chappo and Red Wire Black Wire. - read Vann Alex's interview with the band here.

Original Toy Soldiers Duo Reunite at The Blockley Nov. 12

You have seen Ron Gallo deliver intimate solo performances, and you have seen him front the eclectic cavalcade of soulful folk all-stars known as Toy Soldiers. But tonight’s show at Blockley Pourhouse will give you an intimate look at Toy Soldiers start as a duo. Long before signing on to Mad Dragon Records, Toy Soldiers started out as a two-piece between Gallo and his longtime friend and drummer, Mike Baurer. But the band still delivered the traditional Americana roots rock that you know and love today, and they’re ready to get back to the basics and kick it old school once again! Joining them on this rare night at The Blockley will be The Tressels, whose 2 ½ year journey culminated into the release of their “dollar store rock” album “Bourbon Legend”. The Blockley Pourhouse, 3801 Chestnut St., 8pm, $7, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 
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