Spring has finally sprung in the music world. This means two things in my world – tons of touring bands stopping through Philadelphia and outdoor shows.

3/31 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart dropped their new record, Belong, yesterday. They step out on tour with Twin Shadow for a national tour beginning this Thursday at the First Unitarian Church. Local standouts Creepoid will join the two bands for their first night of tour, while nationally they will be joined by guests such as Warpaint and Big Troubles. Stream Belong’s title track below or check out the new video for “Heart in Your Heartbreak” via Pitchfork. [Get tickets here.]

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4/1 Been looking forward to this April Fool’s Day show for quite a while. Jeff the Brotherhood will be in town to celebrate the record releases of Dry Feet and Slutever. If you haven’t done so yet, you can order a copy of Slutever’s Pretend to Be Nice from Bantic Media or snag one at the show. Likewise, I suggest grabbing a copy of Dry Feet’s I Can’t Sleep at Night to properly enjoy their two new surf punk tracks. (This show has been moved to Hong Kong Garden.)

4/2 Our buddy at YVYNYL has put together another great show for this Saturday night at Johnny Brenda’s. The night will feature the psychedlic sounds of Brookyln’s Snowmine and Guitars. It will also showcase the local talents of Work Drugs and Summer Fiction, a new project from musician Bill Ricchini. ¬†Give a listen to the debut album here. Summer Fiction, which was released this past December, was recorded around the city in various basements, bedrooms, and studios. Its cast of contributors features a blend of classical and rock musicians including members of Buried Beds and BC Camplight. [Get tickets here.]

While I’ve got your attention, please help support Work Drugs‘ upcoming tour by purchasing either Tropic of Capricorn or Tropic of Cancer here. Each CD includes their new single, “Curious Serge,” as well as six other tracks, including a rare B-side.