5/19  Kung Fu Necktie has two incredibly danceable groups for you on Wednesday night. Local duo Gemini Wolf and the Brooklyn-based Growing will be offering up a night full of fuzz, drone, and all around electronic goodness, [Get tickets here.]

5/21 The Khyber has a Friday night line-up that I’m pretty excited about. Atlanta’s Nerd Parade will be joining Philly’s own The New Connection, Paper Cat, and Cheers Elephant. Paper Cat is made up of Robbie Mangano, Eric Slick (Dr. Dog’s new drummer,) and Julie Slick. Julie is also producing the upcoming Cheers Elephant album, which is due out sometime this summer. Drawing influences from everyone from Dr. Dog to The Kinks, there are big things in the future for these Philadelphia natives and I highly suggest you check them out while they’re on the rise. Enjoy a stream of “Cocaine” from their 2008 album Cheers Elephant below. [Get tickets here.]

5/23 Expect a packed house on Sunday night for The Menzingers’ record release show at The Fire. Joining them will be The Holy Mess, Restorations, The Great Explainer, and Curtis Irie. Fresh off a tour with Against Me! and Dead To Me, these Scranton boys will be back in town to celebrate their new album, Chamberlain Waits. After endless streams of this infectious album, I cannot wait to snag it on Sunday. Chamberlain Waits is full of strong melodies and harmonies and clearly shows the band’s progression since their first album. [Get tickets here.]

Also on Sunday, you may want to check out what Danger Danger Gallery has to offer – Medications, Deleted Scenes, Creepoid, and When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth. If you have yet to see Creepoid, you probably don’t want to miss this show. I can only describe Creepoid with a slew of hyphens that would look something like lo-fi-psych-bedroom-rock. On The Deli’s Open Blog, they described their sound as “a sad, dark sound that would definitely make your third eye cry. Think Beck and Lou Reed drinking beer at The Modern Lovers practice space listening to Mazzy Star on acid.”  Do yourself a favor and click here to listen to their upcoming August release, Graveblanket, for free.

Okay, that’s all I got. Make sure you save some money and energy for next week though; Holly Miranda, Fang Island, The Besnard Lakes, and Holy Fuck will all be in town.

-Jilian