Top Played Artists 9/9/2013 – 9/16/2013

1    NO AGE    An Object    (Sub Pop)
2    SUPERCHUNK    I Hate Music    (Merge)
3    DIARRHEA PLANET    I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams    (Infinity Cat)
4    ISLANDS    Ski Mask    (Manque)
5    FOOTBALL, ETC.    Audible    (Count Your Lucky Stars)
6    JACUZZI BOYS    Jacuzzi Boys    (Hardly Art)
7    TY SEGALL    Sleeper    (Drag City)
8    HUNX AND HIS PUNX    Street Punk    (Hardly Art)
9    COKE WEED    Back To Soft    (Self-Released)
10    OCTOPUS PROJECT    Fever Forms    (Peek-A-Boo)
11    WASHED OUT    Paracosm    (Sub Pop)
12    RED DONS    Notes On The Underground [7-Inch] 
13    WEEKEND    Jinx    (Slumberland)
14    PORCELAIN RAFT    Permanent Signal    (Secretly Canadian)
15    DIANA    Perpetual Surrender    (Jagjaguwar)
16    VOLCANO CHOIR    Repave    (Jagjaguwar)
17    SHANNON AND THE CLAMS    Dreams In The Rat House    (Hardly Art)
18    LEMURIA    The Distance Is So Big    (Bridge Nine)
19    FUCK BUTTONS    Slow Focus    (ATP)
20    MINKS    Tides End    (Captured Tracks)
21    DOWSING    I Don’t Even Care Anymore    (Count Your Lucky Stars)
22    FRONT BOTTOMS    Talon Of The Hawk    (Bar/None)
23    KID CONGO AND THE PINK MONKEY BIRDS    Haunted Head    (In The Red)
24    OWEN    L’Ami Du Peuple    (Polyvinyl)
25    GAUNTLET HAIR    Stills    (Dead Oceans)
26    A GREAT BIG PILE OF LEAVES    You’re Always On My Mind    (Topshelf)
27    HEBRONIX    Unreal    (ATP)
28    BASS DRUM OF DEATH    Bass Drum Of Death    (Innovative Leisure)
29    PORTUGAL. THE MAN    Evil Friends    (Atlantic)
30    PSYCHIC TEENS    Come   

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Concert Review: Man or Astro-man? @ Underground Arts (June 22, 2013)

By Carolyn Haynes

A night of surf, sweat, and musical theatrics best describes the Man or Astro-man? show that took place on June 22 at Underground Arts. Fire-lit theremins, spacesuits, and background projections are what you’d expect from the 20(ish) years of experience of the headliners, but the use of fog machines and extreme beachwear weren’t lost on the openers.

Philadelphia Beach locals, Dry Feet, started the evening with a set of crunchy, reverb dusted surf rock. Tales of skateboards, eating too much, sleeping too little, and respect to the ladies of the world (including their mothers) filled the ears of many a head-bobbing beach bum. Perry Cola, Jay K. Shin, and Frizz B led the way to a surf paradise in their tie dye shirts, jumpsuits, and scuba masks.

Up next were Jacuzzi Boys, on a 10 day tour with Man or Astro-Man? who brought the Miami (…cough…Beach… cough) Heat. With a new self titled record on the way, the three piece played a set of fan favorites (“Glazin’,” “Crush,” “Koo Koo with You,” as well as some new singles “Double Vision” and “Domino Moon.”

Finally, the Man or Astro-Man? crew started the projections set up. The lights dimmed, the screens lit up, and the crowd cheered as the band walked to their places. Bassist/Theremin/electronics player Coco the Electronic Monkey Wizard was in full form; space suit, helmet, and space-ified bass were set to go. The full house at Underground Arts cheered and danced as the veterans of surf rock performed an amazing set reflective of their decades of experience.