BadmintonStamps is at it again. On Saturday, November 4th, we'll be showcasing three genuine, certified, Grade A rock n' roll bands at everybody's favorite Old City hideaway, The Khyber. Tokyo Police Club make their much-anticipated Philadelphia debut, supported by rising New York stars The Harlem Shakes and local sensations Brown Recluse Sings. We'd say there are better ways to spend your time, except that we're not filthy liars.
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Tokyo Police Club are so confident in their ability to rock the shit out of you that even selling hand-made pastel throw pillows after the show comes off more like some post-ironic ruse than a genuine admission of sensitivity. They've got both a pedigree (they're Canadian) and a resume (currently on tour with Art Brut) that any indie outfit would boast about. But their greatest accomplishment so far has to be their debut 7-song EP, A Lesson In Crime, which has won over elitist Pitchfork critics and proletariat blogger rabble alike. Propulsive post-adolescent dystopian sci-fi paranoia you can dance to? Yes please!
Download: Tokyo Police Club - "Cheer It On"
Download: Tokyo Police Club - "Nature Of The Experiment"
Download: Tokyo Police Club - "Shoulders And Arms"
Don't even get us started on The Harlem Shakes. Since making their first Philly appearance at the 'Stamps post-SXSW showcase back in March, these fellas have churned out even more boss new tunes, stolen many an unsuspecting groupie away from Beirut, and logged time in the recording studio with the same braintrust that brought us all Les Savy Fav. And if all that doesn't scream "PARTY" loud enough for you, it's worth pointing out that Nov. 4th is frontman Lexy's birthday (he's the one wearing the tie).
Download: The Harlem Shakes - "A Night"
Download: The Harlem Shakes - "Josh Studies"
Download: The Harlem Shakes - "Sickos"
Download: The Harlem Shakes - "Carpetbaggers" *NEW*
Brown Recluse Sings played their very first live show ever this July, opening up for a packed house in front of Swedish pop legends Acid House Kings. These guys are so fresh and so clean on the Philly scene, they don't even have an honest-to-goodness website yet. What they do have, to spare even, are these dreamy Byrds jingles and bouncy Belle & Sebastian jangles that alltogether make their debut recording, Black Sunday, one of the most instantly likeable things you'll ever hear.
Download: Brown Recluse Sings - "Margot, Left In Bed"
Download: Brown Recluse Sings - "Lazy Bones"
Download: Brown Recluse Sings - "Mystifying Oracle"