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Relatively new outfit, South Philly’s Sheer Mag, fronted by The Shakes’ Christina Halladay, wastes no time with filler on their debut 7”. The four-track release is equal parts garage and punk bravado.
 
“What You Want” kick-starts the record with jangly percussion and pristinely fuzzed-out riffs. As the song’s melody unfolds, Halladay’s screamed-out, heartfelt vocals recount and flawlessly capture the dissonance of romantic antics and their aftermath. Guitar-drenched interludes and buzzing drums reminiscent of Colleen Green, circa Cujo, and early demos by Bleached render the piece memorable, while noisy shreds near the three-minute mark bring to mind the lo-fi glory of the Useless Eaters’ Daily Commute.
 
Sheer Mag’s “Sit and Cry” is bittersweet and abrasive. Opening with crisply executed riffage, the second track off the band’s EP audibly embodies the malaise of its namesake. Halladay’s vocals, coupled with trippy distortion, amplify the emotional nuance of the release as a whole. As “Sit and Cry” nears its end, chords morph into reverb as she croons “cry, cry.” Soon after, the satisfyingly moody “Point Breeze” begins. Starting off with a rhythmic drive evocative of Cousin Brian or Throwing Up, the undertone of “Point Breeze” captivates listeners nostalgic for Slutever’s Pretend to Be Nice. Crisp with caustic yet earnest diction by Halladay, the song is energetically catching from start to end.
 
The album’s closer, “Hard Lovin,” is gritty, like a mellowed-out Bobbyteens’ B-side. Shaking tambourine and whining guitar lines perfectly compliment her rowdy vocals as the song progresses. Thematically, “Hard Lovin” is a kindred spirit to acts like No Bunny or Hunx and His Punx. It’s a song for romantics with a penchant for rock ‘n’ roll. It’s an anthem.
 
Overall, Sheer Mag's debut release is brief. Despite this, the four-song EP is more than enough to wet the appetites of their soon-to-be adoring fans. - Dianca Potts

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November 20, 2014
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For fans of Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete & Pete, which aired in the mid-1990s, this evening’s performance at Johnny Brenda’s might be a dream come true. The TV show’s house band, Polaris, will be gracing the Fishtown venue’s stage this evening. And for an added bonus, one of our favorite songwriters Sam Cook-Parrott, a.k.a. Radiator Hospital, will be the lone opener for this blessed event. For the lucky few, who were smart enough to get your tix ahead of time for this sold-out show, get ready to go back in time, and lose your shit tonight! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $17, 21+ (Photo by Dylan Johnson) - Alexis V.
 
Other places to party with your friends and fam this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT West Philadelphia Orchestra
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI 20th Anniversary Tribute with Pleezer and Broasis
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI ILL Fated Natives, Briana Cash, Ganou, KENNY/The Pink Angels/Dark Blue, SAT A Trunk Full of Dead Bodies (Reunion show), SAT Ruby Ruff, Sick Panda, Kevin, SUN Half-Ton of Humanity, Signs of Magnus, Fatal Verdict/ The Pretty Greens, Mike Writes the Epperson Airplane
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT MT Billions, Bike Crash
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI LE Yikes Surf Club
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.)  FRI True Will, Knightlife, Really Fast Automobiles, Fastride, No Reserve, SAT Wisdom in Chains, SUN Bakery Boys, Theodore Grams
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Conspirator, Cocktail Party Phenomenon
 
The Liacouras Center (1776 N. Broad St.) SAT Chiddy Bang
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Boris Garcia, The Karmic Repair Company, SAT (Upstairs) Barleyjuice (Downstairs) Beru Revue
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Judah Priest, Supreem Da Rezarekta', Lanice London, Drusef, SAT (7pm) Harry Walther Band, Levi Schlosser (9pm) ILL Fated Natives (CD Release Show), Quitehype, SUN Soundwavves
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI ILL Doots, Thee Idea Men, OhBree, SAT Nicky P & Friends, Dawnchasers, The JP Bailey Trio
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Molly Rhythm, Wonder & Fury, Take Today, SAT Holland Crouse Duo, Lör
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Flamour (Brian Flanagan & Michelle Armour), Dominic Tursi, SAT (7:30pm) Francis Dunnery (10:30pm) Casey Alvarez
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.)  FRI Brown Sugar, SAT Sylvia Platypus (CD Release Party)
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI E. Ness, SAT Embers of Igneous, Sunblaze Lane, The Minutians/ Big Stall, Willpowerless, SUN Mike Liberatore, Nicki Sbaffoni, The Jericho Horns
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Blackhawks, SAT The Royal Noise, Flux Capacitor, The Funky T, SUN Seoul Delhi, The Butter Guns
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI No Outlet, McRad, Germany Hill, Kaye Says, SAT Devil’s Triangle, Love Panther, Cardigan Terrace
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) Fri Taggart, The Silence Kit, SAT Something Like A Monument
 
Ardmore Music Hall FRI The Box Social with Flightschool SAT US Rails, John Byrne Band, Brian LaPann Trio
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Dark Thoughts
 
West Philadelphia Retirement Center (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Ten Ton Hammer, Limits, Hells
 
Chill Collins Art Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Forever Lesbians, Seismic Thrust, Time Hitler & The Assholes From Space, When Ships Collide, Krispy Kareem
 
Lavender Town (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Blue Smiley, Blankbook
 
November 28, 2014
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For a lot of us, family holidays can often be a bittersweet time. So we thought that this new single, "Almost," from fledgling dark-wave crew Blood Sound might capture a little bit of the angst you might be feeling from spending too much time with certain family members yet we're hoping that it'll get you bobbing and dancing in the right direction. The band is made up of Chris Jordan, Tristan McKeever, and Vincent Tkac; we are impressed with the tracks that we've heard from the trio so far, and are really looking forward to an official album release. Labels, give them a holla! Blood Sound will be performing on Sunday, December 7 at Silk City with qqq and Lapses.

November 28, 2014
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Local indie-pop outfit Work Drugs just shared its new album Caymen Islands Sessions, Volume II, which is available for free download. "As a follow up to the first Cayman Islands Sessions, Work Drugs is releasing 10 new interpretations of classic Work Drugs singles. With help from fellow bandmate Nero Catalano and long time guest vocalist Rachel K Haines, new life has been infused into these tracks." The band also made the rest of its music collection available for free download for Black Friday only. Work Drugs will be performing on Friday, December 5 at Boot & Saddle for the group's 3rd annual Christmas Spectacle, and it will be the band's last show for a while.

November 28, 2014
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Weird Hot are getting ready to drop their new self-titled LP. They'll be celebrating its release on Friday, December 19 at Johnny Brenda's. Below is their latest music video for the single "I Was At a Party."

WEIRD HOT: I WAS AT A PARTY

November 26, 2014
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As members of the noteworthy indie-pop group Spinto Band, singer Nick Krill and guitarist Joe Hobson had found a niche for creating catchy, original tunes that made a poetic statement. And the duo has taken that ability and crafted a sensory overload when they joined forces with photographer Catherine Maloney and filmmaker Albert Birney to start their new project Teen Men. The lavish quartet blend artistic alternative music and electronic ambient tones with a photographic and cinematic digital media filmscape to create a one of a kind live experience. Catching them at Boot & Saddle tonight will be the perfect way to spend your Thanksgiving Eve. Especially when they'll be joined by psychedelic journeymen/woman Needle Points, who have also been known to deliver a mind altering live performance that's complete with colorful costumes, dual percussionists, and the thrumming bass of Brian "Langor" Langan. The incendiary musical performance kicks off with a sure to be rockin’ set by Purples, featuring members of Philly indie-rock forefathers The Teeth. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Maciek Jasik) - Bill McThrill

November 26, 2014
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