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Peter Matthew Bauer
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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Born into a family of horn players, it wasn’t until discovering Eminem while driving with his mother (of all places) that local emcee Armani White began finding his musical voice and putting words together into rhymes. Having lived in Philly all his life, the young rapper and recent Deli Philly Featured Artist Poll Winner has plenty to say about his hometown - good and bad. You can learn about the up-and-coming artist, his music, his crew LegendBound, and much more in our interview HERE.

July 29, 2014
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Are you a Twin Peaks fan? Well, Resistor certainly is, and to celebrate the David Lynch cult classic being released on blu-ray today, they recorded a cover of Julee Cruise's "Falling," which can be streamed and downloaded below. You can also catch the group performing it live this evening at Silk City.

July 29, 2014
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Tonight, PhilaMOCA helps Spazz Presents celebrate the 5th anniversary of Jeff Blinder making his trek north from Greenville, North Carolina. This evening's bill packages a quartet of singer-songwriters, including three Philly acts Eric Petersen of Mischief Brew, Fletcher VanVliet of On the Water, and Cricket Joe. Alongside a few of our local favorites, Duluth, Minnesota native (the hometown of the legendary Bob Dylan) David Dondero will also be making a special appearance. Come out, kick back, and listen to some excellent tunes while helping to cheers the last 5 years of Spazz booking rad shows in our local music community. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $6, All Ages - Michael Colavita

July 29, 2014
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Drag City just shared the first new track, "Learning Slowly," from Purling Hiss' upcoming album Weirdon. The record officially comes on September 23, but now you have something to crank up while enjoying this beautiful summer day. Cheers!

July 29, 2014
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The Districts just wrapped their final show with guitarist Mark Larson as an official member this past Sunday at Susquehanna Bank Center. However, they were able to record the original quartet earlier this year in April during their first tour in the UK. The band swung by historic Maida Vail Studios to lay down a BBC Session, and the EP will be available on October 6 digitally and on limited edition 12" vinyl (500 copies). You can check out "Silver Couplets" from the session below. 

July 29, 2014
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Krust Toons: "Beer Me" by Teddy Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations HERE.

July 28, 2014
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