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Solemn resonance slides the door open to “No Real Witness,” the opening track from Pinkwash’s debut album, Collective Sigh. The much-anticipated LP from the prog-punk combination of Joey Doubek and Ashley Arnwine is available via Don Giovanni Records, and takes little time to develop its emotively-charged release, as the unrelenting battering of percussion unites with those eerie key/synth tones, uncorking the aggression. And with a surge, “Metastatic” jumps out with a sense of controlled high-speed rhythm. The guitar riff and percussion weave in a tightly bound flow, giving way in moments to Doubek’s soaring, lingering vocal outcry. The deep stemming personal feel and weight of his lyrics are thrust forward as the instruments smash ahead.
 
The instantaneous groove of “Gumdrop” surrounds you in a steady power-exuding bounce. The kinetic energy is infectious as that locked-in guitar pattern and pummeling snap of percussion mesmerizes, and Doubek delivers a set of serious-toned yet matter-of-factly-delivered lines: “Feeling of going down, shot to the ground, you’ll have to put me down”. Keys slice through that hypnotic attack like a bright, omen-echoing light.
 
The album takes a moment to breathe as “inhale, exhale” is methodically repeated in “Sigh,” while anticipating the foreboding guitar that emerges gradually from the background, with an upper-cutting sledgehammer of sludgy instrumentation. “Walk Forward With My Eyes Closed” - much like the rest of album - appears to hit on the pain and grief of deep and profound loss. That musical push toward coping is surrounded by the encompassing walls of heavy sonics that gather momentum as Doubek musters up strength. “I’ll walk forward with my eyes closed.”
 

With a thunder-smashing yet deeply personal side, Collective Sigh etches its message at the core, transforming the power of grief into a heavy–hitting memorable display of emotion. - Michael Colavita


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Philly singer-songwriter Rosali recently released her debut full-length album Out of Love via well-respected local indie label Siltbreeze. The LP effortlessly flows with her mellifluous vocals and a tinge of psychedelic twang, helping to root her songs in a timeless sonic spectrum. Rosali just came back from a run of shows in the South with Mary Lattimore, and they'll be celebrating Out of Love tonight with a hometown show at Ortlieb's. The tour buddies will also be joined by the garage-pop sounds of Baltimore's Hothead, a.k.a. Laurie Spector. I can't think of a better way to wind down this summer weekend. Ortlieb's, 847 N. 3rd St., 7pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

June 26, 2016
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Thin Lips have been tearing it up all across the country in support of their latest album Riff Hard (Lame-O Records). And with the band barreling through the Fillmore this evening with tourmates Modern Baseball and Joyce Manor, we have a new music video for you for the track, "My Mouth Is Skinned Like An Apple," which was directed by Adam Peditio. Frontwoman Chrissy Tashjian recently shared in an email to The Fader, "So much of my music is about being a queer and so I just kind of wanted to show a day in my life. I met with Adam and just showed him all of the little things I collect, my altar, and some of my most special friends (some couldn't make it obviously). [The video is] just basically a day of what is important to me and what impacts and influences me most."

June 26, 2016
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Sheena Powell (of The Baptist Preachers) has come together once again with metalheads Thee Nosebleeds to bring "hellfire and brimstone rock and roll". Sheena & Thee Nosebleed are releasing a new album, titled The Revolution Will Be Amplified, and they'll be celebrating its arrival this evening at Ortlieb's. (The first 25 paid admissions will receive a copy of the record.) Punk pals Thorazine will be giving their support, and they should have some new material, after being dormant for nearly a decade. Rap/funk artist C-Dot and Dirty Jerz's Come And Get It round out the lineup. Ortlieb's, 847 N. 3rd St., 9pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

June 25, 2016
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Though The Spirit of the Beehive had some van trouble on their current tour, they’ll still be rolling into town this evening at The Foundry. The shoegaze-y grunge crew has been on the road in support of Superheaven’s final tour. (I’m really looking forward to their upcoming release via Jade Tree.) And they have been joined by fellow Philly grunge-psych rockers Creepoid, who have been taking this opportunity to get more comfortable with their new guitarist Bill Fries (of Drone Ranger). It’s going to get heavy upstairs in the Fillmore tonight - #bringweed! The Foundry, 1000 Frankford Ave., 8pm, $15, 21+ - Alexis V.
 
 
More places to rock this weekend…
 
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SUN Modern Baseball, Thin Lips
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Mercury Radio Theater, Madalean Gauze
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.)  FRI Minka, Oh Bree/Secret Nudist Friends,
Kelsey Cork, Past Life/Psychic Teens, SAT E. Grizzly, iAlive, Teef, Khalil Ali, Sikes
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Japanese Breakfast
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Pissed Jeans, Taiwan Housing Project
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Blank Spell
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI The Cloth, Bruise Bath, L.M.I., SAT A Victim of Good Times, Sing Bird of Prey, SUN The Ill Fated Natives, Queue, Dear Forbidden
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Boy Wonder
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Jukebox Zeros 13th Anniversary Show, Action Party, KeN, SAT Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds (Record Release), Thorazine
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Gainstrive, SAT Sixteen Jackies
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Saver, Post War Dream
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Swift Technique, Johnny Popcorn, SAT Hezekiah Jones
 
Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St., #3) SAT Cheap Dinosaurs
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) SUN Coal Mine Canaries, Effusion 35, Marc Lancaster & The Lowest Common Denominator
 
Lucky 13 Fest (1820 S. 13th St.) SUN Sophie Coran, The Pretties, Travis J and The Rhinestones
 
Bearhands CRIB (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Burgeoning, Excursions, Wolf and the Lost Ones
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SAT Littler, Marge, Horse Girl, Bad Heavens

  

June 24, 2016
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Lexi Campion first emerged on the Philly music scene as part of math-y indie-rock outfit Edelweiss. She has since moved on to her own project, writing and releasing songs under the moniker Grayling. Campion shared her debut EP Everything That Burns, via NDE Records, earlier this year, grabbing our attention with its emotively powerful vocals and compositions, which surely helped to lead her to victory in our Featured Artist(s) Poll. Check out our recent interview with the burgeoning artist HERE!

June 24, 2016
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Remote Places is latest solo project from Justin Geller (ex-Pink Skull). Below is the new music video fro his single "It All Comes Back to You," which is off his debut EP Nights and Weekends (Box Theory Records). It's a re-imagined version of Portret Niewierny, an avant-garde short film by Polish animator Ewa Bibańska. The footage was edited by Branko Jakominich (of Modern Mothers) to tell the timeless tale of "falling in love, falling out of love, falling back in love, and falling out of love again." (Photo by Joshua Cicetti)

June 24, 2016
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