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The Original Crooks and Nannies
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The Original Crooks and Nannies follow-up to 2015’s Soup For My Girlfriend begins with the sputtering staccato of “Call It Good.” The track’s rhythmic pulse collides flawlessly with Madeline Rafter’s vocals and buzzing synth, supported by a backbeat tailor-made for the dance floor. The album’s opener prepares its listener with ease for the pulsating energy of “Carry Me,” a heartfelt melody that brings to mind the romantics of Matt and Kim or the twee-drenched lyricism of Mates of State. The track’s sentiments are earnest, amplified simultaneously by urgent diction and humming chords. “Carry Me” is a living testament to The Original Crooks and Nannies’ ability to craft love songs so cathartic that it hurts.
 
Similarly, the unabashed desperation of “Throw Out” followed by the electro-hum of “Television” suitably precedes the tangibly raw frustration of “Dates.” For Rafter and her bandmate, Sam Huntington, drinking poison and having smashed teeth proves to be a more desirable fate than going on a date. Even in its state of exaggeration, the track is a potential artifact of our contemporary moment, depicting romance in the age of Tinder and the banality of #netflixandchill. It’s a critique with a memorable hook.
 
“Ghost” is suitably haunting with lines like “I can make you feel/I can make you feel much better” and crashing riffs and cymbals. The narrative of the song, like its namesake, will linger in your mind long after its heartfelt and nearly ethereal end. The intimacy of “Ghost” is transformed into a cinematic nostalgia in “Shake Hands.” Breathing to life an account of suburban antics and shared memories, Rafter and Huntington’s duet-esque ballad is irresistibly sweet, even for the most jaded listener, preparing its audience for the forthright emotives equally fervent in “Crying at the Dog Park.”
 
The woozy start of “Central Heating” and the narrative blends effortlessly into Ugly Laugh’s final track “Holy Wreck.” The album’s closer is an intimate confession paying homage to failures, flaws, and limitations. It’s a veneration of vulnerability and the beauty that can be found between fractures. “Holy Wreck,” much like the songs that precede it, is introspective, a melodic mirror reflecting the complexities of emotion and the adjacent irony of love, making Ugly Laugh the quintessential album that you didn’t know you were waiting for. It begs to be replayed again and again. - Dianca London

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It’s been about 4 years now since we first sat down for an interview with Lushlife, a.k.a. Raj Haldar. And with the success of his latest LP Ritualized and mutually busy schedules, it took a long string of emails and rescheduling to finally find time to sit down for a chat. We managed to beat out the dinner rush at South Philly’s Khmer Kitchen and snagged a table for a tasty traditional Cambodian meal, drinks, and whole lotta catchin’ up. Come dive into our discussion about Lush’s collaborative work with production trio CSLSX, RitualizedThe Deli Philly’s March Record of the Month, and find out what’s on the horizon for the rising emcee/producer as we pick his brain and get a little silly HERE.

April 30, 2016
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Psych-pop purveyors Grubby Little Hands have released their new album Garden Party to the mases via Lefse/Chill Mega Chill. The group was started by multi-instrumentalists Donnie Felton and Brian Hall, after meeting in college while studying music composition and theory. The duo released two previous albums, Imaginary Friends (2009) and The Grass Grew Around Our Feet (2012), and now with their latest record, Felton and Hall have been joined by guitarist Joseph Primavera and drummer Chad Brown to help fill out their hazy, sedative-pop sound. You can help Grubby Little Hands celebrate the arrival of Garden Party this evening at Johnny Brenda's, where they'll be joined by labelmate Shelf Life and Cold Foamers, who dropped their new album, Musketball, earlier this year. So take a dab & get lost in the sonics of the night. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

April 30, 2016
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The Lawsuits have been on the road with labelmate Former Belle in support of their forthcoming album Moon Son, due out May 13 via Randm Records. For the follow-up to Cool Cool Cool, the band has taken what its has learned from the experience of recording with Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), and set sail on its own, experimenting and self-producing the new release. But don’t fret; the beloved folk-tinged pop ditties still remain true to the group’s core. Former Belle will be warmed up from tour, providing a polished sheen to the intimate songs from his new album Foreign Bed. Foxtrot & the Get Down will provide the spark needed to get this evening going. The Foundry, 1000 Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Ed Newton) - H.M. Kauffman

 
Other places to escape this weekend…
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, SUN Questlove
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI LSDXOXO, Moor Mother Goddess, DJ Haram, SAT Grubby Little Hands, Shelf Life, Cold Foamers, SUN Aphra
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Louds, The Dove & The Wolf, Myrrias, SAT The Magnificent, Lower Wolves, SUN The City & I, Curtis Cooper, Motherwhore
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Jenkem/Roxy Rollz, Steve Oakley Band, SAT Seraph In Travail, Geniverse, Malphas/Suburban Living/ Reef The Lost Cauze, E. Grizzly, SUN Cllctyrslf, Line Leader, Coping Skills/Sad Actor, Marie & The Moans
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Get Better Fest: Bad Canoes, Blood Uncle, SAT Get Better Fest: +HIRS+
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.)  FRI (Black Box) Littler, SUN West Philadelphia Orchestra
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Amanda X
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Needle Points, Teen Men, Purples, SAT The Jawn, Medusa's Disco, Dead:Stop, SUN Keely Sibilia
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Peek-A-Boo Revue, SAT (Balcony) Will IV
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT PnB Hitta, B Love
  
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) RFA (EP Release), Whiting/(Downstairs) Peek-A-Boo Revue, SUN (Upstairs) Japanese Breakfast
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI irCasim, Sage Laszlo, Hann_11, Josh Hey, SAT Thorazine, Vital Stats, Twin Symptoms, Kensington Nothings, SUN The Insides, Voila!, Black Archie
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI An Honest Year, SAT (12:30pm) Center City Jazz Festival The Jost Project, Anna Cecilia/8:30pm The Band of Rivals, SUN Man About a Horse
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Starwood, Mage Hand, SAT Mumblr, Museyroom
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Center City Jazz Festival: Mike Cemprola, Chris Oatts/Franco and the Detonators, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI A Tribute to David Bowie
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) SUN Dorkosaurus, Paul Marchesani
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Tailgunner
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Ridge Summit, ArGii, SAT Control For Smilers, The Great Endangered
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Likers, Bruise Bath, Caffeine SAT Population Zero, Disjawn
 
Sit and Spin Records  (2243 South Lambert St.) SAT Science Club,  Kinda Alright
The Larch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SUN Evan Cory Levine, Julius Masri
 
Philadelphia Record Exchange (1524 Frankford Ave.) SUN Igneous Eyes
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Swarm, Hot Tears
 
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SAT Doubles Jonagold
April 29, 2016
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End your weekend off right with free tickets to Youth Code, Psychic Teens, and Void Vision at The Foundry. To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line "Commitment To Complications". Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck!

April 29, 2016
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"There is nothing that is supposed to happen with this band... No one is destined for anything." In episode 4 of Nothing's Tired of Tomorrow documentary, the Martin Shkreli plot begins to thicken. However, before the madness breaks out, you experience some possible cringeworthy moments watching Geoff Rickly talk about putting the future of Collect Records on the line with the Nothing release. Dum, dum, dum, dummm....

April 29, 2016
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Delicately beautiful layers of harmony shine through on Parisian transplants The Dove & The Wolf’s sound. There’s a natural ascending strength that gathers as the tender, rolling, folky jangle enhances the tightly entwined vocals lifting into a subconscious sojourn. Tonight, the direction-changing, exuberant Brooks brothers-led LOUDS is also headlining the bill, potentially offering a peak into their upcoming album CHARM UP! Myrrias open the evening as entrancing vocals team with a steady grip of psych/dream-pop instrumentation, drawing you into their depths. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8:30pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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