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The major takeaway for Mumblr’s new album Full Of Snakes (Fleeting Youth Records) is that it really takes balls to write songs that truly say nothing. As counter intuitive as it may sound, there really is something admirable in using music to not really express all that much. Any jerk with a voice and a few chords can say a whole lot about how their ex is horrible; what really matters is how much of that content is actually worth hearing. And brother, Mumblr has found a way to make saying nothing profound.

On the surface, the album initially sounds like some sort of early 2000’s generic pop-punk; the first song “Got It” opens with that familiar sense of vague, safe anger. It’s very “high school” reminiscent, right off the bat, with lines like “I got it if you want it” and “I’ll invite you to my room.” But as the song closes and we drift into “Sober,” the tone very gradually starts to feel off. It starts to feel a bit weirder, with this sense of reckless abandon that you only hear in a Violent Femmes song. And it’s not that one is true, and the others is not; this album is walking a razor’s edge between the most self-aware of indie post-punk and the obliviousness of adolescent guilty pleasures.

And while that may sound like a chaotic mess, the seventeen-track full-length really is the having-and-eating of one's cake. We get the indulgence of grandiose guitar riffs and over the top shrieks, but with just enough originality in the composition to give it a sense of being slick and even avant-garde. Don’t let the outward sense of crazy abandon fool you - this thing is airtight. And a lot of that can be chalked up to Nick Morrison’s vocals; he brings a real sense of cleverness to the whole thing, in no small part to the fact that he can turn his voice on a dime.

One endlessly fascinating reoccurring theme is the use of repetition in their lyrics, with phrases like the aforementioned “I got it” and “someone’s been sitting in my chair” echoed over and over again, beyond the point of simple parody. It’s that old artistic trope of repeating something until it becomes meaninglessly applied to lyrics, and it’s interesting to hear expressions of youthful angst to become so alien and meaningless.

They take these universal touchstones of adolescences, including the use of “shock” lyrics such as “if God is a woman I’m going to hell” and gleefully drive them into the ground while enjoying the ride. It’s fun, it’s cool, and will leave you thinking more than any other post-punk album in months. And it does so while still being a genuinely fun throwback to a sort of music that you don’t really hear in earnest these days. - Daniel Ludwig


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So the most important thing to know for this weekend is that The Deli Philly will be celebrating its 6th Anniversary/Halloween Party on Saturday, October 25 at PhilaMOCA. We're excited to be returning to one of our favorite spaces in Philly with a co-headlining bill where you'll find the likes of a true rising star in the local hip-hop community and obvouisly one of our favorites, S.T.S., a.k.a. Sugar Tongue Slim, who will be joined by the nasty beats and mind-warping sounds of our old friends, Grimace Federation. It's definitely going be a rad night of music in the ole mausoleum! And don't forget your costume because it's also our Halloween bash, and we didn't forget the drinks. We'd like to thank the good folks at Sixpoint Brewery, Star Hill Brewery, Balantine IPA, Narragansett, and La Colombe (Different Drum Pennsylvania Rum & cold-brew Pure Black) for sponsoring the fun. I think that you can tell where we'll be taking things. Come join the debauchery! PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Q.D. Tran

You know where you should be this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang, Oldermost, SAT Heavy Medical, Pinkwash
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Mo Lowda & The Humble
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Young Statues (Record Release), Mohican/Legendary Divorce, Albondigas, SAT The Clap, Dive in the Box, Missile Toads, SUN Starkweather
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT The Districts, SUN Viv the Revival
 
TLA (334 South St.) FRI The Holy Mess, Goddamnit
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Birdwatcher, The Spelling Reform, (Downstairs) Adrian Belew Power Trio, SUN The Ocean Blue
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Adlib (CD Release), SAT Lakota, SUN Seoul Delhi, Tasty Face, Minor Setbacks
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Black Horse Motel, SAT Former Belle
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI No Good Sister, The Donuts, Irene Molloy, SAT The Improbables, A.M. Mills
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Hannah Zaic & The Damaged Goods
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Birds Over Arkansas
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.)  FRI Bong Hits For Jesus, Little War Twins, Armani LeeOyster Shell, Sunblaze Lane, SAT QT & The Quirktones/ Prima Donna, JaE, Biadaz, Imposter, SUN Beer Me, The Choices
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI James Hearne, Standing Cinema, Katie Barbato with Dirty Holiday, SUN Vital Stats, Paul Hocynec
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Nobody Yet, First of Autumn
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) SAT The Burgeoning, Dead Horse Drivers, Greg Sover Band/ (2nd Floor) Andrew Jude
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Plantation, East of the West, Solus Rex, Pravda ,SAT Spotted Atrocious, Morse Coda, SUN Josh Olmstead Band, Alexander Yaker (of Roomtone)
 
Ardmore Music Hall SAT David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Hurry (LP Release), Dogs on Acid, Bleeding Rainbow, The Cats, SAT Pulling Punches
 
Chill Collins Art Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Brokehead, LMI, The Danger O’s SUN Cheerbleeders, Retreevers, Amanda X
 
Lava Space (4134 Lancaster Ave.) SAT Cold Foamers, The Basement Boys, Forever Lesbians, Tribute, Bickley
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Kite Party, Address, Scumbag Petty
 
Everybody Hits (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) Sun Slow Animal, Kerosene
 
Half Moon Bar SUN Population Zero, Dronez
 
Beautiful World Syndicate (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SAT (Matinee) Blank Spell
 
502 South! (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Scuzbot, Welter, Everyone Except Me
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI War Emblem, Dronez
 
October 24, 2014
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Hurry to First Unitarian Church this evening. Matt Scottoline (of Everyone Everywhere) bookended by Joe (Psychic Teens) and Rob (ex-Univox) DeCarolis, a.k.a. the band Hurry, are celebrating the release of their new LP Everything/Nothing via Hot Green Records. The album injects bright, punchy rockers approached from an intimate point of view; balancing infectious songs with a strong instrumental backbone, Hurry’s blend of personal exuberance is an excellent way to jumpstart your weekend. Tonight, they will be joined by the tight-sounding, pop-punk-inflected Algernon Cadwallader offshoot, Dogs on Acid. An additional twist thrown into the mix is that Bleeding Rainbow will be performing in a throwback two-piece setup, which we hear might be be a more common occurrence with the departure of guitarist Al Creedon and drummer Ashley Arnwine. The unabashed, attitude-expressive rock of The Cats opens the celebration. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, $8, All Ages (Photo by Ally Newbold) - Michael Colavita

October 24, 2014
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Yeah, Nicos Gun's Barney Cortez often sounds like Prince, but we love Prince Rogers Nelson. No man can shred harder in the rain and high heels than that guy. Here's the band's latest Princetastic single "Jean-Louise."

October 24, 2014
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With their new album Baltimore Crush due out on October 28 via Bar None Records, DRGN King just premiered the single “Undertow” over at Pancakes and Whiskey. The steady thudding basslines and casual vocals provide a calming atmosphere before shifting into higher gear, allowing the instruments and vocals to open up. The song finishes in a decidedly different place from where it started - much like the latest incarnation of the DRGN King project.

October 23, 2014
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If the idea of heart-pounding, trance-inducing, raucous rock that temporarily encases listeners in an alternative sonic dimension is the remedy you’ve been looking for, Ecstatic Vision is serving it up at Underground Arts tonight. The band recently signed to Relapse Records, and has plans for releasing its debut early next year. With extended, heavy vibes filled with sweaty fuzzed guitars, relentless backend and scorcher-inspired vocals, be prepared to be sucked in. However, you’ll want to be at UA all night anyway with a lineup that includes the soothing cosmic navigation of neo-psych outfit Drone Ranger, whom are consistently changing speeds as they traverse farther out. Then, there’s Ruby The Hatchet, whose rough-edge 70’s hard rock sound, isn’t so much a throw back but rather a timeless tradition with its interlocked thick, rolling groove and guitar lines that take that step ahead, letting the flames emerge bigger, all while Jillian Taylor’s vocals provide a calming fervor. All this will set the stage for the earthy noise-rock of Creepoid that seeps into your pores and finds a home there. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

October 23, 2014
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We're excited to share a new track with you from Psychic Teens. It certainly has been a while since we've heard from the post-punk power trio, and "Face" doesn't disappoint with its combustible guitar licks and Larry Ragone's ominously macabre diction. The single is the A-side to the forthcoming 7" that the group will drop on November 7 via Reptilian Records. They'll also have a big release show that same evening at Boot & Saddle with legendary hardcore outfit F.O.D., a.k.a. Flag of Democracy, and Hound, who will also be celebrating their new album with SRA Records.

October 22, 2014
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