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On the heels of last year’s, debut EP The World Is A Terrible Place & I Hate Myself And Want To Die, The Weaks, led by a pair of former Dangerous Ponies Chris Baglivo and Evan Bernard, have released their full-length debut Bad Year via Lame-O Records.
 
The record wastes little time jumpstarting into the aptly titled “Kick It,” with its bass-thudding lines rolling into catchy, emotive power-pop mode, cleansed with a bit of synth before unleashing one of the album’s many blasts of guitar solos. “Nevermind” (an homage to Nirvana) reflectively takes the positive spin on a failed relationship, streamlining percolating instrumentation with stable yet aching vocals. The album’s title-track cracks through melancholy with a lyrical disposition harnessing polished twin guitar licks between trudging percussion-led transitions, destined for fiery flashes of solo prowess. With an aggressive, smashing instrumental storm, “Black Box” takes the ball and runs with its relatable crushing narrative, hooking you in as a silky synth slips in amid the treacherous landscape. 
 
“Dysania” is the cup of coffee that pushes the covers off. With its guitar-led jog, loosening into a bass-charging surge, it quickly reaches maximum speed. Tongue-in-cheek earnest yet humorous lyrical tones – “Too much blood for just two hands/and there’s so much shit we’re gonna need two vans” – set the mood whilst sprinkling in clean flares of guitar, maintaining that downhill thrust. The song contextually blends a pent up instrumental energy and memorable vocals to create a natural anthem feel. Turning a leaf, “I Don’t Wanna Be An Anarchist (Anymore)” melds percussion and synth, delivering a sincere yearning for change with that heart-throbbing, interwoven bass-drum combo, adding a real inside-looking-out perspective. 
 
Strumming acoustic guitar and a spacey synth serve as foils in “Welcome To Earth,” zooming in and then peering out in a battle of loneliness and self-exploration, once again enjoying a creative out there spin on a common searching topic. The closing track is another nod & wink to Nirvana and Hop Along frontwoman, “Francis Quinlan Will Have Her Revenge On Philadelphia,” embracing a snarky attitude with matching (rough around the edges) momentum-gathering guitar meets an avalanche of backend, delivering a mixed emotion-filled message “Who’s going to pull your weight if I leave you behind... Please stay with me. 
 
Bad Year embraces its Weezer power-pop influences, allowing listeners to join in on the emotionally personal ups and downs, while still coming away refreshed. It’s another great find for rising Philly indie label, Lame-O Records. - Michael Colavita

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The emotive punk-rock immediacy of Glocca Morra takes the stage for a final time headlining this Saturday evening at the First Unitarian Church. Though the band announced that it would be no more in late November, the group has been on a run of recent farewell dates. Individually, their creative output is now spread out in various outlets including The Spirit of the Beehive, Dogs on Acid, and Ghost Gum. While tonight’s show, which is being presented by R5 Productions  & The Guild, is sold out, those lucky enough to be inside are certain to witness a rowdy bon voyage, saturated in blood, sweat and tears. Fellow emo four-piece Clique and the harmony-wielding, all-female, garage-twee group Marge will help to fill-out the lineup, which also includes New York’s LVL UP, whom thoughtfully explore a myriad of the emotions in a rockin’ fashion, and the grungy, noise-rock of Toronto’s Greys. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 7:30pm, $12 (Sold Out), All Ages - Michael Colavita
 
Other places to get sweaty this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Northern Liberties (Record Release), S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., Westboro Baptist Choir, SAT DJs Emynd & Bo Bliz,
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Reverend Mantis, The Downtown Club, Fine Motor, SAT (3pm) Mischief Brew (Record Release), Teenage Bigfoot/(8pm) Mischief Brew (Record Release), The Holy Mess
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) JJL, Clamfight/Heavy Medical, Sovereign, Ooze/The Blurry Nights, SAT Bryant Eugene Vazquez & The Songs (Record Release), Thom McCarthy, Maxray or Will, Friendship/Tommy Hogunz & Jackie G, SUN (4pm) Conversations/(8pm) Heavy Temple, Hellrad/Ladder Devils, Prophet Said I
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Huth & McGuinness
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Gene Ween Does Billy Joel with Souldiers of Soul, SAT The Roots Picnic Afterparty : Questlove, Cosmo Baker, Matthew Law
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Abi Reimold, Dead, Port Arthur, SAT Peek-A-Boo Revue, SUN Prima Donna, Noel Scales, DMNQ LNDN, Joie Kathos, Tomboy
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Stone, Cyanide Saints, Sacred Cube, Waterfall
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Fiona Fest: Dani Mari, Owl & Wolf, Lovers League, Chelsea Sue Allen, Allison Polans, Meg Moyer, You Do You, Annachristie Sadler, The Bigness, Jen Pague, Lisa Chosed (with Red Cedar Strings), Meg and the Right Sound, Sydney Marchiano, SAT (Upstairs) RUST - Neil Young Tribute
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Khiry Kool, Ganou, Walker, Fel Mula, SUN Cheerbleeders, Super Bonanza
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Likers, Josh Jones, Sweet Eureka, SAT Halfro
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Circadian Rhythms, Lou
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Binary Sea, Fishtown Beats, SAT The Soft Spots, Little Strike
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Ed Christof
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Anthony Michael, Dan Collins, Rob Tait
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI John Train, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Duke Maroon/Wetware, Electric, SAT StarSkream, We...Our War, Power Theory, Ketosis, Fate 88
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Paths 2 Glory, Rodent Lord, SAT Ashton John, TR, Tangiers
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Cookie Rabinowitz, Oolala, Minka
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James, SUN (2pm) percussionist Josh Robinson/(9:30pm) DJ Royale
 
Festival Pier (Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden St.) SAT Roots Picnic: The Roots, Donn T, Brianna Cash, King Britt
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI The Real Feel Band, SAT The Jawn
 
Ardmore Music Hall FRI You Do You, SAT Weird Hot
 
Little Berlin (2430 Coral St.)  FRI Little Strike, Alternative McDonalds, Top Control, Laura Fisher& Sad Hana
 
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) FRI The Chairman Dances (EP Release), Mark Rybaltowski
 
Everybody Hits (529 West Girard Ave.) SAT Hurry, Blowdryer
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Our Fair City, Northern Lakes, Elder Statesmen
 
3rd & Girard (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Jackie Paper, Seismic Thrust, Grim Sleepers, Dulls
 
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Nightfall, Severed, Population Zero, Alien Dregs
 
Baker Bowl (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Andorra, Poster Child, Krispy Kareem
 
Dog House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Year of Glad, Cool Points
 
May 29, 2015
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Ok - for a lot of you, the first half of your workday is over. But how can you make it through the rest to get to this weekend? We'd like to help you past the time with the infectious, upbeat debut EP, If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art, from electro-popsters LOUDS. The record officially comes out on Thursday, June 4, coinciding with the band's release show at Boot & Saddle. Hope that it helps! BTW: You can also just walk out of work right now. We give you permission.

May 29, 2015
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There are few bands that can produce the mystic, menacing power that three-piece Northern Liberties has created throughout its discography. Self-titled as “ghost-punk” (sort of a harrowing noise-punk), the group is best experienced live. To watch brothers Justin and Marc Duerr and longtime best friend Kevin Reilly perform is to know them. However, for the past five odd years or so, Northern Liberties, born out of West Philly house shows, has been taken a break from releasing any material. Tonight at Johnny Brenda’s, the band is ending its hiatus, and celebrating the release of the trio's new album, Errant Ray. Psych/cyber-rock outfit S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. will also be an entertaining force. Expect killer vocals, intergalactic warrior outfits, and lots of lasers. Hardcore four-piece Westboro Baptist Choir will be kicking off the celebration. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Emily DiCicco

May 29, 2015
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Below is a new track from Creepoid called "Shaking" that premiered yesterday over at The Fader. As guitarist/vocalist Sean Miller declared, "For me, this song represents a longing for the past... I will always love the place where I grew up, even if it's only for what it once was or what I perceived it to be at the time. That fond sadness is at the heart of this track." The languid guitars and Miller's aching drawl brings all those emotions to light. Look out for the band's forthcoming LP Cemetery Highrise Slum, due out June 23 via Collect Records! And their release show on Friday, June 26 with Ecstatic Vision at Johnny Brenda's is not to be missed.

May 29, 2015
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Here's mewithoutYou's second offering from their forthcoming album Pale Horses, entitled "D - Minor." On their latest, which premiered over at NPR, you find a more subdued outfit, in comparison to the group's previous lead single "Red Cow"; however, the band's usual intesity and insightful storytelling still remains prevalent throughout the track. Pale Horses will be officially available on June 16 via Run For Cover Records.

May 28, 2015
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Simply because an animal appears harmless doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep an eye out as it roams in the periphery. The duo of Slow Animal proves it by executing power-pop that shakes the status quo with emotive crashing waves of guitar and percussion smacking down in a reality-oriented awakening technique, establishing a setting for those personal contemplative lyrics to roam. After a recent run of dates with Hop Along, the trio of Thin Lips has returned home, and its latest EP Divorce Year finds Chrissy Tashijan delivering strong-willed, heartfelt vocals, reinforced by consistently catchy pop-punk instrumentation that steadily rolls clean, while hinting at a raw base. Former Deli Philly Featured Artist(s) Poll Winners Twiin continue to impress with their garage-punk aesthetic and their latest single “Anxiety.” The lineup at A House Named Virtue also includes emotive Baltimore rockers Phantom Lanterns, whom instrumentally embrace a well-oiled math-rock precision and the psych-pop combo of Toronto’s Blonde Elvis. A House Named Virtue, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, $5-$7, All Ages – Michael Colavita

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