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May 2015
The Weaks
"Bad Year
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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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Weekend Warrior, January 25 - 27

Weekend Warrior, January 25 - 27

Yeah, it’s effin’ cold out! That’s why this Saturday you can find a whole evening’s worth of entertainment all under one roof at Kung Fu Necktie. The night will kickoff with a solo set of panty-dropping vocals from Sun Airway’s Jon Barthmus. Then prepare to be engulfed in sonic waves when Nightlands, a.k.a. The War on Drugs’ Dave Hartley, hits the stage to share some new tunes from his latest album Oak Island. (You can check out our recent interview with Hartley HERE.) And you don’t have to leave after his performance because you can either stay downstairs for Sugar Town’s 12th Anniversary and benefit show for Ladyfest Philly with Radiator Hospital, Bike Crash and Batty, or head upstairs and pretend like you are at a house show with Catnaps, Roof Doctor, Tutlie and Incorporated Village of the Ghost. See - there is no need to go anywhere else. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7:30pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

 
Other places to hideout from the cold this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI It's a King Thing, Windsor Park Walkers, Clamfight, SAT It’s the Year 2007 w/Reef The Lost Cauze
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Leather, Heathen Reign, SAT (Downstairs - Early) Nightlands Record Release Show w/Jon Barthmus (Sun Airway), (Upstairs) Roof Doctor, Catnaps, Traffic Nightmare, Tutlie, (Downstairs - Late) Sugar Town Ladyfest Benefit w/Radiator Hospital, Bike Crash, Batty
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT The A’s
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Mater Mathu, Study Electricity, Problem Solving, SAT Hopscotch Injury, Makeshift Uprising, Easy Three & The Funky T, Ridden Fifths
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Uptown Tone, Mazon, ANDtheNAMELESS, Feevaleo, SAT Electric Grioland, Socin Lberation Front, Leana Song, Prophecy Music Project, DJ Femstar, SUN Mean Streets, Horse Theives and Other Villians
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Among Criminals, Kid Felix, Post Sun Times, SAT Steppin Razor
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Taggart, SUN Leana Song
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT The Menzingers
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Modern Colour, Jacob Kulick, Delco Pacers, SAT Stone, Alexander Lawrence and Sets, Outlander, In Nomine Patris, Aponic Blue, Dizzy Doctrine, Mirror Men
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Deep C, Speaker for the Dead
 
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Tommy Conwell, Jeffrey Gaines
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI (Early) John Train, (Late) Sunshine Superman, SAT Keystone Mountain Boys, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Tripod Trio, SAT KillerWhale
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Dom, Zach and Friends, SAT Aiden James
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI The Good Excuses, Stolen Rhodes, SAT Rowboat Casino
 
Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) FRI The Top Catz, SAT Natural Selection
 
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT Inkstains
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Token Prospects, Midwestern Exposure, Anjuli Josephine, SAT Token Prospects, Midwestern Exposure, Anjuli Josephine
 
Rebel Rock Bar (100 Spring Garden St.) FRI Supreme and The New Experience, Grandlux (Kuf Knotz), Bong Hits for Jesus, Trayvon Dahmer, The Loose Lipz
 
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford St.) FRI Josh Wink’s Annual Birthday Bash, SUN Daylight
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Left of Logic, The Formless Form, Barncat, SAT Montoj, Ghost of Jupiter
 
The Radom Tea Room (713 N. 4th St.) FRI Daniel Bachman, Paul Sukeena, SAT Daniel Ryan Belski
 
Beaumont Warehouse (5027 Beaumont St.) FRI Get Railed, Blindfold, The Adults, Casket
 
Sprinkle Kingdom (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) FRI Cold Fronts, Slutever
 
Michael Jordan (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) FRI Ted Nguyent
 
The Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) FRI Radiator Hospital, Adult Braces
 
The Crystal Palace (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) SAT Kite Party, Bleeding Fractals, Marietta
 
The Brown House (Please contact OMGDIY@gmail.com for more details.) FRI Coffin Dust
 
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