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November 2014
Sheer Mag
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Relatively new outfit, South Philly’s Sheer Mag, fronted by The Shakes’ Christina Halladay, wastes no time with filler on their debut 7”. The four-track release is equal parts garage and punk bravado.
 
“What You Want” kick-starts the record with jangly percussion and pristinely fuzzed-out riffs. As the song’s melody unfolds, Halladay’s screamed-out, heartfelt vocals recount and flawlessly capture the dissonance of romantic antics and their aftermath. Guitar-drenched interludes and buzzing drums reminiscent of Colleen Green, circa Cujo, and early demos by Bleached render the piece memorable, while noisy shreds near the three-minute mark bring to mind the lo-fi glory of the Useless Eaters’ Daily Commute.
 
Sheer Mag’s “Sit and Cry” is bittersweet and abrasive. Opening with crisply executed riffage, the second track off the band’s EP audibly embodies the malaise of its namesake. Halladay’s vocals, coupled with trippy distortion, amplify the emotional nuance of the release as a whole. As “Sit and Cry” nears its end, chords morph into reverb as she croons “cry, cry.” Soon after, the satisfyingly moody “Point Breeze” begins. Starting off with a rhythmic drive evocative of Cousin Brian or Throwing Up, the undertone of “Point Breeze” captivates listeners nostalgic for Slutever’s Pretend to Be Nice. Crisp with caustic yet earnest diction by Halladay, the song is energetically catching from start to end.
 
The album’s closer, “Hard Lovin,” is gritty, like a mellowed-out Bobbyteens’ B-side. Shaking tambourine and whining guitar lines perfectly compliment her rowdy vocals as the song progresses. Thematically, “Hard Lovin” is a kindred spirit to acts like No Bunny or Hunx and His Punx. It’s a song for romantics with a penchant for rock ‘n’ roll. It’s an anthem.
 
Overall, Sheer Mag's debut release is brief. Despite this, the four-song EP is more than enough to wet the appetites of their soon-to-be adoring fans. - Dianca Potts

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Back at it again with their brand of fuzz-driven sludge-punk, Pissed Jeans continue with their common thread of self-depreciation that has placed them somewhat on the more cynical end of the spectrum than their Sub Pop counterparts the Postal Service. Sure, they’ve grown up a bit since 2009’s King of Jeans, but the spirit of the disenfranchised can still be heard in frontman Matt Korvette’s bellowing howls. Does maturation mean they’ve gone soft? No. Not in the least. The new album Honeys is proof that maturity isn’t always industry code for a leveling of intensity. Accompanying the familiarity of lamenting screams, the thunderous sound battle of bass versus guitar versus drums remains in tandem. Be sure that you’re a part of the fanfare for the King’s return tonight to celebrate their new release at Underground Arts with support from decibel-pushing brethrens Leather and Lantern. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 9pm, $14, 21+ - Ed Newton

 
So many options this weekend and here are more…
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Ben O'Neill, Shark Tape
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI West Philadelphia Orchestra, SAT Language Problem, Alec Ounsworth, The Spinto Band, SUN Far-Out Fangtooth, Hound
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI (Downstairs) Toy Soldiers, August John Lutz II, (Upstairs) Great Red Spots, SAT Creem Circus, Arctic Splash, SUN Great Thunder, Nona
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St. Philadelphia) FRI Birds of Maya, Profligate, SUN Carerra Shante Release Party
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI OCD: Moosh & Twist, SAT Title Fight
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Cold Roses, Dressed Like Stolen Cars, The Rivals
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI John Francis, SAT Hoser, Nocholas Piccari, Folly Fields
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Reef The Lost Cause, Rone, Chalk & The Beige Americans, SammyDimes, Jahn Q. Publaq, Blok Nero, SAT The Extraordinaires, Conversations With Enemies, Anjuli Josephine, Tinmouth, OhBree, SUN Smoother, Cayetana, Modern Baseball, Marietta
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Gin Canaries, SUN Cherokee Red, Bridge Underwater
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Left of Logic, Pterofractyl, Hippie Cult
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Ben Arnold, SUN Suzie Brown
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Bakery Boys, D. Louie, OG Cano, Myke Kewl, De'KO, SAT (All Ages) Chaos, BloodLine, Homecoming Heroes, Every Other Day, Tenth Amendment, (All Ages) FBR, Stealth Squad, Ashes of Our Sins, The Indefatigables, Post Departure, Phatboy, Making-Out With Medusa, SUN Richie Shock, DR3W
 
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Chill Moody, Hank McCoy, Beano
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI (Early) John Train, (Late) Marc Silver & The Stonethrowers, SAT Sylvia Platypus, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Jesse Ruben, SAT Winter Doldrums Folk Fest w/Brittany Ann, Elizabeth Pugh, The Pretty Dittys, Murchant (Annachristie Sadler), Brian Flannagan, & More, SUN 2nd Annual Tri-State Indie Music Awards w/Cold Fronts, Levee Drivers, Nicos Gun, Pre-party w/Aaron Brown, Cheers Elephant, The Lawsuits, Kuf Knotz
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Murph, Zymotic Flow, Ominous Ominous Ominous, Nomad Clientele, Zer0, SAT Soraia, The Jackson Rider, SUN C Stylez
 
Rebel Rock Bar (100 Spring Garden St.) FRI Live Not On Evil, The Terribles, Noid
 
Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) FRI The Raggamuffins, SAT Dancing Days, SUN Antique Matter
 
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT Angelcrust, Castle Freak
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Ghost of Jupiter, Russian Arm Candy, SAT Smacking Madison, Rail
 
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford St.) SUN Baa Ram Ewe
 
Field House (1150 Filbert St.) FRI Thee, Idea Men, On the Water
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Matt McAndrew, Keystoned, Garce Bernicker, SAT Easy Three & The Funky T., The Rising Sons, Token Prospects, Mike Liberatore
 
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St.) FRI Avataria, Tic-Tac-Oh, Kate Ferencz
 
Golden Tea Haus (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) FRI Jet Set Sail, Hurry
 
The Farm (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) SAT The Brood, No Stayer
 
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