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March 2015
Blood Sound
"Nightclub
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Blood Sound’s post-punk tracks are informed by an audible nostalgia for the dance floors and goth clubs of the latter ‘80s. Their latest LP Nightclub is a hybrid of dark wave and dream pop. Marrying synth-drenched harmonies with emotively vibrant lyricism, the subtle romantics of the band’s debut full-length fit seamlessly with the buzzing percussive backbeats of earlier cuts by Cold Cave (circa Love Comes Close) or The Cure’s “Primary” stripped bare to its core.
 
“TV Synth 1” sets the tone for Nightclub’s narrative with a brief yet textured prelude to “I Don’t Want.” Relatable like an antithesis of The Smiths’ “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” Blood Sound’s “I Don’t Want” personifies the complexities of yearning, desire, and loneliness. As frontman Chris Jordan croons “I don’t want the city’s lights to go down/I don’t want to find home,” guitar riffs magnify the weight of his words without casting them melodramatic. The track is a fitting anthem for the passing of youth, failed love, and transition.
 
The buzzing start of “L.A. Punk” explores that thin line between authenticity and commoditization, the song’s instrumentation paying homage in its own way to the early underground and its subsequent subcultures. As if channeling a sedated rendition of Peter Murphy’s tone and diction, “L.A. Punk” is as memorable as it is brooding. “Acid Summer” gives an inward glimpse at the intimate nature of grief, mortality, and memory. When Jordan sings, “The 1980s died that day,” the listener feels it in their gut. It’s undeniable. The connection between what is experienced and how that experience is remembered is amplified by the track’s thumping tempo.
 
“Empty” plays out like the perfect soundtrack to an inevitable breakup, coupling affection with exhaustion, with the synth framing the heart-wrenching truth of lines like “I was too in love to say/that your story was a bore/Now I gave up on bad dreams and endings/beginnings and beginnings.” It offers a viable catharsis for jilted lovers with a penchant for fuzzed-out refrains.
 
“TV Synth 2” precedes the lyrically minimal yet heavy “Embrace” which serves as Nightclub’s melodic memento mori. “Almost” is subdued yet gripping, slowing the momentum of the record in advanced of “TV Synth 3,” which unfolds like a VHS fever dream. “Fake Blood” is evocative, with reverb and a pulsating backbeat that swells as the song progresses. Arguably the darkest track on the album, Jordan’s diction is hypnotic, “Kill your dreams and wait for/the fake blood to pour out.”
 
Ending with the well-placed “Catacombs,” Nightclub’s final track encapsulates the thrill of beginnings and the way one remembers them. Set to a beat reminiscent of Joy Division’s quintessential single “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” “Catacombs,” much like the songs that precede it, is reason alone to return to Nightclub. - Dianca London Potts

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Weekend Warrior, February 15 - 17

Weekend Warrior, February 15 - 17

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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