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July 2016
The Retinas
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Post-garage rockers The Retinas' new EP chaba is an unexpected essential for surviving the dog days of summer. Chock-full of lo-fi backbeats and skull-buzzing riffs, the five track stunner transforms the grit and grime of urban summers, late nights, and complicated feelings into memorably evocative songs worth dancing to alone or with friends.

 

Opening with the trippy hiss of “Accident,” chaba’s first track is seeped in xanax-coated romance and the sort of self-awareness that made great’s like Daniel Johnston iconic. The song's lyricism hums with recognizable disenchantment that is bound to resonate at an instant with listeners. Tom Mchugh’s diction brings to mind the cinematic apprehension of Andrew Bujalski’s mumblecore masterpiece Mutual Appreciation meshed with the emotional imprint of “Tame the Sun” by Male Bonding. “Accident,” much like it’s namesake, ends abruptly without warning, leaving its listener to cope with its passing before “Aries” begins.

 

chaba’s second anthem paints a familiar portrait of the post-adolescent malaise of cynical dreamers with earnest hearts. Lo-fi in all the right ways, “Aries,” like a mirror, reflects reality without pretense. Like the less anxious version of Happy Birthday’s “2 Shy,” the charm of “Aries” is undeniably sincere. The oscillating intro of “Cheesepuffs” quickly evolves into a surf-pop banger - reminiscent of The Jacuzzi Boys; the track’s fervent riffs and fuzzed-out screams serve as the perfect preface to the notably catchy “Beat It Out”. The energy of the song doesn’t falter, keeping the momentum of chaba as cymbals crash and Mchugh croons - “Cause you chew my bones, acid soul/I've been off time with myself, I don't mind” - a sentiment that is echoed in the EP’s final track “Hey Julia.”

 

After listening to The Retinas' latest record, you will find yourself hungry for more. - Dianca London

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Music For Headphones Hosting The Foreign Resort at Inciting HQ March 8

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Philly krautrock revivalist Music For Headphones will be hosting Denmark’s The Foreign Resort tonight at Inciting HQ. The Danish four-piece will be making their second trip to Philadelphia in less than a year as they get ready to head down to SXSW. Music For Headphones should have some new material to share from their upcoming album. Unfortunately, XD Records, who had signed the local natives and planned to release their record this year, announced in January that they would be no longer operational so Music For Headphones will be self-releasing the album via Evol Recordings. Opening the evening will be the “beer-battered” sounds of Faux Slang who are comprised of former members of This Radiant Boy and Barking Spiders as well as current members of A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Pet Milk, and The Rockers Galore. Inciting HQ, 940 N. Delaware Ave., 8pm, $5, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

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