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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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Weekend Warrior, March 23 - 25

Weekend Warrior, March 23 - 25

Oh, Dr. Dog, how we've missed you while you were on tour in support of your new album for ANTI-, Be The Void. Sure, you needed to spread around its fantastic, bellowing, melodically mincing 12 tracks, but you were gone for far too long. At least, now we have you back for a little homecoming at the Electric Factory this weekend - a sold out show tomorrow with openers Purling Hiss, who, if you remember, is a total "raging erection of rock 'n' roll," and one on Sunday with openers Birds of Maya (Purling Hiss' Mike Polizze's other lover) who just showers you with their gritty, bones-bare pub sermons. The E Factory will be home to a good ole fashion party this weekend - Philly style. Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St., SAT. SOLD OUT; SUN, 8:30pm, $23-$25, All Ages - Annamarya Scaccia

 
More to do this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Frankford Freeze-out w/Bruce Ice Cream and The Freeze Street Band and Adult Content, SAT Kim Phuc
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Taggart and Like a Fox, SAT Sweet Lights,
SUN Son Step, Banned Books, Tygerstrype
 
The Level Room (2102 Market St.) SAT (Downstairs) Mean streets, The Line, The High Five, LE Yikes SURF CLUB, SAT (Upstairs) Dysrhythmia, Cleric, Torrential Downpour
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Kensington Sound House, SUN Maniac and Cadaver Dogs
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Externals, Dagny, Cait Black, SAT Vulcans and Brianna Judge, Sunday (All Ages) Members Only, DRGN King, Dark, Young Pilgrims, SUN Polarbear Lars and Chicken, Alaska
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Said the Whale, Gems and Avatarz, The Fallen Troubadours
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI (Early) Laura Cheadle, (Late) Shannon Pelcher, SAT Jeffrey Gaines
 
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) Sat The Coup, LP Stiles, MH The Verb, Voss
 

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Original Rays and The Donuts
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Soulidified, SUN Andrew Lipke
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) SAT The Formulary, Black Stars, The Blak Sheep
 
Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) SAT Cosmic Dust Bunnies and Fikus
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St. Philadelphia) FRI Slutever and Little Big League
 
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT Penniless Loafers, Velvet Crown, Slutever, thee our fathers
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Hot Jam Factory
 
The El Bar (1356 N. Front St.) SAT Yakbuckets, Faked Raygun, John Pitale Blues Band, Ken Ho Experience, The Smit System
 
The Station (1550 McKean St.) FRI Cisco Jeeters, The Sparklers, St.James and The Apostles
 
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) FRI Resistance Is Fertile: Seeds of Spring, SAT Groupthink, Alpha Wave Movement, Tim Motzer
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN The Keystone Ska Exchange
 
Theatre of Living Arts (334 South St.) SAT Ground Up and Reef Da Lost Cauze
 
Emoda Gallery (302 Moore St.) FRI Quit Life and Lowlife
 
Highwire Gallery (2040 Frankford Ave.) SAT Northern Valentine and MPSP, SUN Sod House and Travis Woodson
 
Circle of Hope (2009 Frankford Ave.) SAT Many Arms Album Release Show w/Heavy Medical and Color is Luxury
 
Cha-Cha’Razzi (Please contact one of the acts for details.) FRI Attia Taylor, Catnaps, Liz & The Lost Boys, Bike Crash
 
The Treehouse (Please contact one of the acts for details.) FRI W.C. Lindsay EP Release Party w/Cold Fronts, Lucy Stone, Tongue Sculptors
 
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