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July 2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
"Liberation!
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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Ground Up Headline at TLA March 24

Ground Up Headline at TLA March 24

It’s pretty crazy to see Ground Up featured on the marquee of the TLA. It just feels like yesterday that we discovered the hip hop collaborative in our Open Blog inbox. However, that was many free mixtapes ago. And the local crew has a new one entitled The Get Up to get people on their feet and movin’ (you can cop it HERE). It features contributions from Freeway, Young Chris, Reef the Lost Cauze, and many others. Hopefully Ground Up will have some guest appearances lined up for their set. We already know that Reef will be in the house heating up the crowd as an opener so expect him to join in on “Flippy Phones” from their latest. Also joining them on the bill is up-and-comer Young Savage. Come out and watch Philly hip hop burn down the big stage on South Street! TLA, 334 South St., $10 + fees, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

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