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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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Creepoid

Weekend Warrior, June 24 - 26

Though The Spirit of the Beehive had some van trouble on their current tour, they’ll still be rolling into town this evening at The Foundry. The shoegaze-y grunge crew has been on the road in support of Superheaven’s final tour. (I’m really looking forward to their upcoming release via Jade Tree.) And they have been joined by fellow Philly grunge-psych rockers Creepoid, who have been taking this opportunity to get more comfortable with their new guitarist Bill Fries (of Drone Ranger). It’s going to get heavy upstairs in the Fillmore tonight - #bringweed! The Foundry, 1000 Frankford Ave., 8pm, $15, 21+ - Alexis V.
 
 
More places to rock this weekend…
 
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SUN Modern Baseball, Thin Lips
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Mercury Radio Theater, Madalean Gauze
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.)  FRI Minka, Oh Bree/Secret Nudist Friends,
Kelsey Cork, Past Life/Psychic Teens, SAT E. Grizzly, iAlive, Teef, Khalil Ali, Sikes
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Japanese Breakfast
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Pissed Jeans, Taiwan Housing Project
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Blank Spell
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI The Cloth, Bruise Bath, L.M.I., SAT A Victim of Good Times, Sing Bird of Prey, SUN The Ill Fated Natives, Queue, Dear Forbidden
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Boy Wonder
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Jukebox Zeros 13th Anniversary Show, Action Party, KeN, SAT Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds (Record Release), Thorazine
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Gainstrive, SAT Sixteen Jackies
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Saver, Post War Dream
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Swift Technique, Johnny Popcorn, SAT Hezekiah Jones
 
Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St., #3) SAT Cheap Dinosaurs
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) SUN Coal Mine Canaries, Effusion 35, Marc Lancaster & The Lowest Common Denominator
 
Lucky 13 Fest (1820 S. 13th St.) SUN Sophie Coran, The Pretties, Travis J and The Rhinestones
 
Bearhands CRIB (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Burgeoning, Excursions, Wolf and the Lost Ones
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SAT Littler, Marge, Horse Girl, Bad Heavens

  


New Music Video: "Shaking" - Creepoid

Below is a moody new music video from Creepoid for the track, "Shaking," off Cemetery Highrise Slum. The footage was shot entirely on Super 8 film by Paul Somers and Patrick Fitzgerald, and was featured at the Super Gr8 Film Festival in 2015. Creepoid is currently on tour with Superheaven for their last hurrah, and they'll be rolling into town this Friday, June 24 at The Foundry with tourmates The Spirit of the Beehive. (Photo by Daniel Jackson)

"Shaking" by Creepoid from Paul Somers 

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New Video" "Crypt Ring" - Lunacy

Performing under the moniker of Lunacy, Nick Kulp (Far-Out Fangtooth/ Creepoid) has recorded a new EP. Resurgence of Compulsion will be released on May 20, including a limited 50 cassette run via Time Castle Tapes. It explores the murky aftermath, resulting in dreary noise-pop textures.  Watch as Vince Alvare (ex Far-out Fangtooth) delivers a spellbinding set of creepy imagery in the video for “Crypt Ring”, temporarily freezing one’s focus.


Kohoutek Opening for Dead Meadow at Underground Arts May 13

The rocket-fueled, over-driven sonic exploits of Kohoutek are set to launch from Underground Arts this evening. One braces for the long haul as this crew’s mind-warping noise-psych union shakes the foundation, bridging new connections amid the chaotic afterburn. Lock yourself in, hold on tight and enjoy the ride. Tonight, they’ll be joined on a billing that embraces the heavy, as the haunting rumble of Gondola creates a path to the grunge-shoegaze of Creepoid and the raunchy psych of Dead Meadow. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 9pm, $14, 21+ - Michael Colavita


New Gondola EP Available For Streaming & Purchase

Recorded during the same sessions that resulted in their Get Bent album, Gondola recently issued a new EP The Floating East. The triad of songs captures a possessing mind-warping heaviness. The sticky fire of guitar licks slices through, unifying the pounding propulsion of bass and percussion as the vocals steer from deep in the valley. Catch the trio in the opening slot at Underground Arts Saturday as part of a lineup that also includes Creepoid, Kohoutek, and Dead Meadow. 


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