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New Music Video: "No Maps" - Janelle

Adrenaline-triggering, thumping bass and space-age synth frame Janelle’s “No Maps.” Found on their latest release JNL, the video for the single depicts a rider, who starts off in his tighty whities, intensely pedaling away on a stationary bike as a series of odd illuminating surroundings are projected behind him. However, despite the intrigue, he’s “not gonna turn around.” Janelle will be performing this Saturday at The Pharmacy for their tape release celebration with The Whips, Groovy Movies, and Sean McGuinness (of Pissed Jeans), where those in attendance will receive a free copy of the JNL tape (available via Suicide Bong Tapes) with the price of admission.


Travel Near & Far w/Pet at Boot & Saddle Nov. 28

Thanksgiving seems to a have a residual fatigue, which temporarily knocks me out. But it’s Saturday, and the rust is coming off. The assemblage, formerly known as Snoozer, has reawakened as Pet. The trio throttles between a booming, full-on rush forward, with an internal edge. The outward instrumental push provides the primary jolt, but it’s reinforced by a pensive lyrical pull. That near-and-far sound holds you in limbo. Tonight at Boot & Saddle, they bridge the gap between the punk meets shoegazing, spacey synths of Janelle and the trio of Remote Player’s Club, featuring a pair of former State Radio members, Mike Najarian and Chuck Fay. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita 


New Janelle EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Shoegaze-y indie-rock trio Janelle continues to mature and evolve with its latest EP JNL. The six-song synth-driven album is now available via Suicide Bong Tapes/FDH Records. You can also stream and purchase it below.


Make Some Moves w/Janelle at KFN Oct. 4

Sundays suck. Almost always serving as a sobering (pun fully intended) transition into the workweek, the day of rest often turns into a day of faulty hangover cures and pre-emptive stress about dealing with your awkward work colleagues or classes. Don’t let this weekend’s excitement fade! Instead of sulking around wishing the next five days away, make some moves at Kung Fu Necktie with Janelle. The indie-rock three-piece will surely quench your thirst for a second Saturday with their electro shoegaze-y twist on, say, Real Estate or similar narrative-based groups. Composed of Ryan Bott (vocals/synth/computer), Marcus Elper (vocals/drums/slide guitar) and Chris Huber (bass), Janelle is able to effectively elicit excitable dancing and somber reflection. They'll be sharing the night’s ticket with fuzzy surf-pop group COIN PURSE, LA-based psychedelic-groove band Tiny Creatures, and Philly hip-hop/funk-rock outfit Wetbrain. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $6, 21+ - Blake Oetting


All Systems Are a Go w/Janelle at Bourbon & Branch June 1

Consistently throbbing basslines, vamping spacey synth, vocals filtered through the fog, and a grounding stampede of percussion, the trio of Janelle, opening tonight at Bourbon & Branch, mesh punk assertiveness with a cosmic shoegazing exploration. The byproduct is a ruminating calm with a heavier foundational bite. All systems are a go, and the music is rapidly gathering steam; however, even as the pressure rises, the band doesn’t break a sweat. A pair of FDH labelmates will be joining Janelle. The battleship of intensity that SGNLS unleashes is fueled via synth, searing shards of guitars and constant churning backend. Currently residing in Nebraska, the expanded synth-punk quintet of Digital Leather (whose new LP All Faded is due out on June 23 via FDH) headline the evening, delivering rapid-paced danceable jams. The "Kosmiche punk" of Throbbing Chakra that includes members of Lantern completes at show certain to shake off those week-starting woes. Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita


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