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Little Big League - Last Time Rounding the Bases? at Everybody Hits Feb. 27

Due to the selling out of last weekend’s The Loved Ones’s Keep Your Heart anniversary celebration, Little Big League’s return from hiatus prompted the addition of another show this evening at Everybody Hits. But could this be the last time LBL round the bases? With frontwoman Michelle Zauner putting more time into her solo project, Japanese Breakfast, guitarist and longtime bandmate (since the Post Post days – remember those?) Kevin O’Halloran joining Mercury Girls, a veritable fire sale of band goods happening at their recent gigs, and words like “last in the foreseeable future” floating around, I suggest that you make it out tonight to the Girard Avenue batting cages for what might possibly be one last hurrah. They’ll also be supported by “hardcore friends” Lithuania and Pouty, the latest project from Rachel Gagliardi (Slutever) with Cat Park (Amanda X, Bandname). Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

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Stream Lithuania's Set Recorded at KXLU

Back in November, Lithuania recorded a live session over at LA’s KXLU Radio. The set offers a rollicking sampling of the band’s album Hardcore Friends, available via Lame-O Records. Among the highlights,  “Clumsy & Forgotten”, quickly transitions into “Place of No Tomorrow” while “Hardcore Friends” and “Pieces” provide the final push. Lithuania is scheduled to perform at Everybody Hits February 27, as part of a lineup that also includes Little Big League and Pouty.    

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Lame-O Records "Rock Residency" Feat. Lithuania, The Spirit of the Beehive & Slaughter Beach, Dog at Boot & Saddle Jan. 7

Tonight is the kickoff to this month's Lame-O Records's "Rock Residency" at Boot & Saddle. It's a stacked lineup where you'll find "hardcore friends" Eric Slick (Dr. Dog) and Dominic Angelella (DRGN KING), a.k.a. Lithuania, headlining the local indie label's showcase. The group's LP was The Deli Philly's September Record of the Month last year, and the duo also recruited drummer Ricardo Lagomasino (Many Arms, DRGN KING) to help fill out its grunge-meets-pop-rock sound. They'll be joined by The Spirit of the Beehive, which includes members of Glocca Morra and Kite Party. The shoegaze/grunge outfit has plans to release a new album later this year via Jade Tree. Popping the residency's cherry will be Slaughter Beach, Dog, the solo project from Modern Baseball's Jake Ewald. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Alexis V.





The Deli Philly’s September Record of the Month: Hardcore Friends - Lithuania

Lithuania’s debut full-length album Hardcore Friends via Lame-O Records begins with the mad-dashing punk jolt of “God In Two Persons.” The song quickly gathers momentum as a rush of power chords and percussion develop an instantaneous flow of energy, and Eric Slick’s controlled agitation questions and states, “What is on your mind?/You do it all the time.” “Pieces” pushes a crusty grunge aesthetic, as the spoken lyrics linger, embedding them in one’s mind. “I need something that I can’t hold on to./Please believe I would never do you wrong.” What initially speaks to a fundamental instrumental rawness is balanced by a melodic refinement.
 
Dominic Angelella unlocks the window of vulnerability in “I Wanna Drink Poison.”  A simple percussion and guitar allow his delicate vocals to etch a confession that aches with authenticity. Eventually, the light breeze of instrumentation transforms into a powerful gust, and Angelella laments, “I Don’t See Anybody.” With it’s bare acoustic guitar lead, “Coronation Day” provides an uplifting tonal change - a brief yet well-placed breath of fresh air. “Deaf Gene” begins with a gentle drifting before reaching a high-pressure, uncorked rage -  “…My hands are tired it’s the first time since time…” releasing the frustration until Angelella’s vocals soothe Slick’s aggression giving it a moment to simmer before relinquishing the reins and roaring to its conclusion.   
 
Densely packed drums and guitar quickly rouse one’s senses in “Place Of No Tomorrow,” revving the engine between short yet effective exhibitions of force. Its vocals are exuberant, while still having a disgruntled bite as that universally need for a new scene appears in the chorus reverberates, “God, this part of town is killing me./I need to breathe and see the place of no tomorrow.” Closing with its title track, Hardcore Friends leaves a lasting impression. As Angelella poignantly questions, “If I fall in love with an idea again, if I fall in love, would you make sure that I’m careful with it?” The guest vocals of Frances Quinlan (Hop Along) and Rachel Browne (Field Mouse/Anomie) offer a dynamic sense of earnest support as the album rumbles to a close.
 
A pair of hardcore friends in Eric Slick and Dominic Angelella has sealed its brotherly bond with an album that fuses punk-rock attitude and assertiveness with a resounding melodic pop sensibility. The energy and emotion are palpable. - Michael Colavita

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September 2015
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Lithuania’s debut full-length album Hardcore Friends via Lame-O Records begins with the mad-dashing punk jolt of “God In Two Persons.” The song quickly gathers momentum as a rush of power chords and percussion develop an instantaneous flow of energy, and Eric Slick’s controlled agitation questions and states, “What is on your mind?/You do it all the time.” “Pieces” pushes a crusty grunge aesthetic, as the spoken lyrics linger, embedding them in one’s mind. “I need something that I can’t hold on to./Please believe I would never do you wrong.” What initially speaks to a fundamental instrumental rawness is balanced by a melodic refinement.
 
Dominic Angelella unlocks the window of vulnerability in “I Wanna Drink Poison.”  A simple percussion and guitar allow his delicate vocals to etch a confession that aches with authenticity. Eventually, the light breeze of instrumentation transforms into a powerful gust, and Angelella laments, “I Don’t See Anybody.” With it’s bare acoustic guitar lead, “Coronation Day” provides an uplifting tonal change - a brief yet well-placed breath of fresh air. “Deaf Gene” begins with a gentle drifting before reaching a high-pressure, uncorked rage -  “…My hands are tired it’s the first time since time…” releasing the frustration until Angelella’s vocals soothe Slick’s aggression giving it a moment to simmer before relinquishing the reins and roaring to its conclusion.   
 
Densely packed drums and guitar quickly rouse one’s senses in “Place Of No Tomorrow,” revving the engine between short yet effective exhibitions of force. Its vocals are exuberant, while still having a disgruntled bite as that universally need for a new scene appears in the chorus reverberates, “God, this part of town is killing me./I need to breathe and see the place of no tomorrow.” Closing with its title track, Hardcore Friends leaves a lasting impression. As Angelella poignantly questions, “If I fall in love with an idea again, if I fall in love, would you make sure that I’m careful with it?” The guest vocals of Frances Quinlan (Hop Along) and Rachel Browne (Field Mouse/Anomie) offer a dynamic sense of earnest support as the album rumbles to a close.
 
A pair of hardcore friends in Eric Slick and Dominic Angelella has sealed its brotherly bond with an album that fuses punk-rock attitude and assertiveness with a resounding melodic pop sensibility. The energy and emotion are palpable. - Michael Colavita
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