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July 2016
Spring Onion
"Please Relax
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Catherine Dwyer, also known as the guitarist for the alt-rock outfit Sports, offers fans the perfect soundtrack for summer feelings with the release of her solo EP Please Relax. Recorded under the moniker Spring Onion, her new album is DIY at its best. Mostly written and recorded within the walls of her Philadelphia home, Please Relax is an intimate portrait of yearning, infused with dream-pop nostalgia, heartfelt riffs, and candid poetics.

 

“Egg (Driving Song),” the EP’s opener, unfolds with an Aimee Mann-meets-Girlpool earnestness. Telling the story of a commute clouded by desire, the song is a catchy confessional, with lines like “I'm sorry for what I said and didn't say” and “I'll write songs about my flaws/cause that's a way to self absolve.” The lo-fi grit of Dwyer’s anthem instantly tugs at the heartstrings, transforming even the most jaded listener into a hopeful romantic with each iteration of its fuzzed-out beats.

 

That sentiment is extended on "Chili". Twangy chords are quickly followed by Dwyer’s straightforward but evocative vocals, bringing to mind Built To Spill’s “Carry the Zero” and B-sides by indie darlings like The Babies. The track, although laidback, is unflinchingly sincere, the steady build of its instrumentation, urging its audience to actively listen and exist in the moment. The hissing snare and piano of “Poem 3 (Piano)” cast a similar spell, making each reprise of “but I don’t live alone” a testament to the millennial plight of finding solace in a shared space, while the EP’s title track and atmospheric closer serves as a suitably melodic mantra to calm the anxieties and emotional side effects of living.

 

Despite its brevity, the openness of Please Relax is astonishingly raw and brave. Listening to her songs will remind you that you’re not alone. - Dianca London

 


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Weekend Warrior, October 16 - 18

More than halfway done with their world tour, The Brooklyn Brewery Mash will be stopping in Philadelphia for a week starting this Saturday. “The Mash” brings together music, visual arts, movie screenings, comedy, supper clubs and even debates into a raucous week of parties influenced and aggrandized by local city culture and of course, a whole lot of beer. The first night in the City of Brotherly Love, hosted at the TLA, will showcase local indie-rock stalwarts Man Man. Lead by enigmatic frontman Honus Honus, a.k.a. Ryan Kattner, Man Man are Philly’s very own funky, carnival-esque experimental rock jesters, who are ready to test our varying dance/mosh skills and levels of inebriation, with Brooklyn psych-pop duo Prince Rama opening things up to get the juices flowing. This freebie will be extremely fun, slightly bizarre and completely memorable. TLA, 334 South St., 7pm, FREE (RSVP HERE), All Ages - Blake Oetting
 
Other places to enjoy the fall chill this weekend…
 
TLA (334 South St.) SUN DR3W
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI DJs Junior & Lil' Dave, SAT Mohican, SUN Amanda X
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Market East, Long Spells
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Clap, Posers, Olde Tigers/Levee Drivers, Howlish /The York Street Hustle, SAT Fad Nauseam, Hidden Lights, Stellarscope/DJ PHSH, Suga Shay, The Bull Bey, SUN OhBree/Honey Radar, The Cats
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Petal
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Johnny Showcase & the Mystic Ticket (Record Release), Minka, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Miss Martha Graham Cracker, SAT Marah (Reunion/“Kids In Philly” Vinyl Release Show), SUN Ruby The Hatchet, The Company Corvette
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Honor, Stone, Stygian, The Lost Season, Extractus, Old Scratch, SUN Resilience, Uprise Shadow
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Stu and the Gurus, Mark Schultz & The Wayne Rangers/(Downstairs) Alo Brasil
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Bob Dylan Tribute Night: American School Yard, John Beacher, Nick Greeley, The Quixote Project, Ross Bellenoit, Jeffrey Weathers, SUN Emily Mineo, The Members Club, Travis McDaniel, Chris Gennett
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI 13:1, King Slugger, QT & the Quirktones, SAT Northern Liberties Fall Festival:  DJ Sylo, Rosemary Fiki, MH The Verb, St. James & The Apostles, The ill Fated Natives, Dahi Divine, City Love, Alright Junior, Lost in the Woods/Chalk & The Beige Americans, Joie Kathos
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) SAT Acres of Diamonds (Record Release), Wild Orphan, SUN Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SUN Wesley Stace
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Royale, Mr. Sonny James, SAT Ed Christof, SUN The Extraordinaires, High Vibes DJs
 
The Foundry (1100 Canal St.) SUN Burnt Sienna, DJ Montone
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Sharkbullet, Explosive Head, SAT (2pm) Image of Issues, Julia Zane, Samantha Sullivan, Kyla Kandee/Matthew Schuler, Donald Shuler, Grace Otley, Bria Noel/Mercury Retrograde, Needlefish, Chino
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Rev. TJ McGlinchey, Tom Curtis, Jr.,  Uptight Dynamite, SAT Pynk Pigs Fly: Vanida Gail,Iona Lake/Kingsnake, Workhorse III
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Wolf Accent, SAT K-Floor
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Pissed Jeans, M Ax Noi Mach, SAT Transistor Rodeo, Crosstown Traffic Trio, SUN Dukes of Destiny
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Friendship (Album Release), Abi Reimold, Kississippi, Old Maybe
 
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Arthur Shea, The Dolts
 
Second Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Chondria, Marge, Fake Boyfriend, Blue Smiley
 
Hong Kong Garden (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Latishia's Skull Drawing, Soul Glo, Disinterest
 
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Tutlie, Hello Shark (Solo)
 
The Shred Shed (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Strange Nights, Surgeon
 
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Invasive Species (Tape Release) Westboro Baptist Choir
 
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Marshall Allen/Chris Powell Opening for Holly Herndon June 2

Cosmic adventurer Marshall Allen recently celebrated his 91st birthday. The alto saxophonist and leader of Sun Ra Arkestra continues to prove that his creative nature has no bounds tonight when he teams up Man Man drummer and experimental beat-maker Christopher Sean Powell (a.k.a. Pow Pow/Spaceship Aloha). If you are looking for a rare evening of outside-the-box music, which is brought to you by Ars Nova Workshop (so you know that it will be definitely interesting), then you need to get your ass over to Johnny Brenda's this evening. The two local heroes will be supporting blogosphere darling Holly Herndon, who just released her brilliant new album Platform. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $15, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman


New Track: "Hanging On The Telephone" (The Nerves Cover) - Eel Bros

A special, limited edition seven-inch box set was released to commemorate the third annual Thirty Three and a Third art show held at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles. The collection, which was curated by Dana Lechtenberg, had artists reimagine and reinterpret classic album covers so it was fitting to have some musicians do the same, sharing renditions of some of their favorite songs. Below is a cover by Eel Bros (consisting of Man Man's Honus Honus and Hot Karate's King Cyrus) of "Hanging On The Telephone," a song by The Nerves, which was made popular by Blondie. For the B-side of the 7-inch, the duo also took on Danzig's "Blood and Tears." Other artists such as No Age, Rozwell Kid, and Andrew Jackson Jihad's Sean Bonnette took on bands like Black Flag, Misfits and Wheatus for the box set as well.

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The Deli Philly’s New Year’s Eve Show Roundup

There is too much great local music happening tonight that you can’t possibly cover and see it all. Here’s a roundup of some shows that you should be at to ring in the New Year this evening. A hot one will be newly signed to Saddle Creek, Hop Along, at Johnny Brenda’s for a sold-out show with Thin Lips and roses. The group recently wrapped up its stint in the studio where they’ve been working on their next label album with producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr., etc.) so there should be plenty of new material. Philly indie-rock mainstays Man Man, opening for Gogol Bordello at the E Factory, should be a fantastic show. Our friends at PhilaMOCA will be hosting Mannequin Pussy and the Jawbreaker reunion. A Sunny Day in Glasgow are capping off their holiday run at Boot & Saddle. Shaky Jake and his Killer Bangs crew are taking over Kung Fu Necktie with psych outfit Drone Ranger and stoner metalheads Ruby the Hatchet. And take some swings at batting cages/DIY music space Everybody Hits with The Spirit of the Beehive and Mike Bell & The Movies. And the list goes on and on… Share how you’re spending your NYE?


Free 40th Street Summer Series Showcase w/Man Man at 40th & Walnut Sts. Sept. 27

This weekend, University City is sending off their 40th Street Summer Series with one hell of a high note: Man Man will be playing a free outdoor concert this afternoon! The prodigal local outfit is known for their insane mashup of styles, grandiose over-the-top lyrics, frantic keyboardsmanship, and one of the most impressive mustaches in modern music. Their music could be described as a head on collision between heyday surf-rock and soulful indie, with just enough pseudo-hip hop to make things interesting. They’ll be joined by opener Needle Driver, an NYC avante-garde rock outfit, who will certainly add to the weirdest, most exhilarating way to say goodbye to summer. Behind the Walnut Street Free Library, 40th & Walnut Sts., 6pm, Free, All Ages - Daniel Ludwig

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