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February 2015
Suburban Living
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Suburban Living’s self-titled debut LP (PaperCup Music) is a memorable showcase of moody dream pop and lush emotives. The anticipated follow-up to the well-received Cooper’s Dream EP and 2013’s “Always Eyes” 7” single, Suburban Living enhances a sound familiar to fans of Beach Fossils, while channeling the percussive pulse and melancholy of post-punk legends like Joy Division. 

Opening with “Faded Lover,” the album’s first track unfolds with guttural riffs and an unrelenting backbeat that perfectly frames frontman Wesley Bunch’s emotionally wrought yet controlled vocals. The song falls somewhere between the driving tempo of Echo & The Bunnymen’s “Stars Are Stars” and The Cure’s “Primary,” making it a suitable metaphor for willing romantics. A crystallization of everything quintessential about the dissonance of post-punk and the catchy melodics of shoegaze, “Faded Lover” lingers like a ghost with its listener, dissipating into a silence that begs for subsequent returns.
 
“New Strings” impresses with cinematic reverb and percussion that gradually swells into a melodic narrative that proves to be just as upbeat as it is brooding. Bunch’s knack for crafting duality and juxtaposition keeps tracks like it from becoming merely sentimental. The sincerity of Bunch’s diction is one equally fostered by disenchantment and passion alike. As if tapping into the emotional core of what made fellow shoegazers The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart so relatable, Suburban Living’s “New Strings” manages to tug at the heartstrings without playing puppeteer. 
 
“Wasted” kick-starts with beach-y chords and mellow diction that intensifies midway through the song’s duration via shouts that seem to beckon a sense of urgency in Bunch’s audience. With ease, it signals a shift in the album’s tone preparing listeners for the more subdued yet earnest “Dazed,” whose instrumentation embodies the state evoked by its namesake. As if it were a millennial epilogue to the sentiments of Psychocandy, the song proves to be just as pensive in its own rite. With jangly hooks and introspective vocals, it feels synonymous with early cuts by Real Estate or a kindred spirit with the unabashed sincerity of the Stone Roses. Here, Bunch is anything but withholding.
 
The dance-y synth and cadence of “No Fall” perfectly compliments the track’s energy. Suburban Living’s sixth track is a probable favorite for fans. “Hotel Unizo” serves as an instrumental prelude to the album’s closer, “Different Coast,” which is similarly orchestrated in the sense that it captivates. Fashioned by straightforward feelings that confess of vulnerability and modes of coping, “Different Coast” is deliberately constructed to mesmerize its listener towards catharsis. 
 
In the end, it is clear that Suburban Living’s latest release is the beginning of something monumental. - Dianca Potts

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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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Weekend Warrior, July 25 - 27

XPN hosts its 10th Annual XPoNential Music Festival at Wiggins Park along the Camden Waterfront (and the neighboring Susquehanna Bank Center for some of the larger headliners). And as usual, its set to feature the widespread mix of bigger name alt-indie bands, roots-rock/Americana artists, and up-and-coming local artists. The big players for this year include Beck, Ryan Adams, Band of Horses, Jenny Lewis, and Dawes. But the event will be rounded out by a ton of local heroes, including The Districts, who will be saying farewell to their friend and guitarist Mark Larson as he gets ready to start his collegiate life. Larson will passing the reins to Pat Cassidy (of Keepers). Philly favorites Man Man will bring their quirky theatrics and high-energy percussion with synth-laden melodies to the Marina Stage on Sunday. Timothy Showalter, a.k.a. Strand of Oaks, will captivate the audience with his melodic folk tunes that resonate from his latest LP, HEAL, on Saturday. Doylestown-based indie heartthrobs Commonwealth Choir will get the crowd moving with tracks from their self-produced debut EP Shirtless, and The Lawsuits will be making their American Diamond Recordings family proud on Sunday with the rest of this annual 3-day festival will featuring acts like Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Hold Steady, Ingrid Michaelson, Lucius, and more. XPoNential Music Festival, Mickle Blvd., 8pm, $30 - $125, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 
Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Johnny Popcorn, Iron, SUN A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Pattern is Movement, Myrrias
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel, I IM EYE MY SAT Harsh Vibes, The Love Club, SUN (Early/Late) Marietta
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Circadian Rhythms, Laser Background SAT Somewhere South, Man Illuminated SUN Cassavetes, Callowhill
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Roof Doctor, Mitch Esparza, Widow Maker Social Club, SAT The Dirty Cut/This is Hardcore & A389 Recordings present: Full of Hell, Castle Freak, SUN My Son Bison/ Cannons, Left & Right, Drugstore
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Noah Breakfast
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI The Striptease Orchestra SAT William Way’s INDIGOGO: Queer Funhouse & Dance Extravaganza
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) SugeMasaya (Ceilingfans, Mixtape Release), SAT (Balcony) Voletta, Kali Ma
 
TLA (334 South St.)  FRI Kur, Deek, Young Chris, Quilly Mills, SAT Romeo Delight (Van Hale Tribute), The Ozzman Cometh (Ozzy Tribute)
 
Electric Factory  FRI This Is Hardcore: Turmoil, All  Else Failed, Timebomb This is Hardcore: Title Fight, Blacklisted/(Revel Ovation Hall) Christina Perri, SAT This is Hardcore: Wisdom in Chains, Full of Hell, SUN This is Hardcore: Bad Luck 13, Riot Extravaganza
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Soulidified Presents: LVRGRL: Paying Homage to Teena Marie Kriss Mincey, SAT (Upstairs) Carfax Abbey, Torsion SUN (Upstairs) Barakka
 
The Mann Center (5201 Parkside Ave.) FRI Kurt Vile & The Violators
 
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Satellite Hearts
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Ruder Than You, Trouble in Tokyo, Lovecartel, SAT YDi, Decontrol, Spectrum Disorder, Thee Nosebleeds, SUN Vilebred, Mat Burke
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Welters, NARK, Jantones
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI New Sound Brass, SAT Toy Cannons
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Explosive Head
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.)  SUN Chris Vance, Voss, Selina Carrera, I Know Brasco, Jeide Prince
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Tanya Limosnero, John Swana, Craig Ebner
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.)  SAT Hambone Relay
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Seeing Snakes, The Riverside Odds/BlackRue, Scars of Bourbon, SAT Cyanide Saints, Spur Gang/Mesmeria, Rebels Been Rebels Sun Smacking Madison
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Bosom Band, Sucker/Eric Madman
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI This Is Hardcore: Thunder & Glory, SAT This Is Hardcore Fest: Latex, Mischief Brew
 
Philadelphia Record Exchange (1524 Frankford Ave.) SAT Amanda X (Record Release)
 
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St., Suite 76) SAT Ma Jolie, Awkward Talking
 
Teri’s (1126 S. 9th St.) SUN Cute Girl From English
 
Half Moon Lounge (4228 Lancaster Ave.) SUN Future Primitive, Toska
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI American Dinosaur, Hopscotch Jefferson, Overcoming Gravity, Young Pilgrims, Saver, SAT Science the Rat, the Lift & the Drag: A Tribute to Stagazer Lily w/Mia Johnson
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, PA) FRI West Philly Orchestra, SAT Splintered Sunlight
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI Luke Goodman, SAT Dave Tidey, SUN Polido Social Club, Dave Tidey
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI The Mighty Paradocs, Upholstery, Mermaid Parade, Revolution, I Love You
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Japanese Breakfast, SAT Christopher Walking
 
Dagger House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) This Is Hardcore After-show: Congenital Death, Constraint
 
Wolf Cycles (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Hound, Bad Energy
 
Mount Misery (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT (Last Show at Venue) Mumblr, Snoozer
 

New Video: "School Of Rock Charlotte Kids React to MAN MAN!"

This is adorable. School of Rock's Music Director in Charlotte, NC, Eric Lockwood, exposed some camp youngsters to the wonderful weirdness of Philly's own Man Man, and told them that they were about to view the "greatest band in the world performing the geratest song in the world - "Black Mission Goggles" live at Amoeba. We definitely spotted some future music critics and a couple of new Man Man fans in the crowd. You gotta love the brutal honesty of children! Special thanks to Philly Mag for bringing this to our attention.

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