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New The Obsessives LP Available for Streaming

Childhood pals Nick Bairatchnyi and Jackson Mansfield, who are now better known as The Obsessives, just made their new self-titled album available for streaming HERE. The LP was recorded with The Superweaks's Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo, and it officially comes out this St. Patty's Day via Lame-O Records. The band will be heading on tour next month in support of the record, and they are slated to perform on a stacked bill at Union Transfer on Wednesday, June 14 with Sorority Noise, Fort Wanderers, and Shannen Moser.

New music video from playful emo up and comers “The Obsessives”

After making a name for themselves with their 2015 debut LP “Heck No, Nancy”, DC two-piece The Obsessives are back with a music video for the song “Surfer Rosa” from their forthcoming self-titled second album.

True to the emo spirit, “Surfer Rosa” focuses on the cathartic expression of disappointments and shortcomings, opening up with the line, “Baby I can’t remember, the last time I pleased you”. But don’t get the wrong impression; far from being focused on doom and gloom, The Obsessives tackle their subject matter playfully.

Here’s “Surfer Rosa” from The Obsessives’ upcoming self-titled album.

 

-Written by Michael Dranove

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Lame-O Records Rock Residency at Boot Saddle Every Thursday This January

One of the beautiful things that has provided me with hope when faced with the imminent reality of living in a Trump kleptocracy is witnessing the natural outpour of kindness and compassion that has spread throughout our communities, as we learn more than ever the necessity to be the keepers of our brothers and sisters. It is the responsibility of all of us to make sure our neighbors, friends, family and loved ones are safe. Lame-O Records and multitude of talented artists will be taking over Boot & Saddle every Thursday in January to raise money for organizations in need of our help. Tonight will be the kick-off of the Philly label's "Rock Residency" with family members Hurry, Dominic, and Cherry, who will be donating their proceeds to Planned Parenthood, followed by Slaughter Beach, Dog, Loose Tooth, and No Thank You for Juntos, Thin Lips, The Superweaks, and The Obsessives for The Attic Youth Center, and Three Man Cannon, Kate Ellen, and The Afterglows for the Philly ACLU. You'll have plenty of chances to do some good this month, while still getting to rock out - a bit of guilt-free partying, except maybe when you decide to not go to work or school on Friday, which I totally give you permission to do. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8:30pm, $8, 21+ - Q.D. Tran

Weekend Warrior, May 13 - 15

This weekend is the second annual Love on the Streets Festival. Held at Paines Park, it is an all day festival that supports the Franklin Pains Skatepark Fund (FPSF) in its attempt to spread the love of skateboarding and support urban culture in and around the city. While last year the festival filled the park with circus performers, artisan coffee, and a mess of food trucks, this year is really upping the ante in terms of entertainment. Wahoo Tacos, along with The Electric Factory, will be sponsoring a skating competition, where the lucky winner will take home $2,000. New this year are a couple key cogs that were missing last year. First and foremost, Beer. There was not a beer as far as the eye could see last year. Unfortunately, it will be coming from a Budweiser Beer Garden so you might just want to bring your own. Live art has been added to the mix, with renowned graffiti artists Distoart and Getup to make the festival a multi-sensory experience. Another enticing addition this year is a Flea Market with over 40 vendors selling a vast array of lightly used treasures that are just waiting for a good home.

The music is also a strong suit of the festival once again, bringing both variety and congruity to make for an eclectic but fitting lineup of artists. There is a bit of a punk tinge to this years lineup, with artists like Mumblr, JANK (who have a great new album Awkward Pop Song coming out May 20 on Creep Records), Lithuania (DRGN KING's Dom Angelella and Dr. Dog's Eric Slick), and Steady Hands (a.k.a. Sean Huber from Modern Baseball). Other artists include The Obsessives, Vicky Speedboat, Plainview, Endless Taile, and RFA. For the skate competition and throughout the day, there will be tunes complimentary of Fishtown Beats, Frank Sriracha, and Aurize. All in all, a pretty dope collection of happenings that are sure to be a good time for a good cause. Paine's Park, N. 24th St., 12pm-10pm, Free, All Ages - Adam G.


Other places to escape the chill this weekend…

The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT School Dance

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Scantron, The Whips / Grimace Federation, Gorgeous Porch, Risky Disko / Hivelords, SAT The Mountain Chiefs, The Russells / The Rectors, SUN The Burgeoning, Hartline, Summer Scouts / Tungsten, Clamfight

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Creepoid, Gondola, Kohoutek., SUN Mercury Girls

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) SUN DJ Junior

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI American Sugar Bitch, Cyanide Saints, Roslyn Creek, SAT Foxtail Fest; Anyee Wright, Miles Chancellor, Marv Mack, Sincerely Tahj, Evan Riley, Ronnie Riggles, Brainrack

TLA (334 South St.) FRI Prince Tribute: Martha Graham Cracker, Northern Arms

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.)FRI (Downstairs) PhillyBloco SUN (Upstairs) The Wayside Shakeup,

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Daylight Savings and Loan, Trash Night, Professor Maybe, SAT (5pm) Jackson May, Tessellation / (8pm) The Rowdies, Overcoming Gravity, Brothers & Sisters, SUN (5pm) El Jugo, Mute Rebel, / (9pm) Relicseed

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT PHNTMS

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Laser Background (Record Release), Beth Israel, SAT Mohican, Supine, Dirt Queen, Coronal Mass Ejection

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dave Steel Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Audio Impulse, Palaceburn, Behind Deadlines, SUN Visoon

The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Justin Phillippi, The Sugar Pops, Hopscotch Jefferson, Wolf Accent, SAT The Duke Brothers, Matt Gauss Band

Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Queen of Jeans, Ceramic Animal, Curtis Coopers, DJ Robert Drake, SUN Lost in the Woods

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers, Stolen Rhodes, SUN Philadelphia Songwriters Project Final Showcase

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Royale

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Nick Millevoi

Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St.) SAT Auxcide

All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI Downtrodder, The Up Up Ups

Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) SUN Jenkem, Castle Freak

The Petting Zoo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Coping Skills, Stippling

The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Dreambook, Horsecops, Cellarfox

Birdhouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Mahatma X

Big Cakes (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SUN Fiona Parker and Stephanie Bonham, Jim Strong

LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or vine for more information.) FRI Pinkwash (Record Release), SWARM, Andromeda Sky, King Azaz

 

DC's punk/emo revival duo The Obsessives release a single and announce their upcoming debut LP

Some of us are starting to feel old, hearing genre names like "emo revival". Whatever happened to emo music after those side-bangs days of myspace yore? No matter the year, there will always be kids getting their hearts broken apart and making bold eyeliner decisions, and the music must follow. DC's two-piece The Obsessives have been pals since childhood, and channeled the final bits of their collective teenage angst into a debut LP entitled "Heck No, Nancy" (a direct quote from Slaughterhouse Five). The LP was written and recorded within their last few weeks of high school and will release this September. They put a single out just a few days ago - "Daisy"- that follows two people from the first time they meet and discuss books and solitude (love-at-first-sight seems to hit peak hour during study hall/detention) to the present where their friendship "has grown into a sad display". This may be their debut LP, but it will be the duo's fourth musical release within the past three years. The Obsessive's have got the spunk of The Front Bottoms paired with the proud fetal position perfected by Dashboard Confessional. "Heck No, Nancy" is available now for pre-order via local label Near Mint on vinyl and Bandcamp.

- Leora Mandel

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