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An Evening of New Music w/Restorations at The Boot & Saddle Feb. 8

As the rotating banner atop The Boot & Saddle’s website states, this evening will be your chance to hear some new music from anthemic rockers Restorations that will most likely appear on their upcoming album. After the well-received release of LP2 (SideOneDummy Records), it will certainly be interest to get a taste of the new tunes beforehan and then get to hear how they’re captured in the studio by producer Jon Low. Opening the evening will be Dogs on Acid, a new project from Algernon Cadwallader’s Peter Helmis and Joe Reinhart with Nate Dionne (Glocca Morra, ex-Snowing), and also joining the bill are soulful alt rockers The Holy Mess. The Boot & Sadle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Alexis V.

Weekend Warrior, December 20 - 22

Locals Restorations open for one of the aughts’ most popular emo groups The Early November at Union Transfer this Saturday night. Their record simply titled LP2 released last April delivers spirited anthems saddled by shining guitars and a sense of urgency conveyed through Jon Loudon’s guttural voice, giving their songs an epic feel. With a pop-punk foundation, their sound builds complexity with elements of shoegaze, post-punk, psych-rock and noise. Weaving urban existentialist lyrical narratives, themes emerge like the superficiality of competition and the struggle against complacency - but despite these frustrations, there is an underlying hopefulness. They’ll be joined by Little Big League, who will be laying down acute, well-crafted, indie guitar rock. Their record These Are Good People, which came out this past August, is a perfect winter album brimming with nostalgia and brooding. Michelle Zauner’s voice is both familiar and unique, inviting the listener into a deeply personal world of driving along the highways of New England and getting entangled in messy relationships, with an edge toward the stark and sensual. Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St., 8pm, Sold Out, 21+ - Ali Carter
More places to go to enjoy the freak weather this weekend…
Union Transfer (1024 Spring Garden St.) FRI Ma Jolie
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Serpent Throne, Gondola, SAT Low Cut Connie, The GTVs
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Hoser, Rasputin's Secret Police, SUN Two Cities, Spurs
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St. Philadelphia) FRI Thunderlips & The Ultimate Males, The Happy Birthday Jesus Band, SUN The Weaks, Mumblr, King God
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI 215mag.com Holiday Party w/Kate Faust, Ali Wadsworth, Reef The Lost Cauze
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI John The Conqueror, Thee, Idea Men; La Capitaña, SAT Lefty's Deciever, Weird Hot, Faux Slang
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Maitland, Dear Althea, Angela Everwood, Sauce
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Welter, Trackjackets, Circadian Frequency, SAT The Red Shift Experiment
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT (All Ages) Christopher Walking, Rubbish, (Late) UpTownTone, The ill Fated Natives, RoseMary Fiki, SUN Silver Skies EP Release Show w/Echo Victory
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Satellite Hearts, The Silent Signals, Laura Cheadle, Daddy Long Legs, SAT S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., The Gang Age, ICD9
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Taggart, The Successful Failures, SAT Northern Arms
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT The Kalob Griffin Band
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SUN Fresh Cut Orchestra (Plays the Music of Tim Conley/MAST)
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI LMI, Andross
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Suzie Brown, Scot Sax
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SUN The Munsens
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SUN Jon Simmons
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Great Blue Buddha, Alternator Undead, Juno Day, Mistress, Dokument, SUN Ty Banga
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Railroad Fever, Blue Apple Groove, The Griz Band, Hatchets and Hammers
Impact Hub (1227 N. 4th St.) FRI Girls Rock Philly Winter Showcase & Holiday Party
House of the Rise Up Singing (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Silverton, Acton Bell
Glitoria (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Philly's Sonic Holiday Hullabaloo w/The Chelsea Kills, The Retinas, Seismic Thrust, Old Scratch, Senium, Mumblr, SUN Cool Life, Congenital Death, New Crime
Power Rangers Lunchbox (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT These Polar Opposites, A Day Without Love, Two Cities

New Video: "Mystery Band" Set (Live From The Fest) - Restorations

Restorations recently showed The Fest why Philly's music scene rules with some epic jams. Check out their "Mystery Band" set from The Atlantic below, which included performances of "Nonlocality," "In Perpetuity Throughout The Universe," "Let's Blow Up The Sun," and "Documents"! They are currently scheduled to perform next in Philly on Saturday, December 21 at Union Transfer for the already sold-out Early November show. Special thanks to Jeremy Silveira for sharin the footage.


New Music Video: "D" - Restorations

Check out the rad retro-looking new music video from Restorations for their track "D"! The footage was filmed on April 5, 2013 (but you probably wouldn't have guessed that from the looks of it) at the First Unitarian Church. It was directed/edited by Mitchell Wojcik. Restorations is currently on tour with The Menzingers.

May 2013

For those who decide whether to come or go based on the first forty seconds of an album, RestorationsLP2 is practically tailor-made for snap judgments. After a chiming, anthemic guitar opening, the band already known for fist-raising jams lets all hell break loose with “D,” their most unrestrained opener yet. The drum kit-mauling, earth-shaking bass lines and ascendant guitar riffs can only be described as complete sensory overload, and make it clear that the following eleven songs are going to be fueled by pure viscera. If your preferences run towards structure over huge sound, this release may leave you cold; LP2’s predominant means of exploring the band’s wealth of ideas are stadium-sized instrumentation and endless waves of atmospherics, as well as a dose of ennui.

This is a murkier, more inward-looking Restorations than we’re used to. Everything that was there before, musically, is blown sky-high this time around. They’ve managed to pack ideas into every iota of the song list, aided by Jon Low’s miles-deep production; the density of the music itself is offset by an album-long meditation on place, belonging, and the ramifications of leaving the familiar behind, which makes the outsized sound that much more of an interesting direction. Juxtaposing the existential discomfort with more sophisticated, complex forays into Restorations’ sonic wheelhouse.

The spiraling guitars, one of the album’s specially prominent features, are everywhere, serving various purposes in each song. “Kind of Comfort”’s jittery glam rock aspirations accompany lyrics of searching and wanderlust. Even the more downbeat cuts (“In Perpetuity Through The Universe,” “New Old”) are propelled beyond their subject matter by the songs’ barely-concealed restless energy. At its more pensive moments, like the folk-inflected “Civil Inattention,” there is a restless undercurrent of texture and volatility that never quite lets up.

Album closer “Adventure Tortoise” is all monster buildup laced with extraterrestrial effects, kicking off into a sort of requiem for the band’s neighborhood. “I’d really like to stay to help this place,” growls Jon Loudon through his teeth, but the allure of letting it all go is too strong to resist.  The longing for a place “where nobody knows your name” isn’t quite all-consuming enough to inspire real action, but it is definitely the new paradigm Loudon means.

It takes guts to pull off a release that feels ten minutes long but contains more emotional and musical texture than most records. Restorations cover a whole lot of ground on LP2, and for the most part, pull off their ambitions. A bit too sanguine for shoegaze, and maybe too heady for punk, Restorations’ second full-length album brings an intriguing palette of aspirations to their open road-ready sound, prepared to try anything and everything. - Alyssa Greenberg


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