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October 2015
Shelf Life
"Everyone Make Happy
Everyone Make Happy, the debut LP from Shelf Life, via Lefse Records, finds an absorbing lyrical yet comforting instrumental balance. Scott Leitch (ex-Pirouette/recent drummer for Alex G) cultivates songs that gently sway with internal warmth, while placing listeners in a deeply personal, somber state.
Space-warping synths smoothly land on the surface in “The Curse,” the initial introduction to Everyone Make Happy. Those glowing synths fade to the background as the airy, easily-assimilated acoustic guitar provides shimmers of daylight onto the song’s anguished lyrical tone - “bathe in sister’s blood/talk to the ghost of my dad’s mom/about nothing but heaven and the cancer in her gut.”
Pushed by its percussion, “Mark II” delivers what appears as subtle instrumentation, penetrating beyond the surface as a tight bedroom-pop sound. What starts drearily - “wake me up, when my lungs, start to pump normally” - lifts the shades to the point of optimism. “There’s always something in the sunlight,” riding a casual, almost accidental groove along the way. The album continuously stares directly into sadness, observing a very real place of grief. In “Creature” with its road-worn, country-folk twang , Leitch addresses the questioning nature of a sickness as a somber cloud hangs overhead. “I ask myself what my Father would do/he’d fold his hands lean to belief/but the creature inside him is not inside of me.”
“Low Key Lumber Theft” forebodingly spirals forward as the last dashes of daylight fall below the horizon. The guitar crisply cuts through dusk, venturing further out of sight as it gains momentum and then coolly concludes. With a daydreaming-psych vibe, “Time Traveler” moves into a nostalgic familiar space, which although consoling - “I am meeting the past/it is just how I thought/I have found what I lost” - still cuts - “You had gone away.” An anecdotal throwback, “Double Dare” soaks into your mind with its direct lyricism and catchy melodies, a la Alex G, while “Sinking Just Right” lulls you into a submissive calm of internal self-doubt - “does everybody hate me, just a little, little, little bit” - drifting until your “sinking just right.”
This album delicately balances the weight of emotional darkness with a glimpse of the light, from outside pushing in through the cracks. - Michael Colavita

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Weekend Warrior, September 4 - 7

Ok, so we admittedly were one the harshest critics of Made in America last year because of their unbelievable exclusion of talented homegrown Philly acts. Well, it seems that they are working on making it up to our city for the error of their ways with what might be the most local acts ever invited to the two-day festival.  Saturday is without a doubt when the Jay-Z-curated event brings out its heavy artillery with national and local names. If you want to find where your Philly peeps at, hanging at the Skate Stage will certainly be the place to see some familiar faces with Creepoid, Hop Along, Waxahatchee, Strand of Oaks, and Ground Up doing us proud. Meek Mill will also have the pleasure of sharing the Rocky Stage with heavy hitters Beyoncé, Modest Mouse, and De La Soul. On Sunday, you’ll find the lone Philly act Marian Hill bringing its sweet beats and alluring vocals to the Skate Stage. Ex-patriot Santigold is always a highlight of any bill that she appears on, and it’s certainly been way too long since we’ve heard anything from her. (Fingers crossed for a new album in works.) Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend, and sneak in some good drugs and drinks so you don’t have to consume any crappy, overpriced Budweiser - cheers! Made in America, Ben Franklin Parkway, 1pm, $150 (Sold Out), All Ages - Q.D. Tran
More places to enjoy your Labor Day Weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Charles Cohen, SAT QQQ
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT The Silence Kit, Jackie Thousand, SUN Pulling Punches, Phet Phet
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Seeing Snakes, Erika Trophy, MON Buzzherd, Brontide/The Tough Shits, Groovy Movies/YDI, Legally F**ked
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Field Mouse, The Guests
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI The Lid: A New Musical by Pat Finnerty/(After party) Black Landlord, SAT The Lid: A New Musical by Pat Finnerty, SUN The Lid: A New Musical by Pat Finnerty
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Money June, Chick Raw
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Christopher Davis-Shannon/(Downstairs) Wild Orphan, SAT (Upstairs) Phiddledelphia, Gabriel Donohue, SUN (Upstairs) Mary Lattimore
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Teef, Steve Young, Wildcard, Torito, SAT Derek Anthony, Nobody Yet, Above The Mendoza, Sunblaze Lane, Audio Impulse, First Of Autumn, SUN Above The Mendoza, Uncle/Father Oscar, Sister City, Amora
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Sonnder
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Deviant Philly Launch Party: Sad Actor
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Waiting, Science Club, Twin 55, SAT The Mountain Chiefs (CD Release), X-Hunters
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN DJ Junior, DJ Lil Dave, Skeme Richards, Ian St. Laurent
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Hired Guns Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT The Pam Knight Show, SUN Cliff Hillis
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Morgan Pinkstone, Ryn Pascale, Emily Mineo, Rachael Rota, Kristin Sharonstone/Generation Empty, Little War Twins, Raleaf, SAT (1st Floor) The Mysteries, StarSkream, Them Jones, SUN Death DaVinci
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Line Leader, The Escape, Stetson Rose
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Mic Stewart, Ill Doots, Visitor 10, Darko The Super, Torito
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Groove Merchants, Mesmeria, Woven In, SAT Los Campeones
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Shy Boyz, SAT August John Lutz II (EP Release), New Sweden, Song Dogs, SUN Hanging Hills, Sympathy & The Lion, Rosu Lup
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James, SUN (2pm) DJ Jugo w/percussionist Josh Robinson/(9:30pm) DJ Royale
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Franky’s Foxes, DJ Chris Urban, SAT DJ Carl Michaels
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Shannen Moser, Willow Talk
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SUN +HIRS+, Heavy Medical, Harsh Vibes
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St.) FRI Radio Eris, Dave Marley
Bamboo Bar (927 Delaware Ave) SUN Making Time Labor Day Weekend BBQ
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Hivelords, Die Coking, Bardus
Milhouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Shakai Mondai, Floam, Katana Girl (Solo)
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Drums Like Machine Guns, Neo Libz, Lip Service
Lavender Town (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT 1 Year Anniversary: Mumblr, The Mellowells, Abi Reimold, Cornelius the Third, Curtis Cooper
Full House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Second Marriage
Wolf Cycles (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Hot Tears, Space Chumpy

Tripp Out w/Waxahatchee at Union Transfer April 8

Katie Crutchfield, a.k.a. Waxahatchee, became an indie darling with the release of 2013's Cerulean Salt. And with its follow-up, Ivy Tripp, that just dropped in the U.S. yesterday, it's obvious to me and hopefully soon to most that her star will continue to rise, making her a sought-after headliner for larger venues and festivals. With a heavy tour schedule that will find Crutchfield on the road at least through most of June, I highly suggest that you don't miss this evening's show at Union Transfer. Waxahatchee will also be supported tonight by The Goodbye Party, whose debut LP became our January Record of the Month, and Wichita Recordings labelmates, Girlpool. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8:30pm, $15, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman


New Music Video: "Under a Rock" - Waxahatchee

Directed by Eddie Austin and Perry Shall, Waxahatchee’s new music video for “Under a Rock” catches the band and friends in a light-hearted, fun state of mind. With its party panning home-video vibe, it documents a glimpse of both behind and in front of the stage. Ivy Tripp will be officially released on April 7 via Merge Records, and Waxahatchee will be performing on Wednesday, April 8 at Union Transfer.


New Waxahatchee LP Available for Streaming

Waxahatchee’s new album Ivy Tripp, which will be released Tuesday, April 7 on Merge Records, is currently available for streaming via NPR’s First Listen. The Katie Crutchfield project continues to sonicly evolve, addressing a range of ongoing observations through engaging, private snapshot narratives that embody youthful adults that are growing restless. Steady on your feet, yet still searching. Waxahatchee is set to headline a show at Union Transfer on April 8 that also includes The Goodbye Party, Girlpool, and DJs Jenn & Liz Pelly.


New Track: "Air" - Waxahatchee

Waxahatchee, a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield, just shared the first single, "Air," from her upcoming third LP, which was recorded with Swearin's Kyle Gilbride and Keith Spencer. The album is entitled Ivy Tripp, and is due out April 7 via Merge Records. Crutchfield is getting set to head out on a string of European dates followed by a hefty tour of the U.S. and Canada before returning back across the pond for a longer stint. Waxahatchee will be stopping back in Philly on April 8 at Union Transfer with The Goodbye Party and Girlpool.




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