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January 2015
The Goodbye Party
"Silver Blues
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The Goodbye Party, a.k.a. Michael Cantor (formerly of The Ambulars), has released a new record Silver Blues via Salinas Records. The album finds Cantor largely in control using a vast arsenal of instruments, while also enlisting Joey Doubek (of Pinkwash) for percussive duties on a series of tracks.
 
“Heavenly Blues” nudges the entrance open to the cathedral of sound. Cantor’s smooth trustworthy vocals deliver a suggestive message amid a chamber of sonic layers, “…you have halos, you have lights, you have ghosts that sing into the night.” There is a well-produced divide, between that enlightening tone fortified by a residual hum, the soft drops and tapping tambourine, and bowed guitar that provides a more ominous dimension.
 
“Crossed Out” shoves that door further open with its optimistic jangly guitar/rolling percussion and bass, illuminating the scenery - “holes in the windows, where the wind slips through…” There’s a balancing point between the coldness of the lyrics and the resounding warmth of Cantor’s delivery and instrumental accompaniment. Taking foreboding tones of thumping percussion and the stirring rings of guitar, “I’m Not Going to Your Heaven” silver-lines them as the ringing morphs into a pleasant cry while the song winds down with a scratchy conclusion.
 
In a flash of joy, “Personal Heavens” is jumpstarted with a groove yet despite this, the lyrics reveal a grey point of view - “Homesick for personal heavens and homes you’ll never see again.” Slipping you back into the cathedral in “27 Times,” the finessed layering of backing vocals wrapping around Cantor’s lead shields it from the cold.
           
“New Decay” has a jaded push behind it, as guitars twist into knots and drums smash a path for Cantor to admit, “I keep breaking what I’ve already fixed/I keep fixing what I’ve already fixed.” Silver Blues closes with the bone chilling solemn string-oriented “White on White” - “the world/burns in the dark/echoed songs, resonations, every night.”
 
The record sweeps through ones mind in what seems like a moment. However, its melding of darkness and light leaves poignant, beautiful moments that makes Silver Blues worth revisiting frequently. - Michael Colavita

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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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Weekend Warrior, November 7 - 9

As R5 shows begin to wind down at the First Unitarian Church, we find this weekend packed with sold-out ones. The Menzingers will get things nice and sweaty in the basement this Saturday with help from locals The Weaks, which features ex-Dangerous Ponies Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo. And on Sunday in the Side Chapel, things will get really intimate with a doubleheader from Waxahatchee, a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield, with support from good pal and former housemate Sam Cook-Parrott, a.k.a. Radiator Hospital, and sis Allison Crutchfield. Hopefully you already have your tix locked down. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 7:30pm (SAT)/5:30pm & 8:30pm (SUN), All Ages - Alexis V.
 
More places to warm-up indoors this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Little Big League (Record Release), Tutlie, The Spirit of the Beehive, SUN Dogs On Acid
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) Psychic Teens, Flag of Democracy, Hound (Record Release), Spectrum Disorder, SAT Kwesi K, Cookie Rabinowitz, Elegant Animals
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Amanda X
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Mischief Brew, Pushin’ It 2 The Limit/ Abi Reimold, Mike Bruno & The Backsliders, SAT Repellers/ Shane Speal Snake Oil Band
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) MINAS/(Downstairs) Jade Alston
 
The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SUN Cold Fronts
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Atley Moon & The Say Something Sound Machine, Halfro, Ryan Villanueva, SAT Loose Tooth/Ro-bear. ApOc, Pixel8er, Cheap Dinosaurs, SUN Cashberry
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Keith Gibbons, SAT Minka
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Locals, The Yetis
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Parameters (Concrete Swamp EP Release), Missing Elements, Thirty-Six Thirty
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Apt One SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Hired Guns Blues Band, SAT Dave Steel Blues Band SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Vets For Vets Benefit: Jason Reed, Valentina & The Vanishing Points, Alternator Undead, Murdersmile, The Ozzman Cometh/ Tree Fiddy, Momma Hankton, SAT Tony Desimone, Marc Lancaster, Adam Web, Jordan White, SUN Sucker, Chasen Project, Whitefoxx
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Sweet Eureka, Community Service, Dead Horse Drivers, SAT Sonnder, The GoAround, And Now the Weather, Tom Mackell
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Lanice London
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI The Funky T, Hopscotch Jefferson, Neptune Bloom, Rob Tait Band, SAT Keystoned, White Limo, Curtis Jr., David Hoagie & His Heroes, Rebecca Calabrese
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Foxtrot & The Get Down, Up The Chain, Upperfields, SAT Mason Porter, Katie Frank & The Pheromones, The Wallace Brothers Band
 
Ardmore Music Hall SAT Ladybird SUN New Sound Brass Band
 
Hazzard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Spacin’, Igneous Eyes
 
Chill Collins Art Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Thin Lips, Glassgrade, Buster
 
Mt. Thrashmore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Sic Bacchus, Leaky Soups, Collect Yourself, Turing Cops, Bone Bats
 

New Videos: "Coast to Coast" (Live) & "Wrong Star" (Live) - Waxahatchee & White Lung's Mish Way

Check out the collaboration from Waxahatchee (a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield) and White Lung's Mish Way for Noisey Acoustics Session! The two performed each other's songs "Coast to Coast" (from Cerulean Salt) and "Wrong Star" (off Deep Fantasy) atop the roof of a building in NYC's LES. Enjoy!



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The Deli Philly’s Year End Poll - Top Performers: Waxahatchee

By now, you should all know Waxahatchee, a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield. Named after the lake on which her family owns a summer home, Waxahatchee captured the attention of critics and fans all over the world with her lyrical magnetism and honesty on 2013’s breakout hit Cerulean Salt (Don Giovanni). The heartfelt sadness is palpable throughout her latest release. Her music has come to embody the bizarre mixture of calm and panic that comes from being alone, while hints of Crutchfield’s punk rock roots are able to bleed through the distortion of tracks like “Misery Over Dispute” and “Coast to Coast.” Though her time spent in West Philly was short-lived, I am sure the city and the people that she met while here will continue to influence her musical journey for many years to come. (You can view the rest of The Deli Philly's Best of 2013 Emerging Artists list HERE.) - Maggie Grabmeier

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Weekend Warrior, January 24 - 26

Self-classified riot grrls Cayetana play indie rock meant for high volumes, with punk styling that lacks the anger typical to the genre. Instead, that rage is replaced by wistfulness - but don’t think that makes their music any less impactful. Singer Augusta Koch croons over fast paced riffs, all the while sharing poignant lyrics that call for a second listen. Rollicking music coupled with rousing, and oft nostalgia-inducing, lyricism is what the band does best, and they have fun doing it. (Check out what I'm talking about in their video for "Hot Dad Calendar" HERE!) Headlining this Sunday’s bill at the First Unitarian Church is Waxahatchee, the rock moniker of indie darling Katie Crutchfield. Her project specializes in storytelling - each song a direct address to the listener, like Crutchfield’s whispering a tale for your ears only. Intense intimacy is the hallmark of Waxahatchee’s music, and last years LP, Cerulean Salt, didn’t stray from the pattern: raw honesty rasped over simple guitar lines that flow from one tale to the next. Also performing is local garage-pop outfit, Heavy Bangs, who create lo-fi songs of personal empowerment; they don’t need to shout for their message to pack a wallop. And Columbus, Ohio pop-punk group All Dogs will round out the lineup, bringing a crashing of cymbals and heavy guitar to the stage. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, $10, All Ages  - Shaylin O’Connell
 
 
Other places to not freeze your ass off this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Belgrade, Darling Specter
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Banned Books, Son Step, Laser Background, Bad Braids
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Pizza Face
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI (Early) Esoterica, Ashencult, SUN Underwater Country Club, Pill Friends, Pine Barons
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Sean Hoots Trio, Travel Lanes, SAT VOSS
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Swift Technique, Ju-Taun, SAT Omnivox, Civil Holdup, Honor, Emma Cullen, SUN Jerry Joseph
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Pretty Greens, Outside Eyes, SAT Paige Allbritton, Emmettt Drueding, SUN Pro Post Time, Snagwing, Candice Martello
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Thee, Idea Men, The Rivals
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI (Early) Jump Winter Issue Launch Party w/Ali Wadsworth, SUN New Sound Brass
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI A Victim of Good Times, Satellite Go, Lo Power Plane
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SUN Lo Power Plane, Beyonder
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Venice Sunlight, Curtis Jr., Brian Fitzy, Sonnder, Ego Alien, SAT Bastards of Earle, Chris Zurich, Angel Ocana
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT (Early) Kevin Killen Happy Hour, (Late) Eli August and the Abandon Buildings, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) SUN Zymotic Flow
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT Khalid Quesada, Fantastic Planet, Amber Ladd
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Trust The Medic (formerly Face Two Face)
 
JR’s (2327 Croskey St.) FRI The Makeshift Uprising, Alberta's Court, Bite Size Giant
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Great Endangered, Montoj, SAT Pete Grotch, Abilities, Katya Blue
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Orion Freeman
 
Flux (30 S. 33rd St.) FRI DRGN King, SHMNS
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT No Time, Low Charge, Martin
 
Mount Thrashmore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe, Commonwealth
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Swarm
 
Don’t Tread On Me House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Family Vacation, Besting Tensions, The Jawn, Jantones
 
4QHQ (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Batworm, New Crime
 
The Mitten (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Benefit for Women Against Abuse w/Ex By V, Amanda X, See-Through Girls, Mermaid Parade
 
Colde Club (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Downtown Club
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