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February 2016
Jo Kusy
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Jo Kusy (Far-Out Fangtooth, The Whips) cultivates an eclectic, lo-fi daydream on his new full-length album, You Break Me. The record is currently available for purchase/download, and will be found on limited cassette on February 12 via Kusy’s own imprint Kooze Kontrol.
 
The album’s opener “Long Gone Angel” establishes the LP’s loose-moving atmosphere, as guitar trickles into a percussive/bass-oriented roll. The instrumentation briefly drops out, giving way to an a cappella moment and then a sax solo, before falling back into form. The bass-forward nature of “Only a Night,” coupled with its synth, thrusts one into a danceable framework. Background vocals soften the lead. In the insta-funky “All Go To Heaven,” Kusy proclaims, “Get down, hear the sound, boogie-woogie shake your claim…”
 
“Before You Opened Your Mouth” shifts into a light youthful disposition, reflected in its humorous lyrics - “Old people acting young, it’s ok cause its only fun/young people acting old, they sound stupid…” “Ghost Funk Lesson” drops into a sly island vibration - reminiscent of The Police, while “1st Place (But They Told Me 5th) develops a eerie tone with its heavy-footed thump and the mysterious whisper of the vocals. “All the creeps come out from the woodwork, as the sun begins to rise.”
 
With its sinister stir, “New Devil Beat” perpetuates a throbbing pulse, and “Cherry Pickin’ Baby” rides a thick bass-line to accentuate its heavier playful spin on rockabilly. Shedding some weight, “Silk Paradise” gently glides, paced by the clean snap of drums and unobtrusive guitar runs. Closing with its title-track “You Break Me,” the tail end of the LP rides a steady, floating wave; a heady trip punctuated by a stealthy stretch of guitar work, throwing some fire into the meditative calm.
 
You Break Me is a fun, unpretentious album that easily gets the head bobbing and toes tapping with its minimalist approach. It’s a sleeper that you definitely shouldn’t sleep on. - Michael Colavita

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New Music Video: "La Loose" - Waxahatchee

Below is a new music video from Waxahatchee, a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield, for the irresistible, lo-fi ditty "La Loose," off her latest LP Ivy Tripp (Merge/Wichita). It was directed by Naomi Yang (of Galaxie 500/Damon & Naomi), and used the rural landscapes of Virginia and West Virginia as its backdrop. Yang shared, "'La Loose' is a song of love and longing, though dark at its edges with feelings of ambivalence. I wanted the video to be a visual equivalent to the song lyric, "a charming picture of hysteria in love" -- a spinning emotional kaleidoscope of desire and rejection, adoration and anger, hope and despair. For this reason I set the video in mirror-twin locations: an abandoned, haunted amusement park and a thriving farm out of a beautiful dream." Crutchfield has been taking a break from touring due to health issues that were affecting her voice, which led to the cancellation of of her most recent European tour (most of the dates were with Kurt Vile); however, she'll be back on the road once again next month with Sleater-Kinney. (Photo by Scott Murry)

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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

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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.

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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.

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