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December 2014
The Spirit of the Beehive
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There is something rather dark and mysterious about a band that takes its name from a classic Spanish film that focuses on its protagonist, a young girl, who becomes fascinated by the 1931 horror movie, Frankenstein. And with an album cover that portrays a child in a bee costume positioned in front of a tombstone saying, “Here Lies Mom-n-Dad Now Their Gone Isn’t That Sad,” you can’t help but be intrigued, if not a bit disturbed. The Spirit of the Beehive is a local fledgling outfit who has popped up on my radar this past year, appearing on numerous bills, oftentimes at DIY spaces. The band has further grabbed my attention with its debut self-titled full-length album, which was recorded by The Weaks/ex-Dangerous Ponies, Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo, and released via rising Philly indie label Ranch Records.  
 
The record’s opening track, “Roll Over,” begins with an eerie instrumentation before a languid female voice comes in with barely intelligible lines. “Cycles in and out of morphine hazes. Finding spaces between your floorboards. And I watch the dust move.” Thankfully the group provides us with lyrics on its Bandcamp page; otherwise, the beautifully poetic verses filled with drug-fueled imagery would be lost in the wash of power chords and feedback. “All lost in the black market. To wait in the fix aisle, I roll over.” You also get a sense of the band’s lo-fi, DIY aesthetic when you are abruptly taken out of the world, created by the album’s first, with studio chatter before moving on to the next track. With “Short Walk,” you can’t help but feel the influences of greats like Nirvana and more recently Creepoid with the hushed vocals and sonic bursts. These two tracks set the tone for the first half of the LP, where you travel in and out of the territories of dream pop and shoegaze when the female lead vocals grab a hold of you and then the grungier, harder-edged side takes over with the male lead. This juxtaposition provides quite an enjoyable balance that I actually wished went on longer throughout the record.
 
It’s not until “Ether,” where the two combine forces, changing the dynamic of their relationship. The title of the song suggests that you might be finding something more ethereal; however, the driving bass line provides a sense of urgency throughout the track. It also marks the point where the male lead begins to dominate the rest of the album, while taking on some of the characteristics of its counterpart. What remains a constant is a psychedelic, drug-filled angst full of guitar licks and distortion, giving off the vibe of a band that is here to rock, and they don’t care if you are ready for it or not.
 
The Spirit of the Beehive closes out their ambitious LP with the longest and cleanest sounding recording on the album, “Fever Dream,” demonstrating that they don’t need to hide behind studio effects, while making you wonder where their follow-up release will go next. It’s an eclectic and modern sounding record that also pulls from past genres I hold close to my chest. I highly recommend that you go download it ASAP. - Q.D. Tran

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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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New Video: Tiny Desk Concert (NPR) - Waxahatchee

Here's the video of a solo performance by Waxahatchee, a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield, for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series. Her set consisted of the songs "I Think I Love You" and "Bathtub," from last year's American Weekend, and "Tangled Envisioning," from Crutchfield's latest critically acclaimed LP Cerulean Salt. Enjoy!

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