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Record of the Month: Forth Wanderers - Self-titled

Forth Wanderers' new self-titled album, their Sub Pop debut, is symphonic and rollicking. The band's songwriting duo - Ben Guterl on guitar and Ava Trilling penning lyrics - are perpetually in sync, despite often writing at a physical distance. The five-piece band's members are rarely in the same place at once (they're all college students in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Ohio, respectively). Despite this, their chemistry and synchronization as a band is abundantly evident on this release. "Forth Wanderers" is a triumph, bursting with angst and dissonance while maintaining an innate pop appeal. This album has something for just about everyone who has an ear for good songs - it's bright and jangly at times, distorted and gnashing at others, and it always has something to say. Stream "Not For Me" below! - Ethan Ames





From the digital submissions: the triumphant pop-punk of Chousand

“I'm so dumb / I don't think before I speak,” proclaim the opening lines of “Cool Me,” the first track off the self-titled debut LP by Stamford, Connecticut’s Chousand. The rest of the 10 track debut follows the same route of self-deprecation so blunt that it inexplicably makes you smile, in true pop punk fashion. From the aggressively careless “Subaru” to the anxiety-ridden “I’m All Gums,” this album is a triumph — a tongue-in-cheek salute to shouting with a beer in your hand and a smile on your face. They will be playing their album release show at The Shamrock in Waterbury, CT on June 16th at 7 pm. Until then, stream all of Chousand below. - Lilly Milman





New Trash Knife Split EP Available for Streaming

It may not technically be released, but you can still listen to the new Trash Knife/Dumb Vision split. Attacking from all directions, Trash Knife engulfs in a torrent of nonstop, blazing riffs and bombarding rhythms that are unforgiving and melodic. It's easy to get caught up in that all-in-from-the-jump point of view, which the band shares with Wisconsin’s Dumb Vision. The six-song selection is slated for release via Kitschy Spirit Records at a TBD date. Catch Trash Knife as part of Philly Still Fucking Shreds 2018, on Sunday, June 24 at Century Bar!





Navy Gangs share first single from debut album Poach, kick off tour at Trans-Pecos on 5/31

Gearing up for the release of their debut album Poach via Modern Sky Entertainment, Brooklyn-based indie rockers Navy Gangs are preparing to kick off an over 30 date North American tour. After their well received 2016 self-titled four song EP, the upcoming full-length (expected in early August) boasts an ambitious 14 tracks, which was mixed and mastered by six string indie virtuoso Delicate Steve Marion. Lead single “Housekeeping” shows his touch on the guitar sound production, with its brightly buzzing riffs and distorted jungle rhythm. The easy-going slacker rock groove is accompanied by a tale of new roommate remodeling. “You’ve really made yourself at home” begins a conversational story capped by the ultimate compliment “it's your own feng shui.” The closest thing to a chorus comes by way of the repeated line “I really love what you’ve done with the place,” capably serving as hook and emotional center.  The tour begins with a show on 5/31 at Trans-Pecos with support from Poppies and Dan English. - Dave Cromwell





Weekend Warrior, May 25 - 27

Philly’s Blowdryer released a new full-length self-titled tape today, and this evening, they’ll be celebrating its arrival at Everybody Hits. Acknowledging present circumstances in direct lyricism, keenly cutting to the points, the band melodically maneuvers with exuberant ends, highlighting observations & issues on the individual (micro-level) that can be applied on the larger scale. The post-punk trio creates something that’s fun and catchy, while touching on the shortcomings of living in our own self-contained bubbles. Tonight, Sarah Everton (Telepathic, Bleeding Rainbow), Robyn Campbell (Permanent Body), and Dominique Montgomery will be supported by noise-punks Chronic Anxiety and the quartet of Soft Crime, which is made up of Jason Killinger (Spacin’), Jenna Robb (Louie Louie), Colin Pate (Total Discharge) and Emily Burtner (Marge). – Michael Colavita

Other haps this Memorial Day weekend…

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Blowdryer (Tape Release), Soft Crime, Chronic Anxiety

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI A Benefit for Suzie Rapp and Cody Ferdinand: The Cobbs, A.M. Mills, Fox Bay

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI DJSC, SAT The Fleeting Ends/Fame Lust, SUN Kohn, Matty Moonshine, Internal Rhyme, Shon Goner, Ikechukwu, Chedda Bandz, Bino Da Singer/Bryant Eugene Vazquez, Smellco, Sad Actor

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT The Divine Hand Ensemble present The Music of Frank Zappa, SUN Mary Lattimore

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT LCD Soundsystem vs Daft Punk Tribute Night

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Ellen Siberian-Tiger, Queue, SUN (Upstairs) Joshua Park (Record Release), Hinton, Bower, Jones

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Krooked Youth

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Lör, SAT Tiedye Ky

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Gene Wildest, American Letters, SAT Blood Sound, SUN Knightlife, Weller

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Beasters, Total F*cking Destruction, SAT Death By Bong, SUN Pete Hill

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Aktive, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Brendan Bring 'Em

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT David Cope

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT Nazeer Art'aud, Allan Moor, Mason

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Parlour Noir, SAT Mesén Around. SUN Frank Porter, Tanner Gerard King

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SUN DJ Lean Wit It  

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Philly’s Foxes/DJ Chris Urban

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Breathing, Countdown From Ten, SAT The Dispersions, Uncle Dan/Caleb Michael, Hayley Dare

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Crosstown Traffic, SAT Flannel

The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) SAT Break Free Fest: Soul Glo, Sour Spirit, SUN Rare Form, Black Urn, Complex

University City Arts League (4226 Spruce St.) FRI Basquiat Blues, Durian Brow, Kyle Press

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Knightlife, The Stone Eye, SAT Point Breeze Country Club, The Extraordinaires, Nick Millevoi & Brian Osborne Duo / Great Time, Punk Hands

The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Rope Trick, Kohoutek

The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Swim Camp, Fred Beans, Little Stray

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