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May 2015
The Weaks
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On the heels of last year’s, debut EP The World Is A Terrible Place & I Hate Myself And Want To Die, The Weaks, led by a pair of former Dangerous Ponies Chris Baglivo and Evan Bernard, have released their full-length debut Bad Year via Lame-O Records.
 
The record wastes little time jumpstarting into the aptly titled “Kick It,” with its bass-thudding lines rolling into catchy, emotive power-pop mode, cleansed with a bit of synth before unleashing one of the album’s many blasts of guitar solos. “Nevermind” (an homage to Nirvana) reflectively takes the positive spin on a failed relationship, streamlining percolating instrumentation with stable yet aching vocals. The album’s title-track cracks through melancholy with a lyrical disposition harnessing polished twin guitar licks between trudging percussion-led transitions, destined for fiery flashes of solo prowess. With an aggressive, smashing instrumental storm, “Black Box” takes the ball and runs with its relatable crushing narrative, hooking you in as a silky synth slips in amid the treacherous landscape. 
 
“Dysania” is the cup of coffee that pushes the covers off. With its guitar-led jog, loosening into a bass-charging surge, it quickly reaches maximum speed. Tongue-in-cheek earnest yet humorous lyrical tones – “Too much blood for just two hands/and there’s so much shit we’re gonna need two vans” – set the mood whilst sprinkling in clean flares of guitar, maintaining that downhill thrust. The song contextually blends a pent up instrumental energy and memorable vocals to create a natural anthem feel. Turning a leaf, “I Don’t Wanna Be An Anarchist (Anymore)” melds percussion and synth, delivering a sincere yearning for change with that heart-throbbing, interwoven bass-drum combo, adding a real inside-looking-out perspective. 
 
Strumming acoustic guitar and a spacey synth serve as foils in “Welcome To Earth,” zooming in and then peering out in a battle of loneliness and self-exploration, once again enjoying a creative out there spin on a common searching topic. The closing track is another nod & wink to Nirvana and Hop Along frontwoman, “Francis Quinlan Will Have Her Revenge On Philadelphia,” embracing a snarky attitude with matching (rough around the edges) momentum-gathering guitar meets an avalanche of backend, delivering a mixed emotion-filled message “Who’s going to pull your weight if I leave you behind... Please stay with me. 
 
Bad Year embraces its Weezer power-pop influences, allowing listeners to join in on the emotionally personal ups and downs, while still coming away refreshed. It’s another great find for rising Philly indie label, Lame-O Records. - Michael Colavita

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Show Alert: James Wallace and the Naked Light at The Stone Fox 5.21

We're stoked for this opportunity to see eclectic indie rocker James Wallace and the Naked Light at the Stone Fox this Thursday. With a sprawl of influences from gospel to African music to The Kinks, Wallace's creations may be some of the easiest-listening sonic schizophrenia this side of the Mississippi. This 2013 release "More Strange News from Another Star" was as proudly out there as anything from Devendra Banhart, with the same comfortable hominess as fellow Nashvillian Langhorne Slim. Being vigins to his live show, we're interested to see how it translates to the Stone Fox stage on the 21st, when he and the crew opens up for 'baroque folk" of Asheville's River Whyless. The lineup is further complimented by Southern Gothic outfit and Deli faves Honey Locust. The show kicks off at 9pm, and cover is $8.

 


Show Alert: Carl Anderson, Rocko Wheeler, Kyle Cox, and Molly Paren at The 5 Spot Tonight

In case our little blurb on Mr. Wheeler last week caught your ear, he's bringing his brand of revival folk to The 5 Spot tonight with a cast of friends and talented musicians. Joining the lineup are Kyle Cox, Molly Parden and Carl Anderson. We're especially excited to catch Wheeler's pal and future tourmate (tonight kicks of the two's "Southern Run" tour) Kyle Cox. This show also doubles as Cox's vinyl release show for his album "The Plan, the Mess." The Orlando, FL native is capable of offering up cheeky songwriting with some good time rock and roll, like the first track off his record, "I Ain't Been Lonely, Until I Met You." Rounding out tonight are local artists Molly Parden and Carl Anderson, making this show a steal at a $10 cover. Things kick off at 8pm, so don't miss this double header of a release show! -Terra James-Jura

 

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Liza Anne, "Ocean"

Liza Anne's newest single "Ocean" opens with the ambient buzz of some train system, lending a sense of the impersonal to an otherwise deeply personal track. The song covers the songwriter's reaction to a sudden change in a relationship, and the common sounds of transit provide a backdrop for the resulting anxiety and turmoil that can wrack one's brain with brutal perisistence. This track dropped ahead of the May 19th release of Liza Anne's second full-length album, TWO. Produced by Zachary Dyke of COIN, TWO is a follow-up to her debut album The Colder Months, released when the Georgia-born singer was barely nineteen. TWO has Liza Anne experimenting more with instrumentation (listen for the slowly rising swell of strings in "Ocean") as well as introducing more pop into her sound (single "Take it Back" is a prime example.) While it is a few more days until the album officially drops, you can check out this freshly posted Daytrotter session with our folkstress HERE. -Terra James-Jura

http://www.lizaannemusic.com/

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Turbo Fruits: Q&A about the creative process

Turbo Fruits' new album 'No Control' sees the Nashville quartet tackle more "adult" themes like relationships, break-ups and losses, conveying a full range of not-so-fun emotion without ever giving up their signature, punchy rock'n'roll sound. While on tour with Eternal Summers and Surfer Blood, front man Jonas Stein answered a few questions about the creative process of being in a band - check out the Q&A on our sister blog Delicious Audio.

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