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August 2015
LOUDS
"If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art
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With their debut EP If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art, LOUDS hits the nail on the head with its appealing out of the gates energy. Released via Color Theory Records, the Brett Boucher-produced EP instantly grabs a hold of the body’s desire to let loose. 
 
The group leads with its best foot forward with its debut single and album opener, “Ways.” The standout track has a warm, vamping synth and those dare-you-to-keep-your-hands-still claps, which are melded with the sugary, chiptune sonic blasts. That bubbly, dance-inspiring vibe is cut through and juxtaposed by lyrics that form the picture of a hot and cold relationship. “The love you’ve known sailed from you one evening, months have gone now you don’t feel the same.”
 
Wisps of light guitar, keys, and gentle percussion converge in the narrative of  “Lying in the Middle” with its upbeat Paul Simon-Graceland vibes. The rolling hills that are ready to break out with exasperations chronicling the fickle courtship. “It’s the wrong way to approach it, but I know that your heartaches after months of feeling kind of confused. One day I’ll be lying in the middle with you.” The song concludes whimsically with Beatles-esque harmonies:  “My arms are tired, I’m half awake, but finally there with you.”
 
From the alarm bell, to the to the approaching bass and organ tone leading into those sinister strings, anticipation rapidly builds in “Driving Us Together.”Once again, the band dives into the complexity of relationships. Amid that layered fluid instrumentation, which creeps and momentarily bursts, underlies a sincere thought: “I’ve been trying to forget you but I don’t know how. Driving us together don’t erase your doubt.” The song simplifies down to a strumming guitar as echoes of “goodbye” come through before meeting up with the heartbroken chorus.
 
Strumming sets off into the echo of menacing tumbling keys in the chest-thumping, never-tell tale “It Takes Two.” “We’re alone in your best friend’s basement. You’re the one who brought me down... As we talking my hearts raising, I hope you don’t figure out” leading into the smoothed chorus: “Cause everybody knows it takes two…” That weaving in and out creates a lively yet personal sense.
 
If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art threads a layered vibrant in-motion musicality with a relatable multifaceted tug and pull aspect of intimacy, zooming in on all sides while never sitting still. The EP is an impressive debut from the fledgling electropop outfit that ends way sooner than you’d like it to conclude. - Michael Colavita

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Weekend Warrior August 14-16

Tonight’s lineup at Everybody Hits presented by the Guild packs some heavy lumber. Girlpool’s blend of simple crisp instrumentation and naturally interwoven are magnetizing. Incorporating a youthful innocence, while addressing the personal struggles that many endure while adjusting into adulthood. They retain a joyful exuberance while delving into the dark corners. The uninhabited songwriting of Hello Shark aka Lincoln Halloran holds one’s ear with his engaging personal narratives. Grunge-laced pop punk quartet Loose Tooth, The direct, quirky, and captivating songwriting New York’s Frankie Cosmos completes a strong and unfortunately sold out bill. Everybody Hits! 529 West Girard Ave., 8:30pm, All Ages –Michael Colavita 

Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Mercury Radio Theater, Josh Jones, SAT Hezekiah ft. Stroke Trio
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Acton Bell, Madalean Gauze, SAT Ron Gallo, Busses, SUN Krieg
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Wizard Eye, Shitty Wizard / (11pm) Dumal, I Am the Trireme, SAT Black Urn, Seer, SUN Oppressive Fest: Total F*cking Destruction, Heavy Temple, Decap Attak
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Treat Y'rself Fest: Mercury Girls, Pretty Greens (Featuring Mike Writes), Littler, Ghost Gum, Kississippi, Myrrias
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Bardus
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT (Balcony) Buried in the Walls, We Are Them, Baby Blitz, Second Stage, Wild By Law, Read The Program, SUN (Balcony) Our Waking Deception, KP Major
 
TLA (334 South St.) SUN 1FM
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Nothing
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) Jason Ager, SUN (Upstairs) Sebastian Janoski (Downstairs) Gavin Becker
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Last Emperor, Da Buze Bruvaz, The Wurxs, SAT Souleater, Chris Paterno, The Good Mess, Jesus' Older Brother, SUN The Mellowells, Old Head
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.)  FRI MilkBoy 4th Anniversary: Nick Greeley, New Sound Brass Band, Shorty Boy Boy, The Crooks, SAT MilkBoy 4th Anniversary: TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Dirty Dollhouse, Levee Drivers, Emmett Drueding
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI (6pm) Minka / (9pm) Clique, SAT Shorty Boy-Boy, White Lighters
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Mock Suns, SAT Stinking Lizaveta, Dridge
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN DJ Skipmode
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.)  FRI Spiritual Thunder, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI (2nd Floor) Cellarfox, The Division, SAT (2nd Floor) Hyper Inc., Fell Into Yesterday, Danger Club / (1st Floor) Holy Smoke, Certain Flightless Birds, SUN (2nd Floor) Cortana, Uphevil, The Second Phase
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Witch Fist, Moonstriker, Carved Up, SAT Polar Bear Lars, Shy Boyz, Slave Dog
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Beno Ridez
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Los Festingos, SAT Native Harrow, Valerie Quasar, Momonita, Local Smokes, Minor Setbacks
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Josh Miller, John Gilbride, The Captain, The Pilot, The Driver, SAT RFA
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI West Philadelphia Orchestra
 
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 Little Big Things, SAT Broadzilla
 
Everybody Hits  (529 West Girard Ave.) FRI Girlpool, Loose Tooth, Hello Shark
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT ROCKERS: Slapdash Soundsystem, DJ Haram, Yung Nila, SUN (2pm) War Emblem/ Free Cake for Every Creature, Cynthia Schemmer
 
The Art Church (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI Moor Mother Goddess
 
Mantua Yacht Club (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Uncle/Father Oscar, Sister City, Frontyards, Liz de Lise
 
Hong Kong Garden (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI Chalk & The Beige Americans, Medusa's Disco, Line Leader, SAT Sour Spirit, Chicken Grease
 
XO Lounge (1430 South Street) SAT The Honey Oil Experiment, Jesus’ Older Brother
 
Cha-Cha'Razzi (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Combine, White Crayon, Arthur Shea
 
Bobby’s (2301 Frankford Ave.) SAT Prowler, Bikini Spiders, Mr. Unloved, Dulls, Canyon Ride
 
Grays Ferry Skate Park (3600 Grays Ferry Ave) SAT The Drip
 
Beach House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SUN Abi Reimold, Blankbook, In Writing
 
 
 

54th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival

Presented by Philadelphia Folksong Society, the communion of traditional and contemporary music otherwise known as the 54th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival returns to Old Pool Farm this weekend. Kicking off last night, the event assembles a collection of musical talent from both near and far. This is the place to find legends like Arlo Guthrie, Larry Campbell, and Teresa Williams, the rising blues of Selwyn Birchwood, or Mississippi blues-rocking trio The North Mississippi Allstars. However, a fine contingent of local artists are represented including Levee Drivers, John Mallinen, Lovers League, Philly Bloco and Hoots & Hellmouth to name a few. Soak up some sun and excellent music. It’s going to be a warm weekend. You can check out the full schedule HERE Old Pool Farm (Shwenksville, PA), 1323 Salford Station Rd., Various Times & Prices, All Ages –Michael Colavita 

Museyroom readies album “Pearly Whites” + plays at Knitting Factory 08.16

Noisy and dreamy at once, Brooklyn/Philly trio Museyroom hits a soft spot with their nostalgic flavored, evocative music. The band's roots go way back to 2003, or rather the end of middle school when guitarist and singer, Jack Donavon started playing with multi-instrumentalist Ben Cohen. The duo became a proper band later on when they found their drummer in Matt Coppola. According to the group's Facebook page, Museyroom’s forthcoming album “Pearly Whites” is promised to be “a dense and harrowing work of rare quality.” Although this brought a smile to our faces, we sure found their music good enough to be highlighted in this blog. Check out their dream soaked, 2009 self-titled EP and - if you dig it - don't miss their show at The Knitting Factory on August 16th. - Lauren Schechter

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New Track: "Lights On" - Grave Goods (featuring Cold Fronts)

Listen to “Lights On” a collaborative song between Cold Fronts and producer Grave Goods aka Zach Sewall. Solemn keys and confessional vocals are kicked into a high gear when a siren’s echo and driving percussion lift it out of the darkness. Self-aware observations play off that accelerated beat, setting those thoughts into danceable motion.

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New Track: "Bug" - Alex G

Alex G’s new album Beach Music is due out via UK label Domino on October 9. His fresh single “Bug” catches you in the crosshairs of yet another of his mesmerizing lo-fi narrative webs. The former The Deli Philly’s Year End Readers’/Fans’ Poll Winner’s fall tour rolls into First Unitarian Church November 14 with Girlpool and Eskimeaux.

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