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March 2015
Blood Sound
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Blood Sound’s post-punk tracks are informed by an audible nostalgia for the dance floors and goth clubs of the latter ‘80s. Their latest LP Nightclub is a hybrid of dark wave and dream pop. Marrying synth-drenched harmonies with emotively vibrant lyricism, the subtle romantics of the band’s debut full-length fit seamlessly with the buzzing percussive backbeats of earlier cuts by Cold Cave (circa Love Comes Close) or The Cure’s “Primary” stripped bare to its core.
 
“TV Synth 1” sets the tone for Night Club’s narrative with a brief yet textured prelude to “I Don’t Want.” Relatable like an antithesis of The Smith’s “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” Blood Sound’s “I Don’t Want” personifies the complexities of yearning, desire, and loneliness. As frontman Chris Jordan croons “I don’t want the city’s lights to go down/I don’t want to find home,” guitar riffs magnify the weight of his words without casting them melodramatic. The track is a fitting anthem for the passing of youth, failed love, and transition.
 
The buzzing start of “L.A. Punk” explores that thin line between authenticity and commoditization, the song’s instrumentation paying homage in its own way to the early underground and its subsequent subcultures. As if channeling a sedated rendition of Peter Murphy’s tone and diction, “L.A. Punk” is as memorable as it is brooding. “Acid Summer” gives an inward glimpse at the intimate nature of grief, mortality, and memory. When Jordan sings, “the 1980’s died that day,” the listener feels it in their gut. It’s undeniable. The connection between what is experienced and how that experience is remembered is amplified by the track’s thumping tempo.
 
“Empty” plays out like the perfect soundtrack to an inevitable breakup, coupling affection with exhaustion, with the synth framing the heart-wrenching truth of lines like “I was too in love to say /that your story was a bore/Now I gave up on bad dreams and endings/beginnings and beginnings.” It offers a viable catharsis for jilted lovers with a penchant for fuzzed-out refrains.
 
“TV Synth 2” precedes the lyrically minimal yet heavy “Embrace” which serves as Nightclub’s melodic memento mori. “Almost” is subdued yet gripping, slowing the momentum of the record in advance of “TV Synth 3,” which unfolds like a VHS fever dream. “Fake Blood” is evocative, with reverb and a pulsating backbeat that swells as the song progresses. Arguably the darkest track on the album, Jordan’s diction is hypnotic, “Kill your dreams and wait for/the fake blood to pour out.”
 

Ending with the well-placed “Catacombs,” Night Club’s final track encapsulates the thrill of beginnings and the way one remembers them. Set to a beat reminiscent of Joy Division’s quintessential single “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” “Catacombs,” much like the songs that precede it, is reason alone to return to Nightclub. - Dianca London Potts 


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Free Download: Live on WKDU Philadelphia - I IM EYE MY

The tribal psychedelic noise-trance duo of Al Creedon (ex-Bleeding Rainbow) and Sean Hamilton (Spacin', ex-Acid Kicks), a.k.a. I IM EYE MY, laid down a beautifully twisted in-studio set at WKDU, which you can stream and download for free below. It consisted of soundscapes from their Not Not Fun album 7 Transmissions ("Streetcat Bonfire," "Buying Forty Cattle with Weak Knees," and "Gotta Make the Hay When the Sun Shines") and previously unreleased "Order of the Asp" and "Wheelies in Bleakville." The live performance EP was recorded on air (January 11, 1015) by Adam Hendricks. They'll be performing this Thursday at Underground Arts opening for Peaking Lights.

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New Track: "FRIENDS" - Cyberbully Mom Club

Cyberbully Mom Club, the lo-fi project from Shari Heck, has a new and noticeably more polished recording called "FRIENDS." You'll find her backing band on the track for the first time providing crunchy power chords and a steady backbeat, while Heck delivers her usual charming lines like "And I got some friends that I can hold near. But Oh God - I miss the old ones too!" Cyberbully Mom Club has plans to concentrate on writing and recording new material this spring.

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Busses LP Release Show at JB's Feb. 14

Refined tenacity that purposely explores, navigating through different avenues in a clean, trippy dance and consuming listeners in the process, Dave Brett, Jason Bachman, and Nick Apice, otherwise known as Busses, are set to release their new record Wizard of the Eye on Tuesday, February 17. Tonight, those gathered at Johnny Brenda’s will celebrate the album when the group occupies the middle slot of a bill headlined by Northern Arms and kicked off by Tinmouth. Busses seemed to have mastered their musical vehicle, harnessing a ferocious, spacey nature into focus rather than starting it up and seeing where it decides to go. Though they’re fully capable of drifting, the band always knows that it is in control, and the results are dynamic. With a mesmerizing cascade of vocals in a dimly lit serenading setting providing a spiritual atmosphere, the vast ensemble of Northern Arms gathers steam on their haunting pulpit/stage. With a new album Says scheduled for release next month, melodically loose pop-rock trio Tinmouth get the ball rolling. Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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Two Piece Fest at Girard Hall Feb. 14

Valentine's Day is the perfect time for good things to come in twos. And that's why the return of Two Piece Fest in its 8th year with a cast of 19 dynamic duos is so apt. Unfortunately, Pilam had to drop out from hosting last minute so it will be held at Girard Hall. The show may be starting early at 2pm, but arriving with a friend, significant other, or frienemy before Winnebago kicks off the festivities at 3:30pm means that both of you get in for the Duo Doorbuster Deal of $10.

After almost three years of silence, keytar-led robot rock outfit Mose Giganticus will be making a triumphant return. And for frontman Matt Garfield, it will be a reunion with his longtime Hulk Smash cohort and Red Planet Recording founder Joe Smiley. The riot grrrls of Trophy Wife should continue to preview some of the newer tracks that they've been recording while still whipping out tunes from their latest release All the Sides. Heavy Medical will explode your eardrums with their twisted noise-metal, the fuzzed-out experimental tribal trance of I IM EYE MY will surely mesmerize, and +HIRS+ will destroy all with their thrash ‘n’ grind. The lineup will also feature Lagomasino/Fishkin, This Temper, The Lopez, Slingshot Dakota, and plenty more. Girard Hall, (Please go HERE for more info.), 2pm, $10 ($10 for 2 before 3:30pm), All Ages - Bill McThrill

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Weekend Warrior, February 13 - 15

We absolutely love when the music community bans together for a good cause, especially when they are band that can rock the fuck out! Tonight, you’ll find Purling Hiss, Dark Blue, and Spacin’ doing just that at Johnny Brenda’s. They’ll be taking the stage to benefit the Fishtown Playschool, a neighborhood parent-organized, parent-led, structured playgroup for children ages 2.5 to Pre-K. Let’s face it, aging Fishtown rockers - you’ll probably be part of the playgroup soon enough so come donate! ;-) Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Alexis V.
 
More places to rock the fuck out this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Northern Arms, Busses (Record Release), Tinmouth
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT YDI, Severed, Wayward Ones
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Disco Hootenanny, Shy Boyz, The Soft Spots/Loafass, SAT Chalk and Beige Americans, Shakey Lyman/Night Raids, Hellrad, The Magnificent ShitHawks Of The Greater Northern Americas, SUN Alec Stewart, Frank Velardo, Mars, I Am Not The Universe
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Valentine's Day Cover Band Show
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Lovers League, Tin Bird Choir, John Galla, Jeremiah Tall, SUN Rivers, Snagwing
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT The Districts, Pine Barons, The Lawsuits
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Ruby The Hatchet (Record Release), Gondola
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) Tattoo Arts Convention Official After Party: Eat The Turnbuckle, Sparklefight, SAT The Philadelphia Monster Ball: The Divine Hand Ensemble
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Quilly
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Andrew Mark Schaffer, Katherine Mundy, SAT (Downstairs) Peek A Boo Revue, SUN (Upstairs) Jay Michael/(Downstairs) Solas
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) Northern Liberties Winter Music Fest: FRI Chalk & The Beige Americans, The Ill-Fated Natives, Fishtown Beats, Spenser Michaels, Anjuli Josephine, SAT LeBon LeBon, Joie Kathos, Halfro, April Fool’s Child, Jacqueline Constance, SUN Seoul Delhi, Legs Like Tree Trunks, Sexoffice Kingfisher
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Minor Arcana, Sonja Sofya, SAT Like Crazy
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Minas, SUN The Danger O’s, Night Trip
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Molly Rhythm, Something Like A Monument, When Ships Collide, SAT The Roddenberries, Creem Circus
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Cassendre Xavier (CD Release), Tracy Mace, Roadshow Relics, SAT (7:30pm/10pm) Hoots & Hellmouth, SUN Joshua Thomas
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Hambone Relay, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Stealing Fame, Black Sun Rising/Flesh Engine, Citadel, SAT The Nearing (listening Party)/Slyphr, The Company Corvette/Montan “The Vocal Angel” SUN The Hype! Presents: The SXSW Artist Showcase & Showdown:Travis McDaniel, Wiggz, Emily Drinker, Magda Meringue/Kat Madamba, Amelia Scalies, Boy Wonder, Chris Gennett
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Swarms (CD Release), Rat Kicker, Night Trip, SAT DJ HA, The Basskitty
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Audio Impulse, Memories of March, Blakeslee, Home Again, Sink In, SUN Rich Quick
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI The Formless Form, Last Full Measure, Socko, Wilde and Green
 
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Atley Moon, SAT Splintered Sunlight, SUN Darla
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Modern Baseball, Spraynard, Marietta, The Weaks, Hurry
 
The Nest (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) FRI Shrink, Hoser, Beer Me, SUN Everything I Lack
 
Mile High House (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) FRI Reward, Weatherhead, Water Polo, Mike Pays Heat, Skinny Dip
 
The Pharmacy (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) FRI Faking, Humanshapes, SUN Cheerbleeders, Clementine
 
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St. Suite 76) FRI Left & Right, Hurry, Brown Rainbow
 
XO Lounge (1439 South St.) FRI Momma Hankston, Blakeslee, Tree Fiddy, Pool Of Thorns
 
Disco Loft (Please contact twopiecefest@gmail.com for more info.) SAT Two Piece Fest VIII: Pete & Craig, Mose Giganticus, Slingshot Dakota, This Temper, Heavy Medical, +HIRS+, Trophy Wife, Lagomasino/Fishkin, I I’m Eye My
 
Wolf Cycles (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Radiator Hospital, Queen Jesus
 
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Needlework DJs, Little Strike
 
Motel Hell (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Heavy Medical, Banned Books, Kerosene, Slow Animal
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