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April 2014
The perfect solace for winter’s passing, Creepoid’s second full-length self-titled LP combines the zeitgeist of 90's grunge with pristine dissonance and somber lyricism. Released earlier this month by No Idea Records, Creepoid is eerie, melodic and stirring from beginning to end. 

The record’s introductory track “Nauda” opens with a singular note that swells into a melody, aligning itself with the listener in a way that feels confessional yet synonymous. A well-wrought continuation of the earnest diction reminiscent of Horse Heaven, “Nauda” is as bittersweet as its vocals, informed by the paradox of loneliness and longing. Expanding into a cinematically moody soundscape, guitars wail like sirens, beckoning chords to crash and settle into a fading ricochet - a premonition of “Sunday.” Coupled with acoustic strums and crisp vocal croons, a solemn request, “take my light and pull it out,” is beautifully melodic with perfectly placed tambourine that brings to mind the memorable mood concentrated. Exploring the affect and consequence of relational presence and its subsequent absence, the orchestration of “Sunday” renders a relatable narrative evocatively raw and sincere. 

“Yellow Wallpaper” ignites with driving bass and swirling riffs. As if resurrecting the perfection of Jeremy Enigk (ex-Sunny Day Real Estate), a la “Killed By An Angel” meets “Pillars,” the song evokes an eerie all consuming sense of the sublime that centers the track’s duration. Like an extension of Horse Heaven’s “Hollow Doubt,” the contextual weight of “Yellow Wallpaper” is harmonically haunting and intentionally poignant. “Baptism” washes over its listener in waves of riffs and echoed vocals that occupy an emotive territory similar to lesser-known tracks by Sonic Youth, subverted and painted darker by the brooding buzz reminiscent of shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine. 

In its decline, “Baptism” casts a feeling of transcendent submersion, befitting its namesake. With a crystallized aggression, “Gout” does the same - urgent and arresting with visceral shouts and screams. “Stay Inside” is considerably more subdued than the album’s preceding tracks but equally mesmerizing, unfolding “Tired Eyes,” a hypnotic chant of a fatigued psychedelic. “Golden String” feels slightly optimistic, while “Acrimony” blossoms then retracts into a reserved yet deliberate ballad that demands its audience’s attention like a gloomy lullaby with teeth. “Vulgar,” warm and sunlit, is lush and arresting, setting the stage for the album’s closer “Old Tree,” a jubilant ending to yet another epic compilation of clairvoyant anthems evoked by Creepoid. - Dianca Potts 

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Psalmships signs to Big School Records

The hauntingly solemn self-revealing folk music of Joshua Britton aka Psalmships has announced his signing with Big School Records.  He also revealed they will release I Sleep Alone on vinyl this summer.  More details to come soon.


Pattern is Movement Celebrate Record Release at Boot & Saddle April 3rd

The eclectic duo of Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward combine forces becoming Pattern is Movement. After six years, the pair released a new eponymous LP Tuesday via Home Tapes. Headlining a record release show at Boot & Saddle this evening, their latest effort implements a large spectrum of instrumentation (keys, strings, horns etc.,) building an intricately layered sound, that despite its many parts, retains a calming light radiance. Amid the dramatic even cinematic tones, an omnipresent groove resounds. In support of their new record Cosmos, Alex Shaaf-led experimental rockers Yellow Ostrich occupy the middle slot with a constantly morphing ear-catching sound. Local trio Busses open the night performing a blend of spacey psyche-rock, which ranges from a daydream-esque floating to a heavy tighter tension. Boot & Saddle 11131 S. Broad St., 8pm., $12-$14, 21+ -Michael Colavita

The Lawsuits, Banned Books, Gretchen Lohse take part in April Communion at Underground Arts April 3rd

Promotions team and indie label Communion has curated another stacked lineup for tonight at their monthly Communion event at Underground Arts. Originally founded by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett, the Communion concert series tours the world, this month featuring the dreamy, passionate crooner Johnny Stimson as he lets loose his soulful falsetto and subsequently rises to fame. Also traveling with the series is the Nashville country act, Sturgill Simpson. The lineup is peppered with some Philadelphia favorites: indie jammers The Lawsuits (transitioning from hip riffs to rockabilly and back), experimental and loud duo Banned Books, and the always ethereal Gretchen Lohse. The bands will be switching off between two stages, so get ready to receive your communion with a night of non-stop music. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street, 8pm, $15, 21+ - Maggie Grabmeier

Rap-Rock band on the rise: The Band Called Fuse

NYC/Philly/DC based collective The Band Called Fuse (that's their actual name), fronted by Brooklyn MC Silent Knight and MC and MPC maestro Soul Qloc, is hot-wiring Rap Rock back into the race. The video for “Soul Rock Anthem” from their recently released album Impossible Dream is a bare bones throwback to rock videos from the early 80s. As the MCs prowl the strobing soundstage delivering their raps, their bandmates thrash and jitter in the background with surreal vim. Balancing out the electrified raps, K-Dez’s analog croon takes over the end of the track and pulls it all together. The Fuse Nation is growing; can you feel the heat? - BrokeMc

New Video: "Acid, Pot, & Pills" - Skrewtape ft. Reef The Lost Cauze

This new video for “Acid, Pot,& Pills” produced by Hajji of Dumhi and found on The Midnight Salad Sessions, “Loosies Vol. 2”, has a throwback  feel.. Featuring South Jersey’s Skrewtape aka Bryan Nolan alongside Reef the Lost Cauze, it’s truly a slow burner. (directed by Skrewtape)

New Track: "Goshen '97" - Strand Of Oaks

Timothy Showalter aka Strands of Oaks offers a glimpse into his teenage years -growing up in Indiana through “Goshen ’97.” The song, off Strand of Oaks upcoming third LP entitled Heal, features J Mascis on guitar. “Goshen ‘97” takes no time to jump into gear with a combination of hard-cracking percussion, and high-octane guitar providing a youthful exuberance. Showalter’s narrative displays snapshots into his past while a raunchy guitar solo blazes a trail. Heal is set for a June 24th release date via Dead Oceans.


New Video: "Tolerated" ft. Waka Flocka Flame - Girl Talk & Freeway

Local rhymesayer Freeway and Pittsburg’s Girl Talk recently premiered a video for the track “Tolerated” off of their collaborative EP Broken Ankles, out April 8th. The video begins normally enough before deteriorating into gruesome, action flick style mayhem. There is granny chucking, child vomiting, and a sweet cameo by a dismembered arm wielding Waka Flocka Flame. So, are you watching yet?  


Birdie Busch, The Extraordinaires, and Lux Perpetua playing Boot and Saddle April 2nd

Whether it’s successfully using a crowd-funding site like PledgeMusic for a new album, or playing shows everywhere from venues to tour buses to cemeteries, Birdie Busch has a way of sticking out. Not to mention her penchant for entertaining people with her whimsical and sometimes somber folk tunes. There’s just something about Birdie Busch. For tonight’s show she’ll be joined by another masterful band in The Extraordinaires. The band earned a great amount of success last year thanks to their latest Pen Pals EP, and they’ve recently been showing new printed artwork on fabric covers for what may be the next release to come, Dress For Nasty Weather. Seeing both artists playing the intimate Boot & Saddle stage together is reason enough to attend; But the first 15 people entering through the doors will also be receiving an advance copy of openers Lux Perpetua’s new album Hehbehdehbehbehdeh. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St, 8PM, $10 21+ – Bill McThrill 


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