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New Heavy Temple EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The trio of Heavy Temple unleashes a furious fuzz-fueled brand of doom-psych with their latest EP Chassit, whose title references Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. Tumultuous, consuming rhythms push the pace, pulling one into the heavy sonic vortex. The EP is available on cassette via Tridroid Records, with proceeds being donated to Girls Rock Philly, as well as Van Records in the EU. Heavy Temple will be performing at The Fire on Thursday, March 2, alongside Pilgrim, Heavy Coughin, and Moons.

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The Deli's Best Emerging Philly Indie Rock Artist: The Retinas!

The Deli's Best Emerging Philly Artists 2017 Poll kicked things off last week with the Indie Rock category, and we now have the first results to share with you. After compiling the jurors', readers'/fans' and writers' votes, congratulations go out to The Retinas! The band made us take notice last year with the release of its killer EP chaba, and as we wait with great anticipation for the group's next album of new material, the trio just released a collection of older singles, which is aptly named (singles), to make the time pass a little more quickly. You can also pass the time by catching The Retinas in all their fuzzed-out glory later this month on Wednesday, February 22 at The Barbary. 

Also, runner-up in the Indie Rock category goes to RFA, whom we announced the other day had come out on top of the Readers'/Fans' Poll. And fledgling Philly outfit So Totally earned honorable mention, impressing with the group's debut EP a cheap close-up of heaven. Take a listen to the latest releases from all three of these rad bands below. We'll be revealing more results over the next few weeks, including this year's Overall Winner, so keep your eyes peeled, and feel free to vote for your favorite emerging Philly artists HERE

The Deli Philly’s February Record of the Month: Tourist in This Town - Allison Crutchfield

Over the past decade, Allison Crutchfield - former member of bands like Swearin’ and P.S. Eliot - made a name for herself by crafting brutally candid anthems about love, loss, and nostalgia. With her latest release since 2014’s Lean Into Me, Crutchfield grapples with the present head-on.
 
Tourist in This Town opens with the warm and soulful start of “Broad Daylight,” a gospel-inspired declaration of love that quickly blooms into a synth-y and cinematic ballad about a romance on the brink of chaos. “I’m selfish, and I’m shallow, and unstable,” she confesses, before asking seconds later, “Was it mutual respect, or was it mutual frustration?” “Broad Daylight” says everything that earlier cuts like “No One Talks” couldn’t. Unafraid and shameless, it tells the truth without playing coy.
 
On “I Don’t Ever Want to Leave California,” Allison channels her inner Bethany Cosentino, coupling surf ready riffs and tambourine with admitted faults (“I keep confusing love and nostalgia”) and new desires (“I aspire to live in the present”).  The acoustic calm of “Charlie” evolves into an intimate portrait of infatuated yearning, an uplifting reminder that love and lust isn’t always turmoil, that sometimes it’s just sweet bliss. “Dean’s Room” brings to mind the percussive trill of New Order’s iconic single “Age of Consent,” and is equally dance-inducing. Lyrically and instrumentally frenetic, it’s pop-friendly tempo is seductive, but friendly. It’s the sort of song that could easily convince listeners to “dance with the devil in broad daylight.”
 
“Sightseeing” perfectly captures the feeling of being haunted by shattered relationships via ethereal chords and delicate reverb. When Allison sings, “I can’t enjoy Paris because I get away from you/like a ghost trapped inside my hotel room,” it’s nearly impossible not to relate. “Expatriate” is reminiscent of girl group all-stars like Lesley Gore and the Ronettes with the unabashed realness of the Shangri Las’s “Right Not Now and Not Later” and Shannon Shaw’s “Point of Being Right.” Spector-esque but without a shred of co-dependency, “Expatriate” is a celebration of those who love themselves as fiercely as they love their significant others. “Mile Away” is satisfyingly electric, filled with tempered drum beats and crashing cymbal, while the fast-paced brevity of “The Marriage” contrasts with the brooding but steady buzz of “Secret Lives and Deaths.”
 
Within the span of three tracks, Allison’s strengths shine bright, reminding fans that her sound is as diverse as her career has been. Tourist in This Town ends with the hissing snare and melodic riffs of “Chopsticks and Pots and Pans,” a heartfelt earworm bound to make you press replay again and again. In a way, Tourist in This Town is a milestone, in the literal sense. No longer preoccupied with the past, Allison Crutchfield is boldly embracing the present and looking forward to whatever is next. - Dianca London
 

New Boosegumps EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Boosegumps recently dropped On The Way to Meet You, a four-song EP that is available digitally as well on Lathe-cut vinyl via Birdtapes. The bedroom pop embraces a hopeful approach, as keys/synth unwrap the desire to achieve a positive perspective. There’s a good chance that one will feel just a little, bit better after listening to these personal, mantra-esque tracks.

New Track: "Venus" - André Altrez

Strings and floating flourishes of flute set the scene before a backend pulse rounds out the beat in “Venus,” the latest single from André Altrez. With a seamless stream of consciousness sense of delivery, Altrez bounces back and forth on a variety of subject matters. The inviting instrumentals open the door to talk about the current state of affairs that ripples with intensity.

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