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Peter Matthew Bauer
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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Drag City just shared the first new track, "Learning Slowly," from Purling Hiss' upcoming album Weirdon. The record officially comes on September 23, but now you have something to crank up while enjoying this beautiful summer day. Cheers!

July 29, 2014
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The Districts just wrapped their final show with guitarist Mark Larson as an official member this past Sunday at Susquehanna Bank Center. However, they were able to record the original quartet earlier this year in April during their first tour in the UK. The band swung by historic Maida Vail Studios to lay down a BBC Session, and the EP will be available on October 6 digitally and on limited edition 12" vinyl (500 copies). You can check out "Silver Couplets" from the session below. 

July 29, 2014
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Krust Toons: "Beer Me" by Teddy Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations HERE.

July 28, 2014
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Vampires taking out some cokehead bros at a dive bar is the subject of Strand of Oaks' new music video for "Same Emotions," off his latest LP HEAL. We have to say that we support this occurrence happening more often than not. Oaks will be getting wicked in Philly on Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20 when he performs at back-to-back sold-out shows at The Boot & Saddle with Chris Denny.

July 28, 2014
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Multi-instrumentalist Josh Pannepacker has been lending out his drumming skills over the last few years to notable acts like Streetwalkers, Sun Airway, and now Cheerleader. We first encountered Pannepacker as mastermind and frontman for Shorty boy-boy. Well, he has a new/old music video (which was actually shot two years ago) that he wanted to share for his track, "Crickets," which you can check out below. The psyched-out footage was edited and shot by Jon Applebaum, with help from Kevin Howley. (Photo by Grace Dickinson)

July 28, 2014
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A Sunny Day in Glasgow released their first album in four years, the Jeff Zeigler-produced Sea Went Absent, earlier this week via Lefse Records, and this evening, they’ll headline a triad of local artists that know how to push the envelope. The six-piece develops an ethereal state of affairs, capturing soft siren-esque vocals combined with floating layers of instrumentation, pieces of keys/synth, strings percussion, guitar etc., fitting them together to form a beautiful musical portrait that somehow slightly drifts out there yet, for the most part, remains within reach. On a similar note, the experimental-pop pairing of Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward, a.k.a. Pattern is Movement, delivers its intricately groovy, multi-instrumental R&B, fusing a variety of musical textures while the end product appears seamless. Myrrias a newly formed quartet, which includes Mikele Edwards (Arc in Round), Amy Harkanson (Downtown Club), Casey Bell (Break It Up), and Emily Robb (Lantern), opens the show weaving together vocals with a darker edge, industrial instrumental tone. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $14, 21+ - Michael Colavita

July 27, 2014
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