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Seagulls
"Great Pine
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With spindly strings horning in the opening instrumental, “Dragoon” awakens Seagulls' debut LP Great Pine, seamlessly transitioning into “Swimmin’,” a song that is initially given a steady-footed beat around which a more intricate and illuminating composition is built generating a peaceful yet purposeful layered sound, setting the tone for what lies ahead. “You and Me” plays like a surf-folk love letter, developing a warm, earnest vocal confession, while fitting nicely with the tug and pull groove of the scratching guitar and persistent bass. The vocal harmonies provide a sweetness accompanied by reserved bursts of trumpet and accordion-like effects offer a tease of nostalgia.
 
“Love, Give” follows a similar theme as vocals, strings, and snap-percussion set a pleasant, pensive, strolling pace as echoing harmonies and backing vocals reinforce, “Love give your hands to me, for someday I’ll be on bended knee.” “Old Habits” maintains an up close lo-fi aesthetic and underlying 8-bit accents, but the perspective has changed, shining a light on the dark side of relationships and a groove that has a somewhat worn and dusty ascetic, enhancing the lyrics meaning - “Old habits, die hard or they never do/so keep lying til they all catch up to you.” A well-placed take on Big Star’s “Thirteen” incorporates the honest-loving sentiments of adolescence, falling neatly inline with the group’s heartfelt vocal honesty, while simultaneously acknowledging one of their potential influences.
 
The record’s title-track “Great Pine” serves as a breath-catching ambiance builder before the turbulent “Holy Smokes” emerges. Enlisting peaks of aggressive kick-in-the-door instrumentation - particularly percussion between smooth stretches of vocally dominant valleys - in essence, layering pieces of clear skies between moments of violent storms.
 
“Distracted” concludes Great Pine with an uplifting blanket of vocals, allowing the guitar to stretch its sea legs as the backend force steers the musical ship; holding the course. This album starts on the shore, and while there are moments where it seems destined to searchingly drift out there, Seagulls appropriately demonstrate an ability to reel it in, taking a beautiful inaugural voyage. - Michael Colavita

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When PhilaMOCA’s Eric Bresler first noticed Sean “Lil Sean” Coleman dancing outside during a Mad Decent Block Party a few years ago, it ignited into a friendship that saw Bresler take the mixed media venue’s neighbor under his wing, showing him the ropes. Over the years this mentorship has made Lil Sean an enigmatic presence during many of PhilaMOCA’s events, and the 1st ever Lil Sean Day will be a celebration of his many contributions. Lil Sean will be present for the screening of a short film that he had written, directed, and starred in - UNDERCOVER COPS, which is an homage to his policeman father. Scranton-based comedian/singer Pat Finnerty will also be on hand to perform one of Sean’s favorite songs "Reggae Dog," and PhilaMOCA will unveil their new Lil Sean Mural. Afterwards the event’s namesake will host a music showcase that will include Langor, Mumblr, Pushin’ It 2 The Limit, and Velvet Crayon. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St, 5pm, $5 - $10 donation, All Ages, - Bill McThrill

August 30, 2014
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Hypnotically soothing vocals will be front and center this evening at Bourbon & Branch as a pair of rising local acts in Seagulls and Tutlie are set to perform. Seagulls, who recently signed to Yellow K Records, is celebrating the release of their debut LP Great Pine, which develops texturally rich waves of sound that peacefully crashes upon one’s ears. Utilizing well-honed harmonies and catching folk-dream-pop vibes, the record incorporates swells of steadily building backend, oriented grooves, and refreshing guitar runs. The expanded lineup of twinkling baroque-pop outfit Tutlie envelops finding a balance between intoxicating vocal interplay and pace-determining instrumentation, which adaptively orchestrates a tunnel-like setting. Maryland-based pop-rock/psych hybrid New God, who released a new LP Fireworks via Yellow K Records, fills out what promises to be a harmonious evening. Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., $10, 8pm, 21+ - Michael Colavita

August 30, 2014
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Yes, yes - Budweiser’s Made in America is in town once again (as well as in Los Angeles), but if you’ve been following or are familiar with The Deli Magazine, then you should know that we prefer to experience concerts in a more intimate setting. And you should discover that at the grand opening of Kensington’s Chill Collins Art Space this Saturday, where you’ll find the psych-rock-lovin’ lineup of Drone Ranger, Harsh Vibes, Seismic Thrust, Space Drugs, and Xiannoi. So avoid the crowds this weekend in Center City and support the artists that will appreciate and actually notice that you made it out - enjoy! Chill Collins Art Space, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, $5, All Ages - Alexis V.
 
Other things to do in Philly this Labor Day weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Liz & The Lost Boys, Maitland, Silverton, SAT Vulcans, Brad Hinton & Bethany Brooks, Adam Web
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Left of Logic, 10 Million
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St) SAT Pat “Reggae Dog” Finnerty, Mumblr, Langor,  Pushin’ It 2 The limit, Velvet Crayon
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.)  SAT FOUNDATION, MON Drunk Piano w/ Jay Davidson
 
Electric Factory SAT The Hooters (Revel)
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Sun Cinema, Red Letter Life, Moonshine Social, Confused Disciples, SAT (Upstairs) Soldier On, Peter Grouch (Downstairs) Breakwater
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Lay Off Leo, Disturbing Daisy, SAT Uptown Tone
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Revolution, I Love You (Single Release), Kim Jong III
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Vital Stats
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Foxtrot & The Get Down
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Risky Disko, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Tweed
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT The Dogs of Lust, SUN Mike & Shanna
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Reverend Chris and the High Rollers, SUN (Early) Rustic Music Service, (Late) Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Fastfest: Fastride, On Top, American Evil/TheHuddle, Mekhai, Brian Fitzy, Chess, Nitra, SAT Skyline Beat/ The Matching Shoes Trio, SUN Threatpoint
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Gun Metal Gray, Soraia, Sulfur Tongue, SAT Blood Storm
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Thunder and Glory
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Delco Pacers, Family Vacation, Those People, SAT Seagulls (Album Release), Tutlie
 
Made in America (Ben Franklin Parkway)
Skate Park Stage SAT OCD: Moosh & Twist, Pissed Jeans, SUN Cruisr, Nothing, The Menzingers
Freedom Stage SUN Noah Breakfast
Liberty Stage SUN Vacationer
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) SAT Biadazminae, ACV Band
 
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Vincent James, Jeff Twardzik, Leigh Goldstein, Kim Edwards, Brooke Falls, Valerie West, SAT Harry Walther Band, Adam Kowalczyk
 
3rd & Girard (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Bea$ters, Dream Whore, SUN Detest Fest 1 : Occult 45, Slutlust, Castle Freak, Outer Heaven, APE!, Spent Flesh, Decap Attak
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) MON Twin Pines, Dark Thoughts
 
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI (Acoustic Show) Kevin Brusha, Brandon Ayres (Rasputin’s Secret Police), Open Wide (Tyler Ransford of Brontide), Shana (Jetset Liars) Curtis Cooper (Community Service) Jake (Permiscuah), Matt Munin (Time Hitler and the Assholes from Space), Brian Walker (A Day Without Love)
 
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) FRI Old Scratch, Dead Tenors, Mock Suns, Village, Snoozer
 
Hazzard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Honey Radar, Abi Reimold
 
XO Lounge (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Stellarscope, Chestnut Groove, SmoKe, Willow Talk
 
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Forbidden Rooms
 
Yell Gallery (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Strawberry Hands
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) MON Twin Pines, Dark Thoughts
 
August 29, 2014
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Baroque-pop outfit Liz & the Lost Boys have been gaining some acclaim - thanks in part to the whimsical lyrics and lush harp chords of Liz Giavolino, with their music merging elements of folk with classical jazz. The group debuted their latest two-song EP As If/Explain this week, and will be celebrating its arrival with a performance at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. They’ll be joined by Maitland, who have recently released a new track themselves via Sofar Sounds and have also been jamming as part of gypsy-dance rockers King Tivoli. Rounding out the lineup will be West Philly folksters Silverton. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by William Lukas) - Bill McThrill

August 29, 2014
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Work Drugs already have plans for a new record release. The group dropped the LP Insurgent this past spring, and they'll be making their new album Runaways available October 7 via The Record Stache. You can check out the title track and its accompanying music video below. It's the third single that they have shared from the forthcoming record.

August 29, 2014
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Indie-pop quartet Literature premiered a new music video today, over at Stereogum, for the track "Kites," off their latest full-length album Chorus (Slumberland Records). The kaleidoscopic imagery was directed by Erik Smith. They'll be heading out on an U.S. tour this fall in support of the new LP, and will be making a stop in Philly for a record release celebration on September 15 at Underground Arts with The Drums and Beverly.

August 28, 2014
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