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"Full Of Snakes

The major takeaway for Mumblr’s new album Full Of Snakes (Fleeting Youth Records) is that it really takes balls to write songs that truly say nothing. As counter intuitive as it may sound, there really is something admirable in using music to not really express all that much. Any jerk with a voice and a few chords can say a whole lot about how their ex is horrible; what really matters is how much of that content is actually worth hearing. And brother, Mumblr has found a way to make saying nothing profound.

On the surface, the album initially sounds like some sort of early 2000’s generic pop-punk; the first song “Got It” opens with that familiar sense of vague, safe anger. It’s very “high school” reminiscent, right off the bat, with lines like “I got it if you want it” and “I’ll invite you to my room.” But as the song closes and we drift into “Sober,” the tone very gradually starts to feel off. It starts to feel a bit weirder, with this sense of reckless abandon that you only hear in a Violent Femmes song. And it’s not that one is true, and the others is not; this album is walking a razor’s edge between the most self-aware of indie post-punk and the obliviousness of adolescent guilty pleasures.

And while that may sound like a chaotic mess, the seventeen-track full-length really is the having-and-eating of one's cake. We get the indulgence of grandiose guitar riffs and over the top shrieks, but with just enough originality in the composition to give it a sense of being slick and even avant-garde. Don’t let the outward sense of crazy abandon fool you - this thing is airtight. And a lot of that can be chalked up to Nick Morrison’s vocals; he brings a real sense of cleverness to the whole thing, in no small part to the fact that he can turn his voice on a dime.

One endlessly fascinating reoccurring theme is the use of repetition in their lyrics, with phrases like the aforementioned “I got it” and “someone’s been sitting in my chair” echoed over and over again, beyond the point of simple parody. It’s that old artistic trope of repeating something until it becomes meaninglessly applied to lyrics, and it’s interesting to hear expressions of youthful angst to become so alien and meaningless.

They take these universal touchstones of adolescences, including the use of “shock” lyrics such as “if God is a woman I’m going to hell” and gleefully drive them into the ground while enjoying the ride. It’s fun, it’s cool, and will leave you thinking more than any other post-punk album in months. And it does so while still being a genuinely fun throwback to a sort of music that you don’t really hear in earnest these days. - Daniel Ludwig

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Post-hardcore/experimental rock band mewithoutYou is coming back home for the final night of its 10th anniversary tour of Catch For Us The Foxes. The record was released almost exactly 10 years ago to this date by Tooth & Nail Records. The fan-favorite album features the kind of harsh schizophrenic pontifications from lead singer Adam Weiss, inspired largely by religious works as well as his own dark encounters that the band returned to on their latest album, Ten Stories, released in 2012. mewithoutYou suggests getting to The Troc early so you don’t miss out on their “best line-up of openers in ages”: The Appleseed Cast and Hop Along, local pop-punk-ish outfit, who recently opened for Philly favorites Dr. Dog at the Mann Center back in September. The group is led by Frances Quinlans often raspy, breathy vocals that are always both bewitching and alluring. Be there to support mewithoutYou’s homecoming! The Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St., 7 pm, $18, All Ages - Emily DiCicco
October 18, 2014

Rosetta has already had a triumphant 2014 that has featured them releasing The Anaesthete, going on a big tour of China, and crowd sourcing a full-length documentary on Indiegogo. However, the band still has more in store for its fans this evening, celebrating the release of its latest EP, Flies to Flame (Translation Loss Records) at Boot & Saddle. Since the album is a release of experimental studio pieces, it will be a very rare occasion when they'll be playing them on stage, and it won't be happening tonight. But they'll be doing something even bigger as it will be one of the first two shows that sees them unveiling all new material as a five-piece that features Eric Jernigan of City of Ships on second guitar. The performance, which is also the bands last of 2014, will also feature NYC's Tiger Flowers, and it will be a good opportunity to catch Ladder Devils before they release their latest album Clean Hands on November 4. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill
October 18, 2014

Brooklyn guitar virtuoso and Landowne-born Steve Gunn still maintains deep roots here in Philly. So much so, he’ll be celebrating the release of his latest record, Way Out Weather, tonight at PhilaMOCA. Joining him on the bill is a couple of the finest acts in the City of Brotherly Love’s underground music community. The evening will have raucous start with rad garage-psych outfit Spacin’. The group is easily one of my favorite bands in town, and I can’t wait for their new album, which will be available via Richie Records, to come out. And things will a bit quieter but in the best way possible when talented combination of Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler take the stage to mesmerize the audience with interstellar soundscapes. It’s going to be an eclectic evening of music, but one worth catching from start to finish. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Alexis V.
Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Reef The Lost Cauze, The Bul Bey
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Coral Teeth, SAT Rosetta (Record Release Show), Ladder Devils
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Die Choking, Fantasy Panther/Chimpgrinder, Swarms/Needle Points, The Orange Drop, SAT Antisuburbians, Glory Dole, Tight Fits, Boilermakers, The Heels/Dead Violet Sun John Canady, Pissgrave
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT mewithoutYou, Hop Along
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Boy Wonder, Black Rue, Virginia Hicks
The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Grayscale, SUN Slow Animal
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Beach Slang, SAT An Honest Year, No Outlet/Everyone Except Me, SUN Robins, Corporate Hearts
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Commonwealth Choir, SAT Satellite Hearts
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SUN Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.)  FRI Tweed SAT Alright Junior, The Loud Company, Awaking Mercury
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget SAT DJ Deejay
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Cliff Hillis, SAT Laura Shay/Jason O, Vulcans
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Hambone Relay
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.)  FRI Flux Capacitor, BlendMode/Cyanide Saints, Fastride, Steve Haley, SAT Power Theory, We Our…War, Mike Liberatore, SUN Slyphr, Crown of Earth
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Tappas, Jeff Alexander Trio, Andrew Napoli, SAT Destroying Angel, SUN Joie Kathos, Milton McCauley
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Biz Mighty
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Jawn of The Dead: The Jawn, Lost in Company, Thee Idea Men, STOP, SAT Conversations, Roof Doctor, AM Rodeo, Port Arthur
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT The Red Masque, Niki Avataria, Dental Dames, I am a Tree
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT The Band of Rivals SUN The Bird Choir
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Dylan McGuire, SAT Control For Smilers, Chen City /(2nd Floor) Andrew Jude
Chill Collins Art Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Drugstore, Combine, What Nerve
Hazzard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mannequin Pussy, Amanda X
The Baker Bowl (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Snoozer, Forever Lesbians, Krispy Kareem, Tribute
The Nut House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Dark Thoughts, Teenage Chainsaw
Lava Space (4134 Lancaster Ave.) SAT Books Through Bars Fundraiser: Rosemary Fiki, Brielle Leilani, Jaleel Khalil Jordan, King Azaz, Paulette Branson
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Slow Animal, Loose Tooth, Quit
October 17, 2014

Philly psych/garage rock outfit Needle Points promises a real late-night party at Kung Fu Necktie for its record release show in honor of the band's latest 7”, Cripple Street (PaperCup Music), which features two new tracks (“Cripple Street” and “Black Hurricane”). The group’s new material reveals a poppier side of the five-piece, with more of a folk rock influence than on their debut EP, Bom Tugangu. Producing similar kinds of conscious-expanding jams as this evening’s headliner will be local crew The Orange Drop and The Golden Brass (from Brooklyn). It’s a special night for The Orange Drop as well. Lead guitarist Blaze Kozlik has been out as of late with a broken finger; this show will serve as his return to the stage. The Orange Drop, which released its first EP, Drone Pop, in January, is currently working on the group's next. As for tonight’s bill, you can count on some serious good vibes and maybe even some modern-day hippies. Come out, “turn on, tune in, drop out,” and get down! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N Front St, 11pm, 21+, $5 - Emily DiCicco

October 17, 2014

Former comedic music troupe Wilbur still have a good sense of on their latest six-song EP bueno para ti, which you can stream and purchase below; however, their new material feels more polished and ready for mass consumption. The album was recorded at The Boom Room and mixed at Sound Butter Audio by Max Morgan. You’ll have the opportunity to catch the band twice for free in the coming few days with performances at Ortlieb’s tomorrow night and on Monday, September 20 at The El Bar for Carry On Philly’s T-shirt Design Release Party.

October 17, 2014

The second annual 8static Festival, which champions lo-fi electronic music and the creation of art and music using what has been considered old video game technology and computers, begins its 3-night run this evening at First Unitarian Church. The event coincides with the 6th anniversary of 8Static, the premier Philly monthly chip music event, and features 32 artists from around the world. This innovative and imaginative genre/scene ushers in an air of fun and includes some local artists in Cheap Dinosaurs, Void Vision, Animal Style, defiantsystems and Dain Saint, generating a thriving dance-oriented community for the next three nights with daily tickets running you $20 and 3-day passes going for $50. Get out to the Church, and embrace the innovation! First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., Beginning at 6pm (THURS-SAT), $20-$50, All Ages - Michael Colavita

October 16, 2014

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