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The Original Crooks and Nannies
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The Original Crooks and Nannies follow-up to 2015’s Soup For My Girlfriend begins with the sputtering staccato of “Call It Good.” The track’s rhythmic pulse collides flawlessly with Madeline Rafter’s vocals and buzzing synth, supported by a backbeat tailor-made for the dance floor. The album’s opener prepares its listener with ease for the pulsating energy of “Carry Me,” a heartfelt melody that brings to mind the romantics of Matt and Kim or the twee-drenched lyricism of Mates of State. The track’s sentiments are earnest, amplified simultaneously by urgent diction and humming chords. “Carry Me” is a living testament to The Original Crooks and Nannies’ ability to craft love songs so cathartic that it hurts.
 
Similarly, the unabashed desperation of “Throw Out” followed by the electro-hum of “Television” suitably precedes the tangibly raw frustration of “Dates.” For Rafter and her bandmate, Sam Huntington, drinking poison and having smashed teeth proves to be a more desirable fate than going on a date. Even in its state of exaggeration, the track is a potential artifact of our contemporary moment, depicting romance in the age of Tinder and the banality of #netflixandchill. It’s a critique with a memorable hook.
 
“Ghost” is suitably haunting with lines like “I can make you feel/I can make you feel much better” and crashing riffs and cymbals. The narrative of the song, like its namesake, will linger in your mind long after its heartfelt and nearly ethereal end. The intimacy of “Ghost” is transformed into a cinematic nostalgia in “Shake Hands.” Breathing to life an account of suburban antics and shared memories, Rafter and Huntington’s duet-esque ballad is irresistibly sweet, even for the most jaded listener, preparing its audience for the forthright emotives equally fervent in “Crying at the Dog Park.”
 
The woozy start of “Central Heating” and the narrative blends effortlessly into Ugly Laugh’s final track “Holy Wreck.” The album’s closer is an intimate confession paying homage to failures, flaws, and limitations. It’s a veneration of vulnerability and the beauty that can be found between fractures. “Holy Wreck,” much like the songs that precede it, is introspective, a melodic mirror reflecting the complexities of emotion and the adjacent irony of love, making Ugly Laugh the quintessential album that you didn’t know you were waiting for. It begs to be replayed again and again. - Dianca London

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With her debut LP Wriggling that was released earlier this year via Sad Cactus, Abi Reimold continued her ascendance. Reimold lyrically navigates in a mind-cleansing scenario, pulling at both ends of dynamics. On one hand, she strings narratives together through an extending path that reveals inner workings, while breaking down personal barriers in a delicate bare manner. However, she still manages to exhibit a furious volatile element, which is capable of chewing up and spitting out any roadblock that lies ahead. That balance of beauty and brashness - a calm, which quickly transforms into chaos makes Reimold (who is accompanied by a full band this evening) a force to reckon with. Tonight at Johnny Brenda’s, she'll celebrate with a record release performance, joined by the high-leveraging ebb and flow of grunge-punks Loose Tooth. Jacqueline Constance erects precise layers of encompassing soulful R&B, while Reimold’s Fake Boyfriend compatriot Sarah M. opens providing an incisive, comforting eeriness. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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The tales of Jeremiah Tall continue on with his recent Daytrotter session. The Bucks County folk troubadour paid a visit to the Horseshack in Davenport, IA to record songs from his debut ("Penn's Woods") and sophomore ("I Got A Name," Hardworking Man") albums as well as the previously unreleased "Wanted". The entire performance is available for streaming and download (w/membership) HERE.

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It's a locals-only evening this Friday, April 29 at The Foundry for The Lawsuits' record release celebration with tourmate Former Belle and Foxtrot & the Get Down. To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line "Moon Son". Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck!

April 27, 2016
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Below is a new music video from Littler for their track "Slippery," off Of Wandering. The lo-fi production was directed and edited by band member Dan Colanduno. It plays out like an homage to LaCroix Sparkling Water and flowers. Littler will be performing this Friday, April 29 at Underground Arts with Dilly Dally and Fat White family.

April 27, 2016
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The Never Ending Get Down, the sophomore LP from Mumblr, is scheduled for release on June 10 via Fleeting Youth. Its first single, “Microwave,” has an isolated-kitchen bareness, initiated by a fraying guitar riff meeting a booming catchy vibe reminiscent of Weezer. You'll find the quartet performing this Saturday, April 30 at Ortlieb’s, along with Museyroom and Pine Barons. 

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