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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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Krust Toons: "Circus Skills" 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 21, 2014
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Buffalo Stance, the brainchild of Man Man's Jamey Robinson, has gone through many configurations throughout the years. However, with his funky, masterful keystrokes, Robinson has always managed to make the live experience one of the quirkiest dance parties in Philly. And with the project's current lineup consisting of bandmate Christopher Sean "Pow Pow" Powell and multi-instrumentalist Matt Gibson (The Extraordinaires, ex-Man Man), Buffalo Stance's grooves will certainly be intesified manifold. They'll be the lone supporting act this evening at Johnny Brenda's for avant-garde Japanese collective OOIOO. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $15, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

July 21, 2014
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French is the moniker used by experimental pop producer Mikey Franz. He recent drop a digital single "Call It // En Bloc," which also came with a tripped-out music video for the release's A-side (below). It was created by Nick Huhn, and you can check out more of French's catalogue HERE.

July 21, 2014
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The demise of the strangely wonderful Ween definitely was taken hard by some of our Deli staff and friends, especially those who grew up or went to school in the Philadelphia/Bucks County area during the band's heyday. Admittedly, we were a bit confused by Aaron Freeman's (formerly Gene Ween) 2012 release Marvelous Clouds, a tribute album to Rod McKuen. However, with his first post-Ween LP of originals, Freeman (Partisan Records), you'll find him returning to the type of songwriting that made the band a cult favorite, albeit with even more pop leanings. Obviously, we miss Deaner's rock god guitar work, but listening to the new full-length record is giving us a warm, fuzzy feeling that we haven't had in a very long time. You can check out the album in its entirety over at Spin, and Freeman will be stopping by Johnny Brenda's on Friday, October 3. 

July 20, 2014
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Spank Rock headlines a trio of local acts for the Red Bull Sound Select showcase curated by Jump Philly. The temperature will be on the rise tonight as the sensual, steamy, pulse-grinding groove is all but assured to make things hot and heavy with a lyrical flow that isn’t afraid to offer direct observations and raunchy intentions that are guaranteed to make those within the confines of Underground Arts blush, giggle and possibly get a bit horny. The moodily melodic pop-punk of Mumblr will also grace the stage with its varying levels of intensity, appropriately fuzzing out while applicably providing an air of disorder. The unfiltered psych-boogie experiment of Prowler appropriately performing underground will expand one’s expectations and wet the appetite for an evening that dares to boldly tear down boundaries. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $3 (w/RSVP, $10 w/o), 21+ - Michael Colavita

July 19, 2014
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Liberty Rose, Fem Appeal, Hayley Jane, and a bunch of other lovely ladies return to PhilaMOCA tonight for another bizarre but enticing edition of the Television Burlesque Art Show. And for this performance, they’ll be doing it to an Adult Swim theme, which should prove to be weirdly entertaining even if you aren’t a fan of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Robot Chicken, Tom Goes to the Mayor, and other after-hour segments. On top of it all, there will be a special musical performance by the Godfather of Gangsta Rap and man behind the Aqua Team Hunger Force theme song, Schoolly D. It’s a rare occasion to catch the man who penned songs like “Gangster Boogie” and “King of New York” loooooong before it was a common occurrence by the likes of Ice-T, N.W.A., Snoop Dogg, and a whole generation of others, especially in such a smaller scale venue. And that’s all the more reason to attend this evening of fun-filled debauchery. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 3:30pm, $20 Door/$25 VIP, 18+ - Bill McThrill

July 19, 2014
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