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Post-garage rockers The Retinas' new EP chaba is an unexpected essential for surviving the dog days of summer. Chock-full of lo-fi backbeats and skull-buzzing riffs, the five track stunner transforms the grit and grime of urban summers, late nights, and complicated feelings into memorably evocative songs worth dancing to alone or with friends.

 

Opening with the trippy hiss of “Accident,” chaba’s first track is seeped in xanax-coated romance and the sort of self-awareness that made great’s like Daniel Johnston iconic. The song's lyricism hums with recognizable disenchantment that is bound to resonate at an instant with listeners. Tom Mchugh’s diction brings to mind the cinematic apprehension of Andrew Bujalski’s mumblecore masterpiece Mutual Appreciation meshed with the emotional imprint of “Tame the Sun” by Male Bonding. “Accident,” much like it’s namesake, ends abruptly without warning, leaving its listener to cope with its passing before “Aries” begins.

 

chaba’s second anthem paints a familiar portrait of the post-adolescent malaise of cynical dreamers with earnest hearts. Lo-fi in all the right ways, “Aries,” like a mirror, reflects reality without pretense. Like the less anxious version of Happy Birthday’s “2 Shy,” the charm of “Aries” is undeniably sincere. The oscillating intro of “Cheesepuffs” quickly evolves into a surf-pop banger - reminiscent of The Jacuzzi Boys; the track’s fervent riffs and fuzzed-out screams serve as the perfect preface to the notably catchy “Beat It Out”. The energy of the song doesn’t falter, keeping the momentum of chaba as cymbals crash and Mchugh croons - “Cause you chew my bones, acid soul/I've been off time with myself, I don't mind” - a sentiment that is echoed in the EP’s final track “Hey Julia.”

 

After listening to The Retinas' latest record, you will find yourself hungry for more. - Dianca London


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Issue #47 of The Deli NYC is now available online, you can read it here!

It's the Brooklyn Stompbox Exhibit issue! See section about pedals in the second half of the magazine, in part curated by Gearphoria.com.

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August 28, 2016
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Experimental noise-punk outfit Ursula is just the type of weird that Philly enjoys nurturing. The dizzying guitarwork stands at the forefront, firing at you with unapologetic defiance. The Boston transplants bring a refreshing air of unpredictability - never afraid to test the boundaries with each sonic excursion. Ursula will be opening for Laser Background, the psych-pop project from the mind of Andy Molholt, this evening at DIY space BMA. They'll also be playing host to Vermont's Grape Room and Cali's Banny Grove. BMA, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, $7, All Ages - Alexis V.

August 28, 2016
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A commanding presence draws one towards the songs of American Trappist, the new project from Joe Michelini (formerly of River City Extension). After releasing three EPs in succession, compromising the totality of his self-titled debut album, which will be available on September 2 via Death Salon, American Trappist places spellbinding lyricism at the forefront. While the context shifts from the ghostly mysterious to a heartfelt, emotional spectrum, it’s equally captivating in sincerity, shrouded in Americana. The gripping, soulful folk of Candice Martello, a.k.a. Hemming, opens the evening. She'll be performing solo, which may give her the freedom to unleash some new material. Oldermost closes out the bill, providing a sense of calm. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

American Trappist - Nothing Short of Faithful from Brian L. Tice Jr.

August 27, 2016
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Yasss - the weekend is upon us! While many will be jetting off to get their last bit of summer beach time, we have you true city dwellers covered. Enjoy your space with Cayetana tonight at PhilaMOCA! They’ll be wrapping up their mini-run with Toronto indie-rock quartet Weaves, who recently put out an impressive self-titled debut album. The gals will also be taking off to Australia next month (way cool!) before setting out on a massive North American fall tour with their “brothers” Pup. This evening might be your last chance to experience Cayetana at such an intimate space for a while so take advantage of it. And swing by early to catch Fake BoyfriendPhilaMOCA, 531 12th St., 8pm, $10, All Ages (Photo by Sammy Katz) - H.M. Kauffman
 
More things to enjoy in the city…

Johnny Brenda’s
 (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI S.T.O.P., SAT Oldermost, American Trappist, Hemming
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Chairman Dances (Record Release), The Chip Breakers
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.)  FRI Sinner Saints/The Mountain Chiefs, Dear Forbidden, SAT Sabbra Cadabra, Evening River Band/Rubber
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Cayetana, Fake Boyfriend
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Aaron Thomas, SAT Crouse
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.)  SUN (Balcony) Back 2 School Bash
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT PnB Rock, GoGo Morrow, Ar-Ab, Quilly, Lihtz Kamraz, DJ Ant Liva, Phat Geez, Nizzy Strawz
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) John Byrne Band, Paul Waltz Band, SAT (Upstairs) The Wonder Junkies
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Acolyte, Plague Lust, The Drowned God, SAT Secret Nudist Friends, Mud Guppies, Scars Like These, Violent Island, SUN N.E.G., Interloper, Dunning Kruger
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.)  SAT Panic Years, Night Windows, Post War Dream
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Grandchildren, Stereo League, SAT Tara Hendricks, Ashley Scott, SUN Honey Radar, Repelican, Mike Quinn
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.)  FRI Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Killiam Shakespeare
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Bike MS: City to Shore Fundraiser: Rev.TJ McGlinchey, Adventure Lost, Dead: Stop, Gene Wildest, Stealing Fame, David Darmon, SAT 2nd Annual Country Music Festival (Indoors) John Train, No Good Sister, Hurricane Hoss, Twitching Witches, White Cheddar Boys, Mason Porter, Keystone Breakers, Hannah Taylor and the Rekardo Lee Trio, Wallace Brothers Band, Minka/ (Outdoors) Ladybird, Caroline Reese, Grady Hoss & The Sidewinders, Sparkle Pony, Davey Dickens Jr. and The Troubadoors, Black Horse Motel
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beat Street, SAT Mr. Sonny James
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Ben Aire, SAT Spectre's Speakeasy/Spank Rock, Brian Toll
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Flightschool, Lightning Jones
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.)  FRI Raleaf, P-Rents, SAT Pravda, Black Sun Rising, Mesmeria, The Sixth Year
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Soft Spots, Voltheque, Bleu Velvet,
SAT Jason Magin & Craig James, SUN Dear Friend, Courtlyn Carr
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Ryan Tennis & The Clubhouse Band, De Tierra Caliente
 
W/N W/N (931 Spring Garden St.) FRI Telequanta, Austin Edward, DJ Baby, DJ Ness, DJ Lil Zubin
 
Double H Ranch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Clique, Blue Smiley, Doubles, Gouge
 
Falafull House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Girl Hands, Waynoway
 
BMA (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Laser Background, Ursula
 
Grays Ferry (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Humanshapes, Bloated Subhumans, Rabies Shot

  

August 26, 2016
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Kodiak Park - "How funny? A park with this bear name in a town called Bear in a region that really has no bears." That’s how irony became a band name for our recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner. We had a chance to catch up with frontman John Panasuk to learn more about the fledgling Philly pop-psych project, which you can read about HERE. You can also take a listen and download the group’s new scorching single, “Holy Ghosts,” for free below.
 

August 26, 2016
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Today marks the release of the latest album from The Chairman Dances, titled Time Without Measure, which is available via Black Rd Records. Forging a cleansing yet socially conscious framework, this collection focuses on both a societal and a personal level. It’s folk that gather additional sonic complexity with instrumental additions. Those provocatively thoughtful glimpses serve as commentary while also evoking deeper contemplation. The arrival of the band's new LP will be celebrated this evening at Boot & Saddle. Rolling a combination of folk, country, and bluegrass with vocal harmonies, fingerpicking and a steady-striding sense of storytelling, the trio of The Chip Breakers dish out their recipe for Americana, while the Reading rockers Jonathan Monument harness energy in measured, melodic flashes. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., $10, 8pm, 21+ (Photo by Jonathan Brown) - Michael Colavita

August 26, 2016
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