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With their debut EP If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art, LOUDS hits the nail on the head with its appealing out of the gates energy. Released via Color Theory Records, the Brett Boucher-produced EP instantly grabs a hold of the body’s desire to let loose. 
 
The group leads with its best foot forward with its debut single and album opener, “Ways.” The standout track has a warm, vamping synth and those dare-you-to-keep-your-hands-still claps, which are melded with the sugary, chiptune sonic blasts. That bubbly, dance-inspiring vibe is cut through and juxtaposed by lyrics that form the picture of a hot and cold relationship. “The love you’ve known sailed from you one evening, months have gone now you don’t feel the same.”
 
Wisps of light guitar, keys, and gentle percussion converge in the narrative of  “Lying in the Middle” with its upbeat Paul Simon-Graceland vibes. The rolling hills that are ready to break out with exasperations chronicling the fickle courtship. “It’s the wrong way to approach it, but I know that your heartaches after months of feeling kind of confused. One day I’ll be lying in the middle with you.” The song concludes whimsically with Beatles-esque harmonies:  “My arms are tired, I’m half awake, but finally there with you.”
 
From the alarm bell, to the to the approaching bass and organ tone leading into those sinister strings, anticipation rapidly builds in “Driving Us Together.”Once again, the band dives into the complexity of relationships. Amid that layered fluid instrumentation, which creeps and momentarily bursts, underlies a sincere thought: “I’ve been trying to forget you but I don’t know how. Driving us together don’t erase your doubt.” The song simplifies down to a strumming guitar as echoes of “goodbye” come through before meeting up with the heartbroken chorus.
 
Strumming sets off into the echo of menacing tumbling keys in the chest-thumping, never-tell tale “It Takes Two.” “We’re alone in your best friend’s basement. You’re the one who brought me down... As we talking my hearts raising, I hope you don’t figure out” leading into the smoothed chorus: “Cause everybody knows it takes two…” That weaving in and out creates a lively yet personal sense.
 
If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art threads a layered vibrant in-motion musicality with a relatable multifaceted tug and pull aspect of intimacy, zooming in on all sides while never sitting still. The EP is an impressive debut from the fledgling electropop outfit that ends way sooner than you’d like it to conclude. - Michael Colavita

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August 29, 2015
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August 29, 2015
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August 29, 2015
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Tonight, PhilaMOCA will be hosting another rad sold-out show, presented by R5 Productions, with a rare appearance by lauded Sydney garage-rock quartet Royal Headache, who just released an excellent new album entitled High (What’s Your Rapture?). They are currently tearing it up on tour with local faves and The Deli Philly’s most recent Artist of the Year, Sheer Mag, who are certainly starting to clock a few miles on the road. Opening the festivities will be Jason Henn’s minimalist psych-garage project, Honey RadarPhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $12 (Sold Out), All Ages - Alexis V.
 
 
Other places to enjoy the late summer breeze this weekend…
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Taupe
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Grandchildren (Album Release), Spaceship Aloha, SAT JJL, Hound, The Improbables, Louie Louie
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Wasted Theory, Kingsnake/The Snails/Tommy Hogunz, SAT Void Vision, Abandos, SUN E Grizzly, ADotWake, iAlive, Kahlil Ali
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT The Dude Hates Cancer Afterparty Benefit Concert: Suburban Living, Sleek Machine, Residuels
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Radiator Hospital, Pinkwash
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Whitewater Pass, Iris Freeheart, Rob Octane & the Old School Hustlers
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT The Lawsuits
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) Rob Tait, Angi3, Emily Drinker Suzanne Sheer, Alec Stewart/(Upstairs) Karmic Repair Company, Pure Jerry, SUN The Jenkins Project
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI J.O. The Last Man, Nico the Beast, Voss, SAT New Pony, Herm D, SUN Reverend TJ McGlinchey
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Blair Ollendorf (Wild Rompit), SAT Michael Stasis, Suburban Missile
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) SAT Rosali
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Cold Roses
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Midnight Flyer Bluegrass, SAT The New Connection, Crills Wilson, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Stephen DiJoseph
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Midwestern Exposure, Concrete Canyon, Beards & Whiskey, SAT (1st Floor) Shutter, Welter, Kamakaze, Victory Boy/(2nd Floor) Mortanius
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Emily Mineo, Annalise Curtin, Ben Tinsley, Oh Great Mississippi, SAT Erik Petersen (Mischief Brew), Teenage Chainsaw, Lip Service Los Gueys, SUN Emily Drinker, Lizanne Knott, Gina Sicilia, Hope Springs Eternal
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI John Faye, Family Vacation, Lou, The Captain The Pilot The Driver, SAT Madalean Gauze, The Sparklers, Workhorse III, The Spirit World, SUN Courtney Halpin
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James, SUN  (11am) school of Rock/(2pm) DJ Jugo w/percussionist Josh Robinson/(9:30pm) DJ Royale
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Venus7, SAT Amorous Congress
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Whitney Peyton
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Ridge Summit, Wetbrain, SAT Dave Joyce
 
W/N W/N (931 Spring Garden St.) Sun Flesh Prince, Negative Infinity
 
Everybody Hits  (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Ape!, Molly Rhythm, Outside Eyes, Wonder and Fury
 
Girard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI Hospital (Record Release), Hanging Hills
 
Kat Frat (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI Past Tense, Constraint
 
Graffiti Pier (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Dogs on Acid (Record Release), Sun Organ
 
40th Street Field (40th St. between Walnut & Locust Sts.) SAT Sun Ra Arkestra

  

August 28, 2015
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Energy seems ready to burst at the seams when electro-acoustic orchestral pop ensemble Grandchildren get to work on stage. Tonight, the group celebrates the release of its third LP Zuni (Ernest Jenning) with a performance at Johnny Brenda’s. Grandchildren maintain a keen ear with an attention to detail and a catalyst of movement. Overall, the compositions pull from a large spectrum of musical influences. The results are thoughtfully layered, while capturing an organic vibrancy. It’s a loose-feeling, tightly-threaded sound that’s both calm and the storm. With a new release, Tropical Information Systems, due this fall via Data Garden, Christopher Sean Powell, a.k.a. Spaceship Aloha, transports you to a futuristic island with his escapist, radiating, electronic percussive grooves. Captained by Daniel Schlett, the interstellar journey of Brooklyn’s White Bike sets the table for an intricate and refreshing evening. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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