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Heavy-psych three-piece Ecstatic Vision conjures cosmic soundscapes with their debut LP Sonic Praise (Relapse Records). Self-ordained as “primal,” the group’s orchestration is undeniably gripping and visceral, altering the embodied state of its listener at an instant. Pressing past the tropes of genre, Sonic Praise is a hypnotic example of the outfit’s versatility. The release of Ecstatic Vision’s tripped-out LP is hopefully the first of many.
 
Beginning with the well-titled “Journey,” Sonic Praise’s opening track unfolds like a swirling chant that gradually builds to bawdy, passionate dirge filled with buzzing riffs and drums. The song’s lyricism is straightforward yet amplified by the unrelenting progression of its instrumentation. The declaration of “Journey” is unapologetic. It’s not a conversation; it’s an invitation. At its climax, the resonance of the recording brings to mind similarly transcendent tracks like Moon Duo’s “Free The Skull” or Ty Segall’s “I Wear Black.”
 
“Astral Plane” is a tentative tip of the hat to the iconic Sun Ra’s masterpiece Space Is the Place, unfolding with driving riffs and drumbeats that elicit the sensation of being transported into the ether. By the two-minute mark, “Astral Plane” is in full swing, impressive guitar work resounding as the track’s earlier established foundation persists. Each component of the song’s structure expands as frontman Doug Sabolick’s vocals urge listeners to “Look in the mirror and tell yourself/this is the place to be.” Undoubtedly indicative of the cosmos (metaphorically or literally), “Astral Plane” is trancelike, with its instrumentation possessing the power to cast a psychedelic spell that lingers well past the song’s end. Nearly thirty seconds shy of thirteen minutes of length, the temporal duration of the recording is as well warranted as it is executed. “Don’t Kill The Vibe” is equally shamanistic, with riffage that feels psychotropic. The LP’s title track, “Sonic Praise,” begins with primeval distortion comprised of oscillating tempos and forlorn chants. The effect of its prelude is mesmerizing, dark, and strangely beautiful. Thematically cult like, “Sonic Praise” is satisfyingly otherworldly, seducing its listener to give in to Ecstatic Vision’s melodic ethos without hesitation. 
 
Sonic Praise’s final anthem “Cross the Divide” extends the mysticism of the album’s narrative, ending Ecstatic Vision’s debut on a plane similar to where it began - one of enlightenment and pure rock 'n' roll. - Dianca London Potts

 

 

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Tonight, Underground Arts presents a lineup that touches on traditional sensibilities with an eccentric twist and undeniable energy. West Philadelphia Orchestra ushers in that contagious Balkan blast of horns, threading together songs that draw individuals out of their shell with their dance-inspiring productions that methodically win one’s body over. The soulful funk of Johnny Showcase & The Mystic bring their tongue-in-cheek style that injects a humorous twist. Be prepared to move it, and shake it as those classic tones get a modern reawakening! Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita
 
 
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The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI YDI, Pure Hell, Anti-Suburbans, SAT Legion 76
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI QQQ, Svvje
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) Starwood, Pushin’ It 2 the Limit
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI West Philadelphia Orchestra, Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI (4pm) Bosom Band, Fastride, 9th Element, Michael Kordish./(8pm) Buddy Roc 1212, Only On Weekends, SAT Highest Basement Collective
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Revolution, I Love You, The One2s, Passion Crimes
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Unknown (Record Release), Stealing Fame, Ryan Downs, SAT Kid Cousin, Science The Rat
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Hired Guns Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Next To None, 1 Echo 1/Ryn Pascale, Thinking Out Loud, Rosa Diaz, Johua Dronyi, SUN (2:30pm) Teenage Chainsaw, The Dead Suits, Posers, Live Not On Evil, Severed, (7pm) The Charley Few, Fight, F#ck or Dance, Anti-Suburbans, GASH
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Sonny Knockout, Continuum, Just The Architects, The GoAround
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Reef The Lost Cauze, Adlib
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James, SUN (2pm) DJ Jugo w/percussionist Josh Robinson/(9:30pm) DJ Royale
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Andalusia, The Absolute Sky, Cultour
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight + live stream of Grateful Dead 50, SAT Splintered Sunlight + live stream of Grateful Dead 50, SUN Splintered Sunlight + live stream of Grateful Dead 50
 
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St., Suite 76) FRI Broadened Horizons, Kingfisher, Mercury Retrograde Tasty Face
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Boroughs, Black Salt
 
A House Named Virtue (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Laser Background (Tape Release)
 
The Slacka Barrel (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Asrtoseer, Prosper or Perish, Witch Fist, Uncle/Father Oscar
 
Hong Kong Garden (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) FRI Ladder Devils, Grim Sleepers, Legendary Divorce
 
Party on the Parkway (Ben Franklin Pkwy.) Philly 4th of July Jam w/The Roots
 
July 03, 2015
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Shelf Life, a.k.a. Scotty Leitch, just premiered his debut single “The Curse,” over at The Fader. For years now, hehas spent in the Philly music community performing in other people’s bands like Alex G and engineering their recording projects. His upcoming album Everyone Make Happy will be available on September 18 via Portland, Oregon indie label Lefse Records.

July 02, 2015
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The Spirit of the Beehive nestle you in juxtaposing sonic environments. There’s that undeniable soft-spoken vocals, which drift through a shoegazing haze that is eerily comforting, while allowing you to sink deeper within the haunted setting. However, an explosive high energy lies in wait, capable of transforming that soothing darkness into a heavier grunge-oriented scenario, and somewhere in between lies songs that have taken on an odd yet enveloping status, creeping into your head and setting up shop. With You Are Arrived (But You’ve Been Cheated), the follow-up to their self-titled debut on the way, The Spirit of the Beehive occupy the opening slot between laying the groundwork for Suburban Living, who dishes out personal penetrating lyrics while harnessing an on the move infectious musicality that on this night paves the way to the gritty melodics of Swirlies. (Below is the new music video for their latest single "World Access," which was filmed by Federico R. Casanova and edited by David Milstein.) Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., $14, 9pm, 21+ - Michael Colavita

The Spirit of the Beehive // World Access (official video)

July 02, 2015
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Originally winning The Deli Philly’s Featured Artist(s) Poll under the nom de plume Bickley, the garage-pop quartet of Ethan Kerr, Owen Zieger, Harry Welsh, Mike Zicchinolfi now goes by the name of Family Volleyball. The group released its debut EP Rainbow TV Fuzz this past April, and is currently working on its first full-length album. Check out our latest interview with the local music scene newcomers and best friends HERE!
 

July 02, 2015
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Heavy-psych three-piece Ecstatic Vision conjures cosmic soundscapes with their debut LP Sonic Praise (Relapse Records). Self-ordained as “primal,” the group’s orchestration is undeniably gripping and visceral, altering the embodied state of its listener at an instant. Pressing past the tropes of genre, Sonic Praise is a hypnotic example of the outfit’s versatility. The release of Ecstatic Vision’s tripped-out LP is hopefully the first of many.
 
Beginning with the well-titled “Journey,” Sonic Praise’s opening track unfolds like a swirling chant that gradually builds to bawdy, passionate dirge filled with buzzing riffs and drums. The song’s lyricism is straightforward yet amplified by the unrelenting progression of its instrumentation. The declaration of “Journey” is unapologetic. It’s not a conversation; it’s an invitation. At its climax, the resonance of the recording brings to mind similarly transcendent tracks like Moon Duo’s “Free The Skull” or Ty Segall’s “I Wear Black.”
 
“Astral Plane” is a tentative tip of the hat to the iconic Sun Ra’s masterpiece Space Is the Place, unfolding with driving riffs and drumbeats that elicit the sensation of being transported into the ether. By the two-minute mark, “Astral Plane” is in full swing, impressive guitar work resounding as the track’s earlier established foundation persists. Each component of the song’s structure expands as frontman Doug Sabolick’s vocals urge listeners to “Look in the mirror and tell yourself/this is the place to be.” Undoubtedly indicative of the cosmos (metaphorically or literally), “Astral Plane” is trancelike, with its instrumentation possessing the power to cast a psychedelic spell that lingers well past the song’s end. Nearly thirty seconds shy of thirteen minutes of length, the temporal duration of the recording is as well warranted as it is executed. “Don’t Kill The Vibe” is equally shamanistic, with riffage that feels psychotropic. The LP’s title track, “Sonic Praise,” begins with primeval distortion comprised of oscillating tempos and forlorn chants. The effect of its prelude is mesmerizing, dark, and strangely beautiful. Thematically cult like, “Sonic Praise” is satisfyingly otherworldly, seducing its listener to give in to Ecstatic Vision’s melodic ethos without hesitation. 
 
Sonic Praise’s final anthem “Cross the Divide” extends the mysticism of the album’s narrative, ending Ecstatic Vision’s debut on a plane similar to where it began - one of enlightenment and pure rock ‘n’ roll. - Dianca London Potts

July 01, 2015
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Philly quartet Ghost Gum released a single on a four-way split earlier this year with locals Mumblr, Loose Tooth, and Clique, and only has a handful of promising demos available online. That is why the need to catch the shoegaze/post-punk outfit performing out live carries a heavier weight. The calming lead vocals of Carolyn Hayes combined with pressing yet spacious instrumentation finds you languidly strolling along, consumed by their sonic haze. Tonight at Boot & Saddle, you’ll have a chance to experience all that when they open for Baltimore noise-pop quintet Wildhoney and Mercury Girls, which also features Haynes, former Catnaps bandmate Adrianne Gold and Literature’s Kevin Attics and Chris Shackerman. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Alexis V.

July 01, 2015
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