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With spindly strings horning in the opening instrumental, “Dragoon” awakens Seagulls' debut LP Great Pine, seamlessly transitioning into “Swimmin’,” a song that is initially given a steady-footed beat around which a more intricate and illuminating composition is built generating a peaceful yet purposeful layered sound, setting the tone for what lies ahead. “You and Me” plays like a surf-folk love letter, developing a warm, earnest vocal confession, while fitting nicely with the tug and pull groove of the scratching guitar and persistent bass. The vocal harmonies provide a sweetness accompanied by reserved bursts of trumpet and accordion-like effects offer a tease of nostalgia.
 
“Love, Give” follows a similar theme as vocals, strings, and snap-percussion set a pleasant, pensive, strolling pace as echoing harmonies and backing vocals reinforce, “Love give your hands to me, for someday I’ll be on bended knee.” “Old Habits” maintains an up close lo-fi aesthetic and underlying 8-bit accents, but the perspective has changed, shining a light on the dark side of relationships and a groove that has a somewhat worn and dusty ascetic, enhancing the lyrics meaning - “Old habits, die hard or they never do/so keep lying til they all catch up to you.” A well-placed take on Big Star’s “Thirteen” incorporates the honest-loving sentiments of adolescence, falling neatly inline with the group’s heartfelt vocal honesty, while simultaneously acknowledging one of their potential influences.
 
The record’s title-track “Great Pine” serves as a breath-catching ambiance builder before the turbulent “Holy Smokes” emerges. Enlisting peaks of aggressive kick-in-the-door instrumentation - particularly percussion between smooth stretches of vocally dominant valleys - in essence, layering pieces of clear skies between moments of violent storms.
 
“Distracted” concludes Great Pine with an uplifting blanket of vocals, allowing the guitar to stretch its sea legs as the backend force steers the musical ship; holding the course. This album starts on the shore, and while there are moments where it seems destined to searchingly drift out there, Seagulls appropriately demonstrate an ability to reel it in, taking a beautiful inaugural voyage. - Michael Colavita

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Tonight, the ruthless instrumental surges of Mumblr storms the Golden Tea House. With the release of the group's ambitious seventeen-song full-length album Full of Snakes (Fleeting Youth) earlier this week, the quartet casts a somewhat ominous yet tongue-in-cheek outlook on life. Developing an agitated, grunge tone through their primal attacking technique, synching jagged slivers of guitar, with anticipatory, pulse-accelerating backend and vocals that cap the message, Mumblr will be celebrating the release of the band's LP this evening alongside Mike Bell & The Movies, who just release their "Everyone" CD single via , Philly punks Community Service, and Long Island's Soda Bomb. Golden Tea House, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 7:30pm, $5 Donation, All Ages - Michael Colavita

Other places to enjoy the ridiculously awesome weather this weekend…
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Backslider, KIDS, Manbeast
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Bandname, SUN Roof Doctor, Laser Background
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Strand of Oaks, SAT Strand of Oaks, SUN A Benefit For Street Tails Animal Rescue: Northern Arms, Live Not On Evil, Broken Prayers, Sara Mercedes & 13 Ft. Of Rhythm
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Wiggz & Wooten, Jay Minyona, Zach Arch, Stonie Gang, Cain Kerner, SAT Mo Lowda & The Humble, Satellite Hearts, Family Vacation
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Sideshow Prophets, Bikini Spiders, SAT Dylan Jane, SUN Ruffed Up/Push Ups, Community Service
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Ladder Devils
 
Electric Factory SAT Architekt
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Ike Wilder, Brad Hinton Band
 
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Grayscale
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Souldiers of Soul, SAT E. Grizzly, Corfu, Carl Kavorkian
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Vita & The Woolf (Record Release), Bondage & Discipline, Sun Hemming
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT SKGB, Storm Blooper
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SUN The Fantastic Imagination, Myrrias
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Acton Bell, Dave Marley, Jim Dragoni
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Uncle Jake & the 18 Wheel Gang, Sun Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Saver/MindMaze, Beyond Eden, Mistress, SAT Founders, The Basement Boys/ Venice Sunlight, Lupe Garu, Sucker, SUN (Matinee) Daniel White, Maddie Swinger/Morgan Pinkstone, Kyle Martin James Casey, Tom Monanari, Chris Panico
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI FLINTface, Seoul Delhi, SAT Dead Flowers, SUN Void Vision
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Icarus
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Dr. Slothclaw, Ra Leaf, SAT Brokehead, Robins
 
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Cousin Brian, Road Eris, Window Liquor
 
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Time Hitler & The Assholes From Space, Hoser
 
Central Plexus (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Olivia Neuton John, Moor Mother Goddess
 
Kat Frat (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Human Acheivement
 
Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Amanda X
 
Chill Collins Art Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Humanshapes, Night
 
 
September 19, 2014
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Strand of Oaks, a.k.a. Timothy Showalter, has been on a hefty tour in support of his latest LP HEAL. It will be finally ending this weekend with two sold-out tonight and tomorrow at Boot & Saddle, where he’ll be accompanied by tourmate Christopher Penny. However, Showalter won’t be home for long because next week he’ll be back at it again doing over a month-long tour in Europe. This is probably your last chance to catch him until December so make it count! Also, check out below another perfomance video that was just released yesterday of Oaks playing "Plymouth" from his session with Out Of Town FilmsBoot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 9pm, Sold Out, 21+ (Photo by Cameron Pollack) - H.M. Kauffman
 

September 19, 2014
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Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang recently posted the individual studio tracks for the song "Monster Party," which you can download HERE. It's off the extended version of Share the Road, and was recorded during his session with Spoon's Jim Eno. He has invited all to create your own remix, and has requested: "Add things, rearrange, get strange." You can send your finished product in MP3 format to thegetrealgang@gmail.com. The deadline is October 26. Enjoy!

September 19, 2014
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Music/movie buffs - we have a pair of tix for this Saturday's screening at Underground Arts of The Color of Noise, a documentary about Haze XXL and his notorious record label, Amphetamine Reptile Records. There will also be a Q&A with the movie's director Eric Robel and Haze XXL, art show, and performances by Ladder Devils and Multicult. To enter for your chance to win, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line “Noise Is My Favorite Color." Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck!

September 18, 2014
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It’s understandable to see why Son Step is a favorite among pockets of local musicians. The band combines what seems to be a learned background in avant-garde jazz with a unique approach to songwriting and attacks it with such conviction and ferocity that it’s hard not to appreciate what they are doing from an artist’s perspective. However, that club always felt a bit exclusive, but judging by the initial offerings from their new EP Ova Nova, which is out today, the band seems to have found more of a balance between cerebral jazz and pop accessibility, which might just find them more appealing to a wider audience. Son Step will celebrate the release of their latest evening this evening at Boot & Saddle with electro-acoustic orchestral-pop outfit Grandchildren and psych-rockers Drone Ranger. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 9pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

September 18, 2014
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The Lawsuits made their new EP Tumbled available for streaming at Culture Collide. Frontman Brian Dale Allen Strouse shares: "I think we were trying to make universally relatable songs that sound like they were created in a studio. We feel strongly attached to this project because it serves as a snapshot for what the future album is gonna look like." The band will be releasing it on September 23, and will celebrate its arrival on Friday, September 26 at Johnny Brenda's with DRGN King and Tutlie.

September 18, 2014
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