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The Goodbye Party
"Silver Blues
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The Goodbye Party, a.k.a. Michael Cantor (formerly of The Ambulars), has released a new record Silver Blues via Salinas Records. The album finds Cantor largely in control using a vast arsenal of instruments, while also enlisting Joey Doubek (of Pinkwash) for percussive duties on a series of tracks.
 
“Heavenly Blues” nudges the entrance open to the cathedral of sound. Cantor’s smooth trustworthy vocals deliver a suggestive message amid a chamber of sonic layers, “…you have halos, you have lights, you have ghosts that sing into the night.” There is a well-produced divide, between that enlightening tone fortified by a residual hum, the soft drops and tapping tambourine, and bowed guitar that provides a more ominous dimension.
 
“Crossed Out” shoves that door further open with its optimistic jangly guitar/rolling percussion and bass, illuminating the scenery - “holes in the windows, where the wind slips through…” There’s a balancing point between the coldness of the lyrics and the resounding warmth of Cantor’s delivery and instrumental accompaniment. Taking foreboding tones of thumping percussion and the stirring rings of guitar, “I’m Not Going to Your Heaven” silver-lines them as the ringing morphs into a pleasant cry while the song winds down with a scratchy conclusion.
 
In a flash of joy, “Personal Heavens” is jumpstarted with a groove yet despite this, the lyrics reveal a grey point of view - “Homesick for personal heavens and homes you’ll never see again.” Slipping you back into the cathedral in “27 Times,” the finessed layering of backing vocals wrapping around Cantor’s lead shields it from the cold.
           
“New Decay” has a jaded push behind it, as guitars twist into knots and drums smash a path for Cantor to admit, “I keep breaking what I’ve already fixed/I keep fixing what I’ve already fixed.” Silver Blues closes with the bone chilling solemn string-oriented “White on White” - “the world/burns in the dark/echoed songs, resonations, every night.”
 
The record sweeps through ones mind in what seems like a moment. However, its melding of darkness and light leaves poignant, beautiful moments that makes Silver Blues worth revisiting frequently. - Michael Colavita

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January 13, 2015
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For close to three years You You Dark Forest has been establishing itself by playing some ear-catching ambient instrumental rock. The quartet has been able to strengthen the forged bond that brought them together, and its sound has evolved through the new material that they have been working on since the start of the winter. Tonight, the band will be stepping out into the light at Kung Fu Necktie, and with this evening’s performance being the group’s first show of the year, it’s very likely that You You Dark Forest will be unveiling a bunch of new tunes. And they'll also be joined by indie-rock trio Bone Bats and Janelle. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $6, 21+ - Bill McThrill

January 25, 2015
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Lifetime friends, Davey Cope and Damian Mason, who make up the local New Wave parody duet LeBon LeBon, planned on having a low-key release party for their debut album Devices. You know - they’d play some stuff off the record, and have some friends come to help them out, and maybe even sell one of their CDs. However, that quickly escalated into a more elaborate affair. Not only will there be choreographed dancing, campy costumes (complete with oversized sunglasses), and two opening bands... but Raj Haldar, a.k.a. Lushlife, South Philly’s most dope producer/DJ/emcee, will be spinning 80’s pop at the booth - not so low-key. Lushlife first blew away the blogosphere in 2009 with his mixtape, Cassette City, which maximized on long lost 90’s boom bap. 2013's Plateau Vision had the same style of indie old school hip hop, just on a whole lot of psychedelics and to a background of challenging philosophy. Lushlife is sure to set the scene for some serious grooving, and hopefully some of his own mind-altering beats. -North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $12, 21+ - Emily DiCicco

January 24, 2015
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Ever since Wesley Bunch moved to Philly from Virginia Beach, he’s been finding a whole lotta love for his project Suburban Living. He has also found seasoned bandmates in Michael Cammarata and Chris Radwanski, who were formerly in Night Panther and White Birds together and will be pulling double duty this Saturday night with their new project Spirit Haus. Suburban Living will be celebrating the release of their vibrant self-titled album, and will be playing their first ever Philly headlining set at Bourbon & Branch tonight. They'll be joined by the charismatic Illinois, who will have some new material to share since they recently sent out the mastered recordings for their upcoming release that's on the horizon. Also on the bill is Purples, who just put out some material of their own. There will certainly be a lot of fresh new tunes for your listening pleasure this evening. Bourbon and Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $7-$10 21+ - Bill McThrill
 
Other places to escape from the snow this weekend…
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Jersey Corn Pickers, Man About a Horse, White Cheddar Boys, SUN Power Animal, Idiot Forever
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Birdie Busch
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI JJL, Easy Creatures, SAT The Snails, Spelling Reform
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Hivelords, I Am The Trireme /Truong Ta, Whats Her Face, Lady Parts/Damn Right!, The Beating, Crouse, SAT The Deadeyes (Record Release), This Temper, Conversations/The Great Explainer, Shannen Moser, SUN You You Dark Forest, Bone Bats
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Montoj, AlyCat, SUN Tinmouth
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Martha Graham Cracker, Brian Sanders Junk, Magda & Chelsea, Johnny Showcase & His Lefty Lucy Cabaret, Unidos Da Filadelfia
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) The Miners, Reckless Amateurs, Not My Dogg, (Downstairs) Matt McAndrew, SAT (Upstairs) Pure Jerry
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Cee Knowledge, SUN The Subtractive
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Great Big House, Brian Fitzy, SAT Southern Tyde, The Wayside Shakeup
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Nocturnal Jocks, SAT LeBon LeBon, Lushlife, Tropical Nasty, Los Festingos
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Mutlu
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI The Heat Run
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Tree Rats, Little War Twins / Stripes (Of Reckless Dodgers, The Lamplighters SAT The Ozzman Cometh/ Twin Ghost, The Good Mess
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Man Illuminated, Layers & Frames, SAT Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman, The Royal Noise
 
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI No Summer (Record Release), Goddamnit, A-minor, SAT Deteriorist
 
Hard Rock Café (1113-31 Market St.) FRI Overcoming Gravity, Working Class Villains, Blakeslee
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Vektor, Fisthammer, Lör
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI The Funky T, Rob Tait Band, Paulette Branson & Mixed People, Jahwula, SAT R@S, Verbatum Jones, Fishtown Beats, Mitchy Mills
 
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Box of Rain, Flux Capacitor, SAT Blue Apple Groove, Railroad Fever, Hatchets and Hammers, Soldier On SUN Butchy Sochorow
 
3rd & Girard (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) SAT Time Hitler & The Assholes From Space, Thieve, Church Girls
 
2nd Empire (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) SAT Blank Spell, Twinks, Top of Tola
 
502 South (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Welter, The Danger O’s, Scatterbrain, Seeing Snakes
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Captain, We’re Sinking, Sing, Bird of Prey, Address, SAT Cayetana, SUN Low Charge, Dridge
 
Lavender Town (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Goddamnit, Jackie Paper, Balloon Boy
 
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI The Reflexes, Southern Queers, Vince Bellino, SAT No Friends, Hoser, Brontide, Walking Distance
 
January 23, 2015
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With his self-titled debut LP due out next Tuesday, January 27 via PaperCup Music, Virginia transplant Wesley Bunch, a.k.a. Suburban Living, is scheduled to perform at Bourbon & Branch tomorrow night. For those contemplating attending the event, check out this early preview of the new record, and you’re sure to be swayed. With its airy stripped-down unions of synth/guitar/percussion, it’s easy to picture this album getting heavy rotation.

January 23, 2015
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One of Philadelphia's most innovative theatre companys, Pig Iron Theatre, hosts its annual benefit cabaret at The Troc tonight. The theme of the cabaret is Pignometry, or the mathematics of angles and curves, and the illustrious Miss Martha Graham Cracker and a roster of sassy performers, who have connections to the company, will be testing their intellectual, musical, and acrobatic skills. There will be a special silent auction that features items like a membership to the Fairmount Park Conservancy, tickets to Longwood Gardens, and a basket of rum. Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret will tantalize with their raucous soul revival and charismatic showmanship, and Unidos de Filadelfia will bring their world beat and Latin soul. The show will also feature performances by the Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Fantasy Grandma, Briand Sanders Junk, and more. Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St., 8pm, $25-$125, 18+ - Bill McThrill
January 23, 2015
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