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Sheer Mag
Relatively new outfit, South Philly’s Sheer Mag, fronted by The Shakes’ Christina Halladay, wastes no time with filler on their debut 7”. The four-track release is equal parts garage and punk bravado.
“What You Want” kick-starts the record with jangly percussion and pristinely fuzzed-out riffs. As the song’s melody unfolds, Halladay’s screamed-out, heartfelt vocals recount and flawlessly capture the dissonance of romantic antics and their aftermath. Guitar-drenched interludes and buzzing drums reminiscent of Colleen Green, circa Cujo, and early demos by Bleached render the piece memorable, while noisy shreds near the three-minute mark bring to mind the lo-fi glory of the Useless Eaters’ Daily Commute.
Sheer Mag’s “Sit and Cry” is bittersweet and abrasive. Opening with crisply executed riffage, the second track off the band’s EP audibly embodies the malaise of its namesake. Halladay’s vocals, coupled with trippy distortion, amplify the emotional nuance of the release as a whole. As “Sit and Cry” nears its end, chords morph into reverb as she croons “cry, cry.” Soon after, the satisfyingly moody “Point Breeze” begins. Starting off with a rhythmic drive evocative of Cousin Brian or Throwing Up, the undertone of “Point Breeze” captivates listeners nostalgic for Slutever’s Pretend to Be Nice. Crisp with caustic yet earnest diction by Halladay, the song is energetically catching from start to end.
The album’s closer, “Hard Lovin,” is gritty, like a mellowed-out Bobbyteens’ B-side. Shaking tambourine and whining guitar lines perfectly compliment her rowdy vocals as the song progresses. Thematically, “Hard Lovin” is a kindred spirit to acts like No Bunny or Hunx and His Punx. It’s a song for romantics with a penchant for rock ‘n’ roll. It’s an anthem.
Overall, Sheer Mag's debut release is brief. Despite this, the four-song EP is more than enough to wet the appetites of their soon-to-be adoring fans. - Dianca Potts

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November 20, 2014

Weird Hot are getting ready to drop their new self-titled LP. They'll be celebrating its release on Friday, December 19 at Johnny Brenda's. Below is their latest music video for the single "I Was At a Party."


November 26, 2014

As members of the noteworthy indie-pop group Spinto Band, singer Nick Krill and guitarist Joe Hobson had found a niche for creating catchy, original tunes that made a poetic statement. And the duo has taken that ability and crafted a sensory overload when they joined forces with photographer Catherine Maloney and filmmaker Albert Birney to start their new project Teen Men. The lavish quartet blend artistic alternative music and electronic ambient tones with a photographic and cinematic digital media filmscape to create a one of a kind live experience. Catching them at Boot & Saddle tonight will be the perfect way to spend your Thanksgiving Eve. Especially when they'll be joined by psychedelic journeymen/woman Needle Points, who have also been known to deliver a mind altering live performance that's complete with colorful costumes, dual percussionists, and the thrumming bass of Brian "Langor" Langan. The incendiary musical performance kicks off with a sure to be rockin’ set by Purples, featuring members of Philly indie-rock forefathers The Teeth. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Maciek Jasik) - Bill McThrill

November 26, 2014

Animated simplicity, Billy Polard, a.k.a. The Ghost In You, created this video originally in 2011 for the demo version of “Signing Sirens,” using flipnote studio a program found on Nintendo DS. Now, the video contains/corresponds to the official recording included on the Wet Wood album. The message is so heartbreakingly clear that you could melt.


November 25, 2014

Found on NAH’s WOE (which will be released on vinyl January 6 via Ranch Records), this Brandon Kuzma-directed video for “Rather Die” featuring GIVV grabs with its instantaneous heart-thumping intensity, matched by the emcee's strong authoritative delivery. With quick-transitional movements coupled with black and white imagery, the song pounces on you, meshing menace and power. Don’t be afraid to click repeat, and catch NAH in the flesh on Thursday, December 11 at Everybody Hits with Anwar Sadat.

November 25, 2014

Lewis & Clarke, a.k.a. Lou Rogai, revisited the song "The Seventh Stranger" after being asked by Manimal Vinyl to contribute a track to its Duran Duran compilation. "Amidst the dated sonic adornments, there's a road-weary realization about the price of sacrificing stability for art. I became hooked on the song's deep and heavy melody and decided to croon out a brooder on my neighbor's piano." Proceeds from the record will benefit Amnesty International. Rogai will also be performing an intimate set on Saturday, December 6 at Miner Street Recordings as part of Weathervane Music's year-end fundraiser. The organization recently featured him in a deeply person episode of Shaking Through, which you should totally check out (again) HERE.

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