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Peter Matthew Bauer
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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It's been way too long since we've heard a full-length release from the always creative art-popsters The Extraordinaires. They had faced plenty of obstacles over the past few years with the sudden folding of their record label Punk Rock Payroll and multiple band reconfigurations due to founding member Matt Gibson's hiatus as Man Man's multi-istrumentalist and the exodus of drummer Evan Smoker. However, Gibson has returned, and seems more dedicated to succeed with his comrades than ever. And The Extraordinaires appear to have their songwriting mojo back, judging by their new album Dress for Nasty Weather (Color Theory Records), which you can listen to (and purchase) in its entirety below.

July 31, 2014
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Today marks day one of the 4th annual four-day Phreak N’ Queer Arts & Music Festival. The nonprofit event aims to support and embrace many things that we at the Deli are in communion with, providing a forum and voice for a diverse spectrum of artists and recognizing the past while gazing toward the future - meanwhile celebrating the present with a series of excellent artistic exhibitions/shows that are as varied and open-minded as the people that produce, perform and witness them. This evening, PhilaMOCA will host a bill that includes the engaging personal-narrative folk-blues combo of Andrew Bethany Spiers, a.k.a. The Feverfew. The intriguing electro-synth-soul-pop incarnation of Jen Pague-fronted Vita and the Woolf, whom will release their debut EP Fang Song on September 16, will also grace the stage as well as the atmosphere-generating hip-hop creations of Moor Mother Goddess, and the skilled classical improvisations of Brave, among others. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 7pm, $5, All Ages - Michael Colavita

July 31, 2014
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Below is a new track from local indie-rock outfit Joy Riding called "Christmas Hair." It's off the band's five-song EP Cute. The group is made up of members from It's a King Thing, Makeout Party, Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, and Decathlete. They'll be performing in Philly on Saturday, August 22 at Kung Fu Necktie.

July 31, 2014
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Cayetana's Augusta Koch (guitar/vocals) and Allegra Anka (bass) performed an endearing, stripped-down version of "Dirty Laundry" for the most recent Space Jam Sessions. The original appears on the trio's upcoming LP Nervous Like Me (Tiny Engines). The full band will be headlining OK Fest this Friday at West Philly's Golden Tea House. (Photo by Ally Newbold)

July 30, 2014
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It feels like it’s been a moment since we’ve come across Avery Rosewater in a live setting. The local outfit, fronted by Arches’ Julien Rossow-Greenberg, is a freewheelin’ rock ‘n’ roll band that doesn’t shy away from dreamy reverb on the vocals. They shared a digital single, “Jeff 24,” this past spring, which felt reminiscent of earlier War on Drugs tracks. Avery Rosewater will be opening tonight at Johnny Brenda’s for former Deli NYC print cover boys and girl, People Get Ready, who are particularly known for their entertaining live performances. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $12, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

July 30, 2014
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TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb premiered a new music video, which was produced by the group and Talk Design, earlier this week over at Philebrity. It was for their track, "Snakeskin," off the band's latest EP KONG. They also shared that all five songs from the record will get their own music video and that the album will be re-issued on September 9 via local music collective American Diamond Recordings. You can catch TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb in the flesh this Sunday at 2nd St. Fest.

July 30, 2014
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