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Seagulls
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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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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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Earlier today, the good folks at R5 Productions sadly announced that this upcoming series of shows at the famous basement hall of First Unitarian Church will most likely be their last. With newer venues such as Union Transfer, The Boot & Saddle, etc. taking on the bulk of their shows, R5 has relied less heavily than it had in the past on the church. As a result, because the church relies on the incoming rent, an after-school group is going to be utilizing the space. However, R5 will continue to present seated events in The Sanctuary or the smaller Side Chapel. You can read the official post HERE. Cheers to a great run of excellent, sweaty DIY shows!

September 17, 2014
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Dogs on Acid (great band name!) is the latest project from Algernon Cadwallader's Peter Helmis and Joe Reinhart. The band has been playing out for a bit now, and they just released their first 7" last month via Ranch Records, which was recorded by Reinhart at his studio The Headroom. They also have another one coming out soon so stay tuned! Dogs on Acid will be performing on the big stage of Union Transfer this evening when they open for Joyce Manor and The Exquisites alongside fellow labelmates and Philadelphians, The Spirit of the Beehive. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8pm, $15, All Ages - Alexis V.

September 17, 2014
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Brother JT has new release coming out for Cassette Store Day entitled Lo Bias Hi Noise. It's a collection of unreleased 4-track demos that were recorded from 1983-1999. You can take a listen to "Wish That I Could Read Your Mind" (below), off the forthcoming album, which will officially available on September 27 via Summersteps Records.

September 17, 2014
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