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"Everyone Make Happy
Everyone Make Happy, the debut LP from Shelf Life, via Lefse Records, finds an absorbing lyrical yet comforting instrumental balance. Scott Leitch (ex-Pirouette/recent drummer for Alex G) cultivates songs that gently sway with internal warmth, while placing listeners in a deeply personal, somber state.
Space-warping synths smoothly land on the surface in “The Curse,” the initial introduction to Everyone Make Happy. Those glowing synths fade to the background as the airy, easily-assimilated acoustic guitar provides shimmers of daylight onto the song’s anguished lyrical tone - “bathe in sister’s blood/talk to the ghost of my dad’s mom/about nothing but heaven and the cancer in her gut.”
Pushed by its percussion, “Mark II” delivers what appears as subtle instrumentation, penetrating beyond the surface as a tight bedroom-pop sound. What starts drearily - “wake me up, when my lungs, start to pump normally” - lifts the shades to the point of optimism. “There’s always something in the sunlight,” riding a casual, almost accidental groove along the way. The album continuously stares directly into sadness, observing a very real place of grief. In “Creature” with its road-worn, country-folk twang , Leitch addresses the questioning nature of a sickness as a somber cloud hangs overhead. “I ask myself what my Father would do/he’d fold his hands lean to belief/but the creature inside him is not inside of me.”
“Low Key Lumber Theft” forebodingly spirals forward as the last dashes of daylight fall below the horizon. The guitar crisply cuts through dusk, venturing further out of sight as it gains momentum and then coolly concludes. With a daydreaming-psych vibe, “Time Traveler” moves into a nostalgic familiar space, which although consoling - “I am meeting the past/it is just how I thought/I have found what I lost” - still cuts - “You had gone away.” An anecdotal throwback, “Double Dare” soaks into your mind with its direct lyricism and catchy melodies, a la Alex G, while “Sinking Just Right” lulls you into a submissive calm of internal self-doubt - “does everybody hate me, just a little, little, little bit” - drifting until your “sinking just right.”
This album delicately balances the weight of emotional darkness with a glimpse of the light, from outside pushing in through the cracks. - Michael Colavita

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October 12, 2015

At the intersection where endearing emotives and crisp melodies converge into an energy-releasing surge forward, Marietta flips the script, creating songs that turn personal anguish and despair into a collective resounding outpouring. Taking those internal contemplations and pushing them outside bedroom walls, the pop-punk quartet generates anthems that unite individuals in communion. Tonight, The Joint Chiefs of Math open the proceedings, pushing the boundaries with an intense, high-octane-fueled excursion in atmosphere-altering, noise-inflected math rock, exploring the outer limits with warp-speeding instrumental interplay. Armed with explosive instrumental transitions that play off fervent vocals, Japanese rockers Tricot headline. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $14, 21+ (Photo by Kasmine) - Michael Colavita

October 12, 2015

Hop Along stopped by 5 at 5 for an intimate performance at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Check out the stripped-down version of "I Saw My Twin," off their latest LP Painted Shut (Saddle Creek) below. Hop Along will be heading out on tour with Modest Mouse, starting tomorrow, which will last through October, and they'll also be bringing their tunes to Europe next month.

Hop Along: 5 at 5 : Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles from Ace Hotel

October 12, 2015

Controversial Philly rapper and former Deli Philly Year-end Fans'/Readers' Poll WinnerAsaad, recently dropped his long-awaited new album Young 27. It features contributions from Sunny Norway, Oogie Mane, QB, P On the Boards, Problem, and more. You can stream the record in its entirety and purchase it below.

October 12, 2015

For us, this weekend is all about our Anniversary Bash this Saturday at PhilaMOCA. It’s a great time for us to let loose and listen to some of our favorite Philly bands perform. Providing the rad tunes will be the neo-psych explorations of The Orange Drop, the darkwave prom-pop of Blood Sound, and the endearing indie-pop/rock of Hello Shark. Suburban Living will also be spinning the vinyl jams for your listening pleasure. Refreshments will be available so come celebrate with us another year of love for local music! BTW: We need to get things ready, and will be most likely recovering from the festivities so we’ll catch up with you again after the weekend. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Q.D. Tran
Other places that will be less fun this weekend ;-)…
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Banned Books, Neolibz, What Nerve
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Dream Safari
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.)  SAT Fiancé
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Down Jones, Wrek, Dann D, SAT Hells, Dull Knives, Hold Down The Ocean, Black Horse Motel/Azn Jake, SUN Moon Bounce, Aphra, QQQ/Brian Fitzy, Rad&Kell
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI Kurt Vile & The Violators, Waxahatchee
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Orion Freeman, Lovers League, Gringo Motel, Mercury Radio Theater
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Hammer Down, Mach 22, SUN (Upstairs) Alex and The Beggars, Apache Trails, Raw Honey/(Downstairs) Flux Capacitor
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Goddamnit, Diff'rent Folks, Line Leader, Glenn Matthews, SAT The Mad Splatter (Record Release), Lamplighters, Spent Flesh, SUN Frontyards
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Dreambook, SUN Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.)  FRI Alright Junior, Riverside Odds, SAT Wildflower, tile
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Francisco Collazo, DJ Phsh
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dave Steel Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Laura Shay Band
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Little Big Things
The Foundry (1100 Canal St.) SUN Questlove Supreme
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) SAT Polterchrist
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI EverAfter, Stealing Fame, Slyphr/Ben Tinsley, Boy Wonder SAT Mike Liberatore, Citadel, We Our War
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Magnificent Birds of Prey, Paul Keen, SAT Thee Minks, Clashing Plaid, Loafass, Mr. Unloved, The Droogettes, The Prisoners, Hellblock 6, SUN The Jumping Juvies
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Dorkosaurus, Last Frontier, SAT Ridge Summit, The Late Greats, The Heavy Weather, Red Means Run, Jamie Shemanski, SUN Kenny Price
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Box Of Rain
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Dark Thoughts
Lithuanian Music Hall (2715 East Allegheny Avenue) SAT Light Heat
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Marge
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Littler, Shakai Mondai 
Dahlak Paradise (4708 Baltimore Ave.) SAT DJ Haram, Scraaatch
Long In The Tooth (2027 Sansom St.) SAT Dogs On Acid (Vinyl Release), Hurry
Sit & Spin Records (2243 S. Lambert St.) SAT (3pm) PAAF
Grays Ferry Skatepark  (3600 Grays Ferry Ave.) FRI Interloper
Penn Treaty Park (1199 N. Delaware Ave.) River City Festival: Shark Tape, Tutlie, The Fractals, City Rain, Teen Men, Kate Faust
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI QQQ, Janelle, So Serious
Nico Nico Mansion (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Disinterest, Burp!
Second Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN CHONDRIA
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Aniqatia, RFA 
October 09, 2015

A honing-in, winding noise gives way to flexible breakout percussion, setting the tempo in Three Man Cannon's latest “Gold Or Silver.” The song is the first taste from the band’s new EP Will I Know You Then, which is scheduled for release on November 6 via Lame-O Records. The song gathers instrumental momentum in unison as the vocals lead the way, displaying a guttural pull with a controlled reserve. That measured exertion demonstrates an efficiently planned attacking style. Three Man Cannon ill be performing next in Philly on Friday, October 23 at Girard Hall.

October 09, 2015


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