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"Hardcore Friends
Lithuania’s debut full-length album Hardcore Friends via Lame-O Records begins with the mad-dashing punk jolt of “God In Two Persons.” The song quickly gathers momentum as a rush of power chords and percussion develop an instantaneous flow of energy, and Eric Slick’s controlled agitation questions and states, “What is on your mind?/You do it all the time.” “Pieces” pushes a crusty grunge aesthetic, as the spoken lyrics linger, embedding them in one’s mind. “I need something that I can’t hold on to./Please believe I would never do you wrong.” What initially speaks to a fundamental instrumental rawness is balanced by a melodic refinement.
Dominic Angelella unlocks the window of vulnerability in “I Wanna Drink Poison.”  A simple percussion and guitar allow his delicate vocals to etch a confession that aches with authenticity. Eventually, the light breeze of instrumentation transforms into a powerful gust, and Angelella laments, “I Don’t See Anybody.” With it’s bare acoustic guitar lead, “Coronation Day” provides an uplifting tonal change - a brief yet well-placed breath of fresh air. “Deaf Gene” begins with a gentle drifting before reaching a high-pressure, uncorked rage -  “…My hands are tired it’s the first time since time…” releasing the frustration until Angelella’s vocals soothe Slick’s aggression giving it a moment to simmer before relinquishing the reins and roaring to its conclusion.   
Densely packed drums and guitar quickly rouse one’s senses in “Place Of No Tomorrow,” revving the engine between short yet effective exhibitions of force. Its vocals are exuberant, while still having a disgruntled bite as that universally need for a new scene appears in the chorus reverberates, “God, this part of town is killing me./I need to breathe and see the place of no tomorrow.” Closing with its title track, Hardcore Friends leaves a lasting impression. As Angelella poignantly questions, “If I fall in love with an idea again, if I fall in love, would you make sure that I’m careful with it?” The guest vocals of Frances Quinlan (Hop Along) and Rachel Browne (Field Mouse/Anomie) offer a dynamic sense of earnest support as the album rumbles to a close.
A pair of hardcore friends in Eric Slick and Dominic Angelella has sealed its brotherly bond with an album that fuses punk-rock attitude and assertiveness with a resounding melodic pop sensibility. The energy and emotion are palpable. - Michael Colavita

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On Littler's new single, "Somewhere Else," Madeline Meyer drags us through the muck and mire that blocks our path towards adulthood. While some gracefully make this transition, the reality that most of us face isn't that easy, and Littler manages to capture that relatable angst with their latest, which was recorded and mixed by Swearin's Kyle Gilbride. "Somewhere Else" will find its place on the band's forthcoming album Of Wandering. They'll be performing next in Philly on Sunday, September 13 at Hong Kong Garden with Bad Canoes, Moor Mother Goddess, and Pill.

September 04, 2015

With a heart-rendering honesty and a full-throttled, guitar–powered ability to erupt, “Sooner” draws you in close with its anecdotal tale of change and moving forward. The track is off Shame, the forthcoming debut LP from Petal, a.k.a. Kiley Lotz, which will be released via Run For Cover Records. What begins as a steady guitar riff fires away toward the song’s conclusion, gradually creating a distance and then rocketing ahead. Shame will be officially available on October 23, and Petal rolls into town with fellow Scranton brethren Captain, We’re Sinking on Friday, September 11 at Michael Jordan House. (Photo by Danielle Parsons)

September 03, 2015

The four-piece caravan of Really Fast Automobiles, a.k.a. RFA, cruises into the upstairs of World Café Live this evening. The band toes the threshold of easily assimilating garage rock with vocals that maintain an even keel, but appear on the verge of breaking loose from control and blues-inflected instrumentation that comes loaded with smooth riding rhythms and tight riffs. They’re crisp and clean like a good drink, but have the capacity to throw in another shot to stir things up. Clean contoured guitar licks and steady-handed, harmony-centric vocals shape The Reflexes' pop-rock sound, while the breezy warm crooning of Mike Bailer Band gets things started. World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8pm, $8, All Ages - Michael Colavita

September 03, 2015

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September 03, 2015

Good news from the Cold Fronts camp! After patiently/impatiently waiting for the green-light from Sire Records, the band's full-length album, Forever Whatever, now has a release date of October 23. You can also take a listen to their new track, "Buschleague," from the forthcoming LP, over at Consequence of Sound, and enjoy the single's artwork (above) with frontman Craig Almquist keeping it classy!

September 03, 2015

Modern Baseball are working through some difficult times right now with the need to recently cancel their Australian tour with Iron Chic as well as their appearances in the UK at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, due to Brendan Luken's continued struggles with anxiety and depression. It's a difficult one but absolutely the right move. The band just made its latest single, "Revenge Of The Nameless Ranger," available for streaming and free download. The track was originally an exclusive download for those who pre-ordered tickets to their upcoming tour with PUP, Jeff Rosentstock, and Tiny Moving Parts, which will closeout in Philly on Saturday, December 12 at Union Transfer. We wish Brendan and the rest of the MB gang all the best. 

September 02, 2015


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