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Heavy-psych three-piece Ecstatic Vision conjures cosmic soundscapes with their debut LP Sonic Praise (Relapse Records). Self-ordained as “primal,” the group’s orchestration is undeniably gripping and visceral, altering the embodied state of its listener at an instant. Pressing past the tropes of genre, Sonic Praise is a hypnotic example of the outfit’s versatility. The release of Ecstatic Vision’s tripped-out LP is hopefully the first of many.
 
Beginning with the well-titled “Journey,” Sonic Praise’s opening track unfolds like a swirling chant that gradually builds to bawdy, passionate dirge filled with buzzing riffs and drums. The song’s lyricism is straightforward yet amplified by the unrelenting progression of its instrumentation. The declaration of “Journey” is unapologetic. It’s not a conversation; it’s an invitation. At its climax, the resonance of the recording brings to mind similarly transcendent tracks like Moon Duo’s “Free The Skull” or Ty Segall’s “I Wear Black.”
 
“Astral Plane” is a tentative tip of the hat to the iconic Sun Ra’s masterpiece Space Is the Place, unfolding with driving riffs and drumbeats that elicit the sensation of being transported into the ether. By the two-minute mark, “Astral Plane” is in full swing, impressive guitar work resounding as the track’s earlier established foundation persists. Each component of the song’s structure expands as frontman Doug Sabolick’s vocals urge listeners to “Look in the mirror and tell yourself/this is the place to be.” Undoubtedly indicative of the cosmos (metaphorically or literally), “Astral Plane” is trancelike, with its instrumentation possessing the power to cast a psychedelic spell that lingers well past the song’s end. Nearly thirty seconds shy of thirteen minutes of length, the temporal duration of the recording is as well warranted as it is executed. “Don’t Kill The Vibe” is equally shamanistic, with riffage that feels psychotropic. The LP’s title track, “Sonic Praise,” begins with primeval distortion comprised of oscillating tempos and forlorn chants. The effect of its prelude is mesmerizing, dark, and strangely beautiful. Thematically cult like, “Sonic Praise” is satisfyingly otherworldly, seducing its listener to give in to Ecstatic Vision’s melodic ethos without hesitation. 
 
Sonic Praise’s final anthem “Cross the Divide” extends the mysticism of the album’s narrative, ending Ecstatic Vision’s debut on a plane similar to where it began - one of enlightenment and pure rock 'n' roll. - Dianca London Potts

 

 

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Once again, NoLibs’s 2nd Street will be mobbed this Sunday for Philly’s annual 2nd Street Festival, the city’s biggest block party. There will be two stages of live music, featuring local talent such as The Extraordinaires, Dogs on Acid, LOUDS, Tutlie, Tin Horses, Satellite Hearts, and many others. (Check out the schedule of performances HERE!) The streets will also be filled with food stands/carts, beer gardens, art, workshops, and craft vendors. Start working on that excuse for why you’ll be late or won’t be able to make it in on Monday! 2nd Street Festival, N. 2nd St. (between Germantown & Green Sts.), 12pm-10pm, Free, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

 
Other places to party down this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI St. James and The Apostles (Five Year Anniversary), Mark Lanky & his band, Sad Actor, SAT Grubby Little Hands, The Orange Drop, Man Illuminated, Murmuration
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Roof Doctor
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Momma Hankston, The Plums/Fenris/DJ Sean Hearn, SAT Humanshapes, Address/Grimace Federation (Record Release), Beard o Bees, Colma, Crouse, SUN Salems Outlaws/Whaler (Cassette Release)
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Sheer Mag
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Dean Ween Group
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI WIDE: DJ Coolout, Yolo Ono, SAT (Black Box) Satellite Hearts
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) This is Infinity, SAT Lainey Quinn, 10 Cent Days, Spoken Life, SUN (Balcony) Behind Deadlines, Girl From English
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Box of Rain, Pure Jerry
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN (Upstairs) Katelyn Jae
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Stammer (CD Release), Mock Suns, Blood Sound, SAT (4:30pm) Final Showcase, Upstream Color, The Phosphenes, Everything I Lack/(9pm) Thorazine, The Workhorse III, SUN Del Sur
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Lets Get Furious at Cancer (Benefit Show) Kingsnake, Hellblock 6, Cheerbleeders SAT August John Lutz II
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Adalie, Skyline the City, SAT Rosali
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Pool of Thorns, The Unwarranted, The Droogettes, SAT The Escape (CD Release), Night Trip, Nobody Yet
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Vikter Duplaix, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Starkey, Dev70, Noah Breakfast
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) Sat Will Paynter
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI New Pony, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Kate Says, Knightlife, Red Letter Life, Jonathan Monument, SAT (12pm) Thought Patterns, Baby Blitz/(8pm) Bill Bradford, Atomic Sky
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Dark Lo, DJ Geez
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Thief, Steal Me A Peach, Hopscotch Jefferson, SAT Undergun, RFA
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Thanks2U, Last Full Measure, Our Fair City, SAT Keely Sibilia, Nicky P, Adam Travis & The Soul
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James, SUN (2pm) DJ Jugo w/percussionist Josh Robinson /(9:30pm) DJ Royale
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) Illvibe Collective, Rich Medina, SAT DJ Francisco Collazo
 
XO Lounge (1439 South Street) SAT My Dog Bill
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) SAT Spent Flesh, Kids
 
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT King Azaz, Crime Hands, Girl Dog, Matt Holden
 
Berks 14A (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Aphra, IIl Faut
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Lost Ships, Sadhana, Dmnq Lndn
 
Baker Bowl (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Three Man Cannon, Krispy Kareem
 
Cha-Cha’razzi (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI NAH, Soul Glo, Grower
 
Kat Frat (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Anomie, Littler
 
Venue Boy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Seismic Thrust (Tape Release), Pill Friends
 
July 31, 2015
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I am sure that there were many of our readers (especially those who grew up in Philadelphia/Bucks County area), who were heartbroken to hear the announcement by Gene Ween, a.k.a. Aaron Freeman/Gener, regarding the demise of iconic alt-rock outfit Ween. And considering that he failed to discuss the disbandment with his songwriting brethren Dean Ween, a.k.a. Mickey Melchiondo, Jr./Deaner, I'm guessing that there might still be some unsettled business for all. Well, this evening at Union Transfer, strapped with his new modified Stratocaster, Deaner will have the opportunity to join the rest of the remaining Ween band members once again, which include Claude Coleman, Dave Dreiwitz, and Glenn McClelland, as The Dean Ween Group. Also joining the crew on this special night will be Scott Rednor. Deaner has been in the studio lately working on new material so expect the unexpected, along with some of your favorite classics. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8pm, $25, All Ages - Alexis V.

July 31, 2015
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With a calm, consistent advance, post-punk trio The Stammer continue its march forward. Steady, spoken vocals, delivered by Brian Brotman, offers an air of calm despite the sometimes melancholy narrative, as a clean siren of guitar rings true and the percussion provides that persistent push forward towards the surrounding setting. Tonight, at The Fire, the band celebrates its new release Days in Between, with the comforting psych-pop charge of Mock Suns, who impose a pleasant atmosphere that accelerates at specific instrumental intervals, asserting force onto a gentle peaceful wave. The frenzied synth-friendly gloom-pop of Blood Sound has that knack for keeping you on your toes, and since you’re on your feet, one might as well embrace it. Brooklyn lo-fi dream-pop crew Exiles helps to usher in an evening that pleasantly clouds headspace with a constant rolling current. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Michael Colavita

July 31, 2015
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Hezekiah Jones, a.k.a. Raph Cutrufello, is preparing to release his next album, In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw, this fall. Cutrufello stopped by Caimbridge Sounds Studio to record a session for Root Down In The Show's Cover Club series. He and the Joneses also shared a new song off the forthcoming record called "Spare the Wicked," which you can watch a performance of below. (Photo by Lisa Schaffer)

July 31, 2015
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Below is a scorching new track from local doom-metal outfit HIVELORDS called "Vessel." It's off the five-piece's forthcoming EP Tapered Limbs of a Human Star, which is due out August 4 via Philly's own Anthropic Records. HIVELORDS is set to kick off its North American tour tomorrow in Binghamton, NY, and will be returning home to perform on Wednesday, September 9 at West Philly's Beaumont Warehouse. (Photo by Sean Bolten)

July 30, 2015
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When Iggy Pop has some kind words to say about what you've done with one of his songs, then you know that you are moving in the right direction. Residuels, led by Justin Pittney (formerly of Moon Women), continue to bash out exhilarating garage rock. The band has an upcoming album in the works that contains new material and re-recorded songs that Pittney had laid down in the studio in the early stages of the project, before the exodus of drummer Pat Troxell (Creepoid) and its reformation into a trio, with the addition of Michael Cammarata (Suburban Living, ex-Drink Up Buttercup, ex-Night Panther) and Kyle Garvey (The Interest Group). You'll get to hear this bigger sound this evening on the wonderfully powerful system of South Philly's Boot & Saddle, where Residuels will be opening for Denton's Foe Destroyer, which is made up of Daniel Garcia, Cade Sadler, and Chris McQueen (of Snarky Puppy). They'll also be sharing the bill with Thrills, the electro-rock project from Michael Mullin (of Vacationer and Ratkicker), who will be making its live performance debut. Mullin will be joined on stage by Vacationer bandmates Ken Vasoli and Greg Altman. Boot & Saddle, 11131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Q.D. Tran

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