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Philly rock ‘n’ rollers Justin Pittney, Mike Cammarata, and Kyle Garvey (a.k.a. Residuels) revamp essential garage cuts on their latest release Love Songs. Available now via Suicide Bong Tapes, the three-piece’s cassette kick-starts with a full-throttle rendition of Rich Berry’s “Have Love, Will Travel.” The power trio’s frenetic take on the song that put bands like Thee Headcoatees and Paul Revere & the Raiders on the map is far from derivative. From the very first lick of guitar, Pittney and his bandmates tap into the original fury at the center of “Have Love Will Travel,” using crashing riffs and uninhibited vocals reminiscent of The Gories.
 
Residuels’ take on The Damned’s debut single “New Rose” is similarly inventive, giving listeners an unadulterated taste of the original song’s rhythm and fuzz. Pittney channels Dave Vanian with ease, mimicking the legendary Londoner’s punk-as-fuck diction as if he wrote the track himself. Clocking in at a few seconds shy of three minutes, the second track on Love Songs is arguably one of the best renditions of the ‘76 single.
 
The same could be said for “You’re Gonna Miss Me.” Opening with a guttural scream, the group’s tribute to psych-rock icons The 13th Floor Elevators is perfectly executed, with each chord and clash of cymbal adding to the instrumented intensity of the already well-loved garage classic. “You’re Gonna Miss Me” feels like a stubborn tantrum, the sonic manifestation of the sort of longing that is borne of desperation and pure desire that is mirrored in the album’s closer “It Girl.” Residuels’ jangly styling of one the most lovelorn (and heart-wrenching) tracks on The Brian Jonestown Massacre's fifth LP is equally captivating, despite being one of Love Song’s quietest tracks, leaving listeners smitten. For die-hard fans of garage rock and newcomers alike, Love Songs doesn’t just pay homage to the genre’s past; it celebrates its vibrant present. - Dianca London

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Hushed, seductive vocals coast along the sonic streets lined with percussion and keys in Work Drugs's new single, “Roll”. The sensual beacon of saxophone guides with its weaving, smooth sound as the song’s mysterious-night aesthetic fits neatly into the recently warmer climate. Work Drugs will be performing next in Philly on Saturday, June 11 at Boot & Saddle with Church Girls.

May 26, 2016
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It's been nearly six years since we've heard any new music from local metal keytar maestro Matt Garfield, a.k.a. Mose Giganticus. Well, Garfield is back (on drums), and has teamed up with Red Planet producer Joe Smiley (on guitar). Check out the duo's beautifully lit music video for "We Are One"! Directed by Christopher Kayfield and Garfield, the heavy post-rock track is the follow-up to 2010's Gift Horse (which was released via Relapse Records), and is the first from the band's new ongoing digital Singles Series.

May 26, 2016
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Hot Tears, the combination of Molly Fischer (vocals, drums, guitar, bells) and Erica Freas (cello), has a new 7" coming out on vinyl via Olympia, WA indie label Rumbletown Records. It will also be accompanied by a booklet of art and writing collaborations created over the years with family and friends. Hot Tears is currently on tour in Europe, but you can listen to and download the duo's epic-sounding new tracks, "Like Sand" (featuring Takiaya Reed on soprano sax) and "Stronger Lady," below. 

May 26, 2016
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Clique just premiered their sophomore album Burden Piece at Stereogum. The LP officially comes out on May 27 via Boston indie label Topshelf Records. It was recorded at Headroom Philly and features backing vocals from Philly singer-songwriter Shannen Moser. (Photo by Sabrina Jacot)

May 25, 2016
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Vanillalord have something to celebrate this evening at Everybody Hits with the release of their new record Macro Plaque PAC. It's their first via Boiled Records, and the band crosses over into an alternative universe, as keys, bass, and percussion dictates a playfully intense, search-party sound. Commanding baritone vocals reign from the front as tightly spun post-punk wheels drive ahead, cruising with purpose. That focus captures glances of newly exposed alien lifeforms that inhabit the area, while danger potentially lies around any corner; discovery is at the controls. Tonight, the firing-on-all-cylinders sound of Sheer Mag, whose infectious, garage-hardened grit merges slick guitar licks, a relentless backend thrust, and vocals that tear right through the center, will be joining them. Meanwhile, Mike Polizze (of Purling Hiss) will lock you into a fuzzed-out, psych-pop spectrum, punctuated by flexing guitar muscle. With a smacking immediacy, Memphis punks Ex-Cult complete this lineup. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Michael Colavita

May 25, 2016
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Experimental, lo-fi outfit Old Maybe premiered a new single, titled "The Shuffle," over at The Le Sigh yesterday. It is off the trio's forthcoming album, Oblio, which will be available via Apollonia Sound on May 27, and the band is celebrating its arrival the following evening at Space 1026 with Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Hermit Thrushes, and Jepeto Solutions. Below is a bit of insight shared by the group regarding its latest track. 

"'The Shuffle' is a reflection on my experience in the Philadelphia DIY music scene. I wrote it as a response to unfair perceptions and judgements, battling with depression and an eating disorder after falling in love with a narcissist, and struggling for acceptance in spaces led by white, small-bodied, wealthy and privileged 'musicians' and 'artists.' It's about heartbreak and remembering the beautiful parts of abusive relationships. It's about being routinely ignored, tokenized, and used by men. 'The Shuffle' is a dance."

May 25, 2016
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