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Peter Matthew Bauer
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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July 14, 2014
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Tonight’s Kung Fu Necktie lineup will allow you to unleash your inner beast. Co-headlined by the heavy-rock artillery of locals Ecstatic Vision and Serpent Throne, whom respectively drip with raunchy guitars and intense decibel levels. Ecstatic Vision collectively piece together a living-breathing psychedelic atmosphere that jars the senses with its all-encompassing combination of pounding spaced-out preaching vocals and searing guitar, linking to generate energy rather than overcrowding and suffocating the room. Serpent Throne fuse dual guitar leads, slick extended solos that one up via the space created by a steady pumping back end that lays the foundation for their explosive outbursts. It could be considered a throwback to the unrelenting guitar gods of yesteryear exploring the indulgent while exhibiting finesse and control. Gloomy Chicago rock outfit Mount Salem should fit nicely on this bill, which will be opened by a new local act, containing members of Far-Out Fangtooth & Gondola, called Ancient Creature. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $5, 21+ - Michael Colavita

July 22, 2014
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We are kind of captivated by the combination of April Harkanson's ethereal vocals and jagged guitar licks from Downtown Club. In their new video for the single "Victoria," the smoky, black & white aesthetic of the production provides an addtional air of mystery to the post-punk trio. It was directed by Adam Peditto, and the track will appear on the band's upcoming 7".

July 22, 2014
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We have have a big ticket giveaway for our readers this week! Enter for a chance to win a pair of tix to see Ryan Adams/Jenny Lewis/Dawes on Saturday, July 26 OR Beck/Band of Horses/The Districts on Sunday, July 27 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden as part of XPoNential Music Fest. Just send us an email at thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line "Not Bryan Adams" (for Sat.) or "Scientology Freak" (for Sun.), depending on which day you'd like to attend. Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck!

July 21, 2014
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Krust Toons: "Circus Skills" by Teddy Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations HERE.

July 21, 2014
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Buffalo Stance, the brainchild of Man Man's Jamey Robinson, has gone through many configurations throughout the years. However, with his funky, masterful keystrokes, Robinson has always managed to make the live experience one of the quirkiest dance parties in Philly. And with the project's current lineup consisting of bandmate Christopher Sean "Pow Pow" Powell and multi-instrumentalist Matt Gibson (The Extraordinaires, ex-Man Man), Buffalo Stance's grooves will certainly be intesified manifold. They'll be the lone supporting act this evening at Johnny Brenda's for avant-garde Japanese collective OOIOO. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $15, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

July 21, 2014
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