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On the heels of last year’s, debut EP The World Is A Terrible Place & I Hate Myself And Want To Die, The Weaks, led by a pair of former Dangerous Ponies Chris Baglivo and Evan Bernard, have released their full-length debut Bad Year via Lame-O Records.
 
The record wastes little time jumpstarting into the aptly titled “Kick It,” with its bass-thudding lines rolling into catchy, emotive power-pop mode, cleansed with a bit of synth before unleashing one of the album’s many blasts of guitar solos. “Nevermind” (an homage to Nirvana) reflectively takes the positive spin on a failed relationship, streamlining percolating instrumentation with stable yet aching vocals. The album’s title-track cracks through melancholy with a lyrical disposition harnessing polished twin guitar licks between trudging percussion-led transitions, destined for fiery flashes of solo prowess. With an aggressive, smashing instrumental storm, “Black Box” takes the ball and runs with its relatable crushing narrative, hooking you in as a silky synth slips in amid the treacherous landscape. 
 
“Dysania” is the cup of coffee that pushes the covers off. With its guitar-led jog, loosening into a bass-charging surge, it quickly reaches maximum speed. Tongue-in-cheek earnest yet humorous lyrical tones – “Too much blood for just two hands/and there’s so much shit we’re gonna need two vans” – set the mood whilst sprinkling in clean flares of guitar, maintaining that downhill thrust. The song contextually blends a pent up instrumental energy and memorable vocals to create a natural anthem feel. Turning a leaf, “I Don’t Wanna Be An Anarchist (Anymore)” melds percussion and synth, delivering a sincere yearning for change with that heart-throbbing, interwoven bass-drum combo, adding a real inside-looking-out perspective. 
 
Strumming acoustic guitar and a spacey synth serve as foils in “Welcome To Earth,” zooming in and then peering out in a battle of loneliness and self-exploration, once again enjoying a creative out there spin on a common searching topic. The closing track is another nod & wink to Nirvana and Hop Along frontwoman, “Francis Quinlan Will Have Her Revenge On Philadelphia,” embracing a snarky attitude with matching (rough around the edges) momentum-gathering guitar meets an avalanche of backend, delivering a mixed emotion-filled message “Who’s going to pull your weight if I leave you behind... Please stay with me. 
 
Bad Year embraces its Weezer power-pop influences, allowing listeners to join in on the emotionally personal ups and downs, while still coming away refreshed. It’s another great find for rising Philly indie label, Lame-O Records. - Michael Colavita

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May 29, 2015
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Here's mewithoutYou's second offering from their forthcoming album Pale Horses, entitled "D - Minor." On their latest, which premiered over at NPR, you find a more subdued outfit, in comparison to the group's previous lead single "Red Cow"; however, the band's usual intesity and insightful storytelling still remains prevalent throughout the track. Pale Horses will be officially available on June 16 via Run For Cover Records.

May 28, 2015
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May 28, 2015
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Ecstatic Vision have taken their previously demoed track "Astral Plane," and properly gave the jam the attention that it called for in the studio. Check out the group's twelve-plus-minute second single, which premiered yesterday at Stereogum, off the band's debut EP Sonic Praise! The album is scheduled to drop on June 30 via Relapse Records, and Ecstatic Vision will be hosting a co-release celebration with Creepoid on Friday, June 26 at Johnny Brenda's.

May 28, 2015
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Madalean Gauze just shared a new single called “To You I Give.” The song’s leveled yet authoritative vocals are met by an intense storm of instrumentation. It will appear on her upcoming debut LP that was recorded by Jeff Zeigler. She is slated to perform on Saturday, June 6 in support of Ross Bellenoit’s record release show at Johnny Brenda's, which also includes Morgan Pinkstone (of Swedeland). (Photo by Shay Allen)

May 27, 2015
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It's no secret that we're fans of the intoxicatingly mesmerizing sounds of Power Animal, a.k.a. Keith Hampson. After all, he is one of the rare artists that that we've asked to perform at our annual anniversary bash multiple times. Though his musical output in the last few years hasn't kept up with our demands for more tunes, it's always a treat to hear what Hampson has been up to lately, locked away in his makeshift sound lab. And this evening, Power Animal will be opening for The Deli NYC most recent Artist of the Year, Porches (you can find them on the cover of our latest print issue, which is also available online HERE), and blogosphere darlings Frankie Cosmos at PhilaMOCA. It's been sold out for a while now so kudos to our readers who know what's up and have grabbed their tix already. We're looking forward to sharing a rad evening of music with you! PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $12 (Sold Out), All Ages (Photo by Mac Whalen) - Q.D. Tran

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