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Suburban Living’s self-titled debut LP (PaperCup Music) is a memorable showcase of moody dream pop and lush emotives. The anticipated follow-up to the well-received Cooper’s Dream EP and 2013’s “Always Eyes” 7” single, Suburban Living enhances a sound familiar to fans of Beach Fossils, while channeling the percussive pulse and melancholy of post-punk legends like Joy Division. 

Opening with “Faded Lover,” the album’s first track unfolds with guttural riffs and an unrelenting backbeat that perfectly frames frontman Wesley Bunch’s emotionally wrought yet controlled vocals. The song falls somewhere between the driving tempo of Echo & The Bunnymen’s “Stars Are Stars” and The Cure’s “Primary,” making it a suitable metaphor for willing romantics. A crystallization of everything quintessential about the dissonance of post-punk and the catchy melodics of shoegaze, “Faded Lover” lingers like a ghost with its listener, dissipating into a silence that begs for subsequent returns.
 
“New Strings” impresses with cinematic reverb and percussion that gradually swells into a melodic narrative that proves to be just as upbeat as it is brooding. Bunch’s knack for crafting duality and juxtaposition keeps tracks like it from becoming merely sentimental. The sincerity of Bunch’s diction is one equally fostered by disenchantment and passion alike. As if tapping into the emotional core of what made fellow shoegazers The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart so relatable, Suburban Living’s “New Strings” manages to tug at the heartstrings without playing puppeteer. 
 
“Wasted” kick-starts with beach-y chords and mellow diction that intensifies midway through the song’s duration via shouts that seem to beckon a sense of urgency in Bunch’s audience. With ease, it signals a shift in the album’s tone preparing listeners for the more subdued yet earnest “Dazed,” whose instrumentation embodies the state evoked by its namesake. As if it were a millennial epilogue to the sentiments of Psychocandy, the song proves to be just as pensive in its own rite. With jangly hooks and introspective vocals, it feels synonymous with early cuts by Real Estate or a kindred spirit with the unabashed sincerity of the Stone Roses. Here, Bunch is anything but withholding.
 
The dance-y synth and cadence of “No Fall” perfectly compliments the track’s energy. Suburban Living’s sixth track is a probable favorite for fans. “Hotel Unizo” serves as an instrumental prelude to the album’s closer, “Different Coast,” which is similarly orchestrated in the sense that it captivates. Fashioned by straightforward feelings that confess of vulnerability and modes of coping, “Different Coast” is deliberately constructed to mesmerize its listener towards catharsis. 
 
In the end, it is clear that Suburban Living’s latest release is the beginning of something monumental. - Dianca Potts

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January 13, 2015
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Ever since forming from the remnants of The National Rifle in late 2013, Bondage & Discipline have been hard at work honing their sound and creating material for their debut LP. They've also been recording with Todd McCaughey of Cambridge Sound Studios, and are slated to drop the album later this year. But the band just recently shared its third single, “First Kiss,” which is based on a discarded letter that singer/guitarist Hugh Moretta found on a train. It explores a desirous sentiment that was never shared with the person whom inspired it. It also reveals more of the bands danceable ambient electronic beats that you'll be able to hear if you catch them during the Winter of Y-Not Concert Series at Ortlieb's tonight. They'll be joined by Steve Goldberg's melodic synthpop project Resistor and darkwave trio Blood Sound. Ortlieb's, 847 N. 3rd St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 
Other places to chill out for this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Callowhill (7” Release), Dreambook, Whisper, SAT Philly Loves J Dilla: DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Mike Nyce, SUN The Pretty Greens
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.)  FRI Thee Idea Men, SAT Ali Wadsworth, Bill McCloskey, Maitland, SUN Amanda X, Blowdryer
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI CaveWomen, The Plums/Skeleton Hands, SAT Kreig, T.O.M.B./DJ Lil Dave: Good Company
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI-SUN Philly Video Music Festival FRI  (7:30pm) The History of the Music Video Part 1, (10pm) Name That Video, SAT (2:30pm) Extended Play Theater: Longform Videos of the 1980s, (6pm) Metal Movie Madness, (10pm) They Might be Weird: A Burlesque Tribute to Weird Al and They Might Be Giants, SUN (4pm) Life on the V: The Story of V66, (7pm) Backwards Into The Future: 120 Minutes Tribute
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Grimace Federation
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Dry Feet, Le Yikes Surf Club
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT (Balcony) Chartel, SUN (Balcony) Fis Geez, E-Hos
 
TLA (334 South St.) FRI OCD: Moosh & Twist, Ground Up
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN 4th Annual Tri State Indie Music Awards
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Foxhound, August John Lutz II, Gretchen Lohse, SAT Wade in the Water, Jake Cancer Action Man
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI City Rain, Minka, SAT Modern Suits
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI New Sound Brass Band, Something Like A Monument, SAT Bondage & Discipline, Resistor, Blood Sound
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Future Race (Record Release), Swarms, Witch Fist, SAT Blendmode
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI The Boom Bap, DJ Coolout SAT DJ Deejay
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Jason Reed Band, Jessica Graae, Jeremiah Tall
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Pat Finnerty, SAT Dave Steel Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Dirty Purple, Soraia, Black Rue, SAT (1pm) Theotis Joe & The Bad Attitude Band, Felicia Punzo, Justin Aries /(7:30pm) Jackie Bobbi, Cris & Lou (Valkyrians) / We…Our War, Givethemrope
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Sparklefight, GASH, 66 Stitches, SAT Corey James & Patrick Fiore, Minerva, Black Rue, Dell-P, Sweet Eureka, Zymotic Flow, Carfax Abbey
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI King Magnetic, SAT Tommy HoGunz, John Tordini
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Curtis Jr., Keystoned, Dave Hoagie & His Heroes, Addison GroveSAT Joshua Popejoy, Alex & The Beggars
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Morse Coda, Spotted Atrocious, SAT Jacqueline Constance
 
El Bar (1356 N. Front St.) SAT Jantones, When Ships Collide, Dan Malloy
 
XO Lounge (1437 South St.) SAT Cal¡co, The Strange Heat, Witch Fist
 
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) SAT Cultureal, Paulette Branson & Mixed People, George Urgo Band
 
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St.) FRI S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., Buster, Spirulina
 
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St. Suite 76) FRI Quit
 
Everybody Hits! (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Mannequin Pussy, Hound, Sean Plays the Drums
 
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Swift Technique
 
Girard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI The Spirit of the Beehive, Kerosene
 
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Walking Distance (Tape Release), Balloon Boy, Mumblr, SUN Direct Effect, Liam Betson, Marge, Clique, Constraint
 
Hazzard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Cranes Are Flying (Release Show), Ruby Buff, Problems, Curve
 
3rd & Girard (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT In Place, Little War Twins
 
Safety Meeting (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Hello Shark, Liz & The Lost Boys, Matt Holden (Legs Like Tree Trunks)
 
Lavender Town (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Eleby, Water Polo
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Dirt Queen, Harsh Vibes, Legendary Divorce
 
Little King Trash House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Alps Head, Chad Avery
 
Michael Jordan (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Slaughter Beach, Dog, Edelweiss
 
The First Banana (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Blau Gemacht, Hypoxia, Tourism
 
502 South (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Sixties, The Good Excuses, Welter, Proof and Proving, Leadership
 
Second Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Dronez, No

  

February 27, 2015
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Tonight, the relatively fresh formed four-piece Callowhill celebrates the release of their eponymous debut on 7” via Exotic Fever Records with a headlining performance at Johnny Brenda’s. The band, which includes Katy Otto of Trophy Wife, seems to find a middle ground between ironed out melodies and heavier unforgiving instrumentation. As a result, a bridge is built meshing the two, establishing songs guided by the constant propulsion of clean thudding bass lines, snappy percussion, and zigzagging guitar riffs with strong yet soothing vocals. However, despite a polished edge, the band retains a punk rooted core capable of elevating the intensity at any given moment. This evening, the dark, melodic shoegazing outfit Dreambook makes an appearance with a new bassist in tow, dishing out a sonic meal that simultaneously soothes and jars as you drift along. Pop-punk trio Whisper will be kicking off the night. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

February 27, 2015
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Noteworthy Brooklyn duo Leisure Cruise is stopping into Philly for part of their tour, but it isn't the only reason to head down to MilkBoy Philly tonight. It will also be a good chance to catch City Rain, who had a great 2014 with the release of Songs For a High School Dance. Tonight will be the electronic outfit’s first show of 2015, and it will also be their first full band show as three-piece where they’ll be introducing new drummer Ross Robey (formerly of Cold Fronts). They also might just debut some new tunes from their upcoming album that is slated to drop in the spring. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 9pm, $12, 21+ (Photo by Reji B.) - Bill McThrill 

February 27, 2015
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Below is a new black and white music video from DRGN King for their track "Undertow." Directed by Dan King, the band is filmed performing at Ruba Club Studios for a cast of dancing zombie characters that is made up of former bandmates (Brent Reynolds, Steve Montenegro, and Joe Baldacci) and local music pals (Laser Background's Andy Molholt, Dream Safari's Chris Coulton, and W.C. Lindsay) among others. DRGN King is currently on an extensive U.S. tour, and will be home again March 28 at Everybody Hits. (Photo by Caitlan McCann)

February 27, 2015
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“Go For It,” the latest single from CRUISR, is the type track that can really break the ice. With a loose infectious energy and a tightly compacted sandy groove, the song is a great way to shake off that chill and transition over to warmer weather. “Go ahead, now go for it.”

February 26, 2015
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