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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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Below is a new track from local indie-rock outfit Joy Riding called "Christmas Hair." It's off the band's five-song EP Cute. The group is made up of members from It's a King Thing, Makeout Party, Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, and Decathlete. They'll be performing in Philly on Saturday, August 22 at Kung Fu Necktie.

July 31, 2014
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Cayetana's Augusta Koch (guitar/vocals) and Allegra Anka (bass) performed an endearing, stripped-down version of "Dirty Laundry" for the most recent Space Jam Sessions. The original appears on the trio's upcoming LP Nervous Like Me (Tiny Engines). The full band will be headlining OK Fest this Friday at West Philly's Golden Tea House. (Photo by Ally Newbold)

July 30, 2014
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It feels like it’s been a moment since we’ve come across Avery Rosewater in a live setting. The local outfit, fronted by Arches’ Julien Rossow-Greenberg, is a freewheelin’ rock ‘n’ roll band that doesn’t shy away from dreamy reverb on the vocals. They shared a digital single, “Jeff 24,” this past spring, which felt reminiscent of earlier War on Drugs tracks. Avery Rosewater will be opening tonight at Johnny Brenda’s for former Deli NYC print cover boys and girl, People Get Ready, who are particularly known for their entertaining live performances. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $12, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

July 30, 2014
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TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb premiered a new music video, which was produced by the group and Talk Design, earlier this week over at Philebrity. It was for their track, "Snakeskin," off the band's latest EP KONG. They also shared that all five songs from the record will get their own music video and that the album will be re-issued on September 9 via local music collective American Diamond Recordings. You can catch TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb in the flesh this Sunday at 2nd St. Fest.

July 30, 2014
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Born into a family of horn players, it wasn’t until discovering Eminem while driving with his mother (of all places) that local emcee Armani White began finding his musical voice and putting words together into rhymes. Having lived in Philly all his life, the young rapper and recent Deli Philly Featured Artist Poll Winner has plenty to say about his hometown - good and bad. You can learn about the up-and-coming artist, his music, his crew LegendBound, and much more in our interview HERE.

July 29, 2014
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Are you a Twin Peaks fan? Well, Resistor certainly is, and to celebrate the David Lynch cult classic being released on blu-ray today, they recorded a cover of Julee Cruise's "Falling," which can be streamed and downloaded below. You can also catch the group performing it live this evening at Silk City.

July 29, 2014
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