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November 2014
Sheer Mag
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Relatively new outfit, South Philly’s Sheer Mag, fronted by The Shakes’ Christina Halladay, wastes no time with filler on their debut 7”. The four-track release is equal parts garage and punk bravado.
 
“What You Want” kick-starts the record with jangly percussion and pristinely fuzzed-out riffs. As the song’s melody unfolds, Halladay’s screamed-out, heartfelt vocals recount and flawlessly capture the dissonance of romantic antics and their aftermath. Guitar-drenched interludes and buzzing drums reminiscent of Colleen Green, circa Cujo, and early demos by Bleached render the piece memorable, while noisy shreds near the three-minute mark bring to mind the lo-fi glory of the Useless Eaters’ Daily Commute.
 
Sheer Mag’s “Sit and Cry” is bittersweet and abrasive. Opening with crisply executed riffage, the second track off the band’s EP audibly embodies the malaise of its namesake. Halladay’s vocals, coupled with trippy distortion, amplify the emotional nuance of the release as a whole. As “Sit and Cry” nears its end, chords morph into reverb as she croons “cry, cry.” Soon after, the satisfyingly moody “Point Breeze” begins. Starting off with a rhythmic drive evocative of Cousin Brian or Throwing Up, the undertone of “Point Breeze” captivates listeners nostalgic for Slutever’s Pretend to Be Nice. Crisp with caustic yet earnest diction by Halladay, the song is energetically catching from start to end.
 
The album’s closer, “Hard Lovin,” is gritty, like a mellowed-out Bobbyteens’ B-side. Shaking tambourine and whining guitar lines perfectly compliment her rowdy vocals as the song progresses. Thematically, “Hard Lovin” is a kindred spirit to acts like No Bunny or Hunx and His Punx. It’s a song for romantics with a penchant for rock ‘n’ roll. It’s an anthem.
 
Overall, Sheer Mag's debut release is brief. Despite this, the four-song EP is more than enough to wet the appetites of their soon-to-be adoring fans. - Dianca Potts

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Annie Rivera Scholarship Benefit Concert w/Cayetana, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb & More at Underground Arts Nov. 23

Underground Arts hosts a whole afternoon of music in honor of the Annie Rivera Scholarship Fund today. This scholarship provides financial aid to top undocumented students who achieved Deferred Action Citizen status to attend college at a major university. There will be a silent auction that will have restaurant gift cards, salon services, artwork from local artists, and more as prizes. And there will be a special concert that features three up-and-coming local acts. Despite still being relatively new to the scene, the femme fatales of Cayetana have been comfortably finding their place as another talented, buzzworthy Philly act with an old school indie grrrl band sound that channels memories of Sleater-Kinney on their bold debut full-length Nervous Like Me. For the past few years, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb have been mainstays and ambassadors to the local music scene. And whether they channel a drunk Tom Waits or deliver original songs from a powerful album like KONG, they do so with a blues-tinged folk-rock punch. Rounding out this eclectic lineup will be the New Sound Brass Band. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 3pm, $25, All Ages (Cayetana Photo by Ally Newbold) - Bill McThrill
 

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