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July 2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
"Liberation!
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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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Recommended Show: Twin Vision at Holy Mountain, July 23rd

 Twin Vision sounds like a modest blend of The Strokes and The White Stripes. Being that Twin Vision was only formed last year, we speculate whether the band has something new to incorporate into the ever transforming sound of garage rock. Labeled as "manic-psych," this band is definitely one to keep an eye on as they evolve their aesthetic. After listening to their two albums on band camp, the diversity in style is already evident.  Their first release in particular, Three Songs to Tickle Your Fantasy, but also their recent release called, Ice Cream, a nonstop powerhouse of anthemic blues to grunge rock songs. Catch their raucous show on July 23rd at Holy Mountain featuring Black Pussy and stream Ice Cream below. -Rebecca Blandon

 

 

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Recommended Show: Twin Vision at Holy Mountain, July 23rd

 Twin Vision sounds like a modest blend of The Strokes and The White Stripes. Being that Twin Vision was only formed last year, we speculate whether the band has something new to incorporate into the ever transforming sound of garage rock. Labeled as "manic-psych," this band is definitely one to keep an eye on as they evolve their aesthetic. After listening to their two albums on band camp, the diversity in style is already evident.  Their first release in particular, Three Songs to Tickle Your Fantasy, but also their recent release called, Ice Cream, a nonstop powerhouse of anthemic blues to grunge rock songs. Catch their raucous show on July 23rd at Holy Mountain featuring Black Pussy and stream Ice Cream below. -Rebecca Blandon

 

 

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Pink Frost @ Bottom Lounge (tonight!)

Pink Frost has shared the first single, "Seek and Recover" from their forthcoming EP Traitors. The EP will be released on Sept. 16th and is the follow-up to the band's 2013 album Sundowning.

You can catch Pink Frost tonight, July 18th, at Bottom Lounge w/ Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy.

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Weekend Warrior, July 18 - 20

After being victims of a hit and run this past Sunday, Nothing was forced to rent a van to finish out the rest of their tour, which obviously is an expense that few smaller-scale bands can afford, so any merch purchases or donations (PayPal at Nickymoney@gmail.com) would be greatly appreciated when they stop home this Saturday at the First Unitarian Church. The hard-rockin’/livin’ shoegaze outfit will be co-headlining the bill with badass California progressive hardcore crew, Matador Records’ Ceremony. They’ll also be joined by locals Bad Side, Iron Lung, and Anxiety Hammer so be prepared to get sweaty and feel bodies smashing against you in the steamy basement of The Church. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 7pm, $14, All Ages - Alexis V.
 
Other things to enjoy this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Bel Heir, Cruiser, Dangerous Creatures
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Bonzai, Sunburster, Carved Up, Faking, SAT Plow United
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St ) FRI  Screening “EVERY EVERYTHING: THE MUSIC, LIFE & TIMES OF GRANT HART” (w/cover sets afterward including Mumblr), SAT Adult Swim Burlesque w/Schoolly D
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Moonshine Social (Album Release), Moibus Trip/ Nearest, Spectral Lines, SAT Burnout Star/ Magnificent Shit Hawks, Cavities, Black Friday Death Count, SUN (Upstairs) Sonnder, Acid Wolf
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Cheerleader, Cheers Elephant, Toy Soldiers, SAT Circa Survive, Ecstatic Vision
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Spank Rock, Prowler, Mumblr
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) Fri (Downstairs) Dave Watson, (Upstairs) Lily Mae
 
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Harm Wülf
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Carl Crossfade, Traverse, Rhythm HB,H.I.M. Lee, Russ Tate, Rachel Tension, SAT Adlib, Godilla, J.O. The Last Man, SUN Shelf Life
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Tweed
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT The Slot Cars
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Underwater Country Club, Billy Roach & Political Theatre, SAT Next to None
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Raleaf
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Adam Travis & The Soul, The Great Enough
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave) SUN No Stayer, Weird Wolf
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) SAT Dead Horse Drivers, Gene Wildest (Upstairs) The Division, Duders, Sun Death Maschine, Generation Empty
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The One2s, Only On Weekends, Wonder & Fury, The Hyde, SUN Hoser
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Nothing, Bad Side, Anxiety Hammer
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Tutlie, Bondage & Discipline, SAT CJ x Evan, B.K. Friendly, Alyssa Julaine Sunny Dee Presents Female Takeover: Jacqueline Constance, Mare Floyd, Suzann Christine, Mixed People Band
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Hoochie Coochie Men, SAT Rats, Telequanta
 
Ardmore Music Hall SAT Chelsea Reed & The Fair Weather Five
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI Luke Goodman, SAT JDH & Dave P (FIXED), SUN Polido Social Club with Tony Modica + Jeffrey Bouchard + Ed Christo
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Window Liquor
 
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St.) FRI Nick Millevoi, Eliot Klein
 
The Titan House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI I IM EYE MY, Pinkwash, Kerosene (mems/ex: Point Breeze, BBear, Hypoxia, Braille
first show)
 
Jackson House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Silverton, Porn Cops
 
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Jeremiah Jae

Jeremiah Jae has released a video for his single "The Heat". The track comes from his new mixtape Good Times.

You can catch Jae at the Warp Records Party at Primary Presents (5 W Division St.) in July 20th.

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Stream: Roses, "It's Over"

Roses, a fairly new dream-pop trio out of LA, has pumped out two perfectly dance-worthy singles in preparation for their debut EP, Dreamlover, via Group Tightener. Their most recent single, "It's Over" (streaming below) pays homage to 80's disco with familiar 90's shoegaze guitar wash. Juan Velasquez, previously of noise-pop band Abe Vigoda, sings with a half-talking drawl akin to David Byrne's unmistakable vocal presence. The band almost sounds like a west coast Diiv, particularly in song structure, but also because of that warm chorus/tremolo effect that every slacker-rock band out of New York seems to be using these days. The EP is out on August 5th, and you can catch them live tomorrow at the Bootleg Theater among United Ghosts and A Sunny Day In Glassgow. -Jake Saunders

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Final Philly Hurrah for Toy Soldiers at Union Transfer July 18

For the past 7 years, Toy Soldiers have been riling up audiences and gaining acclaim (USA Today’s Band to Watch in 2013). But after “20+ musicians, 3.4 million highway miles, 9 thousand rest-stops and a lifetimes worth of experience,” the band will be giving Philadelphia (you’ll still be able to travel with them for a couple festivals well into next month) one final hurrah at Union Transfer tonight. It’s far from goodbye though as Ron Gallo recently released his first solo effort on American Diamond Recordings (which features a few of his TS family as backing musicians), and drummer Dom Billett and guitarist Matt Kelly are getting ready to unveil their next project, Coin Purse. But for now, this will be the final opportunity to see them as a collective in the city that raised them. This evening’s show will also mark the first Philly homecoming for their longtime friends Cheers Elephant, who packed up for sunny Southern California pastures last year. Rounding out the lineup will be the buzzworthy indie outfit that started as a bedroom project between longtime friends Joe Haller and Chris Duran, Cheerleader. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 9pm, $14, All Ages - Bill McThrill

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Tutlie Radiating at Bourbon & Branch July 18

Tutlie has been continually evolving since they first arrived on the Philly music scene from West Chester, but Jessie Radlow’s sultry, wispy vocals has always been the beacon of light helping to guide their musical ship. Tonight, she’ll radiate live on stage at Bourbon & Branch where Tutlie will be joined by up-and-comers Bondage & Discipline and New God. Ever since The National Rifle announced their name & lineup change to Bondage & Discipline, they have found a synth-laden new voice. And with new songs being unveiled as they work on their debut album aimed for release in 2015, it will be a perfect time to catch up on what the group has been up to lately. And if the recent single, “Firework,” from New God’s upcoming LP is any indication, then they are definitely going to be an act to pay attention to in the future. Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill


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