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October 2014
"Full Of Snakes

The major takeaway for Mumblr’s new album Full Of Snakes (Fleeting Youth Records) is that it really takes balls to write songs that truly say nothing. As counter intuitive as it may sound, there really is something admirable in using music to not really express all that much. Any jerk with a voice and a few chords can say a whole lot about how their ex is horrible; what really matters is how much of that content is actually worth hearing. And brother, Mumblr has found a way to make saying nothing profound.

On the surface, the album initially sounds like some sort of early 2000’s generic pop-punk; the first song “Got It” opens with that familiar sense of vague, safe anger. It’s very “high school” reminiscent, right off the bat, with lines like “I got it if you want it” and “I’ll invite you to my room.” But as the song closes and we drift into “Sober,” the tone very gradually starts to feel off. It starts to feel a bit weirder, with this sense of reckless abandon that you only hear in a Violent Femmes song. And it’s not that one is true, and the others is not; this album is walking a razor’s edge between the most self-aware of indie post-punk and the obliviousness of adolescent guilty pleasures.

And while that may sound like a chaotic mess, the seventeen-track full-length really is the having-and-eating of one's cake. We get the indulgence of grandiose guitar riffs and over the top shrieks, but with just enough originality in the composition to give it a sense of being slick and even avant-garde. Don’t let the outward sense of crazy abandon fool you - this thing is airtight. And a lot of that can be chalked up to Nick Morrison’s vocals; he brings a real sense of cleverness to the whole thing, in no small part to the fact that he can turn his voice on a dime.

One endlessly fascinating reoccurring theme is the use of repetition in their lyrics, with phrases like the aforementioned “I got it” and “someone’s been sitting in my chair” echoed over and over again, beyond the point of simple parody. It’s that old artistic trope of repeating something until it becomes meaninglessly applied to lyrics, and it’s interesting to hear expressions of youthful angst to become so alien and meaningless.

They take these universal touchstones of adolescences, including the use of “shock” lyrics such as “if God is a woman I’m going to hell” and gleefully drive them into the ground while enjoying the ride. It’s fun, it’s cool, and will leave you thinking more than any other post-punk album in months. And it does so while still being a genuinely fun throwback to a sort of music that you don’t really hear in earnest these days. - Daniel Ludwig

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Free Saturday Matinee at Stork Club Takes Place TODAY

Chromespider Presents a full day of music at the Oakland based music venue, Stork Club today. The show extends from 4pm to 9 pm tonight and we're always excited to share the news about unique events that will keep you busy and drenched in local independent music for hours on end. The show features Bay Area based bands and solo artists:

Sophie Vogel
Linda Ann Xyz-Anderson
Civilized Savage
Bobby Quaalude
Guido Ayala
Nic Burrose

If you're looking for something to do and a reason to be able to drink before 4 pm, grad some friends and make your way over to the East Bay and have a blast!


Empty Moon Release New Music Video - 75 Degrees

The Oakland based indie folk music project, Empty Moon has released a new music video entitled 75 Degrees. This track is reminiscent of Bright Eyes and exudes a laid back California folk vibe that flows slowly while expressing lyrics that are simplistic but potent and emotive. Check out the new video and support new Bay Area artists.


Dark Blue Record Release Show at Boot & Saddle Sept. 27

Former Clockcleaner and Puerto Rico Flowers frontman, John Sharkey III, came up with the concept for his latest album, Pure Reality, when he was working the graveyard shift as nightwatchman at a university in Canberra, Australia while his wife was giving birth to their daughter. When faced with the “pure reality” that Australia was a temporary move, they headed back to Philadelphia, and realized the significant differences bewteen down under and Kensington. Upon settling in, he linked up with former Puerto Rico Flowers bandmates Andrew Mackie Nelson and Mike Sneeringer (who have also collaborated with the likes of Ceremony, Paint It Black, The Loved Ones, Strand of Oaks, and Purling Hiss) to form Dark Blue and work on their debut album, which was recorded by Jeff Ziegler and will be available via Jade Tree starting October 7. Dark Blue will be having an early celebration for its arrival this evening at Boot & Saddle, where they’ll be joined by Melbourne, Australia’s Dick Diver. Rounding out the lineup will be the dark and enchanting synth-driven musings of Shari Vari’s Void Vision, whose upcoming full-length Sub Rosa will be coming out mid-fall. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill


Free 40th Street Summer Series Showcase w/Man Man at 40th & Walnut Sts. Sept. 27

This weekend, University City is sending off their 40th Street Summer Series with one hell of a high note: Man Man will be playing a free outdoor concert this afternoon! The prodigal local outfit is known for their insane mashup of styles, grandiose over-the-top lyrics, frantic keyboardsmanship, and one of the most impressive mustaches in modern music. Their music could be described as a head on collision between heyday surf-rock and soulful indie, with just enough pseudo-hip hop to make things interesting. They’ll be joined by opener Needle Driver, an NYC avante-garde rock outfit, who will certainly add to the weirdest, most exhilarating way to say goodbye to summer. Behind the Walnut Street Free Library, 40th & Walnut Sts., 6pm, Free, All Ages - Daniel Ludwig




Rockwood Music Hall - FREE

Add to Calendar 10-22-2014 6:30:00 10-22-2014 11:59:59 80 The Deli's Roots/Alt Rock CMJ Stages Description of the event Location of the event Organizer Organizer e-mail http://www.facebook.com/events/160427380695693 false DD/MM/YYYY

5: Cariad Harmon
6: Bridget Davis & The Viking Kings
7: Margaret Glaspy
8: Inland Traveler
9: The Nepotist
10: Son of an Illustrious Father
11: Motopony (Seattle)
12: TBA
1: Laura Cole Band (CAN)


6: The Family Crest (SF)
7: She Keeps Bees
8: Darlingside (MA)
9: Animal Years
10: Secret Someones
11: Stone Cold Fox
12: Lazer Cake

7: Maggie Rogers
8: Caitlin Canty
9: Anthony D'Amato
10: Jack and Eliza
11: Totara Jack
12: TBA
THURSDAY 10.23 - 6.30PM
Spile Hill - $5

Add to Calendar 10-23-2014 6:30:00 10-24-2014 11:59:5980 The Deli's Garage/DIY/Psych CMJ Stage Description of the event Location of the event Organizer Organizer e-mail http://www.facebook.com/events/160427380695693 false DD/MM/YYYY

6.40 NoPop
7.30 Bailiff (Chicago)
8.20 The New Tarots
9.10 The Teen Age
10.00 Charly Bliss
10.50 Low Fat Getting High
11.40 Le Rug
12.30 Juniper Rising
FRIDAY 10.24 - 7PM
Pianos - $10
7:00 Girlpool (LA)
07:45 Waltz
08:30 Shilpa Ray
9:15 The Yum Dee Days
10:00 Mother
10:45pm Baby Alpaca
11:30pm Bo Ningen
12:20:00 AM Sunflower Bean
1:10:00am Glass Gang
02.00am WOLVVES
7:00 Fielded
7:45 Vandana Jain
8:30 Alto Palo
9:15 Fascinator
10:00 The Flag
10:45 The Flavr Blue
SATURDAY 10.25 - 6.30PM
Spike Hill - $5

Add to Calendar 10-25-2014 7:00:00 10-26-2014 11:59:59 80 The Deli's Indie Pop CMJ Stage Description of the event Location of the event Organizer Organizer e-mail http://www.facebook.com/events/160427380695693 false DD/MM/YYYY

6.45 Fly Moon Royalty (Seattle)
7.15 Hani Zahra
8.5 Cantina
9.4 Fancy Colors
10.3 Flashlight (FL)
11.2 Walking Shapes
12.1 Catey Shaw
1 The Prettiots

Lazer Cake plays The Deli's CMJ 3 Stage Show at Rockwood on 10.22

There's no shortage of music with an eighties tinge these days, but that’s not to say there isn't room for more. In Lazer Cake's music, rhythmic synths throb under exultant melodies and chiming beats, resulting in a twitchy nervousness readymade for the indie dancefloor. Earnest vocals from Lazar singer/drummer Robby Sinclair are backed by dynamic washes of synth via Alan Markley, swaying guitars from Tom Deis and Grant Zubritzky’s punchy bass. New romanticism under stress becomes pure expression. You'll have an opportunity to see Lazer Cake live at The Deli's official CMJ show at Rockwood Music Hall on October 22nd. - Francesca Baker


Weekend Warrior, September 26 - 28

Philly’s most successful new pop-up park and beer garden, Spruce Street Harbor Park, closes down for the season on Sunday. But before it does, it’s going out with a trippy psych-rock bang this Saturday evening with an electrifying free concert headlined by Bardo Pond. And since they’re hot off the heels of a European tour, the veteran psych rockers are prepared to have an incendiary homecoming. Tonight will be a good opportunity to catch the retro 60’s street-level boogie of Needle Points before their new album Cripple Street comes out next month. If you caught them during this year’s Kensington Picnic, then you know that Spacin’ delivers a carefree, good-times, all-the-time outdoor performance. And this show will be no exception. Spruce Street Harbor Park, Spruce St. & Columbus Blvd., 7pm, FREE, All Ages - Bill McThrill
Other places to enjoy the beginning of fall this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Lawsuits (Record Release), DRGN King, Tutlie
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Dark Blue (Record Release), Void Vision
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St) FRI Gondola, Hound, Problems, Igneous Eyes
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Duffy’s Cut, Thunder and Glory, Dive In the Box/Julia Rainer/Attic Dancers, SAT The Pagan Babies, The Droogettes, SUN Sister City, Ruby Shots, Mother
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT RJD2, S.T.S., Marian Hill, SUN Dopestroke

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI The Young Werewolves, Live Not On Evil, Dave Ghoul, DJ Kiltboy, DJ Mighty Mike Saga SUN Orcus
40th Street Summer Series (Between Locust & Walnut Streets) SAT Man Man
Electric Factory FRI American Babies, SAT Hamilton Leithauser
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Cyanide Saints, SUN (Matinee) The Gang Age, The Butter Guns, Benjamin Tinsley, Curtis Jr.
The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI An Honest Year, Reward
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Leithgow Fest Night 1:S.T.S., Kid Haney, SAT Leithgow Fest Day (Afternoon) I Yahn I Orchestra, Chalk & The Beige Americans, Ill Fated Natives, Delco Pacers, Fishtown Beats, MH the Verb, iAlive, When Ships Collide/(Early) Kim Edwards, Anjuli Josephine/(Late) Reef The Lost Cauze, Mic Stewart, SUN Leithgow Fest Day 3:(Day) Nobody Yet, Bad Heat/(Night) Bok Nero, Bounceboyz, Matt Ford, Robbie Casablanca, Calogero Gnvrly
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Billy Roach & The Political Theatre, SUN The Rivals, Levee Drivers, Emmet Drueding
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Royal Shoals, Glitter, SUN Shape Breaker
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.)  FRI Moon Bounce, QQQ, SAT Crown of Earth, Bottom of the Lake, Disturbing Daisy
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI (2nd Floor) Vital Stats, Husky Bundles, Midwestern Exposure, The Muffin Man/Mach 22, Ballroom Zombies, SAT Steve Oakley Band/ Shari DuBois, Jacqueline Constance, Vent, Tev Geez, SUN (Afternnon) Michael Lewis/(Evening) Lightning Arms, The Minutians
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Upstart Fest: The Virus, Pulling Punches, The Wayward Ones, SAT No Good Sister, The Donuts
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Rastabiggz
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) Fri Buddy Roc, SELA, SAT VIV & The Revival, The Loud Company, Justin Phillippi, SUN (Day) The Model T’s Jazz Orchestra
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Abandos, Taiwan Housing Project, Proexibitors, People Skills, SAT Mo Lowda & The Humble, Commonwealth Choir, Air is Human, Richie Digiorgio
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Steve Kimock
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI YDi, Mischief Brew, The Stasi, Dronez, The Depth
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT Gavin Riley, Static Brothers, Eli Capella
Children’s Books, Roxy Nova, Uncle/Father Oscar
The Mitten (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Gull, Bore War, Cannons
14xx N. 2nd St (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Tygaton, The Orange Drop, Tone
Chill Collins Art Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Cult Choir, Seismic Thrust, The Orange Drop
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Krieg, Crypt Sermon
Fennairo Coffee (111 N. Church St., West Chester, Pa) SAT Mike Bell & The Movies, Scuzbot, The Sixties, Brokehead, Let it Out Matt, CAL!CO
Golden Tea House (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) SAT Pocket


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