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Fresh Buzz: Alto Palo's is the music of the present

There is a lot of excitement among musicians about the new musical technology brought by a new, powerful generation of synthesizers, audio plugins and guitar effect pedals - we know something about it because this blog is supported by the various music gear expo we organize. And yet, 90% or more of the new music we cover doesn't exploit this new technology to its full potential. If it's true that great songs don't need special effects, it can't be denied that the sound of indie has mostly turned stale, and that the genre is in desperate need of a sonic lift. Rock'n'roll has always been propelled by new technology: the electric guitar's role in the early days, the Beatles's experimental pop, Jimi Hendrix's creative use of feedback, Robert Fripp's tape-based music and Radiohead's sample mangling - just to mention a few - are all proofs that new technologyand experimentation are central to the genre's health.  
NYC's Altopalo is one of the few local artists we've heard this year that's accepting the challenge posed by this new technology. Their latest full length frozenthere is a collection of ambient-soul, experimental tracks seemingly played by an abstract orchestra of camouflaged instruments. The soulful vocals of Rahm Silverglade tie together a record whose BPM is slowed down to downtempo territory to allow and highlight the band's sonic exploration, and that carries on the conversation Tom Yorke and company started in 2000 with Kid A.  





New Hotel Neon Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Inward, the new album from the trio of Hotel Neon, cultivates a peaceful, meditative ambiance. One’s sonic surroundings blossom in gentle waves of instrumentation. Freshly awakened by the inviting drone sound, a sojourn of self-discovery begins while simultaneously finding the natural balance between internal contemplation and the beauty of the external world. Inward was originally made available during the band's recent tour last month with Marcus Fischer & Benoît Pioulard.

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Weekend Warrior, November 9 - 11

With a mesmerizing, industrial buzz melding the chaos of noise and the cathartic calm of enveloping electro experimentation, Lunacy (a.k.a. Nicky Kulp of Far-Out Fangtooth/Remote Control) sonically maneuvers through the post-apocalyptic/dystopian landscape. The vocals are transmitted in hushed, haunting tones as an eerie metallic echo and the thump/tic of a percussive beat reverberates in one’s chest and seemingly serves as a reminder of the clock we’re all racing against. This Saturday night at Everybody Hits, Lunacy will be celebrating his new compilation of EPs and singles delivered thus far. Released via Altarpiece Records/Third Coming Records, Just The Beginning is presented as the precursor to a forthcoming debut album. Dancing Plague develops a somber synth-anchored state of darkwave, daring you to move towards a dim path that Columbus’s Child of Night leads you further down. The spine-chilling synth-pop of Tristan Victor-led Kiss of the Whip rounds this lineup into form. (Photo by Jo Kusy) – Michael Colavita

Other weekend sounds…

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Full Bush, Love Club, Grace Vonderkuhn SAT Lunacy (Record Release), Kiss of the Whip, SUN Cheer Up 

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Nik Greeley & The Operators, Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, Trap Rabbit, SAT New Sound Brass Band, Looseleaf, SUN John Train (duo) 

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Aiden James

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Manikineter/DJ Deejay, SAT Horrendous, Daeva, Scorched/Fame Lust, SUN The Rectors, SUN Lojii, Iunnowho

TLA (334 South St.) FRI Levee Drivers

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI Mitis

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Hannah Krupa, SUN Ultimate Live Evil 

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT The Tone Bandits, The Mojo Machine, The Justines

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Rylan Brooks, SAT Mars Parker, Casto, SUN Downtrodder

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Blushed

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Holy Mountain, Children’s Books, SUN The TC Cole Riot, Los Gueys, The Deadeyes

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Thick Red Wine (Album Release), SAT The Classic Hunt, Georgey V, Medium Rare, SUN Mosquiat Grease

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT  Weezadelphia, Torn & Ironic and Show Me How To Live, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Royale, SAT Ian St. Laurent, SUN Launchpad Burlesque

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI  Polar Bear Lars, Tiger Castle, Assemble, SAT 7th Victim, KeN, Workhorse III, Gibbous Moon, Thee Minks, Disoriental, Instant Smile

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Crossed Keys, SAT Dj Mighty Mike Saga, Elijvh Vrms

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI Bastard Thieves, SAT Lust for Nothing, X88B88

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) SAT Rentboy, Xoul Kool, Slugqueen

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Sitting in Cars, Groove Merchants, SAT Dave Joyce Band, Windjammer, Apple Juice Jones

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Star Kitchen, Catullus, Wyllys, SUN Whiskeyhickon Boys

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Ron Gallo, Sixteen Jackies

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT The Whips, Mike Matteson & The Sketchy Freaks/Breaklite, The Valets, Wax Wav

No Face Studios  (5213 Grays Ave.) SUN  Rasan In The Heyday, Spooky Mulder, Modern Fiction, Sad Sinderella

The Mothership (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT Curanderos, Dire Wolves

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Swim Camp, Ntive Flora, SUN Heaven Man, Secret Nudist Friends, Dani in Public

Haus of Yarga (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Georgey V, Rentboy, Diaphane, Huey





New Hour Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Anemone Red, the sophomore release from local instrumental collective Hour, is out now via Lily Tapes and Discs. Naturally refined layers of sonic ruminations unfold. Bringing the subtler details to the surface, an organic, contemplative complexity emerges. You can join Hour at their record release show this Thursday, November 8 at Beach Church, where they'll be supported by Wendy Eisenberg, Greg Jamie (formerly of O'Death), and fellow bandmate Abi Reimold. Now, go out & VOTE!!!

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Levi Miller releases album from the depths "Tales In Red Writing"

We must bring to your attention the music of Levi J. Miller, especially his latest release Tales In Red Writing, which came out just in time for Halloween. Miller, who releases albums at a breakneck pace, continues his exploration of darkness in music on his new record, going full goth on songs like "Trepanning (-)" and "Petrification". He also includes touches of doom metal in tracks like "Tetragrammaton" and prog-rock on "Eliphas". In the seven tracks on Tales In Red Writing, you may receive a full crash course in all of music's darkest genres; Miller pulls the delivery of each off with ease. Miller will perform at The Post-Election Hangover at The End on November 15th. Take a listen to Tales In Red Writing below. - Will Sisskind 

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