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Ticket Giveaway: Espers, Vetiver & Ryley Walker at Union Transfer This Friday

We are very excited for the return of local freak-folk legends Espers to a Philly stage. This Friday, August 24, we'd like to send you and your favorite concert partner to Union Transfer, where they'll also be joined by Andy Cabic's Vetiver and guitar wunderkind Ryley Walker. Now, that's certainly a stacked lineup for indie-folk fans! To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line "Let's Get Freaky". Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck!

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Velcro Lewis Group "Moon Syrup"

Velcro Lewis Group will be releasing a new EP called “Moon Syrup” on September 9th. This is a collection four Psych Rock, Acid Rock gems that will also be featured on their upcoming LP, Sweet Heat and Black Water.

Velcro Lewis Group has been going strong in Chicago for more than ten years perfecting their Psychedelic sound. They are a big band with an even bigger sound constructed by Hawk Colman (vocals), Travers Gauntt (guitar), Izzy Price (drums), Lawtence Peters (electric washboard, vocals), Hadden Spoonwood (bass, vocals), Ali Hunger (Moogs), Andy Slater (organ, vocoder, vocals), and Tommy Carroll (percussion).

You can catch Velcro Lewis Group at Empty Bottle on September 12th with Flux Bikes and Quintron & Miss Pussycat.

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New The 1910 Chainsaw Company Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

The Balloon Goes Down Over Kensington is the new album from The 1910 Chainsaw Company. With a slightly warped vocal transmission and a skipping-through-the-park cheerfulness, the band finds a lovely, psych-pop balance. The smooth-sailing sound is peppered with guitar grit that dreamily drifts. Let the music set the tone, and make your escape.





The Dead Shakers release eerie "Medfield" video & play O'Brien's Pub (8.29)

Filmed only in available daylight in the abandoned Medfield State Hospital, the “Medfield” video (streaming below) from Burlington psych-rockers The Dead Shakers is as surreal as the track itself. Primary songwriter and frontman Kevin Bloom is seen alone in alternating settings, almost always standing completely still — as if he has become part of his surroundings. It is only during the songs climactic ending that he begins to gain a sort of agency and energy, walking down a path right towards the viewer. The track comes from The Dead Shakers’ debut LP All Circles Vanish, which took Bloom three years to create. It is a hugely collaborative effort, featuring a rotating cast of over a dozen creators. Catch The Dead Shakers playing live in Allston at O’Brien’s Pub on August 29. - Lilly Milman





BIRDS bring their psych rock to Sunnyvale on 10.03

What exactly do BIRDS mean when they title their album Everything All At Once? It could be considered a one-size-fits-all genre tag, a wide net to summarize all their influences without using the nondescript term “indie”. However, we'd rather think of it as a means of describing what they offer on each song; there’s no token emotional song or designated hit single. Instead, the band opt to craft every song with psychedelic breeziness that merges with subtle earnestness in a way that these songs could fit either a summer or winter playlist without feeling out of place. BIRDS’ brand of weirdo psych-pop is reminiscent of what the Elephant 6 collective were doing in the 90’s, but their focus on more subdued songwriting allow for each song to expand in meaning and depth in a naturalistic and enthralling way. You can stream their music below and catch them playing live at Sunnyvale on October 3. –Tucker Pennington

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