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New Track: "Calling Out" - Sports

Ohio transplants Sports are a much-welcomed addition to the local music landscape of Philly. The rambunctious powerpop gets our booty shaking and limbs joyously flailing in all directions, before we collapse, gasping for air. Below is "Calling Out," the band's second contribution to its split 7" with San Francisco's Plush, which is now available via Father/Daughter Records. You can find the gang at Pilam on Wednesday, November 8, where they'll be joined by Boosegumps and Brooklyn's Yucky Dusters and Fits. (Photo by Hunter Prunty)





Hodera headlines Mercury Lounge's Halloween Night party

By booking for Halloween night an intensely emotional, not-scary-at-all band like Hodera, this year the Mercury Lounge is certainly "thinking outside the box." On the the other hand, though, the New Jersey based quartet is pretty much guaranteed to fill the small Lower East Side venue, since their quality brand of post- Americana has been making ears turn since their 2015 debut album "United by Birdcalls." Breakout single "Breathe Easy" (streaming below) showcases their ability to merge inventive arrangements and personal lyrics wilthin a more traditional alt rock formula. This year's brand new sophomore LP "First Things First" is a work whose consistency confirms a band at its peak (check out single "North Dakota", also streaming). The Mercury gig will serve as the band's release show in the city. Also on the bill, more "Halloween appropriate" locals like Peaer and A Deer A Horse.





San Fran rockers Culture Abuse bring grunge revival to LA Waterfront (10.28)

In their debut LP Peach, Bay Area rockers Culture Abuse provide their take on the frantic, fuzzy garage rock that enamored the late 90s. At its core, Peach is a grungey daydream—every track is an onslaught of guitar-driven, droney punk rock that takes its influences from every corner of the genre. The band doesn’t waste time transitioning from hardcore, to shoegaze, to (dare I say) power pop. Instead, they do it all at once—a feat rarely done at all, much less often done well. In a deceptively simple presentation, Culture Abuse provides an intricately crafted instant classic that you can’t help but bang your head to. They are currently on a North American show, and they will be playing LA Waterfront on October 28th. - Lilly Milman

Listen to our favorite track “Dream On” streaming below. 





Debut The Lame-O's EP Available for Streaming & Download

Lame-O Records' Eric Osman found himself behind the drum kit on Cherry's latest release Dumbness. And now, the label head is kicking out the jams with Modern Baseball's Ian Farmer and The Superweaks' Evan Bernard, under the befitting moniker of The Lame-O's. The fledgling power trio captures an exuberant energy to accompany the hook-laden melodies that make up the band's all-too-brief self-titled debut EP, which was recorded at Big Mama's and The Metal Shop by Bernard and Farmer (who also mixed the album). 





The Fluids release debut LP, plays Mercury Lounge on 10/26

Brooklyn post-punk rockers The Fluids continue to share tracks leading up to the release of their debut album “No Kidding!”. While initial singles “Creatures and “Sign N’ Drive” provided early insight, more recent focus on deeper tracks point to a complete full length recording.  Utilizing an extended keyboard intro and siren-like effect, “Just Like Me” (streaming below) ultimately bursts out as a full-on guitar, bass and drums stomper.  While the vocal inflections have accurately drawn comparisons to Berlin-era Bowie, the band's full, expansive sound is in part reminiscent of early aughts post-punk revivalists Interpol but also '80s icons The Psychedelic Furs.  The album is available 10/27 on Axis Mundi Records, with the release party on Thursday October 26th at the Mercury Lounge. - Dave Cromwell

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