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Street poet Oompa releases new single "Feel Like Cole," plays Bank of NH Stage 07.20

Don't let the sugary pop hooks fool you, the lyrical flow of Boston's Oompa is murderous truth from a street poet, educator, and rising New England star. The rapper's latest single "Feel Like Cole" flashes rumbling beats, slick production, and the same vocal intensity that Oompa is known for, all glazed with a vintage '80s hip-hop vibe. Much like that storied time in hip-hop lore when born-poets could be found on street corners, spitting agile verses for the sake of keeping their neighborhood vibrantly colored, Oompa's latest track feels genuinely born from the Boston-annexed neighborhood of Roxbury she hails from. The cultural spirit of Roxbury lives in the music but also in the lyrics of Oompa which address her and her community's struggles, triumphs, and unresolved questions of a social matter. Oompa will be taking the Bank of NH Stage for a ride on July 20th, bringing important issues to the forefront with rhythm to spare. The brand new single is streaming below. - Rene Cobar





Operator Music Band unveils "Slim Spin" from upcoming full length

Brooklyn’s Operator Music Band pull no punches on new single “Slim Spin,” launching right into a three minute vamp of spring clock percussion, synth jazz chord progressions, and start-stop guitar solos of no wave origins. It’s hard to render the wide-breadth of influences OMB have channeled into this premiere track from their forthcoming album Duo Duo, but the New York quartet has an ear for understanding what distinct genre influences blend mellifluously. This is best demonstrated by the song’s second half, wherein over a repeated, hypnotic vocal line by singer and multi-instrumentalist Dara Hirsch, the group shifts keys seamlessly (and sometimes chromatically), building tension that coalesces in a melodic explosion of wurlitzer synths and sunburnt Fender riffs. It’s but a snippet of Operator Music Band’s penchant for the experimental, and it bodes well for the rest of the outfit’s sophomore record, out September 20th. Stream it below. -Connor Beckett McInerney





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Weekend Warrior - June 28 - 30

Amuse-Oreille, Vol. 2, the latest EP from American Trappist, is out today. Joe Michelini and company produce an earnest, incisive viewpoint. Welding a rough-around-the-edges mentality with the ability to iron things out into breezy, easy-flowing storylines, the songs shift from a sun-setting, sand-between-your-toes, intimate sway to a more aggressive, “get the fuck out of my way” stomp. This Saturday at Johnny Brenda’s, American Trappist will be celebrating the album’s release, joined by musical brethren The Vernes, whose latest release Yr of the Rat was produced by Michelini. The album gently cruises in a pleasant progressing though slightly somber contemplative state. The assertive yet poppy, garage-psych trio, Grace Vonderkuhn, lays down the groundwork for a most excellent evening. – Michael Colavita

Other places kickin’ the jams this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT The Vernes, American Trappist, Grace Vonderkuhn

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Lower Wolves, SUN Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise, ialive

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Big Nothing/Riot Nerd, SAT Adalie, Seek To Thrill, Skyline The City, Hartline/DJ Hvnlee, Peenness, 1-800 Happy Hour

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Dominy, Ali Awan, Barney Cortez 

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Hellings, Mach22, DJ EBG III 

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI DJ Kaz, SAT Rebel Foster

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Luke O’Brien, The Bul Bey, DJ Royale, SUN (Upstairs) Mirah

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Steal Your Face

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Mark Lanky, A.M. Mills, SAT Julia Rainer, SUN Kiss of the Whip

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT Children's Books (Final Show), Head Spell, Jurks, First World Kids With First World Problems, Dear Forbidden

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Presages, RNGLEADER, Sharks With Frickin Laser Beams, SAT Fawziyya Heart (EP Release), The Wallflower Observer, SUN Matt McAndrew, Siobhan McShea

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Live Band Karaoke, SAT Jac with No K, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT Super Bonanza

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI Fad Nauseam, SAT Descendency

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Hotflakes (Tape Release), Shy Boyz, SAT Mob Mentality, SUN Necrosexual, Fucktomb, Tartarus Horde, Signs of Madness

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT DJ Ricky Lee, SUN Menace Cartel

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT DJ Shawn Ryan

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) SAT Naps Past Noon, New Alone, Adam Travis

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Chris Kasper, SUN A Tribute Darryl Ray: Dynagroove, Tommy Conwell

Beautiful World Syndicate (1619 E. Passyunk Ave.) SAT Fast Car Slow Car (EP Release), Body Meat, EM-E

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI Ashes to Vanity

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Insignificant Others, SAT Jesse Gimbel, Knightlife, Riverby

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) SAT DJ Lean Wit It

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Skating Party, Bern and the Bastards, Elissa Janelle Velveteen, Miracle Swill, Barry Dwier

Hubris House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Bug Martin, Sami Rahman, Heck

Anthorna Gallery (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Scyphodemo, Beige Monk

The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Moonroof, Elaine Rasnake, Rasan In The Heyday (solo)

Free Candy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Countdown from Ten, Echo Lad

Cousin Danny’s (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Precolumbian

Clark Park Fest (4300-4398 Baltimore Ave.) SAT Selina Carrera, Levee Drivers, Northern Liberties, Beach Bod, goodnight/goodluck, Dr Ketchup, Revolution, I Love You, Instant Bingo, The Mary Veils, Mizloonar and the Truth





N.A.O Quelly flexes success on "Mo Betta," plays Knitting Factory 8.14

N.A.O Quelly knows how to use his youth to his advantage, with new single “Mo Betta” a standout example of how the Bedstuy rapper fashions raucous energy and unconventional production into an experimental label debut. A signee of Joey Bada$$'s newly-minted Badmind imprint, “Mo Betta” features distorted, drill 808s coupled with ghostly discordant synth, all calling cards of track producer (and previous Bada$$ collaborator) Powers Pleasant. It provides the perfect venue for Quelly’s nasal spitfire flow, where the emcee’s speed and lyrical persona play against the negative space of Pleasant’s production. While lyrically “Mo Betta” isn’t the most compelling production (much of it focuses on Quelly’s recent success and his ability to get his bread up), it’s a promising introduction to a (at the time of writing) relatively unknown artist, and nearly guarantees a barn burning performance at his live debut on August 14th at Knitting Factory. Give a listen below. -Connor Beckett McInerney

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