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Priests push their post-punk sound further on latest album

Nationally acclaimed post-punkers Priests take their sound to unfamiliar territory on their latest release: The Seduction of Kansas. After making several album of the year lists with their 2017 release, Nothing Feels Natural, Priests work hard on Kansas to not only dive deeper into their aesthetics, but also to push their sound in a new direction.

Eschewing the comparitively subdued sound found on Natural's title track, The Seduction of Kansas heightens the group's punk aesthetics while also utilizing the band's proclivity for unique instrumentation. Moving from a straight-up snarling punk opener on “Jesus' Son”, the album enters somewhat experimental territory on its title track. Vaguely politically charged, the track oscillates between discordant verses and a synth infused, harmonious repitition of the line, “I'm the one who loves you.” The result is at once attention grabbing and musically impactful.

Heavy throughout the release are explorations of political subjects with a depth that only DC residents would get into. Perhaps the best example is the track “Good Time Charlie”. Inspired by the 2007 drama Charlie Wilson's War, which used 1980's US foreign policy in Afghanistan as its subject matter, the track contains lyrical nuggets like:

Like all great pornography, this story is touching
It's somethin' that I wanna see
(Black and gold tile, champagne flute)
Good time Charlie
(Sauna water dirtying the birthday suits)

After “Charlie” comes an an energetic semi-spoken word track “68 Screen”, and a bass heavy Riot Grrrl number “Control Freak”, as the group careens gracefully towards the album's conclusion.

Making a follow up album to a widely acclaimed debut release is always difficult, and fans and critics tend to expect the band to explore new territory while also staying true to their original sound. On this score, and many others, Priests succeeds with flying colors.

-Mike Dranove

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Desert Weather's "Still in My Head" is a joyous garage-rock jam

A shrieking cry opens Desert Weather's swaggering new single, "Still in My Head." The garage rock quartet captures the euphoric excitement of meeting a special someone whose spirit is infectious. Led by singer Eric Smedberg's vocal nonchalance, the band tears through a raw, yet exuberant guitar work that's backed up by a chugging backbeat. "I'm screaming your name/from the top of my lungs," he openly declares, fully surrendering to a rush of emotions that are impossible to contain. And as it unfolds, we can't help but feel the excitement, too. 

"Still in My Head" is the first single off the band's forthcoming EP, due out later this year. Juan Rodríguez

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Broke For Free (BFF) releases video that’s weird in a good way

Broke for Free (BFF) just released a fun and weird video for their new track “Jibberish (Feat Awon)" and it is a weird and fun trip we won't even try to explain. Mouths all over the place and we're loving it. The man behind the noise, Tom Cascino, says his influences range from Outkast to Tycho, Modest Mouse to Tyler the Creator. He’s an all over the place hip hop eletro pop creator and “Jibberish” is a perfect introduction to his work. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

 





Weekend Warrior - May 17 - 19

Having hosted innumerable historic evenings, a legendary landmark, The Troc, commemorates with its Last Local Band Blowout Sunday. The billing is loaded with the venue’s Philly favorites, which include Pissed Jeans, Stinking Lizaveta, Dandelion, and The Three 4 Tens among others. It’s difficult to imagine how the Center City building may change, but hopefully our musical memories will last forever. You will be missed (well, maybe not the hard-ass security;-).

And speaking of missing, Kyle Gilbride’s Missing Earth is part of a stacked show tomorrow evening at Planet Phitness. There’s a mellow, meandering-through-one's-thoughts lyricism, with a celestial backdrop that propels ahead, found in the project’s compositions. A meditative, synth-centric sound saturates. The blissful blitz of contagious energy-elevating, emotive-channeling, power-pop, known as Psychic Flowers, will also be on display. Bookended by a pair of Boston outfits in Fucko and Sundog, the lineup is reinforced by the lush, dreamy melodies and tenacious riff combination of Field Mouse. – Michael Colavita 

Other places where you can rock this weekend…

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN The Three 4 Tens, Dandelion, Stinking Lizaveta, Alright Junior, Pissed Jeans, School of Rock Philadelphia, The Workhorse III, Pagan Babies, Violent Society

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Missing Earth, Psychic Flowers

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT DJ Emynd, Bo Bliz

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SUN Devil Master, Grave Turner

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Hartline, Cassettes, Midfield, Andross/DJ Deejay, SAT A Victim of Good Times, Ringleader, Cardinal Arms/DJSC, SUN Plague Dogs, Atomic Cretins

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Hotel Neon (Record Release Show), SAT Psalmships, Dan the Movie, SUN Joe Jack Talcum, F. Woods and The Fellow Humans, STARWOOD

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Function: Zach!, 1-800-HAPPY HR, Magglezzz

Franklin Music Hall (421 N. 7th St.) SAT RunHideFight, Control Top

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN (Upstairs) Birdie Busch/(Downstairs) Rock The Cause: Shane Henderson, Hurry, June Divided, Joshua Chase Miller 

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Viking's Valhalla Rising

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Float Collective

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Flat Mary Road (Record Release), 2nd Grade, Distant Voices, SAT Sunburster, Dreamswell, SUN Last Full Measure, Dear Forbidden, Fake Nudes

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI This Kills Me, Comfy, SAT Mage Hand, Countdown from Ten

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SUN SUN OG Juan Shinobi, Internal Rhyme, The Hailstones, Teddy Meanface, Sami Rahman

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT The Paper Shakers, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT-SUN The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival: Black Dirty, BRAT, Calla Bere, Cheddar Boys, Kelvin Cochrane Delmont, Dr. Beardface and the Spaceman, Barry Dwier, Endless Taile, Hannah Taylor , Jacopo Di Nicola & The Late Saints, Looseleaf, Zach Lopresti, Lovers League, Reverend TJ McGlinchey, My Familiar, Ocean Avenue Stompers, Dave Patten & The First Cut, Pravda (acoustic),Primitive Heart, Alec Stewart, Max Swan, RFA, Rover Rover, TC Cole Riot , Vilebred, Whiskey Effect, You Do You, Zavetis

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Sad & Boujee, SUN Maydaze

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Peek-A-Boo Revue “Tease Through Time,” SAT Peek-A-Boo Revue “Tease Through Time”/Ed Christof, SUN The Enterprise Strips Back: A Star Wars vs. Star Trek Burlesque

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI The Noid, Shewolf Dana Kain & the Mighty Incisors, Voodoo Death Cult, Kill The Dead, SAT Yuckmouf, Hotflakes

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Primaries, Riverby (EP Release), Bitchfork, Dawson Street, The Describers, SAT  Duke Brothers, Monsters Eat People

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, Brown Sugar, SUN Ernest Stuart Trio

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Dealer Plates, Bungler

Space 1026 (1026 Arch St.) SAT Dark Web

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.)  FRI Redlight 20: UPENN Class of 99 Reunion Party: Cosmo Baker, SAT Matthew Law presents Friends & Fam

The Root Cellar (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Black Dirty, Kinda Alright, Glass Leaf

 





Jen Starsinic plays The Cobra on 05.20 with touring artists

Local indie rock artist Jen Starsinic will perform at The Cobra on May 20th, as part of a bill with visiting artists. Starsinic has played around the city over the last few years, evolving her sound from a sparse indie folk to a more full-band oriented alternative rock. Catch her performing alongside Texas troubadour Hill Country Devil, Detroit-based roots rocker Libby DeCamp, and local butcher and musician The Singing Butcher. Starsinic will perform eletric arrangements of her tracks; take a listen to "It's A Foreign Thing", from her 2014 LP The Flood And The Fire, below. - Will Sisskind

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