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July 2015
The Great Void
"Shift Age
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If you're one of the few not plagued by thoughts of mortality and burdened by self-reflection, consider yourself lucky. If you're a brooder, however, then Shift Age, by NYC dark electro-rock project The Great Void, might be the record for you. It bears all the outwards signs of happy pop music, though the longer you listen, the more surreal it gets. Especially vivid is “Medicine Ball,” whose plunky synths and new-wave vocals divert bleakly-rendered lines like, “I know we'd have fun/But you're much too young.” By “Shift Age (Part 2),” it's clear the gloss is just a cover for deconstructing nostalgia itself. “Out with the days of the old ways” sings leader Josh Ascalon before a barrage of high-pitched squeals surge towards an apocalyptic finale. Or maybe that's just the hardware inside his keyboard threatening to fry out? - Brian Chidester

 
The 60's

Band of Gypsys

Bob Dylan

Bruce Haack

The Fugs

The Godz

Holy Modal Rounders

Velvet Underground
The 70's
Television
Patti Smith
The New York Dolls

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Blondie
Suicide
Lydia Lunch
DNA  
Mars
The Contortions  
The 80's
Afrika Bambaataa
Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
The Fleshtones
Grandmaster Melle Mel
John Zorn
Laurie Anderson
Public Enemy
Run D.M.C.
Sonic Youth
Swans
They Might Be Giants
The 90's
A Tribe Called Quest
Cat Power

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Nas
The Notorious B.I.G.
Soul Coughing
Yo La Tengo
The 00's
The Strokes
Interpol
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Liars
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear
 

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Weekend Warrior, February 5 - 7

The classic two-piece rock band: a time-tested model that, when properly executed, deserves special recognition and admiration; not only for the boldness of performing as a duo with only one other person to rely on, but also for the unique quality that such an undiluted intimacy between musicians can produce. And to better celebrate these dynamic duos, these symbols of symbiosis, First Unitarian Church is hosting the 9th annual Two Piece Fest this Saturday. Enter +HIRS+, a beloved Philly two-piece thrash band, who combines dizzying tempos, pummeling blast beats, and throat rending vocals with a Napalm Death sensibility for song length - that is, extremely short. For good reason too, because if any of these songs ran over a minute, fingers would start flying off their joints, and throats would combust. Dialing it back a notch is Blacksalt, whose emotive melodies and weaving vocals are faintly reminiscent of a gazed-out Seam. Let’s also not forget local math-rock bad boys, The Joint Chiefs Of Math, who create head-spinningly unpredictable soundscapes full of abrupt dynamic shifts and tirelessly innovative drum parts. Out-of-towners Empty Vessels will also be in attendance to claim their share of two-piece praise with their heavy brand of sludgy hardcore. A handful of parallels can be made between them and sludge-duo legends Jucifer, but Empty Vessels has a seemingly stronger inclination toward post-hardcore dissonant melody over low-end doom-style riffage. Baltimore’s Romantic States take a different approach to duo song crafting, choosing instead to celebrate the charming minimalism inherent in a two-piece. Their pop songs are uncomplicated and jangly, but don’t lose any expressive detail for lack of members. You can check out the full lineup and set times for Two Piece Fest HERE. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 2pm, $12, All Ages. - Bryce Woodcock
 
More places to hang this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.)  SAT Philly Loves Dilla: DJ Mike Nyce, Mr. Sonny James
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT ROZES, Lockets, Bondage & Discipline
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Good Mess, Mr. Grimstone/Boys Club, SAT GASH/The Danger O's, Readership, Welter, The One2s, The Escape/BlendMode, Get Up
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., Bunny Savage
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI The Underwater Sounds (Farewell Show), The Snails, Rosemary Fiki Band, SAT Ben Arnold (Record Release), The Fractals
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Pig Iron Theatre’s Annual Benefit Cabaret:  La Vie Bo-Ham
 
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI The Disco Biscuits, Darla, SAT The Disco Biscuits, Swift Technique
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT OCD: Moosh & Twist
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI  (Downstairs) Hezekiah Jones, SAT (Upstairs) 4th Annual Winter Doldrums Benefit Concert: Matt Duke, Mutlu, Andrea Nardello, AlyCat, John Faye, The Wallace Brothers Band, Christopher Davis-Shannon, Tin Bird Choir, Chris Grunwald & Raph Cutrufello, Sonja Sofya & Ross Bellenoit, Paige Allbritton & Elspeth Tremblay, Chipocrite, Lovers League, Vilebred, Sunshine Superman, Ben Kessler, Song Dogs, The Rent-A-Cops: The Police Tribute Band, Hurricane Hoss, Allison Polans, Angela Burns, Alex & the Beggars
Vilomah project preview with Michele Lynn & Nardo Lilly, Doc Terry’s tribute to Dante Bucci
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Jesus' Older Brother, Lakota, SAT Howlish, SUN Freshsz, Kace, Crime Children, Miles Chancellor, Ant Beale
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Whiting, SAT Screaming Rattler, BlackHand
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Sheer Mag, The Whips
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT (4pm) Blonde Melon/(9:30pm) DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT The Deadeyes/Hired Guns Blues Band
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Franky’s Foxes with DJ Chris Urban
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Will Paynter and Jay Popky
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Stereoma, Momma Hankton, Jean Claude's Damn Van, Skip Monday, SAT Pagan Babies, Shitty Friends, The Dolts
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Outer Heaven, Disgorgement
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Something Like Sound, Room For Mojo, SAT StarSkream, Pravda, Trouble in Tokyo
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Mad Splatter, Disaster Committee, Proof & Proving, SAT (3:30pm) Fishtown Beats/(9pm) Arc Divers, Heart Harbor, SUN Tiani Victoria, Jay Marie, Mew 3 Crew, R'Que, Malc Dat
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Reef the Lost Cauze, Mic Stew
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Moto Surf, Brackish, The Morelings, Thief, Steal Me A Peach
 
Bond Villian (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Kississippi, Hanging Hills (EP release), Howlish
 
Beach House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Uncle/Father Oscar
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Jim Strong Bathassaults, Kyle Press
 
Cosmos (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT (Acoustic Show) Rachel Browne, Jake Ewald, Jeremy Berkin
 
Nico Nico Mansion (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Guests, Vanillalord, Old Maybe, Nyxy Nyx
 
The Farm (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Jenkem, Incisor
 

Hanging Hills EP Release Show at Bond Villain Feb. 5

Folk-rock foursome Hanging Hills celebrates the release of its new EP Sewn this evening at Bond Villain. The Connecticut transplants steadily pass through open areas with instrumentation that captures an unwinding adventure. There’s a clean, loose feel - one that opens up while holding focus. Fortified with vocal harmony, crisp transitions and homespun finish, Hanging Hills hits like a refreshing breeze that can flex in gusts when called upon. The flourishing, floating sound of Kississippi hypnotically glides along, unveiling contemplative moments of sincerity. Exploring deep sonic grooves, Howlish completes this billing. Bond Villain (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) 8:30pm, $5, All Ages – Michael Colavita

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New R.R. Perkins Live EP Available for Streaming & Download

Recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winners R.R. Perkins have already put their studio time prize at Sleepless Sound to good use. The instrumental ensemble recorded a live sampling of material from their Volume II and Volume III releases. Take a listen below as the group finds its whimsical, slightly funky groove as that Theremin provides an extraterrestrial edge. (Photo by Dan Cohoon)

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