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July 2016
Big Thief
"Masterpiece
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Throughout Masterpiece, the humbly sublime debut album from Brooklyn folk-rock quartet Big Thief, love braves through woe. As sung by the ever welcoming Adrienne Lenker, these painful yet vital songs near a height of beauty that reminds one of music’s transcendent power.

Following the nimble opener “Little Arrow,” the album starts its raw power with “Masterpiece” (streaming below), the rollicking single that deservedly drew attention a few months back with its panoramic view of searching souls. Like Bob Dylan’s generation-defining “Like a Rolling Stone” from the 1960s, this guitar-trickled song is both addicting and elegant, rough and pretty and, ultimately, lasting in its sheer soulfulness.

A series of lyrically vivid tracks named after potential lovers (“Paul” and “Randy,” for example) follows next, alongside guitar-winded cuts that briskly tackle such elusive motifs as romance and the transience of time, emitting an overall beatific aura in the process.

The type of record that has the possibility of transporting the listener to a calmer, perhaps better plain of existence, Masterpiece is not just the first offering from an intriguing new band but a preciously passionate work in and of itself. – Zach Weg

 
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Announcing The Deli Philly's Anniversary Bash w/LOUDS, The Retinas & More at PhilaMOCA!

We are very excited to announce our return to PhilaMOCA on Saturday, October 15 for The Deli Philly’s Anniversary Bash! Joining us this year will be the glorious indie-pop sounds of LOUDS and the post-garage rock of The Retinas, both of whom have also held Record of the Month honors for their albums If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art and chaba. We’ll also have more special guests and treats for you that evening; however, we’ll be announcing them as we get a little closer to the show. Until then, you can check out more deets about our anniversary celebration HERE!

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P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!


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With their latest EP Sundowner (which was engineered, mixed, and produced by Shelf Life's Scotty Leitch), the trio of Pauline stirs up a concoction of brooding, booming, harmony-laced rock. Slowly percolating under dim lights, the tight compositions still exhibit some bite. Catch them this evening at The Pharmacy with Doggo, Past Life, and Shakusky!

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Point Breeze Country Club Opening for Mild High Club at PhilaMOCA Sept. 27

A steady, guitar jangle pleasantly crisscrosses the room as the percussion aims the sound in a direction, and twang-accented vocals provide an earthy authentic texture with backing harmonies lifting the tone in a warm ascension. Entering PhilaMOCA as part of a WKDU-presented billing this evening, Point Breeze Country Club builds up steam with a loosely knit, infectious, country-barroom sway. Louie Louie dispenses memorable, quick-hitting vocals, balancing fierce yet accessible psych-garage instrumentation. After recently releasing their new album Skiptracing via Stones Throw Records, the slinky, grooving psych-pop of Mild High Club complete this Tuesday night billing. PhilaMOCA, 531 N.12th St., 8pm, $10, All Ages (Photo by Grey Haas) - Michael Colavita


New Hello Shark LP Available for Streaming

Hello Shark has been methodically rolling out tracks from his forthcoming album Delicate. He spent most of last month on tour with Advance Base, a.k.a. Owen Ashworth (formerly known as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone), who runs Orindal Records. The Chicago label will also be releasing his LP this Friday, September 30, and Hello Shark will be celebrating its arrival that same evening in Philly at All Night Diner with Power Animal, Mega Bog, and Amanda Glasser. You can now stream the record in its entirety over at Impose Magazine. Enjoy!


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