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February 2015
Dolly Spartan
"self-titled EP
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I think we can all agree about the fact that age is very important in rock'n'roll; we might not like that (we don't) but we can agree about it, right? Therefore, a good rock song is bound to get some added value when it's written and performed by four musicians in their (not so late) teens. And then, if you also realize that the band has a solid six track debut EP with no fillers under their belt, things start to get really interesting: records without fillers are rare at any age... The band in question is NYC's Dolly Spartan; their self titled debut fluctuates between pop punk exuberance ('We'll say that for now,' streaming below, and ' 'Don't You Know') and more tamed melodic moments reminiscent of a dirtier Vampire Weekend ('Who Are You,') or even of sacred monsters like The Beatles and their beloved disciples XTC ('Something on my Mind'). The band's sound features the right amount of rawness (think early Pixies), which gets tamed at least in part by songwriter and lead singer's Michael Eliran tenor, that sounds way more mature than his years. The range of the six tracks, the actual songwriting, and the maturity of the arrangements is truly impressive for such a young band, and make this is one of the most consistently fun NYC made record we heard in a while. Hopefully these guys' sound won't get too polished too soon!

 
The 60's
Bob Dylan

Simon and Garfunkel

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
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
Swans
The Feelies
Laurie Anderson
They Might Be Giants
John Zorn
Arto Lindsay
Sonic Youth
The Fleshtones
The 90's

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Yo La Tengo
Soul Coughing
Cat Power
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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Lithuania Opening for Suburban Living at Bourbon & Branch April 25

With Lithuania, what began as the pairing of Eric Slick (Dr. Dog) and Dominic Angelella (DRGN King) has filled out to a four-piece allowing Slick to stand up and step out front, no longer occupying the kit. With their debut LP Hardcore Friends due out via Lame-O Records this summer and a packed schedule of shows ahead, the band’s catchy punk/grunge sounds are sure to become road-tested. Tonight, they open the final show of Suburban Living’s residency at Bourbon and Branch. Chris Coulton ‘s dance-generating, temperature-elevating electro-pop project Dream Safari bridges the gap to the Wesley Bunch-led headliner, whom expose an emotive integrity amid continuously moving instrumental ground. There will also be a DJ set by Vacationer to top off this evening of local up-and-comers. Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita


Weekend Warrior, April 24 - 26

After a crazy busy SXSW, Marian Hill have been finding themselves in high demand. Selling out shows on both coasts, the dynamic electro-soul team of Jeremy Lloyd and Sam Gongol returns home to another one at Boot & Saddle. However, it will be a short stop in Philly because they’ll be back on stage again tomorrow in LA for JazzReggae Fest. It’s good training wheels for a group that seems like they’ll be crisscrossing around the world at some point in the near future. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $12 (Sold Out), 21+ (Photo by Shervin Lainez) - H.M. Kauffman
 
More places to do your thang this weekend…
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.)  SAT The Pretty Greens
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Work Drugs, Tutlie, The Chairman Dances
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Husky Bundles/Wizard Eye, Wally, The Magnificent ShitHawks Of  The Greater Northern Americas/Latex, SAT The Improbables, SUN The Mellowells, Lightninging
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SUN Sheer Mag, A.M. Mills
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Low Cut Connie (Record Release)
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Racket Boys, Max Swan SAT Suburban Living, Dream Safari, Lithuania
 
TLA (334 South St.) SUN Jazmine Sullivan
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.)  SUN The Ultrakings
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI PHL Good, Wild By Law, Stella Ruze, Ryan Villanueva, SAT Verbatum Jones, Kenneth Sullivan, SUN Bibi and the Bull, Silver Skies
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Key Fest: The Lawsuits, Rosu Lup, Dylan Jane, SAT Key Fest: The Bul Bey, Brielle, Jacqueline Constance, Tiani Victoria
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Edgewise, Dysphoria, Die Choking
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Anjuli Josephine, SAT Thom McCarthy
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Black Horse Motel, Wild Orphan, SAT JD Santo
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Hambone Relay, SAT Jersey Corn Pickers, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Lovers League, Rev TJ McGlinchey, Dani Mari, Christopher Davis-Shannon
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI York Street Hustle, SAT Song Dogs (Record Release), The Rivals, Can You Canoe
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI George O’Brien (CD Release), The Donuts, SAT The Good Mess, Sonogram, Alright Junior
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers
 
Creep Records (1050 N Hancock Street, Suite 76) SAT Amanda X, Mannequin Pussy, Fake Boyfriend, Shannen Moser, Roya Weidman, VVeed VVolf
 
Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St., #3) SAT TAOFEST - Hurry, Ghost Gum, Downies, Horsecops, SUN Fake Boyfriend, Kelley Plante, Dead
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SUN Limits, Drowse
 
Eris Temple (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT On the Water, City Scapes
 
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Punx For Pussies Vol. 4: Serpent Throne, Crypt Sermon, Crazy Bull
 
3rd & Girard (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) Abi Reimold, Friendship, TWIIN, Tangiers
 
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Get Loose w/TWIIN at 3rd & Girard April 24

Recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winners TWIIN performs this evening at 3rd & Girard on a billing that runs four deep. The garage-punk quartet is off to an excellent start with “Sleepover,” a song whose rumbling bass/drum foundation couples with vocals that have a loosely stretched/drawn out sense yet also hints at rage. The raw outer edge with an underlying intensity plays for a dynamic that will be intriguing to watch blossom. Tonight’s slate also includes Abi Reimold, who also works freely in an emotionally dynamic range. Reimold’s vocals grab hold of ones ear with their natural heartache and strength surrounded by a storm of unguarded instrumentation. The quartet of Tangiers kicks in with lo-fi, melodic indie rock that exhibits flourishes of polish, while still retaining that earnest filter-less approach. Peter Gill’s fuzzy folk outlet Friendship rounds this night into a finished form. 3rd & Girard, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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Free Download: "Minor Flaws" - Work Drugs

Work Drugs continue to roll out tunes from their upcoming album Louisa. Below is its third single entitled "Minor Flaws." It was written "about memories (good and bad), and how we tend to re-imagine them over time, often to our own detriment." The band will be headlining Johnny Brenda's tomorrow night with support from Tutlie and The Chairman Dances.

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