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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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Sinister Haze prep new EP, tour.

 Richmond's metal scene is already legend, and it just keeps gettiing better. Case in point: Sinister Haze. The members have been around the scene for quite some time, but Sinister Haze itself is relatively young, having dropped their first demo in 2013. It promised something for old and new fans of metal alike, digging deep into classic heavy psychedelia to mix with the Doom. They've kept us waiting for more, and they're finally releasing an EP, Betrayed By Time, through Heavy Stab Records on vinyl next month you can pre-order it now at the link). 


Check out the track below, "Change My Ways," premiered on Noisey, and catch them on their national tour, starting Tuesday April 28th at Strange Matter in Richmond.   

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Weekend Warrior, April 17 - 19

While you’ll probably get your fill of purchasing new music this Saturday, why not check out some new music live tonight at Bourbon & Branch? It’s been a moment since Worshyper have performed in Philly, and they’ll have a bunch of new material for us this evening. Psych-pop outfit Weekender has been working on recording new tunes as well so expect to hear them intermingled with the band’s older favorites. And if you haven’t grabbed your copy of Suburban Living’s self-titled LP (PaperCup Music), which was our February Record of the Month, then you should definitely save some money out of your Record Store Day budget to get one. After all, you don’t really need a made-up holiday to give you a reason to purchase great music. Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman
 
Other places to get down this weekend…
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Mercury Radio Theater, SUN Jesse Gimbel
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Spaceship Aloha, Buffalo Stance, SUN Spirit Haus
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.)  FRI Chris Fosyth & The Solar Motel, Aye Aye, SAT Upholstery, Starwood, Mt. Billions
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Little Strike, Shakai Mondai, Static Mountain, Bleu Velvet, SAT Nixon’s Head, The Bumsteads/The Chip Breakers, SUN Crack House, Traitor/Overholt, Howlish
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Miss Rose’s Sexploitation Follies: Terry Gilliam Burlesque
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Dreambook
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Galvanize (“Projector” Record Release), Ill Fated Natives, SAT Voss, E-Hos, Beno Rides/After-party (DJ Sets) Architekt, Shizz-Lo
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Cayetana/(11pm)(Balcony) Willow Talk, SAT Swizzymack
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.)  SAT Rockin’ Docs for Diabetes Cure
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI The Fearless Fly, The Disgruntled Sherpa Project (CD Release), Shadow Souls, The Larry Lambert Project, SAT (5pm) The Sun Flights, ForeverinMotion, Saver/(9pm), E. Grizzly, Hyku, 9th Element, Robbie Casablanca, A Dot Wake, Darko the Super, Æquitas, Sin Marcellis, SUN QQQ, Ocean Spray, Warroom
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Thee Idea Men, SAT Kiska, Night Trip, Cadet, SUN Marah
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Sonic Screemers, Howling Fantods, SUN Spot Collins, Proof and Proving, Matthew W Charles
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Mavis, Momma Hankston, SAT My Dog Bill, Bastards of Earle, Mesa Jane
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT Leo Moran & Anthony Thislethwaite (Saw Doctors) with The John Byrne Band, SUN Leo Moran & Anthony Thislethwaite (Saw Doctors) with The John Byrne Band
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Keystone Mountain Boys, SAT Phonic with John Gilbride
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Duffy’s Cut, Dive In the Box, SAT (1pm) Patrick Heilmann, Eye On Attraction, Furthermore, Feet Rite Audio, (7:30pm) Signal to Noise, Mesmeria/Kill The Broadcast, Independence Drive, Sex with Rollercoasters, SUN Next To None A.D.D., Cause of Affliction, Smacking Madison
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Makhaira, Stealing Fame, Conscience Whispers, SAT Allie Carroll & The Heroes, Laura Cheadle Family Blues Band, Bong Hits For Jesus, I Yahn I Arkestra, Pool of Thorns
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Hy Deff, SUN Amg 1
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Disco Hootenanny, Manterial Girl, The Soft Spots
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI The Wondershop Showdown, Jack Lite Move, SAT Muscle Tough, Cookie Rabinowitz, The Funky T, Rick & MC, SUN Parliament Funkadelic Tribute: Mike Tyler & friends
 
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Tweed, SAT (10pm) Splintered Sunlight
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave,) FRI Forever Lesbians, Tribute, Time Hitler & The Assholes From Space, Krispy Kareem, Blue Smiley, SAT Ratburn, 3 d'Andrea
 
Studio 34 (4522 Baltimore Ave.) SAT Pluto is a Planet, Snagwing, Porn Cops
 
Wolf Cycles (4311 Lancaster Ave.) SUN The Bad Doctors, Blank Spell
 
Gray’s Ferry Skate Park (3600 Grays Ferry Ave.) SUN Drugstore, Sour Spirit, The ATM Machines, Beer Me, Dead Suits
 
Repo Records (538 South St.) SAT Girlpool, Sad Actor, Cheerbleeders, Easy Creatures, Tough Shits, Gondola, Witch Fist
 
Creep Records (1050 N Hancock Street, Suite 76) SAT DRGN King, Pine Barons, Roses, Laser Background
 
a.k.a. Music (120 N. 3rd St.) SAT Nothing (Acoustic)
 
Long In the Tooth (2027 Sansom St.) SAT No Summer, The Rentiers
 
Philadelphia Record Exchange (1524 Frankford Ave.) SAT Aye Aye, Sean on Drums
 
Barn On Baltimore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI See Through Girls, Crime Hands, Jonagold
 
Lavender Town (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Jet Set Sail, Sovereignties
 
Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Blank Spell, Haldol
 
Girard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Jennifer Pague, Matt Holden
 
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT El Malito, The Shithawks
 
Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen (2370 E. Norris St) SUN Three Man Cannon, Ma Jolie, Ruby Buff, The Cats
 
West Philly Retirement Center (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Cool Points, Shannen Moser, VVeed VVolf
 
Cha-Cha'Razzi (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Drums Like Machine Guns 

"Exploratory band, solo project & collective" PC Worship plays Baby's All Right on May 28

Drawing from influences as diverse (but intimately connected) as Throbbing Gristle, Butthole Surfers and early Ween, PC Worship is a musical entity that despises - rather than simply defying - categorizing. They are so hostile to crystallized descriptions that they brand themselves as 'a band, solo project & collective of musicians [...] aesthetically uncommitted and exploratory." And even though almost every band on the planet has delusions about being that free, PC Worship actually kind of pulls it off (although they are clearly committed to noise and dissonance - and to being unpredictable). You can see them live at Baby's All Right on May 28. What to expect then? We are not sure about the number of musicians on stage, but music-wise: anything weird, although - luckily - not lacking some structure.

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New Music Video: "Doing Things Right" - Satellite Hearts

Satellite Hearts just released a new music video for their single “Doing Things Right,” which was co-produced by Joe Bisirri (The Lawsuits)-co-produced. The footage captures the trio performing the melodic head-bobbing rocker live. Utilizing trippy camera work, spins, varying angles and dimensions, not to mention that blond wig, the song has a way of creeping into your head, and shaking stuff up.

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Las Rosas showcase their vintage flair at Rough Trade on April 23

While we were checking out the listings at Rough Trade (see previous post) we stumbled upon Brooklyn's revival pop trio Las Rosas. Their song will cast the listener to a vintage musical world where the cheeky melodies of the British pop bands of the '60s (think Kinks) meet with the "beachy" psychedelic pop that invaded the west coast of the US during that same decade. The nasal lead vocals have a cool tone that works perfectly in the mix, and is balanced by well crafted falsetto harmonies. The band released a five song EP entitled "Flower in the Sun" in the spring of 2014, and then a two song single the following November including Ms. America (streaming below). You can catch them at Rough Trade on 04.23 opening for once NYC (and now Nashville) based Clear Plastic Masks.

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