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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

 
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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MH the Verb Opening for Gangstagrass at MilkBoy April 21

Whether he's suavely spitting over a soulful, candle-burning beat or escalating into his own fire, MH the Verb always appears under control. The ability to cruise when the traffic turns up around him and seemingly slowdown the system, skillfully hitting high performance while cascading over an array of worldly sound, displaying versatility. It may be Sunday, but he’ll extend that weekend vibe for all it’s worth. Tonight, MH the Verb will set the table for the unlikely yet ear-grabbing combination of hip-hop and bluegrass known as Gangstagrass. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St., 7pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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Saturday Night Sounds: Astro Tan - "HYFY"

Fusing jazz, psych and r&b are what Astro Tan are masters at doing and their new single, "HYFY," further proves it.

"HYFY" premiered on Impose this last Thursday and what the track stands for (presumably "hell yeah, fuck yeah") is exactly the excitment it brings. Jazzy tendencies playfully circle around distorted guitars and an intriguing drum beat, while party-like lyrics bring a lighthearted air to the track. 

The trio just took off for a West Coast tour and return September 4 for a show at Rontoms, but let "HYFY" be your hell yeah, fuck yeah anthem as this Saturday night cools down. 


Busy Bee Abuzz at Tralfamadore Aug. 20

Arcadia student Deb Gilmore, a.k.a. Busy Bee, negotiates intriguing lyrical hikes. Instrumentally led by peacefully calm, acoustic guitar/mandolin, which can make round about moves, changing course in short order after establishing the presumed line, Gilmore makes unique narrative decisions, mixing metaphors in a playful manner, while still engaging in the inherently personal folk spectrum. That ability to cut an image or thought down to its essence or conversely cast an uncommon means of comparison gives her songs a familiar yet refreshing point of view. With a knack for gathering and harnessing emotive momentum that spills forward in an energetic release, Past Life enters the fray at Tralfamadore. The sultry yet haunting vocals of Kelsey Cork and the eerie, ambient experimentions of Gravers Lane aid in shaping this evening's billing, which is completed by Brooklyn quartet The Rizzos. Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 7:30pm, $6, All Ages - Michael Colavita


Weekend Warrior, Aug. 19-21

Treat Y’r Self Fest returns to PhilaMOCA this Saturday for its second year. The benefit for the annual March to End Rape Culture (co-presented with Pussy Division) will be hosting a day of rad activities to create a safe, inclusive space that is accessible for all ages. Throughout the day and into the evening, you’ll find local favorites like Dreambook, Swanning, and Motherwhore coming together with artist from all over the country to donate their talents to help unify a community for an important cause. Punk legend Alice Bag (of The Bags) will be headlining the music showcase with a new album in tow! And for the first time, Treat Y’r Self Fest will be screening a documentary; Stories From the She Punks was directed by Helen Reddington (The Chefs) and Gina Birch (The Raincoats), and it chronicles “stories of women musicians from the punk-inspired bands of the 70s.” Music critic and author Jenn Pelly will be introducing the film. Kevin Attics (Mercury Girls, Literature) will also be spinning between sets, and Samantha Gurry will be creating some dope hand-cut animated visuals. So come out & TREAT Y’R SELF! PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 1pm - 11pm, $10-$12 (sliding scale or donation), All Ages - Alexis V.
 
More things to do before summer ends…
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Broken Beak (Record Release), Harmony Woods, SUN Power Animal
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Shelf Life, SAT Northern Arms, My Son Bison
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Venice Sunlight (Record Release), The New Connection, The Way Home, SUN Dreamswell, Grim Sleepers, Bad Mood Randall
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells/Watery Love, Sparrow Steeple, SAT The Madeleine Haze/Whiting, The Lunar Year/Matthew Law, The Bul Bey, DJ Ferno, SUN Heavy Temple, Hex Inverter
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Dayne Jordan, DJ Ferno, SUN Tim Williams (EP  Release), Matt Spitko
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SUN Curtis Lexx, Killer Whale
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Loose and Alright, SAT (Upstairs) The Striptease Orchestra
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Endless Taile, Resilient, Too Lonely For Standards, The Way, SAT Urban Shaman Attack, SUN Seraph in Travail, Cadaveric Spasm, Booklegger
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Muscle Tough, Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, Satellite Hearts, SAT Cold Roses
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI PHNTMS/Suburban Living (DJ Set), Hillary Wallace and the Death, Duffy’s Cut
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Reef The Lost Cauze, Caliph-NOW
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Pedro Fresco, Rex The Rager
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Rasputin’s Room, SAT Ed Christof/WWE Summer Glam Burlesque Tribute
 
Festival Pier (Columbus Blvd. & Spring Garden St.) SUN Ween
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI-SUN Liberty Music Fest
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT HMFO, Brothers & Sisters
 
Old Pool Farm (1323 Salford Station Rd. - Schwenksville, PA) 55th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Buster, Only, SAT Podacter, Easy Creatures, SUN Goddamnit, Pauline
 
Hubbub Coffee (3736 Spruce St.) SUN Pinkwash, Preen
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Ghost Gum, Shannen Moser, Sun Organ
 
LAVA Space (4134 Lancaster Ave.) FRI Dog Tears (Record Release), Distant/Damage
 
Planet Vegeta (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Supine
 
Birdhouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Arthur Shea, Fred Beans, McGarnagle
 
Second Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Psychic Teens, Humanshapes
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Past Life, Kelsey Cork, Busy Bee, Gravers Lane
 

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skul.kid is the lo-fi bedroom pop of Chance Wall. He just released a new single, "Car Crash, September 2015", via Oakland's Other Coast Records.

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