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Listen to Laura Stevenson’s dark and catchy “Jellyfish”

Laura Stevenson | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Laura Stevenson | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Laura Stevenson sure has a way with words. Her latest single “Jellyfish” opens with the harsh line “I’m fucking hideous and spiteful when left to my own devices”, and yet still remains deliciously poetic. The song is brimming with self-inflicted venom and heavy choruses that beg to be hummed incessantly. Stevenson, although considered a member of the punk community, churns out upbeat and melodic tunes, despite her knack for dark lyrical content. “Jellyfish” premiered this week over at Noisey, where blogger Dan Ozzi called it “next-level self-loathing.” Listen to the song below; Stevenson’s third full length album, Cocksure, is slated for an October 30th release via Don Giovanni Records, and you can pre-order it here. She plays the Foundry at the Fillmore Philly on Wednesday, November 18th with Matt Pond PA. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Shelf Life’s “Everyone Make Happy” is like a maudlin friend

 

Shelf Life | Photo by Ethan Holland | courtesy of the artist
Shelf Life | Photo by Ethan Holland | courtesy of the artist

Shelf Life – the project of long-time Philly musician Scotty Leitch – is streaming his debut album Everyone Make Happy in advance of its release this Friday. This follows the single teasers of “Double Dare” and “The Curse.”

Like those songs, the record mixes low-fidelity acoustic pop with eclectic synth arrangements. Like a slow, somber friend, Everyone is dark and envelopes the listener in a comforting and familiar sadness. You know the kind. It comes creeping behind you on misty, late autumn evenings, and yet you know the season would not be complete without it lurking nearby. And the album is personal.  Continue reading →

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Meet Brackish, listen to their debut single “Any Better”

 

Brackish | Photo by Dan Bassini | via brackish.bandcamp.com
Brackish | Photo by Dan Bassini | via brackish.bandcamp.com

Brackish is either the place where saltwater and fresh water meet, creating a habitat that can only support certain life, or it’s an up and coming local punk act. Their first single “Any Better” is a testament to the late 90s emo movement, and is best listened to while wandering the streets aimlessly. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Ben Hughes at Ortlieb’s

ben hughes
Ben Hughes | Photo via benhughes.bandcamp.com

We’ve been following local indie-rock artist Ben Hughes this year as he releases an album a month. Life: Now is his most recent installment; it’s a collection of unreleased songs recorded with his old band A Little Affair. Now he is gearing up to bring his lo-fi sounds to Ortlieb’s. He will be playing alongside Texas Is The Reason’s Garret Klahn and Have Gun Will Travel. The show is 21+ and tickets can be purchased here. Continue reading →

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Marietta will celebrate the release of As It Were at Johnny Brenda’s, Lizard Lounge and Everybody Hits

Marietta | via Facebook.com/whereismarietta
Marietta | via Facebook.com/whereismarietta

Locals Marietta impressed us immensely with the release of their twinkly sophomore effort As It Were. (You can read our review of it here). The band just announced a 21+ show at Johnny Brenda’s October 12th alongside the Japanese rock act Tricot. You can purchase tickets for the event here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: La Luz at Underground Arts and A Day Without Love at The Fire

La Luz | Photo by Andrew Imanaka
La Luz | Photo by Andrew Imanaka

Seattle-based hazy rock act La Luz will be taking their soundscapes to Underground Arts. Coming to fruition in 2012, they have since released three records, which each one topping the last. Their latest effort, Weirdo Shrine,  teems with summertime surf melodies. Comprised of members Shana Cleaveland on guitar, Marian Li Pino on drums, Alice Sandahl on keyboard and Lena Simon on bass, La Luz does not fall short. You can get tickets and more information on their show here. Continue reading →

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The Sun Ra Arkestra will be taking over 40th Street this weekend

Philadelphia United Jazz Fest celebrates the scene in Center City
Sun Ra Arkestra | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com

The Sun Ra Arkestra is, to put it simply, an experience. A concoction of far too many genres to list, the off-kilter big band will be performing for free as part of the 40th Street Summer Series on the University of Pennsylvania campus at 40th and Walnut. They will be joined by The South Pacific Island Dancers on August 29th to create an event that should not be missed. Music will begin at 6 p.m. and you can find more information here. Continue reading →