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Celebrate Chris Kasper’s homecoming show with a free 8-track sampler

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Chris Kasper | photo by Lisa Schaffer | www.skylerbug.com

On Saturday, November 1st, Philadelphia singer-songwriter Chris Kasper will bring his full band to Johnny Brenda’s for a one-off show alongside Maitland and The Bones of J.R. Jones. This will be Kasper’s first and only full-band concert in Philadelphia since October of last year following the release of his most recent album Bagabones.

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Get a sneak peek of Philly Tapes Philly vol 7 with Brian Strouse and Bij Lincs

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Philly Tapes Philly vol 7 | photo by Wendy McCardle | www.wendymccardle.com

Philly Tapes Philly vol 7 is here with a Mischief Night edition of their monthly tape release party at Ortlieb’s.  The crew has been working with Brian Dale Allen Strouse of The Lawsuits and Bij Lincs of Ground Up for a one-on-one collaboration, a process that results in a cassette tape of two totally original songs that will be given away to the first fifty people through the door on Thursday night.

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Unlocked: The Key’s Review of DRGN King’s Baltimore Crush

Baltimore Crush artwork by Perry Shall | http://www.perryshall.com/
DRGN King’s Baltimore Crush | artwork by Perry Shall | http://www.perryshall.com/

“Do you remember we would go to church and play the pool shark?” trills Dom Angelella on “St. Tom’s,” the second track from DRGN King’s Baltimore Crush. This line is just one example of many that invites listeners into this fuzzy world of basement-moshers-with-guitars on the album, a follow-up to 2013’s Paragraph Nights.

Baltimore Crush isn’t just a shift from their debut LP; it’s a progression into a different branch of rock. Sure, the ten-track album still has touches of DRGN King’s signature electronic influences, but the driving forces on this effort come from thrash-worthy guitar solos counteracted by relaxed surf vibes, which in itself could be a description of the people the album’s written for; coasting along but screwing up big time in an attempt to mask unreached potential.

The percussion on “Solo Harp,” which the band played at the 2013 XPoNential Music Festival, has this intensity that personifies how important the rest of the album is, making it an interesting yet appropriate choice as the last track on the record. It hearkens back more familiarly to earlier work from DRGN King, but the song’s themes provide a fitting conclusion for this new album as well. Baltimore Crush is a spectacular collection of feelings about the common overwhelming pressure to break out and do something huge and what it’s like to watch people flounder along as they fail to meet those expectations.

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Red Martina’s new song “Rhythm and Rhyme” is music for the soul

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Red Martina | photo courtesy of the artist

Red Martina is proof that Philadelphia is a city of unique and talented artists. Band members Stoupe (the DJ behind Jedi Mind Tricks and Dutch), Ish Quintero (of Dutch), Hayley Cass and Emcee Noesis are gearing up to play their first live show at MilkBoy on November 21st, celebrating the release of a new album called Come on Home. 

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Review: Restortions forges its sound on anthemic LP3

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Restorations’ LP3, out today on SideOneDummy

Somewhere deep in the recesses of Jon Loudon’s subconscious, in his wildest dream, or worst nightmare, he is picturing himself as the raw-throated, growling lead vocalist of one of the world’s biggest arena rock bands. He comes to in the middle of a break at practice, the reverie having left him with the chills, and one of his bandmates calls over, “how do you wanna do this take?” Loudon walks back to his guitar, picks it up and answers, “louder.”

And on LP3 (SideOneDummyRecords) Restorations are loud and fast and even soft and tender (they have plenty of that in them too) when they want to be, but mostly they rock, compulsively and beautifully. It seems so familiar and simple (Then why can’t more bands do it this well?): tempo, noise, and tunes, guitars on guitars on guitars. It’s a near miracle when you find a band that has somehow managed to imbue this kind of music with a sense of discovery, as if they’ve managed to rehear it as something new. Continue reading →

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Listen to Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band’s “The Ballad of Freer Hollow”

Christ Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band
Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Constance Mensh

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band are currently out on the road in support of Intensity Ghost, an LP set for release tomorrow via No Quarter.  The record is the first from Forsyth and his all-star band, assembled a year ago to allow the live playing of 2013′s Solar Motel solo effort from the Philadelphia guitarist.  In addition to August’s “I Ain’t Waiting,” we now have “The Ballad of Freer Hollow” to prime us for the full-length.

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BC Camplight shares soulful first track from How To Die In The North

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BC Camplight | photo via www.bellaunion.com

Get ready to dim the lights and switch on the disco ball – BC Camplight has shared the first track off of his long-anticipated next record How To Die In the North.  ”Just Because I Love You” is pristine soul-pop song that is sonically warm and comforting while lyrically hitting at a not-too-comforting truth.

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