On August 4, 1988, LA rock n’ roll bad boys Guns N’ Roses rolled through Philadelphia for a show at The Spectrum opening for Aerosmith. The notoriously bombastic crew was on the cusp of international fame as well as internal and external explosion. Continue reading →
Broken Social Scene’s new LP, Hug of Thunder, is the album I didn’t know I needed. It’s eclectic, it’s thought-provoking, it’s dance-worthy, and as what you’d expect from a fifteen-piece group — yes, like a one and a five next to each other — it’s big.
No matter the tone of the tune, each song conjures up its own expansive, atmospheric flavor — fully immersing the listener in it’s individual world — while simultaneously connecting to a larger woven fabric of sound. Though Hug of Thunder isn’t officially released until the 7th, you can stream the album in full here thanks to our friends at NPR. Continue reading →
Everyone, stay calm. Take a deep breath. (Or don’t, because I know I haven’t since the first signs of real studio work began appearing on social media last year). It’s finally here: Crack-Up was released last week via Nonesuch Records, the third studio album from Fleet Foxes who after nearly six years have returned in a decidedly grand fashion. Crack-Up is an epic of complex, smart, and just plain beautiful tracks that go better together, making sense musically and lyrically in context of the record yet feel slightly incomplete alone. Continue reading →
Shane Hower, known for his role in Pine Barons, released a quick little 3-tracker under his moniker Everyone. The release Spectral Calm is quirkier psychedelia at its most DIY, emphasizing intimate sounds in a big-sound genre.
Chill Philadelphia four-piece Small Circle (populated by vocalist Marissa D’Elia along with Sorority Noise’s Cam Boucher and Adam Ackerman, Rozwell Kid’s Sean Hallock) released a reissued version of their 2016 EP melatonin on Boucher’s new label Flower Girl Records. Mastered by Boucher as well, the four-track EP includes new track “sameness”, along with crisper versions of past relaxed tunes.
Well, friends — the day has finally arrived. Philly’s favorite punk trio has gifted your patient waiting by dropping an early online stream of their new record, New Kind of Normal, over at Hype Machine. And gosh dang, what a gift this is.
Cayetana’s new album does not disappoint in the slightest, as the record’s twelve songs weave a beautifully powerful rollercoaster narrative where the band faces adversity and personal struggle with a resilient roundhouse kick to the face. Continue reading →
Ahead of April 28th, Philly artist Andy Molholt — better known these days as Laser Background — released an early stream of his new record Dark Nuclear Bogs, which is actually an anagram of his stage name (*’The More You Know’ star flies across the sky*). His follow-up to 2016’s Correct sees Molholt’s building confidence warping pop to an almost uncomfortable level, bringing expansive production and saccharine melodies to the world of modern psychedelia.
“Written between chapters of Janna Levin, episodes of S-Town, and D&D sessions where I play a half-elf bard,” That Dream Was Our Life dropped a relaxed new EP Destierro, the epitome of a DIY record recorded with Apple phones and an emotional fire.
Local indie dream-pop duo, Tentative Plans, were brought together through the fateful forces of Craigslist to become a band and debut an EP last summer. Now, the angelic outfit, comprised of Cait Kellagher and Chris Caulder, have released their sophomore EP titled, still.
When I say that this EP is angelic, I’m not kidding or using that term lightly. Kellagher’s clear, bright vocals are so dang calming and ethereal, it’s unreal. Everything about this six track release is clean and precise, from the vocals to production quality, to the thoughtful and purposeful use of instrumentation. Continue reading →
Sean McGuinness, known for his drum work with Pissed Jeans, Utensil and more, just put out his first solo tape EP, Ready To Be Rich. Being as unconventional as a record can get, the 17+ minute release (streaming as a single track, I might add) is split into 7 intertwined tunes, a Side A and Side B consisting of mostly instrumental sounds infused with otherworldly noises and aggressive punk vibes.