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Julie Slick’s EchoTest teases the electronic asylum of From Two Balconies with two tracks

Julie Slick | Photo via julieslick.com

Julie Slick is an enigma. Her description of “bassist, composer, and foodie” simplifies her plethora of projects into an quick and catchy tagline, which is a bit unfair as her range is like few others to emerge from the Philly scene.

She does prog, she does rock, she does ambient. And her first effort in 2017 finds her in EchoTest, a genre-spanning collective that pulls from all corners of the industry to create relaxing yet complex tunes. Their newest effort From Two Balconies can only be described as one thing: progressive pop, as shown by their two preview tracks “supercell” and “the mystical connected us”. Continue reading →

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Stream Pissed Jeans’ brash thrashing of a record Why Love Now

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Pissed Jeans | Photo by James Breslin for WXPN

Philly punks Pissed Jeans shocked the world (or maybe the segment of the world that listens to Pissed Jeans) by streaming their new record Why Love Now a whole week early through Noisey. Their fifth record, released on Sub Pop, channels the angst of pure noise punk as the band blasts through 12-tracks of sexually-charged pit-forming rock n’ roll. Continue reading →

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Listen to Haggert McTaggert’s psychedelic nightmare in “Franny”

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Haggert McTaggert | photo by Casper Rudderow

Haggert McTaggert, aka the duo of Braden Lawrence of The Districts and Keith Abrams from Pine Barons, contributed to a new split single called Doom Paste with local pals Tremellow. Their contribution is the lo-fi bad trip of “Franny,” a manic and robotic modern take on a Mystery Science Theater 3000 theme, finding galactic ambiguity of psychedelic proportions while managing to pick up a hint of Daft Punk along the way. It’s as cute and intimate as it is terrifying. Continue reading →

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The Menzingers drop new song, “Thick as Thieves,” new beer, After the Party

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The Menzingers | photo courtesy of the artist

As predicted, Philly’s favorite punks The Menzingers sold out Kung Fu Necktie in mere minutes yesterday for their album release day party. But they still gave fans a taste of that new album, After The Party, with the release of new track, “Thick as Thieves.”  Opening with blunt guitar power chords, the song is carried along by an easygoing melody, then jumps to a headbang-inducing, infectious chorus that will undoubtedly be streaming through your head all day.  Continue reading →

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Listen to Kississippi play a bright and bold new song, “Once Good,” at Daytrotter

Kississippi | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Kississippi | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Philly dreampop outfit Kississippi kicked off a February solo tour with Young and Heartless last night in Lancaster; in March, they’re going out on their own full band headlining run. And based on this recent set of recordings from the Daytrotter vaults, frontwoman Zoë Allaire Reynolds and her four bandmates have a bright and bold setlist in store.

Where the band’s wonderful 2015 EP We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed leaned mellow and melancholic, the new song “Once Good” — which Kississippi debuted in its Daytrotter session — steps into a newly energized realm, placing Reynolds’ contemplative songwriting in a world of racing rhythms and soaring guitars. Continue reading →