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There’s The Magic: Philly’s Dulls begins with shoegaze and branches beyond on their new Moon Violet

Dulls | photo by Emilia Randler | courtesy of the artist
Dulls | photo by Emilia Randler | courtesy of the artist

Last year, Fishtown four-piece Dulls played a couple shows with like-minded shoegazers, the Stargazer Lilies. However, neither band realized at the time of those summer and early fall gigs that the connection they’d made would bode so well, for Dulls specifically.

Dulls’ guitarist Evan Raab says the two bands just hit it off right away. He and drummer Jack Pfeifer had particularly liked the way the Stargazer Lilies’ albums sounded, and it just so happened that they were recorded by the band’s guitarist John Ceperano.

“I just like their sound,” Pfeifer says in earnest over a glass of water in a loud and crowded Fishtown Tavern. “So, I asked [drummer Tammy Hirata], ‘Who recorded this? Because it sounds really good.’ And she’s just like, ‘John recorded us, you should totally record with him.’ That was it. It just worked out like that.”

A couple months later, Dulls spent the first weekend of Novemeber taking in all Ceperano had to offer in his home studio in the Poconos. Raab, Pfeifer, singer and guitarist Erica Carter and bassist Kirk Bray, all agree that the experience left the band feeling positive. Even though it was just a weekend, Raab was looking forward to getting to the mountains. And as far as recording their first tape compared to this one upcoming, Raab says the setting couldn’t have been any more different. Continue reading →

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Dulls preview new Moon Violet EP with “New Dream” single

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Dulls | photo via Bandcamp

Local shoegaze outfit Dulls spent a weekend in the studio with Stargazer Lilies’ John Ceparano last fall with the goal of recording a sophomore EP. Now that post-production is wrapping up and a release date is set for the end of the month, the sludgy-but-sparkling quartet has shared a new track from Moon Violet called “New Dream.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dulls at Kung Fu Necktie, Island at Arden Gild Hall, Langhorne Slim and the Law at World Cafe Live at the Queen

Dulls | via dulls.bandcamp.com

Noise rock outfit Dulls is a fairly new addition to the Philly scene, but that doesn’t mean you should be any less to excited to watch them bring their sludgy, shoegaze sound to Kung Fu Necktie this Friday. They’ll be supporting Terry Malts along with False Tracks, and  with just one, self-titled EP to their name, you won’t know quite what you’re missing out on until you get to the gig, Find tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Emily King at Union Transfer, Darko The Super at Kung Fu Necktie, Dulls at Bourbon and Branch

Emily King | Photo via http://www.emilykingmusic.com/
Emily King | Photo via http://www.emilykingmusic.com/

Emily King headlines Union Transfer tonight. Also playing is Maroon 5 keyboardist/backing vocalist PJ Morton. Just three days ago, the NYC singer-songwriter King, who is the daughter of jazz singers Marion Cowings and Kim Kalesti, released the deluxe edition of her 2015 debut album The Switch, featuring four new bonus tracks and a demo version. Below you can find her hit “Distance.” For tickets and more information on tonight’s all ages show, head to the XPN Concert Calendar.  Continue reading →

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Pick up an ACLU benefit 7″ featuring Sad13, Purling Hiss, Louds, and more

Sad13 | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Philly and Minneapolis-based label Dirty Pillows just released a compilation featuring local artists from both of their homes. Titled ACLU Benefit Vol. 1 Phl/Mpls, the compilation is the first in a series of benefit releases that will split its tunes between two cities, and then donate the proceeds to those local community’s ACLU chapters.

This a-side of this first installment boasts Philly artists (woo we’re #1!) including Sad13, Louds, Dulls, Harsh Vibes and Purling Hiss. Making up the b-side are Minneapolis-based artists France Camp, Sasha Conda, 3M 1995, The Cult of Lip and Fog. Continue reading →

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Psychic Teens share dark, introspective single, “SICKO”

Psychic Teens | photo via psychicteensnetwork.com

Moody atmospheric punks, Psychic Teens, just shared a single off their soon-to-be-released record HEX, and it’s some deep, dark stuff. Single, “SICKO,” is an echoey, slowed-building power track that bluntly calls out a narcissistic society.

The band’s gothy, noise-filled shoegaze is matched with the monotone yet biting lyrics: “No one cares about anything other than themselves / I see it everyday, it makes me want to end it all.”  Continuing on the narrative of the disgusted observer, the lines follow: “But I must go on / just to get my sick amusement / watching culture crash and burn.” Continue reading →

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Items Tagged Philadelphia: The music of chance and the sounds of silence

Erica Corbo | via ericacorbo.bandcamp.com

Here at The Key, we spend a lot of time each week digging through every new release from Philadelphia that shows up on Bandcamp. At the end of each week, we present you with the most interesting, most unusual and overall best of the bunch: this is Items Tagged Philadelphia.

In a room on the second floor of my house in the East Mt. Airy section of Philly, there’s an air purifier, and it’s always running. The humming oscillations of the motor, the gentle thwack of the belt, and the static rush of air passing through a polymer filter create a background static that dulls the constant sounds of close proximity and rowhome living. It becomes like the proverbial buzzing of the fridge, per Radiohead, or those cars on the interstate passing in the night that my friends in the river wards no longer even notice.

When the air purifier switches off, for whatever reason — it needs maintenance, the power went out, my wife and I can’t hear the record on the turntable — the sensation is almost like waking up, or stepping out of a fog. There’s a sudden clarity, hearing becomes more acute, sounds become more nuanced, details are picked up upon and auditory space is abundant. It’s at once freeing and kind of frightening. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Andrew Lipke with Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia at World Cafe Live, The Chelsea Kills at Boot and Saddle, Abi Reimold at Pearlstein Gallery and more…

Andrew Lipke | Photo by Chris Sikich for WXPN
Andrew Lipke | Photo by Chris Sikich for WXPN

Intersect: Andrew Lipke will be performing tonight at World Cafe Live with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. The Philly composer, who enlightens audiences with his unique combination of folk and classical music, will be transforming rock and roll in a special performance with some of Philly’s most talented musicians. More information here. Continue reading →