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Dirty Fences release new heartache jam featuring Christina Halladay of Sheer Mag

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Sheer Mag | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

Sheer Mag‘s Christina Halladay has teamed up with the New York based garage rockers Dirty Fences for a harmonically beautiful ballad, “One More Step.” The single comes ahead of Dirty Fences third studio album, Goodbye Love, out Friday.

“One More Step” features an catchy vocal duet between Halladay and Dirty Fences bassist Max Comaskey. Halladay’s voice has the perfect amount of rasp to contrast with the surprisingly silky vocals from Comaskey. The melody of the track hits on big blues chords mixed with country influences; give it a listen below. Continue reading →

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Sheer Mag delivers a TKO of rock and roll hits at Union Transfer

Sheer Mag | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

Look, there’s no arguing the fact that rock and roll is alive and well, OK? Only a fool would say it’s dying. But here me out: if you tried to sell me on the idea of riff rock being a lost art, perhaps I could be persuaded. There’s a flurry of great rock and roll bands out in today’s scene — many, like Strand of Oaks, the War on Drugs and The Districts are from Philadelphia — but how many truly fit within the realm of shredding, riff-oriented rock and roll? I could be wrong, but it seems as if it’s a declining amount. Ever since the early 2000s, successful bands like the Foo Fighters, The Strokes, Spoon and Wilco have written songs around hooky lyrics and melodies pounded through loads of distortion. It’s a formula that’s been proven successful. All of those bands are tremendous, some of them legends, even. But you know what? Sometimes I just want to hear a freakin’ guitar solo. Not just guitar solos either, but songs based around riffy and flashy guitars in the realm of Led Zeppelin or AC/DC.

Punk rooted Philly faves Sheer Mag, who often gets compared to Thin Lizzy, is just that. Saturday night at Union Transfer, Shredder-in-Chief Kyle Seely provided riff-oriented rock at its finest, oozing every note from his Marshall amp with the prowess of an inebriated early-70s Jimmy Page. Frontwoman Tina Halladay added to the aesthetic, as she strutted her stuff and sang about left-leaning politics with the pissed off sneer of John Lydon in his heyday. The band opened the show with the same song they open their latest album, Need to Feel Your Love, “Meet Me in the Street.” The gritty straight-up rocker eventually gave way to the more disco-oriented (yes, disco, you read that right) “Fan the Flames,” making the first two songs of the show a better one-two punch than any you would have seen thrown in the Mayweather-McGregor fight that night. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sheer Mag at Union Transfer, Reef the Lost Cauze at Johnny Brenda’s, Queen of Jeans at Triumph

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Sheer Mag | photo by Mariel Lin | courtesy of the artist

Philly five-piece Sheer Mag brings its mix of rock and roll and radical politics to Union Transfer tonight. It’s the band’s first headlining gig since the release of the awesome Need to Feel Your Love LP, which is racking up critical acclaim like nobody’s business. Tonight they’ll be joined by Purling Hiss, Haram and Dark Thoughts; details on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, see what you can expect in the revved up “Fan The Flames” video.
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Need to Feel Your Soft Sounds in the Storm: New Sheer Mag, Japanese Breakfast and Waxahatchee on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

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Sheer Mag | photo by Marie Lin | courtesy of the artist

A jam-packed Indie Rock Hit Parade is coming your way tonight, and there’s no way to stop it! Listen at 11pm ET on XPN (that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, ya know?) for a full two-hour show that features not one, not two, but THREE spotlights on new releases from three very different bands out of Philly. We’ll hear from Sheer Mag‘s incendiary debut, Need To Feel Your Love, the dreamy sophomore album from Japanese Breakfast, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, and (of course) the latest from Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee, Out In The Storm. Also in the mix, you’ll hear new tracks from Speedy Ortiz, Cults and Parquet Courts singer A. Savage! Preview some of those below…

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Stream Sheer Mag’s Entire New Album, Need To Feel Your Love via NPR Music

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Sheer Mag | photo by Mariel Lin | courtesy of the artist

If you can’t wait until July 14th to hear Sheer Mag‘s debut full-length album (we’ve been waiting for three years, that seems quite long enough) you’re in luck – Need to Feel Your Love joins the long list of highly anticipated albums that have been released via NPR’s First Listen series, giving fans a chance to hear the album in its entirety one week before its scheduled release date. Including the two lead singles “Just Can’t Get Enough” and the title track “Need to Feel Your Love,” the 12-track record finds Sheer Mag showcasing their songwriting and versatility rooted in classic rock’n’roll. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Sheer Mag’s volume knows no limits

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Sheer Mag | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

The track names on Sheer Mag‘s compilation album are in all-caps on Bandcamp. The stylization is a fair choice considering it’s hard to remember, at least for me, a time when World Cafe Live has reached the volume the band brought to the venue during Friday’s weekly Free At Noon concert. For 40 minutes, the Philly rockers emitted nonstop, ear-ringing rock n’ roll in its purest form. Continue reading →

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Sheer Mag share “Need to Feel Your Love,” announce super-full U.S. tour

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Sheer Mag | photo by Mariel Lin | courtesy of the artist

Local rock ‘n’ rollers Sheer Mag are tapping into some Al Green inspiration on “Need to Feel Your Love,” the title track of their forthcoming debut LP. The record drops on July 14th while the band is in Europe but they’ll be taking it out on the road in the fall for a U.S. tour that stops at Union Transfer on August 26th.

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Watch Sheer Mag cover “Clampdown” by The Clash with DA candidate Larry Krasner

Sheer Mag and Larry Krasner | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN
Sheer Mag and Larry Krasner | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

Last night, Philly’s Sheer Mag kicked off their headlining spring tour at the First Unitarian Church, and with the primary elections just a few days away, they were joined onstage by Larry Krasner, candidate for Philadelphia District Attorney.

Krasner and the band covered “Clampdown” from The Clash’s London Calling, and you can watch video of it below, care of Philly photographer Scott Troyan.
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