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Spooky Scary: Celebrating Hurry-ween at PhilaMOCA

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

Something wicked good this way comes. With autumn magic in the crisp evening air, the mood on Friday at PhilaMOCA was just right for a stacked bill of four Philly bands to transform into haunted visages of their former selves and take the stage by force. Put on by your friends and mine, the breezy power-poppers in Hurry presented the Hurry Halloween Spectacular — a veritable Hurry-ween. Continue reading →

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In Defense of Counting Crows: Read Eric Slick’s empathetic essay on why they’re his jam

Eric Slick
Eric Slick | photo by Shervin Lainez

Eric Slick, who plays drums with Dr. Dog, and is a member of the punk band band Lithuania, gets right to the heart of the matter in an article he wrote for The Talkhouse. The title? The Counting Crows Taught Me Not to Give a Fuck About the Critics.

“Today I’ll be defending the earnest jangle of California’s Counting Crows,” writes Slick, about the band’s incredible 1993, T-Bone Burnett produced debut album, August and Everything After. Continue reading →

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The Key Presents: Lithuania

Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com
Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com

Rock and roll just feels damn good. Like an ice cold beer on a scorching summer day, it quenches a deep-seated human thirst. Longtime veterans on the Philly rock scene front, both Eric Slick and Dom Angelella know this fact instinctively.

Ten years in the making, their collaborative project Lithuania hits the spot — hard. It’s no-nonsense, no-frills rock and roll for the everyman. Their debut record Hardcore Friends (out last year on Lame-O Records) took a scorched earth policy towards songwriting: Go hard and leave it all on the table. Live, it’s even stronger. After seeing them open up for a Districts/mewithoutYou secret show in late 2014, I knew Lithuania was gonna be the Philly band to beat in the near future. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eliza Hardy Jones at Boot & Saddle, Eric Slick at PhilaMOCA, The Retinas at Ortlieb’s

eliza hardy jones
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo courtesy of the artist

Eliza Hardy Jones has been a key part of many local bands (Buried Beds, Nightlands, Teen Men and Strand of Oaks, etc.) but now she’s going solo with a forthcoming record and tour slot opening for Grace Potter (whose band she also plays in). Tonight’s show at Boot & Saddle will be a preview of Because Become, which is out later this month and features lead single “Criminal.” Listen to that song below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Jesse Hale Moore here.

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PREMIERE: Lushlife and friends reinterpret “Gymnopedie 1.2” in new video

Lushlife
Lushlife | photo by Isaac Remsen | www.IsaacRemsen.com

Despite having to reach all the way back to 2012 to find his most recent record, Lushlife has been busy during the last three years with projects like an expansive Shaking Through session and an innovative, Reddit-style art website called Designflow.

But now, as we draw closer to a release day for his follow-up to 2012’s Plateau Vision, Raj Haldar returns to that effort with a new live video for “Gymnopedie 1.2.”

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Eric Slick creates Selects Mix for Singles Club, chats about Ludwig Drums

Eric Slick
Eric Slick | photo by Shervin Lainez

We already know that Eric Slick (drummer for Dr. Dog / half of the Lithuania duo) is a creator of great music. The release of his latest Selects Mix via the music journal Singles Club proves that he’s a curator of great music as well.

Singles Club describes Slick’s compilation of eight tracks as “a breezy half-hour set to get you through those mid-week blues.” Slick’s nod to Philly is “Gooseneck” from Hermit Thrushes, a band that he once dubbed his “favorite band in Philadelphia” for KCRW. It’s a relatively calm mix, overall, and we thank Slick for mellowing us out for a bit. Continue reading →

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The Center-Stage Side Project: Eric Slick and Dom Angelella will bring a long-awaited Lithuania LP to Lame-O

Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

You probably know Eric Slick and Dom Angelella from the bands they play in full-time. But there’s another act that the two Philly musicians have been associated with for way longer than the former has drummed for Dr. Dog, or the latter has performed in DRGN King.

Lithuania has been active for going on ten years, but is often spoken about as a “side project” or a “duo project.” That’s not how the guys see it, and year the band takes the spotlight to release its long-in-the-works full-length debut. Hardcore Friends comes out this summer on Lame-O Records, and it’s the culmination of a collaboration Slick and Angelella began as UArts freshmen in 2005.

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