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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Helms Alee at Union Transfer, Bel Heir at Ortlieb’s, Jenny Hval at PhilaMOCA

Helms Alee | photo by Ryan Russel
Helms Alee | photo by Ryan Russel

Pacific Northwest ragers Helms Alee have been making noise in the metal underground for the past decade or so. This fall, the power trio released its fourth LP, Stillicide, via Sargent House Records, and it’s full of riffs and beats and propulsive energy like the best of its Seattle peers (we’re talking The Melvins moreso than Pearl Jam). But this crew also displays fierce dynamism, knowing how to get loud and shred, but also how to lure listeners in with the ebb and flow of a rumbling sonic tide. Listen to the fierce “Tit to Toe” from Stillicide below, and get psyched to see Helms Alee’s return to Philly at Union Transfer tonight opening for Russian Circles. Tickets and more information on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Buckle Up for the wild new single from Helms Alee, see them at Union Transfer

Helms Alee | photo by Ryan Russel
Helms Alee | photo by Ryan Russel

Brace yourselves, because the new song you are about hear from Helms Alee might just destroy you. The roaring Washington state trio, consisting of Ben Verellen (guitar, vocals), Dana James (bass, vocals), and Hozoji Margullis (drums, vocals), has released “Tit To Toe,” the first single off their upcoming fourth studio album. Stillicide will be out September 2nd on Sergeant House.

In short, “Tit To Toe” is an absolute rager of a track that melts in-your-face shouts with a more melodic chorus to assemble a song that is a hybrid form more unique than even their past mathrock/shoegaze/metal/sludge/whatever-you-want-to-call-it efforts (I use this long description because as I surfed the interwebs for some stuff on Helms Alee, I found all of those terms used). Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mirah at Johnny Brenda’s, John Legend at Verizon Hall, Helms Alee at Boot and Saddle

Mirah | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Mirah | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Fresh off her On the Hill Series session, Philly-born Portland-based acoustic singer/songwriter, Mirah, will play Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Her latest album, Changing Light, was released on May 13 via Absolute Magnitude.  You can find more info and tickets for the show here; below, revisit “Cold Cold Water” from her second LP Advisory Committee.

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