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Local punk band Beach Slang gets raw and loud on their debut EP, announce they’ll be playing Fest 13

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Beach Slang / via bandcamp

Beach Slang recently released a raw four song EP entitled Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?, which you can stream below and pick up on vinyl in Spring via Dead Broke Records. While this band kind of seemed to pop up out of nowhere, its members are no strangers to the Philadelphia scene. Vocalist and guitarist James Snyder is a member of the inactive but memorable pop punk band Weston. With Ed McNulty from Crybaby on bass and JP Flexner from Ex Friends on drums, this is a sort of a local Philly supergroup. The EP was recorded with Dave Downham at Gradwell House Recording Studio in Haddons Height, NJ and mastered at Armstrong Studios by Stephen Egerton, known for his work with The Descendants.

Beach Slang’s debut EP is nothing short of breakout. Snyder authors some amazing lyrics for grungy hearts that find themselves in love in “Filthy Luck”. To me, the line “Carve your name soft across my lungs / I want to breathe you until I’m numb / We’re not loved, well, hardly anyway / with filthy luck in such a filthy haze” speaks to the dingy basement scene that has sparked so many relationships by chance.

These lyrics seem to describe the lives of modern day punks, with cleverly written takes like “The kids are still alright / We’re just too high to fight” or “Who called the cops? / Whatever, we’ll never get caught”. Delivering the avidly truthful and hopeful lyrics with catchy melodies and harmonies, Beach Slang nailed the vocals. The EP’s raw indie sound is textured with distortion and feedback alongside the fast-paced rhythms and punk mentality. The three piece band blasts through catchy riffs and drum fills, with trudging bass and texturing feedback at the best moments.  Definitely check out “Filthy Luck” and “Punk or Lust”.

Beach Slang also announced they’ll be heading down to Fest 13 this upcoming Fall. Check out the insane lineup and get tickets here.

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Watch The Front Bottoms perform “Au Revoir” for AltarTV

The Front Bottoms | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Front Bottoms | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

The Front Bottoms released their fourth album Talon of the Hawk this past spring, and have been getting a good amount of attention for their unique style of indie punk. They have been praised for their creative lyrics and unconventional songwriting, which have placed them on tours with the likes of Manchester Orchestra. After touring Europe and Canada, they will be stopping in Wilmington, DE at World Café Live on 11/14 and Lancaster, PA at the Chameleon Club on 11/16. Below, watch an acoustic version of “Au Revoir” from Talon of the Hawk.

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Watch the theme song from Boston DIY band Krill (playing Hong Kong Garden on 9/4)

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Last month, Krill released their quirky pop-punk LP, Lucky Leaves.  The DIY band somehow packaged this raw sound into concise and catchy songs and they have even dared to create their own theme song.  “Theme From Krill” is a self-homage featuring the group goofing off on camera mixed with footage of the group playing live.  Basically, the video takes the odd Boston trio and puts their personalities and musical style together, showing you what the band has to offer in 3.5 minutes.  Exactly what a theme song calls for.  Check out the video below and be sure to catch them September 4th at Hong Kong Garden.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jawnzap7 at The Note, Fly Fest in Lancaster, Shawn Mullins at Sellersville Theater

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Jawnzap7, though the name is confusing, can spit rhymes like no other.  Hailing from Philadelphia, he has a fast hip-hop flow and solid beats to match.  Though the rapper only has a large set of singles and EPs to their name, all of the releases are pretty impressive.  Tonight, Jawnzap7 plays The Note along with a lineup of other up and coming musicians.  Click here for ticket information and listen below to get in on the rap action.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Brandywine Folk Fest, Busses at Johnny Brenda’s, K-OS at Union Transfer

good-old-warThis weekend marks the second year of the Brandywine Folk Festival.  From Friday through Sunday, you can enjoy the warm weather and music with the many many incredible bands, many of which hail from Philadelphia.  To name just a few (and I mean a few) out of this fantastic lineup, you can catch Good Old War, Mean Lady, The Districts, The Lawsuits and Cheers Elephant.  So if you’re looking for the best way to spend the final days of summer, the Brandywine Folk Fest is an incredible way to go.  What’s not to love about great music, food and frisbee golf?  Click here for ticket information. Below, watch the video for Good Old War’s “Calling Me Names.”

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Download “Annie” from Chris Zurich’s debut Black Ink LP

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Chris Zurich is a really hard artist to pin down.  The Philadelphia musician takes influence from genres as diverse as soul, opera and punk, blending them to create a unifying sound on his new album, Black Ink.  The first single, “Annie,” is the perfect example of the different styles that influence Zurich’s music.  Drums and vocals seem to pull influence from R&B and hip-hop, while the guitar and bass seem to come from music not far off from Stevie Wonder.  It’s a soulful ballad that really opens up the album and introduces the world to Chris Zurich.  Check out the single below and download it hereBlack Ink is out October 15h.

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Dance or unwind to the debut LP from Abington’s Young Pilgrims

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Abington four-piece Young Pilgrims - the remnants of bands The Fillmores and Huey Sunrise – released their debut album Kyoko and a Rocket to the Moon just last week, and it’s a clever and catchy collection of punk music.

Singer Sean Brown’s voice wavers somewhere between sweet and melancholy as he sings about relationships and aging, and the group easily switches from lo-fi amped-up rock to acoustic punk ballads.  It’s the kind of stuff that you can hear and immediately start dancing, but just as easily sit, smile and ponder.

A week from today, on August 10th, the group will play at Manayunk show space Don’t Tread on Me; click here for more information about the show and stream their album here. Get a taste of what’s in store with the song “James Just Might Be Right” below.

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