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Joy Again gets weird and poppy with new tracks, “Kim” and “On a Farm”

Joy Again | photo courtesy of the artist
Joy Again | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly five-piece Joy Again have been around the scene in one way or another for quite a bit. Adapting in different forms and names, they’ve worked with the likes of Mom + Pop records and Lucky Number, while playing a whole lotta basement shows along the way. Now, they’re back with a new bout of tunes via Never Grow Up —  in which they’ve recently released the two singles, “Kim” and “On a Farm.”

Both songs share a video, as well as the short and sweet length of just about two minutes. But the similarities pretty much smack to a halt there, as the tracks exist as a sort of A and B-side advertisement to their expansive style-sliding-scale from: a.) exuberant indie pop to b.) the oh so wonderfully strange. Continue reading →

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Cassette Connection: A conversation with Dante Scaglione of Ardmore boutique label Third Floor Tapes

Third Floor Tapes
Dante Scaglione of Third Floor Tapes | courtesy of the label

Two years ago Dante Scaglione was digging through Bandcamp when he came across a music community he was unaware of prior — one of cassette-exclusive labels.

He was immediately intrigued by this idea of keeping tapes alive in this age in which streaming services, vinyl rebirth and digital downloads are king. Labels such as Gnar Tapes and Burger Records appealed to him in that when they started; they too were releasing their music on cassette only. Scaglione started buying music on the niche format and began his own collection when his friends in Joy Again (formerly Forever Lesbians) were talking with him about wanting to releasing their first album on cassette. They hashed out the details and Third Floor Tapes was born with the band’s first album, Sherry, a set of warbling lo-fi garage pop.

That particular sonic characteristic, one that’s most definitely unique to tapes, was another aspect that influenced Scaglione’s decision to keep the label tape-based. Continue reading →

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Hinds bring the party to a Monday night at Union Transfer.

Hinds | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
Hinds | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

After a terrible weekend, I believe that many of us needed a release.  Monday isn’t a prime party day, but I needed the positivity, I needed the community, and I hadn’t really planned it, but I needed this Hinds concert at Union Transfer.  Their unbridled optimism, mixed with a hard dose of good old rock and roll was what plenty of people needed.  Garage, lo-fi, whatever you wanna call it, it’s undeniably fun. Continue reading →

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What band are you going to be for Halloween? A look at covers parties in Philly this weekend

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Let’s face it, the adult Halloween is only really fun if you get to get boozed up, listen to some music and dance while dressed ridiculously. Or is that just me? Regardless there are some rockin’ shows this weekend where all of the aforementioned are encouraged – and pretty much required. Continue reading →