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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wave Radio at Melodies Cafe, London Grammar at the Electric Factory, Julie Slick / Marco Machera at Hard Rock Cafe and more…

Wave Radio
Wave Radio | photo via Facebook

West Chester’s Wave Radio head down Lancaster Ave for a show at Melodies Cafe tonight. The indie rock trio took first place at last year’s Beta Hi Fi competition at World Cafe Live thanks their full, cinematic style that John Vettese compares to Jukebox the Ghost. Wave Radio the debut album was released in 2012 and is available as a name-your-own-price download on Bandcamp. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Hot Breakfast and Danielle and Jennifer can be found here. Listen to “I Wanted” below.

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Expanding the vocabulary of the bass with Julie Slick and Marco Machera

Julie Slick and Marco Machera | photo via facebook.com/slickmachera
Julie Slick and Marco Machera | photo via facebook.com/slickmachera

Maybe it’s something in the genes, but the two greatest success stories to come out of the Paul Green School of Rock have been siblings Eric and Julie Slick. Both caught the ear of Adrian Belew when the former Zappa and King Crimson guitarist/vocalist stopped into the school to teach in 2006, and went on to form the core of his Power Trio. Drummer Eric left in 2009 and landed in a number of Philly bands including Dr. Dog and Norwegian Arms, but bassist Julie has continued to orbit King Crimson in the years since.

In 2011 she attended the “3 of a Perfect Pair Camp” organized by Belew and Crimson-mates Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto and went on to tour with the three (as well as new Belew Power Trio drummer Tobias Ralph) as the Crimson ProjeKCt, the latest iteration of Crimson’s spin-off incarnation.

While at the camp Julie also met Italian bassist Marco Machera, forming a duo around the pair’s shared interest in expanding the vocabulary of the bass. Continue reading →

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Listen to Julie Slick’s sprawling ambient rock in Fourth Dementia

Photo via julieslick.com
Photo via julieslick.com

Philly bassist Julie Slick recently released her latest project, a collaboration with Marco Machera called Fourth Dementia. Over the years, Slick has been a part of a slew of local bands ranging from Paper Cat to DRGN King. For the past few years, she’s been touring as a part of Crimson ProjeKCt, a project of King Crimson singer-guitarist Adrian Belew, and touring around the world. In between all that, she’s found time to write and record a handful of solo releases – including this latest one with Machera and her brother Eric (who also drums in Dr. Dog). Continue reading →

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Julie Slick released a far-out solo album called Terrior (listen, download, rock)

Julie Slick is one of those Philly musicians who’s everywhere. Kind of literally – if you follow her on Instagram, it’s a window into a world of what she calls her “nomadic gypsy” travels, performing at incredible venues around the world with The Adrien Belew Power Trio. Back home, she also been known to rock out in Paper Cat with her brother Eric (when he’s not on the road with Dr. Dog) and was the original bass player for DRGN King. Somehow, with everything she’s already got going on, Slick found time to record enough psychedelic / progressive rock soundscapes to put together a solo album. Terrior is out today, and its ten tracks reveal Slick as an appreciator of ambience, a daring dabbler in complex time signatures, an instrumental thrasher and sonic explorer. Give it a listen to this far-out collection below, and pick up a download at her Bandcamp page.