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The Sidekicks, All Dogs, Lithuania and MARGE put on a stand-out show at PhilaMOCA

The Sidekicks | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Sidekicks | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

It isn’t too often I can say a show felt curated perfectly. However, each band on Friday’s bill at PhilaMOCA seemed meant to play together. The evening started off with hard-hitting Philly punk rockers MARGE. If you haven’t yet checked them out yet, I suggest you do so: if you can swing it, see them live. This band put on a dynamic performance that had audience members captivated from start to finish. Continue reading →

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Glocca Morra’s farewell tour ends at First Unitarian Church with Clique, Marge and more

Glocca Morra | via facebook.com/gloccamorraband
Glocca Morra | via facebook.com/gloccamorraband

Glocca Morra has remained pretty dormant the past two years, beside two short tours with Owls and Joyce Manor. Back in November, they publicly announced that they were disbanding, a hard-hitting moment for much of the Philly music scene. But it was something to be expected as well, with Glocca Morra members starting or joining new bands like Spirit of the Beehive, Dogs on Acid and Ghost Gum.

This week, Glocca Morra officially announced their farewell tour, which spans two weeks in May and ends at the First Unitarian Church on May 30. Continue reading →

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Punk, pop and surf hybrid Marge releasing debut EP Not Bad on cassette via Ranch Records

Marge | photo via facebook.com/marge420

Philly DIY band Marge just announced their EP Not Bad – released digitally back in April – will be reissued on cassette and available in local record stores on June 3rd.  The band will hold its release show on June 5th at West Philadelphia’s Golden Tea House. The 7-track album compliments whimsical vocals with harder melodies and guitar riffs, digging into the band’s thoughts and feelings about the present and the future. Make sure you grab the album after the release show on June 5, or online via Ranch Records; stream the whole thing below via Bandcamp.

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Marge release twee pop debut Not Bad

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You might get a vibe of cynical apathy from an initial look at local outfit Marge and its new EP. The album is called Not Bad, after all, and aside from a Bandcamp page there isn’t much else out there from the quartet, not even a Facebook page (edit: Facebook page is here).  But that doesn’t really matter once you listen to the twee pop songs on the effort – they speak for themselves as a collection of pop culture-referencing nuggets that are sugary and gritty at the same time.  Without a carefully curated social media presence, and only first initials / last names listed in the album credits, Marge is currently a local enigma that will hopefully keep doing what they’re doing.