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Philly Local Philes: Power Animal’s “Exorcism”

Last week, Philly psychedelic popsters Power Animal premiered the title track from their forthcoming Exorcism EP on Soundcloud. The cassette release, which drops on Feb. 21, is worth seeking out for a few reasons. One, it’s a great collection of the whimsical, imaginative songwriting we’ve come to expect from Keith Hampson and his collaborators. Two, it also collects solid remixes by the likes of Lushlife and Golden Ages. Three, it’s for a worthy cause. The EP is being released on Hampson’s charitable label, Human Kindness Overflowing, and money from each purchase of the cassette – as well as each download of the album on Bandcamp – goes to Philabundance, and providing meals to those in need. Remember, folks – giving isn’t just for the holidays. Power Animal performs Friday Feb. 10 at the First Unitarian Church with This Will Destroy You. Tickets to the all ages show are $12.

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Philly Local Philes: Tours’ “IJS”

You might know Philadelphia’s Tours from “Dirty Dreams,” the track they collaborated on to mark the first birthday of Key favorites Work Drugs. The music they make in their own right is also pretty sweet, as we hear in today’s Philly Local Phile, “IJS,” a song from their recent Stay EP. If you dig on these homegrown chillwave vibes, you’ve got two chances to check them out this weekend. Tonight, the band plays as part of the Philadelphia Bandcamp Hunter showcase at Johnny Brenda’s and Saturday it plays Maxwell’s on Main in Doylestown.

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Philly Local Philes: DRGN King’s “Barbarians”

With each new song they drop, I get all the more antsy to hear DRGN King‘s debut full length Paragraph Nights. The Philly-based eclectic pop four-piece plans to release the album later on this spring, but it’s been teasing us with songs since September. A few weeks ago, the band unveiled the latest track from the record, “Barbarians,” featured in today’s XPN2 Philly Local Phile. Of the five songs the band has shared to date—the anthemic single “Holy Ghost,” the somber title track, and two tracks debuted in DRGN King’s Key Studio Session, “Caught Down” and “Lookin’ At You”—this number is easily the darkest, the most introverted, the most intense. Opening on a whirring sci-fi synth drone, singer-guitarist and co-songwriter Dominic Angelella’s pensive vocals make a fierce entrance amid static pops and unsettling sounds. The band kicks in at just about the 50-second mark, and we’re into a grim rocker reminiscent of Fragile-era Nine Inch Nails. Which might not be quite the reference point Angelella and Ritz Reynolds had in mind, but one thing about both Reznor and King – they both have an undeniable affinity for Prince. Stream or download “Barbarians” below, and catch DRGN King live this Thursday, Feb. 2, when it plays Johnny Brenda’s with Nicos Gun and Fort Lean.

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Philly Local Phile PREMIERE: Acres of Diamonds’ “Penultimate”

“Our recording process has been somewhat glacial,” jokes Sarah Davis, the singer and keyboardist / glockenspielist for earthy, expressive Philly rock combo Acres of Diamonds. The band’s excellent self-titled EP dropped in summer of 2010, and it has been working on the followup at an extremely measured pace in the time since. But that’s completely fine; if the end result is a collection of songs as rich and inspired as today’s Philly Local Phile, AOD’s brand-new number “Penultimate,” it will be absolutely worth the wait. Stream or download the song below, and catch Acres of Diamonds in concert next weekend when it plays Milkboy Philly on Sat. Feb. 4 with Brown Recluse and recent PHL Bandcamp Hunter stars Instamatic.

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Philly Local Philes: The Menzingers “Gates”

In just under a month, the Scranton-bred, Philly-based working class punks The Menzingers will release their Epitaph Records debut, On The Impossible Past. Last week, the band gave fans a taste of what’s to come: the slow-burner anthem “Gates,” which we’ve spotlighted in today’s Philly Local Phile. Listen below, pre-order the album at Epitaph’s web store, and catch the band on Fri. Feb. 4 when it plays the Susquehanna Bank Center with Rise Against. Stay tuned for a Key Studio Session from The Menzingers later this winter!

The Menzingers – Gates by Epitaph Records

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Philly Local Philes: Purling Hiss’ “Run From the City”

Don’t adjust your speakers, as the saying goes: Purling Hiss is supposed to sound like that. Across the better part of its recorded output, the Philly shred-core trio offsets hooky, timeless rock and roll songs with caustic, abrasive noise and production values. Which is one hell of a gauntlet to throw down – “we’re going to write this music you’ll immediately love,” they’re essentially saying, “and then we’ll make you work hard to love it.” Fortunately, the payoff is totally there in the end, and if you see the Hiss live before you grab its albums, you’ll find it all the easier to get what they’re doing. This month, the band hits the road with Dr. Dog – getting to play before some well-earned mass audiences – and its last gig before departing is tomorrow night, Jan. 20, at Pi Lam in West Philly. To wish it a good sendoff show and happy / thrashy trails ahead, today’s Philly Local Phile digs into an early favorite from the Purling Hiss catalogue: “Run From the City,” the lead off track on 2009′s Public Service Announcement LP on Woodsist Records. For some compare / contrast fun, see how that number sounds alongside the version Purling Hiss recorded at its Key Studio Session almost a year ago.

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Philly Local Philes: City Rain’s “Watch Out” (remix contest happening now)

It’s a busy month for Philly electro-pop guys City Rain. Last week, we released their Key Studio Session; this Saturday, Jan. 21, they play a show at the North Star Bar. And just before the weekend, the band announced a remix contest for their song “Watch Out.” Click below to download the stem files posted to the band’s Soundcloud page, tweak them to your heart’s content, and e-mail the results to cityrainmusic [at] gmail [dot] com by Feb. 3. In today’s Philly Local Phile, we’ll give you a starting point by revisiting the Key Studio Sessions version of “Watch Out.”

Watch Out (Stems) – REMIX CONTEST – submit by feb 3rd to cityrainmusic@gmail.com by City Rain

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