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Marie & The Moans are bringing their eccentric songwriting to Kung Fu Necktie this Sunday, opening for No Joy and Creepers, and prodding your eardrums with a little musical unconventionality. The group exhibits an almost willful rejection of traditional or intuitive melody structure, yet make no concessions in accessibility. Percussion clatters and stumbles, while an innumerable amount of electronic tones bump and fall across each other, giving an overall impression of narrowly maintained order, as if the very compositions can’t be contained by their recordings. Singer Bridget Boylan’s stoic voice stitches at the seams of disorder, and lends a contrasting elegance to the music, which also serves as an orientating force that guides you through each manically tangled tune. Show up early to catch these Philly locals before ‘gazing out on the ethereal wings of No Joy. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Bryce Woodcock

May 01, 2016
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Slomo Drags' new EP out of Already Dead Tapes and Records is complex indie pop that's a little transgressive when it comes to the rules of that genre, and it's a record that should do a lot for the band's popularity both locally and nationally. In that way it reminds me heavily of Elephant 6, especially of Montreal, in its approach to rich song creation, this eponymous EP is five songs of gleefully busy psychedelic indie pop, and like that legendary band, Slomo Drags seems interested in making music to love this weird life to and does a great job accomplishing that goal here.

In addition to the “pretty + odd” thing full of anormal song structures and 60s influenced vocal layerings that they get from of Montreal, Slomo Drags also channels a few other classic 2000s indie acts here, including using big screechy Deerhoof-ish guitar wind-ups and a healthy dose of local funky indie with some Spoon-like attitude added to the sound. Now, if I were to have read that a current band was living in the spirit of these now-aging acts at their height, I'd have been a little worried that the sound in question wouldn't be as fresh or engaging as it once was, but it takes about five seconds of opener “Going Out of Business” to know that thought is dead wrong.

This kind of music is just as good and just as fun in 2016 as it was in the mid 2000s, mostly because Slomo Drags seriously know how to put together a shitlload of song elements nicely to make something that is crammed full of moving pieces, but which is tight and arranged in well-thought out way that guides you through the layers of musical activity with skill and grace. The expert construction of these tunes leaves you able to just focus on the fun of the album and ride on its central aesthetic. It's great fun each time you listen, and that structuring allows you to pick out great little parts to focus on with each play-through, as if the tracks taken together were a big, wild psychedelic party that you're viewing through a giddy first-person recording taken by the band, and they're showing you all these cool things happening for just a moment. For me at least, it creates a sense of true, good, colorful fun time going on all around me, and that's a feeling that it's been a while since I got from modern indie music.

For a band to be able to create something as bursting with energy and slathered in creative layers as this EP is without things getting messy or completely breaking down, the members of that band have to be each be fully on top of their own musical game and yet still be totally in sync with each other member, and that's just the groove that Slomo Drags seems to be living comfortably inside of right now. This is a damn fine piece of pop music that both references and transcends the extensive history of the Venn diagram crossover between pop and indie rock, and it's one of the most thoroughly remarkable and enjoyable records out yet this year in Austin.

Listen below, and make sure to give every track a good once or twice over, because, in a way that feels directly rebellious to our current singles and SoundCloud culture, every track on here is seriously good stand-out music that could thrive on its own, but which does even better in the context of the whole record.

April 30, 2016
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It’s been about 4 years now since we first sat down for an interview with Lushlife, a.k.a. Raj Haldar. And with the success of his latest LP Ritualized and mutually busy schedules, it took a long string of emails and rescheduling to finally find time to sit down for a chat. We managed to beat out the dinner rush at South Philly’s Khmer Kitchen and snagged a table for a tasty traditional Cambodian meal, drinks, and whole lotta catchin’ up. Come dive into our discussion about Lush’s collaborative work with production trio CSLSX, RitualizedThe Deli Philly’s March Record of the Month, and find out what’s on the horizon for the rising emcee/producer as we pick his brain and get a little silly HERE.

April 30, 2016
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Psych-pop purveyors Grubby Little Hands have released their new album Garden Party to the mases via Lefse/Chill Mega Chill. The group was started by multi-instrumentalists Donnie Felton and Brian Hall, after meeting in college while studying music composition and theory. The duo released two previous albums, Imaginary Friends (2009) and The Grass Grew Around Our Feet (2012), and now with their latest record, Felton and Hall have been joined by guitarist Joseph Primavera and drummer Chad Brown to help fill out their hazy, sedative-pop sound. You can help Grubby Little Hands celebrate the arrival of Garden Party this evening at Johnny Brenda's, where they'll be joined by labelmate Shelf Life and Cold Foamers, who dropped their new album, Musketball, earlier this year. So take a dab & get lost in the sonics of the night. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

April 30, 2016
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The Lawsuits have been on the road with labelmate Former Belle in support of their forthcoming album Moon Son, due out May 13 via Randm Records. For the follow-up to Cool Cool Cool, the band has taken what its has learned from the experience of recording with Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), and set sail on its own, experimenting and self-producing the new release. But don’t fret; the beloved folk-tinged pop ditties still remain true to the group’s core. Former Belle will be warmed up from tour, providing a polished sheen to the intimate songs from his new album Foreign Bed. Foxtrot & the Get Down will provide the spark needed to get this evening going. The Foundry, 1000 Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Ed Newton) - H.M. Kauffman

 
Other places to escape this weekend…
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, SUN Questlove
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI LSDXOXO, Moor Mother Goddess, DJ Haram, SAT Grubby Little Hands, Shelf Life, Cold Foamers, SUN Aphra
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Louds, The Dove & The Wolf, Myrrias, SAT The Magnificent, Lower Wolves, SUN The City & I, Curtis Cooper, Motherwhore
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Jenkem/Roxy Rollz, Steve Oakley Band, SAT Seraph In Travail, Geniverse, Malphas/Suburban Living/ Reef The Lost Cauze, E. Grizzly, SUN Cllctyrslf, Line Leader, Coping Skills/Sad Actor, Marie & The Moans
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Get Better Fest: Bad Canoes, Blood Uncle, SAT Get Better Fest: +HIRS+
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.)  FRI (Black Box) Littler, SUN West Philadelphia Orchestra
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Amanda X
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Needle Points, Teen Men, Purples, SAT The Jawn, Medusa's Disco, Dead:Stop, SUN Keely Sibilia
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Peek-A-Boo Revue, SAT (Balcony) Will IV
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT PnB Hitta, B Love
  
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) RFA (EP Release), Whiting/(Downstairs) Peek-A-Boo Revue, SUN (Upstairs) Japanese Breakfast
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI irCasim, Sage Laszlo, Hann_11, Josh Hey, SAT Thorazine, Vital Stats, Twin Symptoms, Kensington Nothings, SUN The Insides, Voila!, Black Archie
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI An Honest Year, SAT (12:30pm) Center City Jazz Festival The Jost Project, Anna Cecilia/8:30pm The Band of Rivals, SUN Man About a Horse
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Starwood, Mage Hand, SAT Mumblr, Museyroom
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Center City Jazz Festival: Mike Cemprola, Chris Oatts/Franco and the Detonators, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI A Tribute to David Bowie
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) SUN Dorkosaurus, Paul Marchesani
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Tailgunner
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Ridge Summit, ArGii, SAT Control For Smilers, The Great Endangered
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Likers, Bruise Bath, Caffeine SAT Population Zero, Disjawn
 
Sit and Spin Records  (2243 South Lambert St.) SAT Science Club,  Kinda Alright
The Larch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SUN Evan Cory Levine, Julius Masri
 
Philadelphia Record Exchange (1524 Frankford Ave.) SUN Igneous Eyes
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Swarm, Hot Tears
 
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SAT Doubles Jonagold
April 29, 2016
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We've seen our fair share of interesting use of guitars and related gear, but, honestly, the idea of a classical six string associated with garage rock never even remotely crossed our mind. Enter Tall Juan from Queens, NY, who begs to differ! Read what he has to say about it in our Delicious Audio post. Tall Juan will open for Beverly's record release show at Baby's All Right on May 5th.

April 29, 2016
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