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Vaughan Supple pours it out in debut record "A Lovely Grave"

Few things are as powerful as music that has a confessional vibe to it, an outpouring of emotions that maybe was not meant for anyone to hear, Vaughan Supple’s debut album sounds like that outpouring and feels a bit forbidden. A Lovely Grave—quietly released a couple of months ago—is filled with heartfelt tunes that are fashioned using distorted riffs, orchestral swells, light but engaging rhythms, and much more. Songs like “Trace Of You” and “September” with their gentle acoustic guitar strings and soft harmonies have that feeling of familiarity to them; they are quiet afternoon sonic treats that you enjoy alone. “And We Drown,” and “Anemic” have all the rage of throbbing drums and serrated vocals, they bleed grunge. Vaughan Supple, the Boston-based singer/songwriter, has left his heart on the table with this release, and we are damn sure glad we found it. “Anemic” is streaming for you below. - Rene Cobar

The Afro Nick celebrates single release tonight at Mercury Lounge

A heavy-handed drumbeat powers through the thick sonic atmosphere of The Afro Nick’s latest single "Dream Big" leading the listener toward a mighty chorus that is just so damn sticky. The single pays tribute to the larger-than-life sounds of arena rock while still keeping an indie-rock aura, seemingly a fitting song for both a massive stadium or your local bar. The song layers wonderfully to create its enormous atmosphere as distorted guitars, synthesizers, and grand piano chords swell and erupt. The Afro Nick’s childhood experiences in his hometown of Chaniá, Greece have inspired his sonic journey: the singer/songwriter channels his admiration for the rich musical history of his native country through his focus on storytelling amplified by big melodic choruses. To celebrate the release of this anthemic new single, The Afro Nick will be playing Mercury Lounge this evening at 6:30 pm. We premiering "Dream Big" for you below. - Rene Cobar

Weekend Warrior - June 7 - 9

Undeterred, raunchy riffs and snarly, sweaty vocals fuel the Narcos Family Band. A raw refinement converges as the runaway momentum of the instrumentation plays out like a bull rampaging through a China shop. The rhythmic push pummels everything that dares to enter its path. This Sunday night at Haus of Yarga, they’ll be joined by the agitation-releasing, quick-hitting garage-hardcore hybrid of Trash Knife. A pair of Midwestern punk outfits in Michigan’s Werewolf Jones and Wisconsin’s Fire Heads aid in amplifying the evening, which is also rounded into form by Ghoul Friends. – Michael Colavita

More places to rock at this weekend…

Haus of Yarga (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Regothereshego, High Noon, SUN Narcos Family Band, Trash Knife

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Rosali, SAT Live Band Karaoke with Pat Finnerty & The Full Band

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT  American Trappist (Solo)

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Mute Host/DJ Deejay, SAT The Dull Blue Lights, The Naked Sun/Fame Lust

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SUN Ruby The Hatchet

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) SAT Petal

TLA (334 South St.) FRI Ultimate Live Evil

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Jesse Ruben/(Downstairs) WXPN’s Decades Dance Party & Live Broadcast, SAT (Downstairs) Basement Party With Lady V & DJ Touchtone

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Wordsmith Experience, SAT Tortuga, The Sea Tease, Upstream Color/Ashes ToVanity, Ghost of the Mill, Rambone, SUN Future Stars MetalFest 

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Heaven Man, Mirrorsigns

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT The Shakedown

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Live Band Karaoke, SUN That Totally Unnecessary Drink with Pat Finnerty's Live Band Karaoke/Rusty Cadillac 

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Midwestern Exposure, SAT Kenty Love, Maskao, SUN Hazard Sizer 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Riverside Odds, Molly Rhythm, SAT The Ancient Mariners, Night Mission

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Sad & Boujee: The Emo Meets Trap Dance Party, SAT Unloveable - The Smiths & Morrissey Tribute Band, DJ Chas Paris, DJ Rich Russo

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) SAT DJ Lean Wit It, SUN Ear Me Now

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret/DJ Chris Urban, SAT DJ Ed Cristof

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI Hallucinogenic Bulb, Serpent Blight, SAT The Tone Bandits

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI The Whips, Zapf Dingbats , SAT Wormtooth, Gristmill, The Magnificent ShitHawks Of The Greater Northern Americas

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Whackbat, Jordan Flaherty, JKannon, Tom Monari&Sara, Danny Varughese, SAT Superunknown, Delmont, Knightlife, The Good Mess, Candice Lee

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Jeff Thomas' All-Volunteer Army, SAT Billy Joel Tribute (Benefitting Alzheimer’s Research): Mikey B & Friends

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Nematode

Green Line on Locust (4426 Locust St.) SAT Benefit Show for March to End Rape Culture: Snakeboy Gang

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) FRI Solomonic Sound System, House Of Roots

The Mothership (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT The Invasive Species (Tape Release), Cult Objects, SUN Drums Like Machine Guns, The Beeps, Foxy Doxies

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Impressionist, Buddie, Puppy Angst

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Susie Derkins, In Trouble, A Million Dollars

Gay Baby Jail (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Space Donkey and the Moonbouncers, Mesén Around, Twin Beds, SAT Rego, ASCXNSION, HUEY, the Cosmonaut, Jewelssea, Magnetic The Shaman, Calo

Anthorna Gallery (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Marcelyn, Elaine Rasnake, Eeden,SAT Yellowhammer Fund Benefit Show: Three Man Cannon, SUN Douse, Computer Dating

The Bass Mint (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Blushed, Qwark

Truck (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Brackish, Noera, Overwinter

Secret World (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Michael Cormier, Ana Woulfe

New Slingshot Dakota Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Heavy Banding, the new album from Slingshot Dakota, recently arrived via Community Records, Specialist Subject Records & Stiff Slack. Keys and drums unite to create a constant, thumping heaviness. When coupled with Carly Comando's affecting vocals, the message is unquestioningly delivered. The duo continues to be an undeniable, sonic force coming out of the Lehigh Valley.

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