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New Empath Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Active Listening: Night on Earth, the full-length debut from the quartet of Empath, is now available via Get Better Records. Merging shimmering melodies with stormy, noise-effected discord, the band finds a catchy, chaotic balance. Groundswells of rhythm are countered by ethereal synth as the contrast of feathery-ferocity grabs one’s focus with an intriguing intensity. Get lost in its unpredictability. (Photo by Troy Memis)





LVL UP's Mike Caridi debuts solo project The Glow with two new singles.

You may know Mike Caridi from his previous band LVL UP. If you enjoyed the indie rock group (which dissolved last September), you might want to look into his solo project The Glow. In between LVL UP albums, Caridi was writing songs that drew life from the same lo-fi vein that was supplying his former group. Now his songs are finally seeing the light of day: the first two singles are out now and they shine brightly on their own. “Weight of Sun” has a snappy rhythm and bright acoustic guitars that give it an upbeat nature. “I Am Not Warm” is driven by Caridi’s deeply-layered vocals, a distorted lead guitar, and dense drums. The hazy feel of the tracks, along with their grungy edge make Caridi New York’s answer to L.A.’s rising lo-fi star Justus Proffit. Check out “I Am Not Warm” below. - Rene Cobar 





New Pleasure Systems LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Pleasure Systems is the soft pop alias of Clarke Sondermann, a Philadelphian who is also a member of the band The Washboard Abs. With Pleasure System’s newest release Terraform, Sondermann strives for intimacy and contact in a digital space, working within the paradox of separation and emotional distance during a time in which we are said to be closer than ever to one another. The stay relatively downtempo, with delicate synths and gentle rhythms swirling around Sondermann’s somber ruminations. Terraform is reminiscent of early 2000’s pop like The Postal Service, but is reimagined in the context of their contemporaries like Body Meat, Ada Babar, and Kasra Kurt. Tracks like “Milk & Honey” actively take time to delve into more experimental musical breaks, embarking into danceable sequences throughout the album. Terraform plays more like a warm herbal tea than a Four Loko, perfect for those quieter moments in this rainy season. - Josh Kelly





Krust Toons: "You're Booking Cover Bands Now?" by Tedd Hazard

Krust Toons: "You're Booking Cover Bands Now?" by Tedd Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations and animation shorts HERE.

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New Hotel Neon LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Vanishing Forms, the latest release from ambient-trio Hotel Neon, was is out now via Archives. One is drawn toward the tranquil instrumentation that gradually washes over you, providing and revealing an internal clarity. That peacefulness results from the intricacies of sonic layers wrapping around you and wearing at the troubles of daily life. PhilaMOCA will play host to the band’s record release show, on Friday, May 17, supported by Christopher Tignor and Slow Meadow.

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