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New Track: "Brass Gavel" - S-21

Hardcore quintet S-21 shakes the walls with their single "Brass Gavel," which can be found on the band's forthcoming EP Year Zero (due out via World Gone Mad/Slugsalt). Lyrically challenging the status quo of the justice system, the song instrumentally rattles with a barnstorming fervor. It’s an unfiltered release of emotion highlighting the unbalanced scales of power.

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Psych Rock band we dig: BIRDS - live at Union Pool on 10.09

With a name bound to trigger confusion (not only with a similarly named bands from the '60s... check out this Spotify profile!), Brooklyn's Birds channel a sound more than slightly influenced by the imaginative '90s psych rock of The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev, bands that for truly incomprehensible reasons have been left behind in the recent '90s rock revival (for the unaware, at the time The Flaming Lips were a different band than they are now). The crooked distorted sliding guitars and bizarre vocal melodies of tracks like Fade (streaming) or Behind You immediately brought smiles to our faces, sending us on a mental journey back to our vynil filled early twenties. If it's true that all new music is a re-elaboration of music of the past (and true it is) Birds can enjoy the advantage of a sound influenced by great records not many other current emerging bands seem fond of. And that's one reason why we are so excited about them. Check them out live at Union Pool on October 9th.





NAH Opening for Mykki Blanco at PhilaMOCA Sept. 15

Menacing, bombastic beats that authoritatively engulf their surroundings, shifting the dial in a raw-real street style that hits now while pointing toward the future, NAH smacks with sonics. While percussion consistently asserts its presence, atmosphere-altering, electronic sequences illustrate the morphing, combative setting in which this music resides. Simultaneously meshing dark, dramatic structures with dance grooves tying in a sense of torment with vocal aggression, the results are an ear-popping, edgy, experimental brand of hip-hop. Tonight at PhilaMOCA, he lays the groundwork, at this R5-presented show, for Mykki Blanco, whose debut solo album Mykki will be released tomorrow. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., $15, 8:30pm, All Ages (Photo by Gabe Coffey) - Michael Colavita





Video Premiere: "Sobering Up" - Very Bad Vibes

“Sobering Up,” the new video that we are premiering today from Very Bad Vibes, a.k.a. Sam Huntington (formerly of The Original Crooks and Nannies), finds the subject beating himself. The footage (shot by Katie Huntington) enlists simple yet effective chalk and sharpie titles, before showcasing the one-sided battering. Simplicity rules the day, and the music’s energetic bounce meshes with the display of exorcising personal demons, pulled back in intensity by the playful placement/use of ketchup. You can find "Sobering Up" opening his debut solo effort, Toothpaste.

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Krust Toons: "The Wait" by Teddy Hazard

Krust Toons: "The Wait" by Teddy 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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