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Fantastic Plastic: Cities on Fire

Fantastic Plastic just released their first full-length album, Cities on Fire. Full of insatiable anger and bitter irony, Cities on Fire is a great catharsis for the shit show that is 2018 America. Songs “Parasites” and “Guilt Plea” have an incredibly tense, claustrophobic tone. You can feel your muscles instinctively clenching as you listen. Luckily, Cities on Fire also provides a great outlet for all that built up stress. Stylistically, the album is reminiscent of The Cramps and early Siouxsie Sioux. The vocals and lyrics run wild with their anxieties. Each song throws both the band and the audience into frenetic, chaotic movements. The guitar playing provides a nice balance to this chaos. The wavy, loose chords guide the audience through each song. They never lose their purpose and provide a nice sense of stability.

You can catch Fantastic Plastic at the Firkin Tavern September 21st, along with Retirement and Hollow Sidewalks

 

  -By Avril Carrillo





Krust Toons: "Nice Show" by Tedd Hazard

Krust Toons: "Nice Show" 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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Rainsticks' new album 'Elkmont' brings back the pop sound of '60s and '70s

The other day I was listening to Crosby, Stills and Nash, and wondered what they'd sound like if the trio were on the scene today. Lo and behold, today I stumbled upon the indie/psych/pop group Rainsticks on Bandcamp. Fronted by Asher Horton, not only does the band bring back the best of old-school pop, using the same layers of vocal harmonies and basic instruments as the Beatles and the Beach Boys, but there's also a hint of psychedelia. This album is one to listen to from front to back, preferably through a stereo, on a Sunday. The music will wash over you like the afternoon sun. -Geena Kloeppel

 





Weekend Warrior, August 24 - 26

At Work,  (Stupid Bag Records/ Drunken Sailor Records) the latest album from Dark Thoughts unleash a blistering, melodic-punk euphoria on their latest album, At Work (Stupid Bag Records/Drunken Sailor Records). The trio forges a forthright, raucous atmosphere – one that  speaks to listeners in a direct, immediate way. It’s a let-loose, launch-into-a-song, hard & fast, sweaty kind of record. It’s a heartfelt, hook-rich release. Tonight at First Unitarian Church, the band will be opening for supercharged shredding of Impalers, the steely snarl of riff-riding locals Grave Turner, and Sedation (who are performing live for only their second time).

BTW: There are numerous landing spots on the musical map in Philly this weekend. Fresh off a run of dates with Hop Along, Thin Lips (and Slaughter Beach, Dog) are making a quick home visit for a sold-out show this Saturday at PhilaMOCA. New release from American Trappist (at Boot & Saddle), Jesus Piece (at Ortlieb’s), and Nothing (Dance on the Blacktop Block Party) will also be echoing through the city’s streets. And of course, freak-folksters Espers triumphantly return to Philly at Union Transfer. So get out, and find your place to be. – Michael Colavita

A shitload of places to hit this weekend…

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Dark Thoughts (LP Release Show), Grave Turner, Sedation

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Point Breeze Country Club, SAT Cosmo Baker, Mike Nyce 

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Shane Henderson, June Divided, Saver, SAT American Trappist, The Vernes, Carroll

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Ali Awan, Love? Said the Commander/DJSC, SAT Grimace Federation / Fame Lust

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Cabana Wear, SAT Slaughter Beach, Dog, Thin Lips, SUN Goodnight/Goodluck, The Bad Larrys, AllegrA

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Troi Lauren, Noel Scales, Devin Farrell, SAT Straw Hats, Lester, Gender Work

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Espers

TLA (334 South St.) SAT Reco Havoc, Ronny Alright, WALLO267

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Midlife Crisis, Hotbed, Mattress Food, Rabbit Heart

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI My Funky Brethren, SAT Afterimage, All Good People

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Cult Objects/Taggart, Sick Panda, Honey Radar, SAT Mohican, SUN Horror Show, Jesus Piece (Record Release), Raw Force

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Midfield, Gainstrive, Dead Robins/Rover Rover, Keely Sibilia

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Knightlife, Vanderlyle, SUN Full Bush

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Aktive, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN DJ Hank McCoy

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Rachel Andie & The V Element, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Bern and the Bastards, Little War, The Red Hand, SAT Primatives, Pravda

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Generation Empty

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Downtrodder, Disappearances, Binary, SAT Lasciaté

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI The Outlaw Pandas

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SUN Slainte

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Philly’s Foxes/DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ed Christof

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI-SUN Liberty Music Fest

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Steal Your Peach, SAT Denelle Anderson, SUN Countdown to Ecstasy, Muscle Tough

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SUN Nothing Vital

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Andrew Milicia, SAT Camp Candle, A Day Without Love, Weekend Athlete

The Ukie Club (847 N. Franklin St.) SAT Sensorium Music & Arts Festival: Tweed, Worldtown Soundsystem, Minka, Darla, Agent Zero, Patrick Richards

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Droopies, Petunia

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Eel Tank, Yureka Cash

The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Slow Reader, Elaine Rasnake

Dance on the Blacktop Block Party (Livingston & E. Lehigh) SAT Nothing





New Seldom Family EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The duo of Chris Caulder & Patrick Norris, a.k.a. Seldom Family, recently shared a new EP Society (Vol. 1). A lush, dreamy sensibility creates an intimate, soothing, lullaby ambiance. The gentle sway of the instrumentation and the the echo of the vocals brings you back to those summer evening walks by the lake shore. The natural melodies ripple with a gentle breeze, creating an ideal isolation.

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