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Be Charmed by Sea Charms

We appreciate the talents of anyone that breaks through the typical mold of an art form. Our latest outside-of-the-music-box thinkers to praise come as a pair who takes two instruments predominately used as accents to the standard guitar/bass/drums format and make them the focus, in a way that can't be ignored.

Crystal Cortez and Jess McFadden are Sea Charms, a duo that dynamically uses keys and a sax, respectively, to create large scapes blending jazz, electronic and hip hop. It's nearly impossible not to get lost in McFadden's sax tones, while Cortez's slick moves on the keys lay the base for the grooves to move on.

The two started out mainly as a live act, procuring news fans with every set played. With the release of their official self-titled recorded debut last year and a live album documenting their tour of the Midwest, we just can't get enough. 

And it's with our insatiable desire for these two they've become our latest Artists of the Month and we congratulate them. Let's hope there's another chance to see them live again soon!

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YIKES the ZERO Album Release Show at KFN Nov. 5

Celebrating his latest album, The Animal Box, released via local label Extra Lovely Records, YIKES the ZERO steps into a late evening affair at Kung Fu Necktie. Riding wide-ranging experimental beats that encompass electro, psych, jazz, etc., YIKES drops the gauntlet on the spectrum of hip hop, shifting between the drama of cinematic tones - the dial-tuning merger of juxtaposing genres and transmissions from another galaxy. A pair of local emcees (whom he collaborated with on the single “Gauntlet”) in the eloquent, white-hot experimentations of Raj Haldar, a.k.a. Lushlife (providing a DJ set), and like-minded labelmate Stainless Steele (whose album, Escapism, was produced by another of tonight’s performers Josh Hey) will be joining in the festivities. And crisscrossing between electro-folk-R&B among others, the upbeat vibes of Tamar Dart, a.k.a. Little Strike, will also aid in fortifying this late-burning night. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 11pm, $6, 21+ - Michael Colavita





Weekend Warrior, November 4 - 6

Ominous ruminations churn in the post-punk trio of Psychic Teens. Larry Ragone’s bellowing baritone commands one’s attention, circling the gloomy pensions that bounce in the mind during periods of isolation. That unnerving spiral rushes ahead, as a hanging electric charge of guitar sparks and a smattering of shadowy backend accelerates, completing the heavy melodic circuit. This Sunday night, the power trio will be rustling the crowd at the First Unitarian Church. Ronnie Vega ushers in the evening, delivering a grimy, grungy brand of hip-hop and a pair of Don Giovanni artists in the socially conscious, status-quo-shaking, noise-sample-smashing force of Camae Ayewa, a.k.a. Moor Mother, and the locked-in, adrenalin-pumping sound of Screaming Females completes this stacked billing. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 7:30pm, $15, All Ages - Michael Colavita
 
More shows to check out this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Hardwork Movement (Record Release), Julia Rainer, SAT Kate Faust
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT The Broken Prayers (Record Release), Dixy Blood, Sara Mercedes & 13 Ft. Of Rhythm
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Skeleton Lipstick, Cumquat/Petunia, Maryse/DJ Deejay/LXV/Christian Mirande, Hero/ Victim, Deflector (DJ Set), SAT (6pm) The Danger O’s, Welter, Readership, Faringwell/Cemetery Flowers, Phonographiq/Yikes The Zero (Album Release), Josh Hey, Stainless Steele, Little Strike, Lushlife
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SUN The Seance Tattoo Parlor 1 Year Anniversary Party: Wolves Attack
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Cayetana
 
TLA (334 South St.) SUN Girlpool
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) Ernest Stuart Band
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Riots, SAT A Day Without Love, Last Full Measure iAlive
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Miners, The Knife And Fork Band, Whiskey Jam, SAT Sonnder, Sun Tioga, The Dispersions
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Explosive Head, Duffy's Cut, The GTVs, Bohemian Mule
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT The Disgruntled Sherpa Project
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Amy Faden
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Roxy Rollz, Rage Baby, The Mojo Machine, Great Neck, SAT Thunder & Glory, Sweet F.A., Please Die
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Rivers Monroe
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Hambone Relay, John Venezia Project, SAT John Galla, SUN Cerebelles
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT American Speedway
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Strange Heat, Franco and the Detonators, SAT Ridge Summit, Dave Joyce, Justin Kerecz
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Dark Blue (Record Release), People Skills, The Smarthearts, M//R 
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 N. 18th St.) FRI Honeytiger, Geisha Façade, Secret Nudist Friends, Motherwhore, SAT Sun Hat (Album Release), Lomez Place of Worship, Gavin Riley Smoke Machine, SUN Crooked Spine
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Clique, SAT +HIRS+, Soul Glo, S-21, Body Party, SUN Moor Mother, Psychic Teens
 
Girard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI QQQ, Hooded Leaders, Sam Greens, Dentana, Nobi
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Whipworm, Integriteens
 
The Storefront (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Telepathic, Sun Organ, Kat Bean
 
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Tall Friend, Spring Onion, SAT Tombo Crush, Pauline
 
Nacho House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Humanshapes, Swanning
 
JJ’s Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Tall Friend, Most Selfless Cheerleader
 
Rigby Mansion (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Chelsea Sue Allen, Strawberry Hands, Jonathan Davenport & Co.
 




Topaz Jones drops new album releases trippy video for "Motion Sickness"

Hailing out of Northern NJ's underrated hip hop scene, Topaz Jones is equipped with a sound that's catchy and all his own. His latest record Arcade is aptly named: it's a joy to listen to, showcasing bright, flashy production and Jones' own suave mix of rapping and soul. Following his recent release, Jones just dropped a music video for standout track, "Motion Sickness,"  where he serenades while basked in vibrant light colors, donned in eccentric high fashion and at one point tethered to ballons Pixar's "Up"-style.  It's a surreal video that highlights Jones' unique ability to get bodies moving and minds thinking at the same time. Definitely an artist to watch. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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Ivy Sole Opening for Sammus & Sad13 at PhilaMOCA Oct. 29

Soulful storytelling with a purposeful, self-conscious confidence, Philly-by-way-of-Charlotte emcee Ivy Sole delivers lyrical tales, swimming through thoughtful complexly-detailed narratives that are amplified by production that smoothly cruises on the boom-bap. It’s a fresh nod to old-school overtures that exudes a personal appeal through sincerity, meshing spoken word with singing in a laidback message. The rattling, fluorescent noise-pop of Empath aids in setting the stage for Sad13, a.k.a. Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Oritz, whose new solo album Slugger is due out November 11, explores personal issues through a bright, pop lense. Sammus, who released her debut album Pieces in Space yesterday via Don Giovanni Records and appears on Slugger, completes this PhilaMOCA billing. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 7:30pm, $10, All Ages (Photo by Araba S. Ankuma) - Michael Colavita

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