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Weekend Warrior, August 31 - September 2

Back in October, The Mary Veils’s Slacker Paint was our Record of the Month – chock full of fuzz-inflected, garage grit and a loose, contagious, surf-psych approach that hums along at a comfortable clip, until it’s time to turn up the heat. One sinks into the humid slacker saturation, absorbing the perpetual buzz. However, just when things appear to normalize, it shifts into overdrive. Nothing appears quite as it seems, because once one commits, the marker is moved. That threshold, between laying into it or letting those frenzied riff-charged explosions take the reins, embraces the calm and the storm. Tonight, at Boot & Saddle, The Mary Veils will be opening for the slick, space-navigating ,psych-pop of former Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner, Nematode, and the mysterious undercurrent that lies in the breezy, melodic adventures of Long Spells. – Michael Colavita

More places to hang this Labor Day weekend…

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Long Spells, Nematode, The Mary Veils, SAT Madalean Gauze

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI/SAT/SUN YallaPunk Festival & Conference

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Matthew Law, DJ AMH, SUN FLOTE, iunnowho, Josh Hey, Small Professor

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI CKY

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SUN Dirty South Joe

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT DJ Diamond Kuts

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) The Wonder Junkies, SUN Prince + Questlove: Under The Cherry Moon (Video Premiere/DJ Set)

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Moonwalker (Album Release), Twentythreenineteen

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Elysiums, Magnificent Birds of Prey, The Stone Eye

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Bryant Eugene Vazquez, Broke Body, Smellco, SAT Honeytiger, Secret Nudist Friends/Stop Not Playin' DJ's

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Oldermost, SAT Vilebred, The Parameters, The Tisburys

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Rich Medina, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Brendan Bring ‘Em

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Tyler Fantini, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI DJ Mighty Mike Sag, Elijvh Vrms

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Craig Dash, SAT Ed Christof, SUN Honeygasm

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Eterue, Cage Flight, Aphid Daughters, SAT The Spirit World, Deluxedo, Jaxy & the Three 57s

The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Fuzz King, Cosmic Lottery, Rabbit Heart, SAT Erin Incoherent, SomaRai

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, Under The Oak

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Gringo Motel, Breaklite, SAT Midfield (EP Release), 4th QTR

Made In America (Ben Franklin Parkway) SAT Meek Mill, Armani White, Orion Sun, Louis Futon, SUN Petal, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Zahsosaa





Logan Ashley doesn't have time for drama on new single "God Save The Drama Queen"

 The biggest take-away from Logan Ashley's new single is that no one should have time for drama. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter sure doesn't, as the sweet, soulful arrangement of "God Save The Drama Queen" demonstrates. The song is full of clever lyrics, but my favorite is one of the names Ashley calls the gossipers: the "steal-your-man, Jolene, Jolenes". I had to chuckle at the clever nod at Dolly Parton's hit song "Jolene." Ashley's soft, unphased vocal perches nicely atop acoustic guitars and other tinkling textures, but the notable thing about "God Save The Drama Queen" is that it isn't preach-y. There may not be an audible shake of the head in the song, but I can imagine Logan Ashley smiling to herself, unphased. -Geena Kloeppel

 

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New Indiana release Darkness Sunshine LP, play Rockwood 09.01

After twenty years of performing together across the country, the minds behind New Indiana -- guitarist Randy Bergida and cellist Topu Lyo -- have distilled their many conversations, musical adventures, and friendship into Darkness Sunshine, their new LP set to drop on September 1st. There is little production on this record besides a bit of reverb, but neither fancy effects nor overmastering seem necessary to bring out the magic in Randy and Topu's voices and instruments. Their simple music opens up worlds of drama and calm, of full heads and empty hearts, despite its quiet nature. Think Simon & Garfunkel at their darkest; the vocal harmonies of New Indiana may invite some comparisons. To mark the release of Darkness Sunshine, New Indiana will perform at Rockwood's Stage 3 on September 1st -- the album's release day -- at 10:15 pm. Listen to the title track from Darkness Sunshine below. - Will Sisskind





New Track: "Body" - Roya

“Body” is featured on Egg, the new EP from Roya. The track emerges out of whispering vocals and guitar strums as a lo-fi buzz fills out the room. The momentum/strength builds as the line “so just try to pretend like you don't know my body” is emphasized and repeated, becoming a mantra of sorts. Whether the song is a monologue directed at an individual, who isn’t listening, or represents a separation or conflict between one’s thoughts and physical being, there’s a magnitude in its simplicity.





Raffaella cleans up in new video for "Bruce Willis"

Soulful songwriter Raffaella has released the video for her single "Bruce Willis", a song that explains toeing the line between childhood and adulthood with an air of positivity. To visualize that concept, Raffaella and director Luke Marcus Rosen captured the moments after a wild house party, showing the rising singer-songwriter cleaning up the mess while dancing and singing among the chaos. In the party scenes, twenty-somethings scream in drunken fervor and throw balloons around the room; in the scenes showing the aftermath that follows, all of the revelers have crashed, their bodies wiped of all childish energy, insinuating that in all of us, our time for partying is limited. The well-produced video is the latest accomplishment from Raffaella, who opened for Years & Years last May before a sold-out crowd at Brooklyn Steel. Watch it below. - Will Sisskind

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