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Weekend Warrior, April 19 - 21

The Madalean Gauze Band commemorates its latest release, Nothing Feels Beautiful Anymore (The Deli Philly’s April Record of the Month), with a fantabulous show this Saturday at Boot & Saddle. The all-female outfit unites an enchanting/tumultuous resound – one that taps into deeply personal songwriting, while retaining a playful, psych approach. That ability to acknowledge life’s pleasantries and pitfalls, as part of a larger learning experience, is encapsulated in beguilingly memorable tunes, which will be brought to life at one of our favorite Philly listening rooms. The femme fatales will also be supported by the fantasy daydream of Tim Meskers’s Garden Gate and the Jo Kusy-fronted four-piece Pouring Silver. So for those of you who are looking for a bit of 4/20 weirdness, you now know where to go. – Michael Colavita

Other places where you can escape your family this Easter weekend…

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Rat Daddy, Dreamswell, Cody Cody Jones, SAT The Madalean Gauze Band (Album Release), Garden Gate, Pouring Silver 

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT DJ Mike Nyce, Mr. Sonny James: Philly Loves Prince

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI DJ Deejay, SAT Shitty Wizard, Seeing Snakes/DJSC, SUN Nightfall, The Brood, Arseholes

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Control Top, SAT Sixteen Jackies, SUN Year of the Knife, Kaonashi, Simulakra

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Four Twenty Fest: Dawns Divide, Near Nightmare, Big Handsome, Black Melanite, Knolling Bones 

TLA (334 South St.) SUN Bry Greatah

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SUN Varials

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Gigantic (A Pixies Tribute), DJ Alex Vance/(Downstairs) Splintered Sunlight, Jah People

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Dead:Stop (Acoustic), Groundwork, SAT Famous & Fallen, Night Mission

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT The Donuts, SUN Jamaaladeen Tacuma

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Levee Drivers, The Valets

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT Welter, Mr. Lisp

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Tim Timur, Kevin Schultes and The Wild Dogs, SAT Dappa, Lil' Blanco, Jaded

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, SAT DJ Deejay

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT October Black

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

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Los Gueys (Tape Release), Trash Boy, Roadkiller, Total Whine, SAT The Magnificent Shit Hawks

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI Bunny Savage and The Plibmen, Under 95, Gozer, SAT Punk Rock Karaoke

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Los Festingos, The Classic Hunt, El Dwellers, SAT Dot.Gov

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Friend’s of the Devil’s Lettuce: Aron Magner

Rusty Nail (2580 Haverford Ave.) FRI Luminous Fins

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Ben Aire, SAT Ed Christof

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Youthfool

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) FRI Mattress Food, Johanna Baumann

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) FRI Winkdown, SAT Matthew Law presents Friends & Fam

Pickle Rehearsal Space (5213 Grays Ave., Unit B14) SAT Darlingtyn, Hambone Relay, Erik Kramer

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Church Girls, Grayling, Soupy, SAT JamL

Cousin Danny’s (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Taiwan Housing Project, Chronic Anxiety, Mute Host





New Sun God EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The quartet of Sun God has a new EP out, titled Life Skills. A breezy ease creates a composed yet energy-charged, melodic motion. Proximity with a sense of cohesive precision, the record retains a personal, polished dynamic. Sun God will be performing this evening at Anthorna Gallery, joined by locals Cherry, Bleary Eyed, and New York's RNIE.

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NTHNL's introspective and exploratory new single "Away We Go"

Music doesn’t have to be confrontational, hammering away or building tension, in order to convey to the listener a sense of gratification. NTHNL has chosen a path of escapism rather than digging into gritty details on “Away We Go,” opting for broad synths and effervescent vocals that lift the track to a headspace that is both introspective and exploratory. Drifting up and down doesn’t mean the production is aimless, however; the seemingly skeletal nature of the song traces the miniature climaxes that occur with every chorus. It’s a delightful soundscape, perfunctory yet powerful. “Away We Go” is the second single off NTHNL’s upcoming album and you can stream it below. –Tucker Pennington

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Beauty Queen stakes a vibe that is all her own on "Sold You Out," new EP out 4/19

Kate Iannitello, the artful mind behind Beauty Queen, is set to release her new EP, Out Of Touch, tomorrow. And with two singles already released, we were blessed with her latest drop, “Sold You Out.” Although her sound might be familiar to that of Beach House and Jack Antonoff's Bleachers, she has staked a vibe that is all her own. Sending dreamy pop sensations up and down her listener’s spine, Iannitello is an instant starter pack to your beach day. 

Out of Touch is out tomorrow, April 19 via Sleep Well Records. Kayla Hay

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No Beyond by Bound is legit post-rock

I didn't know it was possible to make good music with even more reverb than Mogwai, but Bound does it, quite well I might add. Nuthin like a good ol fashioned post-rock buildup into climax to make an impact on your overloaded senses.  As Ronald Reagan once said, “One thing 'bout music when it hits you feel no pain.” And you gotta appreciate the thought and effort they are putting into the tracks; this is some primo sound design, expense not spared here. Seriously, I listened with headphones and I was basking in the tone quality. Even if you don't love post-rock, check this out.

Stand out tracks: Current, Hold

-Mike Dranove

 

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