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July 2015
Negative Scanner
"Negative Scanner
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Formed in 2012 by lead singer and guitarist Rebecca Valeriano-Flores, Negative Scanner, is modern take on dark late '70's punk. Last year the band release two singles, but on their self-titled debut LP they carve out fierce sound steeped in plotting guitar and powerful lyrics. The album launches with the forceful "Ivy League" which find Flores falling somewhere between early Siouxsie Sioux and Johnny Rotten. It's magnetic and repulsive all at once.The entire album is relentless, clocking under 30 minutes, but pounds the listener with blissful aggression with every note. The highlight of the album has to be the lead single, "Would You Rather", which paints a picture of the sluggish journey we all seem to be on at times. Negative Scanner's self-titled debut album was released by Trouble In Mind Records on July 10th.


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Catch the Wave w/Del Sur at The Fire Aug. 2

Those tight waxed surf guitar licks and smattering of drums develop a cozy island aesthetic. Del Sur transports you to the tropics or provides a soundtrack to the recent heat spell. There’s a relaxing yet constant wave-hitting-the-shore groove as youthful intimate lyrics splash against your ears. Del Sur opens at the Fire this evening setting the table for the jazz-inflected, electropop of Novelty Daughter. Melding an electronic hip-hop musicality with close confines vocal harmonies, TV Girl headlines. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 7pm, $8, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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Grimace Federation Vinyl Release Party at KFN Aug. 1

The music of Grimace Federation reaching the ears of the masses was never a forethought in its creation. Founded on a self-gratifying need to shift sound with friends, vast musical influences and jam sessions that had no boundaries, the ever-evolving Philly unit has always been armed with an arsenal of multi-layered, hallucinogenic beats. The band is currently set to drop its new EP The Measure In Mixture, via lauded hip-hop label Rhymesayers. The album combines spastic krautrock beats with the grandeur of an Ennio Morricone soundtrack on a Boards of Canada sonic landscape, and features superbly badass, bass-heavy remixes from Aesop Rock. Grimace Federation is celebrating its release on vinyl this evening at Kung Fu Necktie, and will be joined by Beard-o-Bees (the solo project from Lotus’s Jesse Miller), the debut of doom-psych outfit Colma, and more. There will also be all-you-can-eat pizza to help soak up all the alcohol and drugs that you’ll consume tonight - NIIIIICE! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 9pm, $5, 21+ - Q.D. Tran


Seismic Thrust Tape Release Show at Venue Boy Aug. 1

Seismic Thrust generates a potent mixture of sound with their new EP Be Cool, which will be available on cassette, via King Pizza Records, this evening at Venue Boy. The band delivers that thick, sludgy, engulfing cloud of haze as snarling bass and residual-ringing guitar are cooled and mellowed by vocals, which are unearthed from a guttural place and still stretched in a soothing manner. It’s grungy, smoke-filled psych with a crisp fresh percussive snap and a lingering jangle that peers through to the other side. Tonight, Seismic Thrust begins a nine-date run with New York psych-punk quartet Chimes, who blends alluring vocals and instrumental raw force. The sincere, emotively-exposed songs of Pill Friends kick of the evening. Venue Boy, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, Donation, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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August 2015
LOUDS
"If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art
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With their debut EP If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art, LOUDS hits the nail on the head with its appealing out of the gates energy. Released via Color Theory Records, the Brett Boucher-produced EP instantly grabs a hold of the body’s desire to let loose. 
 
The group leads with its best foot forward with its debut single and album opener, “Ways.” The standout track has a warm, vamping synth and those dare-you-to-keep-your-hands-still claps, which are melded with the sugary, chiptune sonic blasts. That bubbly, dance-inspiring vibe is cut through and juxtaposed by lyrics that form the picture of a hot and cold relationship. “The love you’ve known sailed from you one evening, months have gone now you don’t feel the same.”
 
Wisps of light guitar, keys, and gentle percussion converge in the narrative of  “Lying in the Middle” with its upbeat Paul Simon-Graceland vibes. The rolling hills that are ready to break out with exasperations chronicling the fickle courtship. “It’s the wrong way to approach it, but I know that your heartaches after months of feeling kind of confused. One day I’ll be lying in the middle with you.” The song concludes whimsically with Beatles-esque harmonies:  “My arms are tired, I’m half awake, but finally there with you.”
 
From the alarm bell, to the to the approaching bass and organ tone leading into those sinister strings, anticipation rapidly builds in “Driving Us Together.”Once again, the band dives into the complexity of relationships. Amid that layered fluid instrumentation, which creeps and momentarily bursts, underlies a sincere thought: “I’ve been trying to forget you but I don’t know how. Driving us together don’t erase your doubt.” The song simplifies down to a strumming guitar as echoes of “goodbye” come through before meeting up with the heartbroken chorus.
 
Strumming sets off into the echo of menacing tumbling keys in the chest-thumping, never-tell tale “It Takes Two.” “We’re alone in your best friend’s basement. You’re the one who brought me down... As we talking my hearts raising, I hope you don’t figure out” leading into the smoothed chorus: “Cause everybody knows it takes two…” That weaving in and out creates a lively yet personal sense.
 
If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art threads a layered vibrant in-motion musicality with a relatable multifaceted tug and pull aspect of intimacy, zooming in on all sides while never sitting still. The EP is an impressive debut from the fledgling electropop outfit that ends way sooner than you’d like it to conclude. - Michael Colavita
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