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Krust Toons: "Touring the Northeast" by Tedd Hazard

Krust Toons: "Touring the Northeast" 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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The Deli Philly’s June Record of the Month: Active Listening: Night on Earth - Empath

Active Listening: Night on Earth (Get Better Records), the debut full-length album from the quartet of Empath, immerses the listener in a chaotic, cathartic sonic world. The awakening sounds of birds chirping give way to Emily Shanahan and Randall Coon’s assertively warped combination of electro-bass and synth on album opener, “Soft Shape”. Catherine Elicson’s vocals hover between a restrained hushed tone and a more pronounced power. The instruments weave creating a complex yet streamlined sound, before Garrett Koloski’s drumming is unleashed, stepping to the forefront and bashing away towards the song’s conclusion.

Spring-loaded “Pure Intent” toys with tempo, constructing an exuberant, disorienting environment, with brief, calming, vocal moments of respite. Caught up in that whirlwind, everything becomes so hazy; however, after the storm, reassuring keys and softly strummed guitar conceive a serene backdrop, before the abrupt kick-start of “Hanging Out Of Cars,” with its jagged-guitar rev. Joined by bustling percussion and the contrasting, softer key tones, the track blends a rugged, uncompromising approach that is exuded in the blunt, raw force of the guitar-percussion combination. “Where I take you is where I take myself, an empty is left most I ever felt.” Halfway through, the traffic disappears, and the road opens up as a soothing, electro-reverberating clarity emerges.

“Roses That Cry” appears to mesh theories on learning to accept and deal with the present, (“They say everything aging all the time together/As the clutter comes alive, comes in bed, nowhere to hide/Don’t waste your time judging kindness/“We say hell is forever, and what is the cost? Is this it?”), while also expressing optimism and nostalgia (“Are you coming around?/You’d like to, but you don’t know how/Remember when that tree fell on your car”). There’s a sense of hopeful warmth and memory illuminating the song, amid the swirl of noise. A blitzing, brutal instrumental brightness hits on “Rowing”. There’s no slowing down, as the track races with compact precision, appearing ready to fall off the rails, while still maintaining a melodic connection. 

With “Heaven,” there is an impactful interlude into the psyche, as brief thoughts are delivered in a free-flowing manner. “I just want to get to heaven.” Clairvoyant, floating keys form an ethereal atmosphere throughout “IV,” as the rest of the instrumentation provides a more detailed texture. “Decor” marches fantastically forward in an inviting manner. The vocals retain a soft, assuring nature. “Deep down, nothing changes where you’ve been.” The LP returns to form with “Redeo Fever” surging ahead as Elicson sings: “Say a little prayer, the most that I could bear/All I have to glean is the experience.”

Empath’s latest collection of recordings exudes a thoughtful, noise-infused intensity – one that requests an intent ear and rewards the listener in the process. (Photo by Troy Memis) – Michael Colavita





Weekend Warrior - May 31 - June 2

With a sincere, inviting vulnerability is orchestrated in detailed, personal storytelling/songwriting, Free Cake For Every Creature exhibits the ability to create memorable, sonic scenes with concisely crafted lyricism. Those softly delivered observations open a door, showcasing intimate, thoughtfully relatable perspectives. Nuanced, instrumental layers illuminate the surrounding circumstances, offering well-rounded, fly-on-the-wall points of view, while temporarily transporting you in the process. However, that door is sadly closing as Katie Bennett and company play their final show this evening at Everybody Hits. They’ll be joined by the exuberantly cathartic powerpop of Remember Sports as well as the harmony-laced songwriting of Indiana’s Amy O. – Michael Colavita

Other places to hit now that summer is upon us…

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Free Cake For Every Creature (Last Show), Remember Sports, SAT Grayling

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Beat Street Jam with Killiam Shakespeare, Dayne Jordan

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Strange Parts

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Out-Sect/Riot Nerd, SAT Necrosexual/Riot Nerd, SUN PLOT, Witch Bomb, Sun God

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Thantophobe (EP Release), Punk Hands, Kelsey Cork & the Swigs, SAT Arch Of Love

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI The House Key Showcase: Ill Fated Natives, Kilamanzego

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI Heavy Temple, Solace

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI The Big Mess Cabaret, SAT The Big Mess Cabaret 

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI  DJ Dame Luz, Nash: Holy Trinity: Bey, RiRi & Nicki Party

Franklin Music Hall (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Wobbleland Philadelphia: Bandlez, SAT Wobbleland Philadelphia: Bandlez

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Stars Apart (Record Release)/(Downstairs) 90’s Kinda Love: The Soundtracks, SAT (Upstairs) Stargazer Lily, The Low Road/The Low Road, Joey Sweeney

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen, Hannah Taylor and the Rekardo Lee Trio, Three Chord Money, SAT Infinity (Album Release), Solvo, Cardinal Sin, SUN Girl Science

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SUN Jordan Ramirez & The Tribe

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Rosu Lup, Hemming, SAT Wax Wav, Wallace

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI The Great Enough, Electric Church

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Rich Medina

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Conversations, SAT Eat Your Beats, Newpy Hundo, SUN Rob Clancy, Mat Burke

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Elissa Janelle Velveteen

The Tusk (430 South St.) SAT God Root/Manikineter, Booklegger (Double Tape Release), Hallucinogenic Bulb, Kahlil Ali

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) SAT Black Friday Death Count, Howling Fantods, Human Shield, Nervous Wish

The Mann Center (5201 Parkside Ave.) SAT Roots Picnic

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SUN New Pony/DJ Pfef 

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Craig Dash, SAT The Rainbow Connection: A Tribute To The Muppets/DJ Ian St Laurent 

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Bravo, Leader, Jesse Gimbel, SAT Dear Forbidden, Seeking Spades, Perlin Noise

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, SAT Splintered Sunlight, SUN Transistor Trio

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Science Club, Brick Nova, Pinwheel, Readership

The Mothership (602 S. 52nd St.) FRI Hermit High Priestess

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI Courier Club

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) FRI BeeTee Beats, Ily, SAT Camp Phuckit Presents: Prom Night-Enchantment Under The Sea: IANN, DJ Nysus, Johnny Showcase, DEL, Wassup Gina 

Lizard Lounge (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Sandboxing, Camp Candle , Double Suede

Cousin Danny’s (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Eat

The Meadow (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Naff, Mage Hand, Moonwatcher





New MINKA Album Available for Streaming & Download

A graceful, classical-meets-electronica convergence flows as one listens to the new MINKA album, Reincarnation. The complexity of the compositions is tastefully complemented by beat-driven movements. An elegant, serenity glides along as the vocals guide us through the seamless mergers of these recordings. It's a more subdued MINKA than you might be used to, but in a very good way. Enjoy!





New Psalmships EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

It’s been a moment since we’ve heard from Joshua Britton and his project Psalmships. Well, he's back with a new EP, titled Keep Your Words. Haunting, folk-blues turbulence permeates. A hearty heaviness quakes as one feels the emotive impact of the music.

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