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August 2014
Dead Native
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Dead Native's self-titled sophomore album has an overall cosmic feel starting with the cover but building through out in the sound. The band blends echoing elements of psych rock, shoegaze, mototik, and pop. There is also a blues under current, but it is toned down from their 2013 debut, Keep It Strange". The adventure on the new album builds through out the tracks, but the most effective cosmic track has to be "Traveling". The 9 minute epic space journey seems built to put anyone into orbit. It is followed up by the one of the heavier tracks, "Clean Kill", that trudges through muddy fields of throbbing guitars. The album closes with an anthemic flourish with "Respite" with all instruments soaring to a close. This may or may not be a concept album, but it does truly feel like a complete listen that was meant to be played track by track. Dead Native's new album will be released on Sept. 2nd.

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Folding Legs release new single and video for 'Stick Tie Lock Tether'

With their icy new electro-dance single 'Stick Tie Lock Tether' Folding Legs are certainly contributing to the "Europeanization" of the NYC sound. This shouldn't come as a surprise, considering that singer Katharina Stenbeck and guitarist Chris Cerny hail respectively from Sweden and Austira. With her elegantly minimal and slightly alienating melodies, Katharina channels the melodic maturity of a Siouxie Sioux from the "Suprestition" years, while the electronic backdrop (a new development for a band that got us used to a more electric sound) recycles elements of the European electronic pop-goth movement of the 80s - think Pet Shop Boys and early Depeche Mode. The brand new video streaming below adds an extra, visual element of dark decadence that links directly to the materic European expressionism of the early 20th century.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best electronic songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


Fhloston Paradigm LIVE at JB’s Dec. 15

Legendary Philly producer/DJ King Britt has remained a staple in the local electronic music scene, though you may not have been so aware because of his choices of hiding behind monikers such as Sylk 130 and Saturn Never Sleeps. For his latest “Afro futurist,” sci-fi sonic adventure, he once again stands behind the name Fhloston Paradigm, which he has already released a few albums via London-based record label Hyperdub, RCRD LBL, and Fact Magazine. Tonight, King Britt brings his mainly studio project to Johnny Brenda’s stage for a rae live performance where he’ll be joined by Pia Ercole, who is a classically trained vocal performer from The Julliard School. Their celestial sounds will be filling the upstairs of the beloved Fishtown watering hole. Come on out, and get lost in the vibes! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $13, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman


New The Mellowells LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

After releasing an EP and a couple of very enjoyable singles, indie-rock quartet The Mellowells just dropped their first full-length album entitled Shindy. As the title hints, the LP is filled with uproarious tunes that celebrate the band's knack for writing uber-catchy sing-alongs. They'll be performing next in Philly on Friday, January 2, 2015 in The Balcony of The Troc for the Fireback Record showcase.


A Closer Look at Quioxtic II's Lineup at The Exit/In 12.18

As mentioned before, here’s a rundown of the acts playing this Thursday night at Exit/In for Sad Spaceman Promotions second showcase, Quioxtic II. We’re mildly involved sponsoring the event along with Kustom Thrills Tattooes and Bluegrass Hollywood Records, and we’re enthused about the lineup. Some Nashville standby’s are playing, along with some veterans of the industry, with a few giveaways and surprises thrown into the mix. Sad Spaceman is accepting donations for local animal rescues, to hop over to www.proverbs1210rescue.org/ after reading about the lineup to check out what to bring. Thursday's show starts at 8pm; tickets are $10 in advance (get 'em here) and $12 at the door, and the show is 21+

Hot Action Cop:

Hot Action Cop have been around for the last decade, with their irreverent pop finding its way into movie franchises and video game soundtracks. Their album “Listen Up!” was released this year, bridging the gap from their 2009 EP. The band is making an appearance in their homebase this Thursday.

The Switchmen:

The Switchmen are the embodiment of Southern rock; greasy, gritty, no questions, no apologies. November 18th saw the release of “Congress Hotel,” a 5-track powerhouse of an EP that shows off the breadth and depth of their songwriting abilities. They’re also recorded a series of live videos from the first Quioxtic showcase at Exit/In back in July, and unveiled the first last week. This video for “I Don’t Know” is a close approximation of what to expect on Thursday, minus the beer in your hand and fist pumping bodies on all sides of ya.

Regulation Nine:

Regulaton Nine represents the heavier side of rock and roll in Nashville. With a little bit of metal and a little bit of thrash, they’ve returned to the live show circuit after a brief hiatus, bringing it the only way they know how: hard.


Alabama-born, Army-raised Nashville transplant Asheira has all the makings of a rock goddess: she’s equal parts swagger and breathy vocals, and already knows that the best backup singer is a mean guitar lick. Check out the video for her brand new single “Sugar” to understand that she is fully capable of cashing every check she writes.


Title Fight Opening for Circa Survive at Union Transfer Dec. 14

Tonight, Title Fight caps off a weekend of sold out shows opening for Circa Survive at Union Transfer. Their third full-length LP and first via ANTI-, Hyperview, was produced once again by Will Yip, and is scheduled for release on February 3, 2015. Title Fight is consciously willing to expose themselves, revealing inner-turmoil that endears themselves to listeners in the process. While often exhibiting vocals torn directly from the chest, instrumentally their songs maintain a largely melodic yet volatile core. That balance of control slowly burns until its volatile edge pulls at ones emotions while cautiously preparing for the knockout blow. On this night, Title Fight will set the stage for progressive hardcore outfit Circa Survive, whose new record Descensus (also produced by Will Yip) combines intense heart-pounding polished instrumentation with Anthony Green’s smooth soaring vocals. Baltimore’s Pianos Become the Teeth, whose latest record Keep You was coincidentally produced by Yip as well, kicks off the show. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8pm, $25 (Sold Out), All Ages - Michael Colavita



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