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August 2014
Dead Native
"Dead Native

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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Las Rosas showcase their vintage flair at Rough Trade on April 23

While we were checking out the listings at Rough Trade (see previous post) we stumbled upon Brooklyn's revival pop trio Las Rosas. Their song will cast the listener to a vintage musical world where the cheeky melodies of the British pop bands of the '60s (think Kinks) meet with the "beachy" psychedelic pop that invaded the west coast of the US during that same decade. The nasal lead vocals have a cool tone that works perfectly in the mix, and is balanced by well crafted falsetto harmonies. The band released a five song EP entitled "Flower in the Sun" in the spring of 2014, and then a two song single the following November including Ms. America (streaming below). You can catch them at Rough Trade on 04.23 opening for once NYC (and now Nashville) based Clear Plastic Masks.


Antique Naked Soul and Nikki Borodi Support Fantastic Negrito at New Parish TONIGHT

Oakland based R&B soul pop band, Antique Naked Soul will be performing tonight at New Parish in support of the Oakland based soul band, Fantastic Negrito. You might have heard about Fantastic Negrito as he and his musical outfit recently won NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest, winning him a lot of media adoration and music industry attention. You can check out why Fantastic Negrito was able to beat out over 7,000 other bands and musicians for NPR'S winning title TONIGHT.

Get there early to check out the San Francisco based soul music and "chakra rock" artist, Nikki Borodi. This may be one of your last chances to see Fantastic Negrito perform in an intimate venue because his career is rising to new heights! Don't miss this show!

Record Store Day 2015

Ok, so we haven’t been too keen about Record Store Day ever since the year that we got wind of its organizers trying to exclude certain stores from the celebration because their owners hadn’t “officially” signed up with them to participate, which is total bullshit to us. However, we do support bringing in business to our favorite local shops, grabbing some sweet, new vinyls, and checking out free live performances while doing so. If you’re looking to do that tomorrow, check out our list of spots where you might have the best possible time doing that.
a.k.a. Music (120 N. 3rd St.): (2:30pm) Nothing (acoustic); open at 10am – complimentary Narragansett beer. 50% off CDs & non-RSD releases.
Repo Records (538 South St.): (12pm) Girlpool, Sad Actor, Cheerbleeders (acoustic), Easy Creatures, Gondola, The Tough Shits, and Witch Fist; open at 9:30am.
Philadelphia Record Exchange (1524 Frankford Ave.): (8pm) Sean McGuiness (of Pissed Jeans), Aye Aye (members of Bardo Pond).
Long in the Tooth (2027 Sansom St.): (7pm) The Rentiers (members of Plow United); open at 9am.
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.): (9am) Mikey Erg, Vahe Sarkissian. DJ Aaron Ruxbin, Cayetana DJs, DRGN King, Pine Barons, Roses, and Laser Background; open at 8am.
Main Street Music (4444 Main St.): (1:30pm) Adam Weiner (of Low Cut Connie), Cliff Hillis, Anthony D’Amato, Shark Tape, and Twin Peaks
Sit & Spin (1346 S. 9th St.): Underground Arts ticket giveaways; open at 9am.
Milkcrate Café (400 E. Girard Ave.): Coffee and food specials available all day; open at 8am.

Field Guides play the Rock Shop and Rough Trade within a week (04.23 + 05.01)

If - right now - you feel the need to be charmed, just click on the play button of the song streaming below and let things happen. You will hear the never endingly titled song "Peggy Asked A Question & The Answer Is 'Yes' & 'Let's Keep Dancing." Relegated for some reason at the bottom of the tracklist, this is one of our favorite songs from Brooklyn pastoral-dream-pop collective Field Guides' debut album, released this past November, and entitled "Boo Forever." We highlighted the band in this blog for the first time a few months ago and it looks like things are moving in the right direction for them, since they've been booked to play the (rather large) Rough Trade stage on May 1st, opening for NYC indie staples Miracle of Modern Science and Emanuel & the Fear. If you live in South Brooklyn, you can catch them at The Rock Shop on April 23.


Rapids @ Beat Kitcken

Rapids are teaming with the local label Artistic Integrity to have their debut EP, Traction, released on vinyl on May 5th.

You can catch Rapids at Beat Kitchen on May 10th.



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