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Blue Smiley

Loose Tooth Accelerates Into Top Gear at KFN Sept. 3

Rowdy, rambunctious, rumbling, percussion pummeling serves as the blunt energetic force behind the slow-burning, emotive fuse of Loose Tooth. There’s a somewhat sentimental stewing as the melodic pop-punk narratives unfold, and then the switch flips; the quartet accelerates into top gear, bringing an aggressive avalanche of sound along the way. The lyrically incisive yet playful electro-folk, bedroom-pop of Scott Leitch, a.k.a. Shelf Life, and the seductively smooth yet consistently surging sounds of Blue Smiley will be joining them. And performing for the first time in Philly, New York-based Poppies completes this Guild presented event at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Kung Fu Necktie 1250 N. Front St., 7pm, $7, 21+ (Photo by Peter Murray) - Michael Colavita

New Blue Smiley Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Blue Smiley is back with their new release Return! The record calmly rushes with its energetic yet soothing mesh. The buoyant tones are counteracted with a tendency to surge forward in a dose of mind-altering, hard fuzz. That combination of cruising and crushing keeps one on constant alert. (Cover Art by Emily Daley)


Blue Smiley Opening for Girlpool at Nico Nico Mansion June 27

Describing Blue Smiley’s latest LP as ok works in name only. The trio has found a delicate balance, weaving in and out of the onslaught of fuzzed-out and soft-spoken, semi-muted vocals, peeling back that outer and revealing a calmer rhythmic-oriented foundation. That adaptable sense offers an up-close glance, and then steps into battle, ramping up at a blistering pace and then slowing down again - all while the constant contextual smattering of percussion serves as a stabilizing gauge. The trio is a part of an excellent billing tonight at Nico Nico Mansion, which also includes Free Cake For Every Creature, the Katie Bennett-fronted group, whose songs occupy the intimacy of a bedroom, lyrically exploring the adventures of an ever-changing perspective in a catchy honest manner. The duo of Cleo Tucker & Harmony Tividad, otherwise known as Girlpool, similarly captures a youthful essence that touches on innocence and simultaneously cuts deeper as a naturally catchy bass-guitar combination permeates. Californian folk-crooning outfit Watercolor Paintings/Drawing Water on tour with Dark Shrines (of The Color Green) tie together a balanced introspective billing. Nico Nico Mansion, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, $5-$7 Donation, All Ages - Michael Colavita

New Blue Smiley LP Available for Streaming & Download

There's an ominous, laidback intesity to Blue Smiley's new release ok. With hushed vocals, grungy, fuzzed-out guitarwork, and a heart-palpitating rhythm section, the trio are definitely moving in the right direction with their latest studio effort. You can surely hear the improvements in production on ok, which was recorded and mixed by The Weaks's Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo with mastering by Ryan Schwabe. The physical copy of the LP will be available via Third Floor Tapes.


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