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Get Hooked on Sheer Mag at Underground Arts March 11

Sheer Mag has hit the scene hard due in large part to its lethal combination of raw-rocking tenacity and soulfully fierce vocals. That potency earned them The Deli Philly’s Artist of the Year honors and for good reason. This crew jumps on you from the first raunchy fuzzed-out riff. As that steady churning rhythm section locks in a propulsive groove, the guitar licks take on an ageless feel. Then, the emotive fireball, otherwise known as Christina Halladay's vocals, enter the equation, tearing you up with her vigorous straight from the solar plexus soulful growl. Once you get a taste of this sound, you’ll undoubtedly be hooked. Below is a new single, Button Up, from the band's forthcoming self-titled 7" (Katorga Works), and don't be surprised to hear a Kiss cover added to Sheer Mag's arsenal. Tonight, at Underground Arts, they will be joined by local power-pop trio Ruby Buff, who use a bass-setting pace with songs that touch on groovy surf rock with assertive punk flourishes. A pair of New York bands round out this bill, including the high octane classic garage-punk sound of Dirty Fences and the reverb-charged garage-pop of Brooklyn trio Boytoy. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Michael Colavita


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