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It's the end of LVL UP, band shares final song and tour dates

LVL UP, a longtime hallmark of the New York indie rock scene, announced earlier this week that the members would be retiring the project. In a statement shared on social media they referred to the band as “an extremely rewarding journey beyond anything we could have ever realistically imagined.” In the post, LVL UP shared a final single, “Orchard,” and farewell tour dates that will have the band travelling from coast to coast for one month. All of the members have other projects including guitarist Mike Caridi’s The Glow, bassist Nick Corbo’s Spirit Was, and guitarist Dave Benton’s Trace Mountains which features drummer Greg Rutkin—Rutkin also played in Cende, another indie rock favorite that recently called it quits. LVL UP will play a final show at Bowery Ballroom on September 28. – Cameron Carr





Sonny Falls "Easy To Lose"

Sonny Falls have released the Low-Moon Productions video for the lead single, “Easy To Lose”, from their forthcoming LP, Some Kind Of Spectre. The album, the band’s second, will be released via Chicago’s Sooper Records on August 17th. Sonny Falls is fronted by Ryan “Hoagie” Wesley Ensley, and on this first single he explores themes of love and loss.

You can help Sonny Falls celebrate the new album on August 17th at Empty Bottle with Longface, Coaster, and Malci.





Evelyn hone their sound with new EP, perform at Knitting Factory on 07.01

With the release of Light Full, Evelyn presented itself as a fully materialized band. The riffs were striking, the vocals were fiery and the lyrics were streamlined to be evocative on first listen. How does a group like this, with their sound seemingly fully formed at launch, continue to engage their audience? By releasing a tighter, laser-focused follow-up. The four tracks of Slowly expand on the band’s philosophy of “hearts-on-their-sleeves” indie rock by allowing for the impassioned performances to be more dynamic. The opening song “Honey” charges forward with the swagger of a band more in tune with themselves, while the eponymous and spacey “Slowly” offers a dreamier take on catharsis. The more in sync performances allow for Slowly to find breathing room for each emotional element, so when a solo kicks into full gear, it burns brighter and remains stirring long after the EP is over. Evelyn continue to blaze a path that is wholly their own, where every small emotion is explored and bursts open in a wide-eyed release. You can watch the video for the “Slowly” single below and see Evelyn perform at Knitting Factory on July 1. -Tucker Pennington 





fieldtrip releases gorgeous new single, performs at Knitting Factory on 06.30

Field trip delves into the topic of loss in a way that seems to blur the line between experiencing personally and sharing it with others. His newest single “onethousand” starts off with a garbled transmission before settling into a melancholy haze. The layer of guitar effects and twinkling bells provides a backdrop similar in tone to those found on King Krule’s last album, yet the grooves on this single have a greater sway and the vocals are brighter. Lyrics like “what should I do, what do I do, look at you, look at me” brightly gleam before quickly shedding any sense of coolness and quickly become a call for help. Its a song that sounds lost in the neon smoke of city life, and its quiet attempts at human connection are deeply affecting, both working as a shared experience and something that needs to be listened privately. You can stream “onethousand” below and see field trip perform at Knitting Factory on June 30. -Tucker Pennington





Weekend Warrior, June 29 - July 1

Tonight, Everybody Hits hosts Weller celebrating their self-titled debut album, which is being re-issued today via Tiny Engines. Composed succinct melodies envelop in a relaxed revealing jangle. Holding a place of comfort by lyrically unlatching the inner-workings, there’s a continuous desire to find one’s footing and/or fit in the world at large. That ongoing existential search may never truly end, rather just morph, but the ongoing evaluation is one which can be viewed as a self-portrait that many others can see themselves in. Currently in the midst of a run of dates with Animal Flag and with a new album in the works, The Obsessives help fortify this lineup, which also includes the soothing, shoegazing darkness of So Totally and the intricately-woven, experimental folk of The Human Fly. – Michael Colavita

Other places where you can heat up or cool down this weekend…

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.)FRI Weller (Record Release), The Obsessives, So Totally SAT Weekend Athlete

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Lovelorn, Night Sins, Dreamswell

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Dark Blue, The Guests, Deep Red

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Elison Jackson, Frogg/The Tough Shits, SAT Mcguires Mob, Wrong Planet, SUN Deathmonger/Slophouse, Dear Forbidden, Endless Taile 

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Fairy Godmother

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Black Urn

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Philly Soul Syndicate, SAT Filo's Reunion

TLA (334 South St.) SAT Anthony Green, Good Old War

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SAT Dirty South Joe, Magglezzz

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Steady Hands

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) John Vettese/Philly Gumbo/(Downstairs) John Byrne, No Irish Need Apply, SAT (Upstairs) The Dukes of Destiny/(Downstairs) Animus (Philadelphia’s Belly Dance Spectacular)

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Moral Code, Duress

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Looseleaf, SUN American Dinosaur

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Low Energy, Downtrodder, Readership, SAT Commonwealth Choir, SUN Don Babylon, C. M. Slenko, Tapes & Tubes

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Boogieman Dela, Eli Capella/Matthew Law/Leo, SAT Familiar Things, Saver/Creem Circus, The Judex/Ian St. Laurent, John Redden

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Andrew Montoya, Melissa Clampffer, Betty Iron Thumbs, SAT AGT, Darlingtyn, Mercury Retrograde

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Through Neighborhoods, Rally, Hen, SAT Baby Blitz, Flamingo Chicks, The OK OK’s

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Rich Medina, SUN The Jawn

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT John Byrne, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Adventure Lost, Zymotic Flow, Rusty Blue, Poppy, SAT S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. Mage Hand, Space Pizza

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Stargazer, Left to Vanish, Varials, SUN Kaonashi, Last Minute Hero, Flowercrown, Hollow Visions 

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) SUN Honeygasm

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd) FRI DJ Beatstreet

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Stone Electrics, Joshua C. Miller, Jackson Howard, Vessna Scheff, SAT Static Flow, Apple Juice Jones

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Aaron Parnell Brown

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Savage Dads, Cassettes

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Sudo Williams, Andrew Milicia, ialive, SAT Maggie Mae, Gracie Martin and The So Beautifuls, Ntive Flora

JJ’s Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT (Farewell Show) My Name Is Tom, Shy, Narra

Green Haus (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Camp Candle, Elaine Rasnake, The Polychromatics, Whoopsydaisy

Goo Lagoon (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Yowler, Sitcom, Dan Wriggins 

Magic Pictures (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Kate Ferencz (Tape Release)

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