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Joy Riding Opening for Matt Pond PA at Underground Arts Dec. 9

While we await its full-length debut, which will be coming out early next year via Black Rd Records, the quartet of Joy Riding sets up shop in an opening slot this evening at Underground Arts. The band stacks up casually relatable, episodic powerpop, the type that steadily gathers melodic steam and concentration. Then, those loose sensitive strings unite in an infectious, surprising, instrumental feat of strength, cruising as the trees race by. In support of their newly released album, Winter Lives, Matt Pond PA headlines, striking a hearth-crackling note as singer-songwriter sensibility deepens through the exploratory interlacing of vocal harmony and guiding orchestral instrumentation. The multifaceted musical settings of Austin’s Moving Panoramas are sandwiched in between, tying the familiarity of intimate melody, while shifting into the atmosphere. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 9pm, $17, 21+ (Photo by Tom Ryan) - Michael Colavita

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New Valley Exit LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

What started out as a solo avant-garde, electro-noise project from the mind of Jeff Zeigler has now grown to a full-fledged band with the backing of Josh Meakim (A Sunny Day in GlasgowThe Fantastic Imagination) on guitar, April Harkanson (MyrriasDowntown Club) on guitar/keys/backing vocals, and Steven Urgo (The War on DrugsChris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band) on drums. Valley Exit is creating noise-pop at its finest, tiptoeing the line between inventiveness and accessibility. That is what you’ll find on Valley Exit’s debut self-titled LP, which is now available via Soft Dystopia, Zeigler’s fledgling record label. You can stream and purchase the album below, and check out our recent interview with Jeff HERE!

New Aunt Dracula EP Available for Streaming

Aunt Dracula's forthcoming album, YULE, is a completely solo effort from Scott Daly. Gone are the languid, heady psych-pop soundscapes found on previous recordings; instead, you'll discover Daly traversing brutally abrasive sonic terrains, while his avant-garde sensibilities still remain in the form of a "one man wrecking ball". The EP was recorded this past fall at Castle Drac Studios in Fishtown, and will be officially released on December 21 via Bromius Records.

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New Track: "Savior" - Dominic

Inspired by "a long dormant obsession with 'alternative religion'" and "a couple of super mean Leonard Cohen songs," Dominic Angelella wrote the song "Savior" while working on the next Lithuania album. It's the second single from his debut album, Goodnight, Doggies. (under the moniker Dominic), which will be released on February 3 via Lame-O Records. He'll also be helping to kickoff Lame-O's second annual Rock Residency at Boot & Saddle in the month of January. Each show in the residency will benefit a variety of great causes. Dominic will be coming together with Hurry and Cherry on Thursday, January 5 at the South Philly music venue to raise donations for Planned Parenthood.

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Vita and the Woolf Tantalizes at Everybody Hits Dec. 8

Vita and the Woolf have had a breakthrough 2016 that saw them embarking on their first big U.S. tour in support of Rasputina. And as the year gets nearer to closing, the duo that merges powerful vocals with soulful melodies further prepares for the release of their much-anticipated follow-up to their Fang Song album, Tunnels, on January 20. The band absolutely tantalized with the unveiling of its second single, Qiet, last month, and Jen Pague and Adam Shumski might just preview even more, with the help from guitarist Dane Galloway, when they headline Everybody Hits tonight. They'll be joined by Suburban Living, who are all set to ring in the New Year with Mo Lowda & The Humble and Air is Human at Ortleib's. Grayling is also slated to open the bill. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave, 8pm, $8, All Ages - Bill McThrill

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