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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land

Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.

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The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Minor Setbacks

Minor Setbacks - a band name created out of necessity; however, it has gone on to mean a lot more, after frontman Will Loftus experienced the collapsing of both lungs. The band has triumphed past that minor setback, and captured top honors in our most recent Featured Artist(s) Poll. You can check out our interview with Loftus HERE, and take a listen to Minor Setbacks’s latest single, “Rome.”


Rad Solo Acoustic Showcase at Cosmos Feb. 6

Cosmos, a new DIY show space in University City (Mantua), is hosting a rad solo acoustic showcase of front people from some of the local area music community's up-and-coming acts. You can catch Jake Ewald (of Modern Baseball/Slaughter Beach, Dog) and his humorous yet insightful signature wordplay and storytelling. Field Mouse's Rachel Browne (a.k.a. Anomie) will be there performing skeletal versions of her songs too, which will provide an interesting contrast to her usually lush, textural pieces. Evan Stephens Hall from melodious New Jersey lo-fi quartet, Pinegrove, will be in a uniquely intimate environment, exposing the heart of each tune. Also contributing to this special happening are Hodera’s Matthew Smith and Plainview’s Jeremy Smith. In all likelihood, this is not going to be your typical rowdy house show, well, maybe a few drunken sing-alongs. But one thing is certain; it will be a unique experience. Hopefully the night can offer you a new perspective on - or even new appreciation for - some very talented local songwriters/musicians. Cosmos, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 7pm, $5, All Ages - Bryce Woodcock


Weekend Warrior, February 5 - 7

The classic two-piece rock band: a time-tested model that, when properly executed, deserves special recognition and admiration; not only for the boldness of performing as a duo with only one other person to rely on, but also for the unique quality that such an undiluted intimacy between musicians can produce. And to better celebrate these dynamic duos, these symbols of symbiosis, First Unitarian Church is hosting the 9th annual Two Piece Fest this Saturday. Enter +HIRS+, a beloved Philly two-piece thrash band, who combines dizzying tempos, pummeling blast beats, and throat rending vocals with a Napalm Death sensibility for song length - that is, extremely short. For good reason too, because if any of these songs ran over a minute, fingers would start flying off their joints, and throats would combust. Dialing it back a notch is Blacksalt, whose emotive melodies and weaving vocals are faintly reminiscent of a gazed-out Seam. Let’s also not forget local math-rock bad boys, The Joint Chiefs Of Math, who create head-spinningly unpredictable soundscapes full of abrupt dynamic shifts and tirelessly innovative drum parts. Out-of-towners Empty Vessels will also be in attendance to claim their share of two-piece praise with their heavy brand of sludgy hardcore. A handful of parallels can be made between them and sludge-duo legends Jucifer, but Empty Vessels has a seemingly stronger inclination toward post-hardcore dissonant melody over low-end doom-style riffage. Baltimore’s Romantic States take a different approach to duo song crafting, choosing instead to celebrate the charming minimalism inherent in a two-piece. Their pop songs are uncomplicated and jangly, but don’t lose any expressive detail for lack of members. You can check out the full lineup and set times for Two Piece Fest HERE. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 2pm, $12, All Ages. - Bryce Woodcock
More places to hang this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.)  SAT Philly Loves Dilla: DJ Mike Nyce, Mr. Sonny James
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT ROZES, Lockets, Bondage & Discipline
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Good Mess, Mr. Grimstone/Boys Club, SAT GASH/The Danger O's, Readership, Welter, The One2s, The Escape/BlendMode, Get Up
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., Bunny Savage
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI The Underwater Sounds (Farewell Show), The Snails, Rosemary Fiki Band, SAT Ben Arnold (Record Release), The Fractals
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Pig Iron Theatre’s Annual Benefit Cabaret:  La Vie Bo-Ham
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI The Disco Biscuits, Darla, SAT The Disco Biscuits, Swift Technique
TLA (334 South St.) SAT OCD: Moosh & Twist
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI  (Downstairs) Hezekiah Jones, SAT (Upstairs) 4th Annual Winter Doldrums Benefit Concert: Matt Duke, Mutlu, Andrea Nardello, AlyCat, John Faye, The Wallace Brothers Band, Christopher Davis-Shannon, Tin Bird Choir, Chris Grunwald & Raph Cutrufello, Sonja Sofya & Ross Bellenoit, Paige Allbritton & Elspeth Tremblay, Chipocrite, Lovers League, Vilebred, Sunshine Superman, Ben Kessler, Song Dogs, The Rent-A-Cops: The Police Tribute Band, Hurricane Hoss, Allison Polans, Angela Burns, Alex & the Beggars
Vilomah project preview with Michele Lynn & Nardo Lilly, Doc Terry’s tribute to Dante Bucci
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Jesus' Older Brother, Lakota, SAT Howlish, SUN Freshsz, Kace, Crime Children, Miles Chancellor, Ant Beale
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Whiting, SAT Screaming Rattler, BlackHand
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Sheer Mag, The Whips
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT (4pm) Blonde Melon/(9:30pm) DJ Deejay
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT The Deadeyes/Hired Guns Blues Band
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Franky’s Foxes with DJ Chris Urban
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Will Paynter and Jay Popky
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Stereoma, Momma Hankton, Jean Claude's Damn Van, Skip Monday, SAT Pagan Babies, Shitty Friends, The Dolts
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Outer Heaven, Disgorgement
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Something Like Sound, Room For Mojo, SAT StarSkream, Pravda, Trouble in Tokyo
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Mad Splatter, Disaster Committee, Proof & Proving, SAT (3:30pm) Fishtown Beats/(9pm) Arc Divers, Heart Harbor, SUN Tiani Victoria, Jay Marie, Mew 3 Crew, R'Que, Malc Dat
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Reef the Lost Cauze, Mic Stew
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Moto Surf, Brackish, The Morelings, Thief, Steal Me A Peach
Bond Villian (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Kississippi, Hanging Hills (EP release), Howlish
Beach House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Uncle/Father Oscar
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Jim Strong Bathassaults, Kyle Press
Cosmos (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT (Acoustic Show) Rachel Browne, Jake Ewald, Jeremy Berkin
Nico Nico Mansion (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Guests, Vanillalord, Old Maybe, Nyxy Nyx
The Farm (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Jenkem, Incisor

Hanging Hills EP Release Show at Bond Villain Feb. 5

Folk-rock foursome Hanging Hills celebrates the release of its new EP Sewn this evening at Bond Villain. The Connecticut transplants steadily pass through open areas with instrumentation that captures an unwinding adventure. There’s a clean, loose feel - one that opens up while holding focus. Fortified with vocal harmony, crisp transitions and homespun finish, Hanging Hills hits like a refreshing breeze that can flex in gusts when called upon. The flourishing, floating sound of Kississippi hypnotically glides along, unveiling contemplative moments of sincerity. Exploring deep sonic grooves, Howlish completes this billing. Bond Villain (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) 8:30pm, $5, All Ages – Michael Colavita


New R.R. Perkins Live EP Available for Streaming & Download

Recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winners R.R. Perkins have already put their studio time prize at Sleepless Sound to good use. The instrumental ensemble recorded a live sampling of material from their Volume II and Volume III releases. Take a listen below as the group finds its whimsical, slightly funky groove as that Theremin provides an extraterrestrial edge. (Photo by Dan Cohoon)



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