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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land
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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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Roam Deeper Into the Labyrinth w/Edelweiss at Mantua Yacht Club July 25

Calculated but not cold, Edelweiss captures the precision of math-rock while developing an open-air feel. This juxtaposition allows expansive scenic musical routes to unfold as one roams deeper into the labyrinth. Tonight at Mantua Yacht Club, they will be joined by Howlish, whose folky, personal songwriting takes a freeing ambient dash with vocals that incorporate a yearning. The danceably dark, percussive-synth electronic tone of Blood Sound gets the blood flowing while simultaneously keeping you on high alert, soothing but with an eerie sense of danger, and they just released a new set of material Too Much Sun and Not Enough Gloom at the Beach. A pair of Union, New Jersey bands including the emotive folk of Fire is Motion and the melodic experimental journey of El Americano completes this bill. Mantua Yacht Club, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8:30pm, $5, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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WXPN's XPoNential Fest w/Son Little, Hop Along, Vita and the Woolfe & More at Wiggins Park/Susquehanna Bank Center July 25

It's definitely festival season, and WXPN's XPoNential Fest will be kickin' it across the bridge in Camden at Wiggins Park. You'll find some of our beloved locals holding things down in the early part of the day for XPN's national touring favorites. Starting things off at the Marina Stage in the baking sun of noon will be the powerful, soulful voice of Jennifer Pague with her group Vita and the Woolf. You might have caught Frances Quinlan performing new material last night at OK FEST, but the indie darling will be in full-band mode with her merry men of Hop Along at the River Stage. And the last Philly native to perform for the day will be son of a preacher man and Anti- artist Aaron Livingston, a.k.a. Son Little. However, you'll have plenty to keep you around through the evening with St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket, Lord Huron and more on the bill. Wiggins Park/Susquehanna Bank Center (Camden), 2 Riverside Dr./One Market, 12pm, $30 (XPN Members)/$60 (Public) + $25 (St. Vincent/MMJ for those w/o a 3-day pass), All Ages - H.M. Kauffman


Weekend Warrior, July 24 - 26

R5 Productions presents OK FEST 2, a rocking 3-day event this weekend that runs rampant in local talent including numerous Deli Philly favorites. Both Friday and Saturday’s events will be held at PhilaMOCA. Among the host of artists scheduled to perform on those evenings are the roaring, endearing Frances Quinlan (of Hop Along), pop-punk maestros Dogs on Acid (whose self-titled debut looms at August’s end), the primal, emotive noise of the duo Pinkwash, the grungy psych of The Spirit of the Beehive, and the gritty, hook-laced songs of Lithuania. Meanwhile, on Sunday, OK FEST takes us to church (First Unitarian, that is) where a pair of former year-end poll winners in Alex G and Sheer Mag will be joined by the acoustic punk of Girlpool with reinforcement from Boston post-punks Pile and the delightful pop-punk of Quarterbacks. So catch an evening or 3 stacked with great music from head to toe, and with a portion of proceeds being donated to The Attic Youth Center, help a great cause in the process! PhilaMOCA/First Unitarian Church, 531 N. 12th St./2125 Chestnut St., (Please go HERE for more info.), All Ages - Michael Colavita
 
Other places to enjoy yourself this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Moon Bounce, Dream Safari, SUN The Dove & The Wolf
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI School Dance, SAT Travel Lanes
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Hivelords (Album Release)/Cadaveric Spasm/This Is Hardcore: Beware, SAT Bad Doctors, Minima Moralia, SUN This Is Hardcore: Anxiety Hammer
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI (Blackbox) This Is Hardcore: Flag of Democracy, YDi, NO
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Maggie Gabbard, Chalk and the Beige Americans, Frankie Vado, SAT Upholstery, Agent Moosehead, SUN Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five, The Slicked Up 9′s
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony The Phix, Jah People, SAT (Balcony) The Whiskey Kittens, Mumblr, SUN (Balcony) Trent Vernon
 
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Krush, Trespass, White Limo
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT This Is Hardcore: Wisdom in Chains, Rock Bottom, Time Bomb, SUN This Is Hardcore: Disengage
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Striptease Orchestra, SAT (Downstairs) Chestnut Grove (Record Release), Seeking Valor, The Nocturnal Jocks, Local Smokes
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Ill Fated Natives, SAT (5pm) Final Showcase/(9pm) South Philly Sir, Chexwitdamack, PHL Good, SUN Darla, Second Child, Thee Idea Men, Kinyon & My Funky Brethren
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Illinois, Prowler, The Fantastic Imagination
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Stars Apart, SAT VVeed VVolf, White Lighters
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Weaks
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Ed Christof
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT Candice Anitra, Dominic Tursi
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James, SUN (2pm) DJ Jugo w/percussionist Josh Robinson/(9:30pm) DJ Royale
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) SAT Ed Christof
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI The Unwarranted, The Sprit World/Chronostasis, SAT Eric Reavey, Brothers and Sisters, Hoochie Coochie Men, Medusa's Disco/Modern Colour, Working Class Villains, Heroes in Error, SUN Small Town Titans  
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Colour & Codeine, Lightning Arms, FTS, Cornelius The Third, Tim Allen Iverson, Bunny Savage & The Shallots, Anthony Ferrara & The South Philly Swingers, SUN Cthulhu Martini
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Ridge Summit, Creem Circus, The Raknoss, SAT Justin Phillippi
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Jim Boggia w/ The End of America
 
Everybody Hits (529 West Girard Ave) SAT Socialite, Heavy Medical, Girl Dog
 
Spruce Caboose (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Kyle Press & Martin Gottlieb-Hollis
 
Berks Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT R.R. Perkins, Friendship, Legs Like Tree Trunks, Hello Shark
 
Magic Pictures (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Evil Sword
 
Mantua Yacht Club (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Edelweiss, Howlish, Blood Sound
 
XPN Fest FRI (Wiggins Park-Marina Stage) Cole Redding, SAT (Wiggins Park-Marina Stage) Vita & The Woolf, Son Little, (River Stage) Hop Along, SUN (Wiggins Park-Marina Stage) Cheerleader, (River Stage) Pine Barons
 
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New Music Video: "Right Now" - Ground Up

Hip-hop collective Ground Up certainly never has a shortage of friends willing to appear (and party) in their music videos. Check out the group's latest for the track "Right Now"! It's the first single off Ground Up's upcoming release Seventeen Eleven, which is scheduled to drop this fall. The cinematic production was directed by Stratagem Pictures. 

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New Socialite EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

"Socialite are a self aware band that are not trying to reinvent the wheel, but rather celebrate it while confronting what is and isn’t real." The hardcore outfit, comprised of Perry Shall (Dry Feet, Hound), Ian Dykstra (Little Big League, ex-Titus Andronicus), Kyle Laganella, and Jeff Fonseca, just released a new EP, entitled I See You/I Don't Care. You can stream the record below, and purchase the 7" vinyl via Jade Tree. Socialite will be performing tomorrow night at Everybody Hits.

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