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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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New Track: "Real" - Elegant Animals

With the release of their debut LP Carnivora (due out April 22nd), Elegant Animals have issued the album’s first single “Real” which has a sleek R&B vibe blended in with electronic brush strokes.

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Space Drugs and The Deadeyes rock Kung Fu Necktie April 12th

The season of new continues onward in full effect for Space Drugs at Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  After hibernating during the winter; the experimental garage punk outfit welcomed a new bassist to the fold, worked on plenty of new songs, and have their next album lined up to be released over the summer. Tonight’s show will be a good opportunity to preview all of the above. The Deadeyes (ex-Grubstake) will be following along with the theme as maestros of elegant punk with violin.  Word is they have been recording new tracks in the studio of late. And Baker Man will also likely be previewing tracks from their upcoming debut EP. Filling out the lineup will be Maryland's Alarms + Controls. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St, 8PM, $5 All Ages – Bill McThrill 


Tender Vision and The Fantastic Imagination hit The Pharmacy April 12th

Tonight get ready for a long night of live music at The Pharmacy, Philly's freshest coffee shop west of the Broad Street line. Headlining the night is Tender Vision, the indie poppers with a flair for the vaguely sad. Kings of the DIY circuit with a new album on the way, ex-Catnaps frontwoman Adrianne Gold and bassist William Sallee miss the Pixies just as much as the next guy, but you didn’t write a song about it. Starting the evening off is the six-member folk band, The Fantastic Imagination. Self-described as “psychedelic fantasy,” the band hones in on precise acoustic riffs and piles on edgy distortion and vocal harmonies for a romantic and almost medieval effect. Next up is the shoegazey husband and wife duo Overly Polite Tornadoes from Kalamazoo, and another husband and wife project from New York, Trifles. The Pharmacy, 1300/02 S. 18th St.,8pm, $5-7 –Maggie Grabmeier 


Weekend Warrior, April 11-13

Tonight might be the biggest show in Modern Baseball’s short and exciting existence.  The band, which began as collaboration between insert names two young songwriters, has flourished, in just a couple years becoming one of the most talked about bands around.  The quartet recently released their second album You’re Gunna Miss It All, on Run For Cover Records.  The album firmly places itself in the present with references to Instagram and Iphones, but feels timeless in the way it captures the wandering, borderless years of twenty-somethings. The sound can be placed somewhere between the quirk-rock of They Might Be Giants, and the earnest folk-punk of The Front Bottoms, but the inability to firmly position them in a genre is a large part of their appeal. Their run of success landed them on a tour with The Wonder Years, who are rolling into a SOLD OUT Electric Factory.  They probably could have sold out two nights, so this place is sure to be packed to the brim. 

 
Check out what else is going on this weekend...
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Bang, Serpent Throne, The Company Corvette,  SAT Bird Watcher, Vita and The Woolf
 
The Boot & Saddle(1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Work Drugs, Teen Men SAT Into It. Over It. (Acoustic)
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Address, Podacter SAT Flightschool, The Yuzh; Space Drugs, Baker Man, Alarms & Controls SUN Roof Doctor, Outer Spaces, Olive Drab, Candice Martello
  
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Levee Drivers
  
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FR John Francis
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball 
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Future Rock, The Beating, The Manhattan Project SAT 8Static 3F
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Bardo Pond
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Tin Horses, Strawman, BE. Godfrey & Co SAT The Shackeltons, Hot Jam Factory, A Deer A Horse SUN Philly Cannons
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Andrew Winter & The Reckless Dodgers, Big Stall, Pulling Punches SAT Barbaric, Wise Guys, Bunny, Savage Doom Whore, Spinechain, Come And Get It
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Jen Hess & Hotch, Roi & The Secret Police SAT Dave Steel Blues Band SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Local Smokes, Andrew Jude, Matt Gauss, Too Hot for Sleeves SAT Somewhere South, The Funky T, Chronic Wolf
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E Lancaster Ave.) SAT Johnny Showcase And The Mystic Ticket, Martha Graham Cracker
 

Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI The Ambulars, Jason Anderson, Thin Lips

 
The Pharmacy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Albis, The Fantastic Imagination, Overly Polite Tornadoes, Trifels, Tender Vision

New Track: "I'm Already There" - Lux Perpetua

Check out the first nimble track from Lux Perpetua’s upcoming album, Hehebehdehbehbehdeh, out May 29th on Color Theory Records. The man behind the band, Justin Wolfe, tracked all the instruments to make and intimate, introspective folk tune. For “I’m Already There”, he enlisted backing vocals from Amelia Meath.  Stream the track below.  
 

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New Track: "Dream City" (Bim Marx Remix) - Free Energy

It’s always interesting to hear a familiar song from an unfamiliar angle. Yesterday, DFA Records shared this previously unreleased Bim Marx (Duane Harriott & Jorge Velez) remix of Free Energy’s  “Dream City” off their 2010 LP Stuck on Nothing.
 

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Work Drugs Kick Off Tour at Boot and Saddle April 11

Warm up your summer blood tonight at Boot and Saddle as Work Drugs kicks of their April tour. Drawing inspiration from boating, sexting, dancing, and yachting, Work Drugs was dreamed up by Thomas Crystal and Benjamin Louisiana while sailing the Baja of Mexico.  Since 2011, they have been churning out releases and toured nationally with Two Door Cinema Club and Maps & Atlases. Recently, Work Drugs released their newest single “Half Love,” off of their latest album Insurgents, which you can check out below. They'll been joined by the visually infused synth pop of Teen Men. This Philly/Delaware collaboration of Spinto Band's Nick Krill and Joe Hobson and visual artists Catharine Maloney and Albert Birney features video projections in their live set.  Check out Teen Men's new video "The Sea, The Sea" directed by Silvio Bernardi. Boot and Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street, 8pm, $10, 21+ - Jaime Pannone 
 

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Carved Up Take Over Upstairs of KungFu Necktie April 10th

Be forewarned that the Guild is presenting a show upstairs at KungFu Necktie this evening. The trio of Carved Up doesn’t veil their intention; rather, they tear down the gates with a full-bore sonic assault. However, don’t mistake the group’s unrelenting style for an off the cuff invasion. There is a distinct measured approach; an ebb and flow.  Breathe-catching moments have a calm before the storm feel, setting the stage for yet another all-out barrage. Opening the night, Wives bring an inherently raunchy yet appealing punk rock sound. Sandwiched between the local acts is Chicago post-punk trio Yeesh and Boston rockers Lady Bones. KungFu Necktie 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $5,21+ -Michael Colavita 

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