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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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Hound Opening for JEFF The Brotherhood & Diarrhea Planet at Underground Arts Oct. 11

Raunchy guitar loaded with a neo-‘70’s rock, all-in battering ram musical arsenal that sticks with you the whole way through delivering memorable instrumental forays along the way. Perry Shall-led hard-rocking trio Hound, whose latest record Out of Time will be available as a physical LP on November 28 via SRA Records (listen to the group's new single "Little One" HERE), will serve as the opening act to a rad evening of jams at Underground Arts. Virginia transplants turned Philly residents Left & Right, who delivered a new record Five Year Plan last month, have a sound that incorporates a loose casual rock vibe with a knack for accelerating the intensity at key moments and searing away. The show will be headlined by rock 'n' roll heavyweights JEFF The Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet (for whom the multi-talented Shall has designed album covers and worked with in many aspects over the years). Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita


RiverCity Festival Rain or Shine at Penn Treaty Park Oct. 11

Penn Treaty Park has one last dose of exciting outdoor action when it hosts its 7th Annual RiverCity Festival today to benefit the Fishtown Neighbors Association. And it will feature over 100 local art and food vendors selling their goods within the park, as well as plenty of family-friendly activities like Tangle Arts Movement and the Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels. There will be libations from the likes of Saint Benjamin Brewing and Philly Homebrew Outlet. However, the main attraction is the huge helping of local music happening throughout the day that includes a special headlining performance by Matt Pond. American Diamond Recordings will be well-represented when The Lawsuits perform songs from their latest Tumbled, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb deliver tracks from their most recent EP KONG, and Levee Drivers preview what they've been working on in the studio for their upcoming album. The rest of the festival lineup will be rounded out by Pine Barons, Ginger Coyle, and Katie Barbato. In case you were wondering if the weather will prevent the event from happening, here’s a message from the festival’s Facebook page: “This jawn is rain or shine, yo, the bands’ll rock, beer will flow.” Penn Treaty Park, 1199 N. Delaware Ave., 12pm, Free, All Ages - Bill McThrill

Intimate Exposures with Grandparents - Sizzle Reel

For the first installment of The Deli Portland's brand spankin' new video series, 'Intimate Exposures,' we bring you Portland psych pop babes, Grandparents, playing live at the Aquarium house on a fun summer's afternoon. The party was a blast, chock-full of floral prints, short shorts, kiddie pools, spiked snow cones, smoothies, the best people in town, and of course the band... holy fuck, their performance outstanding.

With audio from the show recorded and mixed by Adam Harney and videography by Alexei Shishkin and Nick Gattman, we've captured some pure gold. We will be rolling out videos from the party over the next two weeks. For now, enjoy the sizzle reel!  

- Travis Leipzig

The Deli Portland Presents: Intimate Exposures with Grandparents from Deli Portland on Vimeo.


Kenny Dennis III

The latest LP from Kenny Dennis (aka Serengeti), Kenny Dennis III, is coming out on Nov. 11th via Joyful Noise. This the label released the first single from the LP, the Odd Nosdam produced track "No Beginner".

You can catch Kenny Dennis at Empty Bottle of October 21st with Open Mike Eagle and Jeremiah Jae.


Bike Cops @ Emporium Arcade Bar (tonight!)

Bike Cops released a new track, "Solmon Sundae" from their forthcoming EP, Close Cover, Strike Gently. Their EP will be released on October 21st through Jurassic Pop Records and the band will be touring the east coast leading up to the release.

You can catch Bike Cops tonight (10/10) at Emporium Arcade Bar.



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