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Sing, Bird of Prey LP Release Show at The Barbary Sept. 17

Philly indie rockers Sing, Bird of Prey have released their debut full-length Crystal Embryo digitally earlier this week. Produced by Kyle Pulley at The Headroom Philadelphia with additional engineering by Shane Woods, elements of psychedelia can be found woven throughout the album’s eleven tracks. “Wild Type” initially feels like a piano ballad before ultimately evolving into a full band opus, while “Microsatellite” follows adding rough, buzzy guitars and live-room drumming to the raw emotional vocals. The song structure and vocal processing evokes John Lennon’s later period Beatles work (White Album and beyond). You can catch Sing, Bird of Prey live tonight at The Barbary, along with Minka and Albondigas. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave., 7pm, $5-$7, 21+ - Dave Cromwell

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Peals unveils video for "Become Younger" + plays The Compound tonight (09.16)

Ww just stumbled upon this very pretty video (directed by Miranda Javid) by the Baltimore based duo, Peals, comprised by William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (Post Typography/Double Dagger). "Become Younger" is the first single from the new album "Honey," the bands' sophomore album dropping today. The band will celebrate with a release party at the Compound, do not miss!





Uni Ika Ai unveils video for 'Soft in Ice'

We called Brooklyn's Uni Ika Ai (pronounced: oo-knee ee-kuh eye) "dream pop' in July, but their new single 'Soft in Ice,' whose video we are streaming below, paints a more complex picture, one of a band not afraid to experiment with not so popular BPMs (the plodding "mid tempo") and harmonic content (dissonance, noise, and an initial melody that's not exactly a ray of sunshine), but still able to resolve these dark tensions through a chorus that delivers a big "prog-chestral" melodic opening, leading to a dissonant distorted sax solo that David Bowie would have loved to hear. The black and white (but mostly black) visuals beautifully underline the existential content of the lyrics. This would definitely be a candidate to be our video of the month if we only had such a thing!





Psych Rock band we dig: BIRDS - live at Union Pool on 10.09

With a name bound to trigger confusion (not only with a similarly named bands from the '60s... check out this Spotify profile!), Brooklyn's Birds channel a sound more than slightly influenced by the imaginative '90s psych rock of The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev, bands that for truly incomprehensible reasons have been left behind in the recent '90s rock revival (for the unaware, at the time The Flaming Lips were a different band than they are now). The crooked distorted sliding guitars and bizarre vocal melodies of tracks like Fade (streaming) or Behind You immediately brought smiles to our faces, sending us on a mental journey back to our vynil filled early twenties. If it's true that all new music is a re-elaboration of music of the past (and true it is) Birds can enjoy the advantage of a sound influenced by great records not many other current emerging bands seem fond of. And that's one reason why we are so excited about them. Check them out live at Union Pool on October 9th.





Hey Anna plays Mercury on 9.24, tours with The Boxer Rebellion in the fall

Can’t say goodbye to the warm summer breeze and cool ocean waves? Just put on those headphones and turn up Run Koko, Hey Anna’s sunny, nostalgic indie-pop album from 2015. In just a few seconds, a reverb-drenched guitar will open up the sky, spacey synths will sparkle like sun on waves, drums and bass will paint the horizon with a delicate, eclectic groove, and dreamy mezzo vocals will flux and flow like the sea - and if you need help visualizing that look no further than the video for opening track "Island." We are streaming below their darker one (and set in a more familiar city environment) for shoegazy single 'Anaphaze.". Get a taste of the band's soothing soundscape on September 24 at the Mercury Lounge, before they sail off on a three week, fall US tour with The Boxer Rebellion.

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