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July 2015
Overwatcher
"Metaphysics
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Do some stretches, because Nashville-based Overwatcher are bringing the melodic hardcore madness, and some soft moshing is imminent.

Although a relatively new band, the guys have come out swinging with red-blooded live shows and a victory in our Band of the Month competition. The release of their debut EP "Metaphysics" will undoubtedly add fuel to their face-melting fire.
 
With the ample sound you'd expect from a six-piece, the guys are bringing a new vitality to the melocore scene. "Metaphysics" features the melodic exploration and merciless pulse of predecessors like Touche Amore, mewithoutyou and Defeater, with the brutal lyrical honesty and self-awareness of post-grad punk kids.
 
Overwatcher has created an engaging and discerning debut EP that is just as dynamic (if not more so) live. During their most recent performance at The East Room, lead vocalist Alex MacWilliam, performing through a head-wound he earned early in the set, filled up every ounce of space he could get his hands on. Often on tables and chairs, level with the crowd, even lying down, MacWilliam lead his crew through an intense, energetic set. Whether the audience is of five or 5,000, the performance remains wholehearted, and there is definitely something to be said for that.
 
Overwatcher is putting a refreshing spin on melodic hardcore, and "Metaphysics" is a testament to their musical prowess and clear passion for the genre. And, I can only assume this is just the beginning.  -Caroline Bowman

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Weekend Warrior, Aug. 12 - 14

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More places to rock this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Illinois, Aphra
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) Infinity Tree
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Janelle/Husky Bundles, Chad Avery, SAT Acolytes, SUN Birthday Boy, Glenn Matthews
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI LoveKilledKurt, SAT Voss, Tiani, I-Know Brasco, 3T3N, Chris Vance, SUN EBGIII
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Steal Your Face, Cultureal, SAT Bij Lincs, Kat C.H.R., SUN 46 Sherman, Sugar Rush Rocks, Nijah Dupree, Jared Landau
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) AP The Plan, Stevie Rogers w/ Henry Stuart, Astro 8000
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Sinstock 4:Big Stall, Strength in Numbers, Rawq Savy,We Are One, The Aberdeâns, Jesus' Older Brother
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) Christie Lenée/(Upstairs) Dukes of Destiny
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Judah Priest, YxvnGoon, Mercy Gang, Madd Squablz, SAT Joie Kathos, The Ill Fated Natives, Chalk & The Beige Americans, Attic Tapes
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Nik Greeley & The Operators, Hardwork Movement, SAT Ceramic Animal, Foxtrot & The Get Down
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Levee Drivers, William H. Travis, SAT The Danger O's (Record Release), The New Connection
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Rich Medina, Francisco Collazo
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dave Steel Blues Band
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Heart Harbor
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Dan Kassel, Red Cedar Strings, Zap Goes Pop!, Radio Eris
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI LE Yikes Surf Club, The Burgeoning
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI York Street Hustle
 
Festival Pier (601 N. Christopher Columbus Ave.) SAT Mad Decent Block Party: Diplo, Dirty South Joe, Swizzymack
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Mikey Potatos, Dorkosaurus, SAT Tektonic, GR Stone, Hambone Relay, Psychoskunk
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SUN Beats Walkin'
 
The Pharmacy 1300/02 S. 18th St.) SAT Church Girls, Secret Nudist Friends
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Space Pizza, Wyldflowers
 
Little Italy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Tombo Crush
 
The Storefront (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Cabbage
 

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