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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, June 17 - 19

Slacker rockers Frontyards are throwing a celebration tonight at Underground Animal for their new single “Lemons,” which you can now stream below. Meandering at a leisurely stroll, the band offers little words of wisdom, before raunchy, soaring guitars takeover, breaking up the monotony of always being taught something. (The struggle is real, y’all.) It’s the group’s first offering from their upcoming album Sachi. Frontyards will be joined this evening by a couple of Deli Philly faves, the polaric musings of Linc Halloran’s Hello Shark and the emotive electro/acoustic-pop of Scotty Leicht’s Shelf Life. They’ll also be hosting out-of-towners, Virginia’s Two Inch Astronaut and NYC’s Dolly Spartans. Yes, you want to go underground tonight. Underground Animal, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), $7-$10, All Ages - Alexis V.

 
More places to embrace the summer this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Philly Loves Wu-Tang: DJ Mike Nyce, SUN The Binary Sea
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Chip Breakers, SAT Birdie Busch (Record Release Show), The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra, SUN Purling Hiss (solo), Shadow Band
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells/Ladder Devils, Humanshapes, Dirt Queen, SAT The Preps, The Phix, Cardigan Terrace/Matthew Law, SUN Night Raids, Coffins Across Hiroshima, Mob Terror
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Geb the Great Cackler (Record Release)
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Rexedog, SAT The Fearless Fly, Doug Wartman, Andy McLeod, SUN The Groove Merchants, Josh Miller
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Dracula’s Ball: This Way to the Egress, SAT (Balcony) Fell Into Yesterday, Heretrix/(Tribute/Covers Show) Ganto Barn, Makhaira, Renaissance Blvd., Justin DePaola, SUN The Royal Ghosts
 
TLA (334 South St.)  SAT Freeway
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Fiona Fest: Chelsea Sue Allen, Dani Mari, Desiree Sky,  Angela Sheik, Chelsea Mitchell, Andrea Nardello, Gretchen Lohse, Meg and the Right Sound, The Sun Flights, Sophie Coran, SAT (Upstairs) Josh Hines
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI McGarnagle, The American Myth
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI City Rain (Record Release), Minka, SAT Tinmouth
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT DJ Si Young
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.)  FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI John Byrne Band, Vince Tampio
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT Cure Brain Gliomas Benefit: Steppin' Razor, Legion 76, The Droogettes, The Missile Toads, The Mojo Machine, Guy Campo & The Contusions
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ed Christof, SUN A Burlesque Tribute to Joss Whedon
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Nothing Vital, Sangre Luna, JD Perry, SAT The Heavy Weather, David Darmon
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Ill Doots, Kings & Comrades
 
Goldy’s (732 Chestnut St, 3rd Floor) FRI Planned Parenthood SP (Local) Benefit: Callowhill, Pretty Greens
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Albondigas, Moto Surf , Steveo Thm & The Crippling Addictions, SAT Brown Rainbow, The Original Crooks and Nannies, Floam, SUN Trash Knife, Guts, Worst Ones
 
The Mermaid Inn (7673 Germantown Ave.) FRI The Naked Sun
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Sports
 
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Microsoft Saint
 
 

City Rain Record Release Show at MilkBoy Philly June 17

Tonight at MilkBoy is the record release show for Ben Runyan’s brainchild, City Rain. The ethereal, anthemic suites that make up Take Me To The Void do not shy away from being maximalist, but embrace the glistening bombast within the elctro-pop tunes Runyan has crafted. The EP, which is apparently focused on a breakup, does not spend any time mourning, but rather exploring. There are elements of M83, Coldplay and The Killers, a confluence of epic stadium-status influences. Runyan does commercial work, teaches amateur DJs and licenses work, so the tunes are squeaky clean and pitch perfect. Also on the bill for the evening Minka, a dancy, Talking Heads-lovin' (presumably) Philly rock quartet. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 8:30pm, $10, 21+ - Adam G.

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New Congenital Death LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

With a jarring, explosive nature, Fucklove: Prophet of Death, the debut full-length record from grindcore outfit Congenital Death, takes little time to announce its presence. Available via Ranch Records and Hydrogen Man Records, the trio’s blistering instrumentation is a much-needed jolt to the system. Press play, and let the ensuing attitude adjustment occur. (Photo by Gabe Coffey)

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New JANK PULSE Community Fund Single Available for Streaming & Purchase

JANK just released a new single, and all proceeds will go to the PULSE Tragedy Community Fund on GoFundMe. "Alligator" and "Ralph" will also appear on the band's upcoming EP. The tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Jake Checkoway at UArts Studio. (Photo by Julie Gomez)

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The Bul Bey Opening for Black Milk at JB's June 16

With a youthful sense of intensity drawn straight from a soul-injected center, The Bul Bey strikes forth, converting listeners with a composed confident tenacity. Tapping into a tireless energy, Bey delivers authentic, smooth rhymes that echo where he’s from, while suggesting where he wants to go. That down-to-earth, daily sincerity, further molded by widespread ambition, creates a relentless follow-the-leader vibe that’s a mix of grime, celebration and ambition. With new material on the way, he hits Johnny Brenda’s this evening, slotted after local emcee Has-Lo, whom may have a new EP on the horizon this summer. They set the table for Detroit native Black Milk, who, with Nate Turner, develops an all-consuming, soulful brand of hip hop. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $15, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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