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February 2015
The Harmaleighs
""Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush"


College pals  Haley Grant and  Kaylee Jasperson bonded over shared musical tastes as students at Belmont University, . They were both also familiar with the hardships possessing the voices of angels; it was inevitable that a musical project would come of the union. The Harmaleighs formed in 2013, and the two proceeded to develop their sound, learning how to filter their shared experiences through an Americana sieve, until every heartbreak and setback sounded as though it occurred decades ago somewhere in the Appalachians.


The Harmaleigh's debut album, "Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush" will be released February 3rd. It covers the gauntlet of relationships that a young adult can encounter: partners, friends, hometowns. It also showcases the pair as the crackerjack musicians that they are. The same razor-sharp tightness that makes bluegrass so satisfying to hear is present in the entire album. Everything rings out as clear as a bell, and nothing is overdone or unnecessary. The girls have a healthy respect for the traditional, and can whip out a down-home rhythm as easily as a teenaged missive on heartbreak.  


Speaking of teenaged missives, a delicate balance is at work here. There are moments that the pair hit Watson Twin-levels of harmonies (like the ghostly intro of opening track "Hesitate") and there are times they turn right around with something more juvenille like "Got fired for dropping a glass of wine/ screw it I'm running out of time," in their recent single, "I Keep Ticking On." There's alot that can go wrong: their music acoustic guitar driven, with some lap steel and banjo thrown in, and they have a propensity to break into foot-stomping jags that recall the receding arena-folk wave. But it doesn’t matter. They’re so good, by grace of their conviction and clarity, that I’d probably be sucking this album down and singing along even if I were a 50-year-old truck driver.


That's the appeal of "Pretty Picture..." The album concentrates being young and new into something potent and delivers it with a little bit of sass; that's a combination capable of crossing quite a few boundaries. It's the emotional equivalent of four seasons of summer camp, thirty friendship bracelets, or ten viewings of "Milo and Otis." This album is bound to strike a chord within the most jaded of bastards. Keep up with The Harmaleighs at their website www.theharmaleighs.com

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Mercury Girls Opening for Suburban Living at Bourbon & Branch April 11

Mercury Girls offer an interesting, organic spin, pulling from a Brit-pop foundation to create clean, jangly pop-rock that invites you along for the journey. The quartet unites former Catnaps members Adrianne Gold (Tender Vision) and Carolyn Haynes (Ghost Gum) with Literature members Kevin Attics & Chris Schackerman, and begins their new musical adventure this evening opening a tri-fold bill at Bourbon & Branch. The invigorating baroque pop of Tutlie bridges the gap. The intoxicating vocal interplay of Jessie Radlow and Rebecca Way takes one into the upper atmosphere as the delicately layered instrumentation establishes a cozy, ethereal environment. Wesley Bunch–led Suburban Living headline as part of their month-long residency at the NoLibs venue. Bunch’s controlled (yet emotively stirring) vocals take a ride on the perpetually moving 1-2 punch of synth and percussion, cruising along the shadowy, dream-pop terrain. Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

Divers Record Release Show at JB's April 11

After successfully crowdfunding their new album Holding Bodies, Divers will be celebrating its release tonight at Johnny Brenda's. Led by Emily Ana Zeitlyn (The Weeds) who is back by Ross Bellenoit (Birdie Busch), Todd Erk (Hoots & Hellmouth), and Thomas Bendel (Buried Beds), the folk-tinged indie-rock quartet has the talent and seasoned wherewithal to command an audiences attention. They'll be joined by LOUDS who are working on their debut EP IF MORE PEOPLE BOUGHT ART MORE PEOPLE WOULD BUY ART, and we are certainly interested in hearing what they'll have for us next. Also in town to welcome Divers' new release is Brooklyn folk-rock outfit Hawk & Dove. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman


Weekend Warrior, April 10 - 12

When it comes to DIY events in Philly, few (if any) can compare to Pilam’s Human BBQ. Whether it’s catching killer bands like Screaming Females before the rest of the world has caught on to them, having The Dead Milkmen pop up to perform an unannounced set, or dashing down its back steps from the roof to escape a raid by the authorities, it’s always an experience to remember. This Saturday starting at noon, the grill will be all fired up, and the amps will be cranked for 21 acts that will include local talent like Slow Animal, DRGN King, Ghost Gum, Mischief Brew, Kississippi, and much, much more. You can check out the complete schedule HERE, and take note of the time allotted for a “surprise set.” Pilam, 3914 Spruce St., 12pm - 12am, $15, All Ages - Alexis V.
More places to throwdown this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Divers (Record Release), Louds
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Infernal Stronghold, SAT Yikes the Zero w/Radio Ghost
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.)  FRI Widow Maker Social Club, Deadeyes, SAT Full Blown Cherry, Louie Louie/Decap Attak, Boots Greene/SHEEP (Enabler), Drugstore
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Greg Phoenix Experience, Fight Fuck or Dance, Dixy Blood, SAT Suburban Living, Tutlie, Mercury Girls, SUN The Bernhardt Family Band
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Krieg
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, SAT The Ghost In You
TLA (334 South St.)  SUN Residuels
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN (Upstairs) Josh Dronyi, Poster Child, (Downstairs) Tri State Indie Music Awards
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Jesus’ Older Brother, SAT Taggart, Assemble, The Stink Bugs
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Locals
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Vita & The Woolf, Milton, Cape Wrath, SUN Red 40 & The Last Groovement, Pushpop
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Seeing Snakes, Corporate Hearts, SAT (2pm) Whirr/(9pm) Whirr, Sad Actor
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Hail Sagan, BlendMode, SAT The Loud Company, Alright Junior, Andalusia, The Last Brontosarus, SUN No Stranger
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT Vance Gilbert w/Katie Barbato
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.)  FRI Sparkle Pony, SAT Dave Steel Blues Band
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Momma Hankston, AutoErotica, The Madeleine Haze/Lupe Garu, Smart Barker, King Bison, Satellite Hearts/Phantasm, Dead: Stop, Pool of Thorns, SUN Beautiful Madness, Pages & Poets
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI The Late Saints, This Way to The Eggress , Zap Goes Pop!, SAT The Strange Heat, SUN Maxray or Will, Gorgeous Porch
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) Philthadelphia Infest 3: FRI Fantasy Panther, Rumplestiltskin Grinder, Jenkem, SAT Corpse Hoarder Coffin Dust
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Drugstore, Combine
El Bar (1356 N. Front St.) SAT Harsh Vibes, Dulls
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Control For Smilers, Chen City, The Absolute Sky, Dirt Dirt, Readership
Ardmore Music Hall FRI For The Love Of Gene: Hoots & Hellmouth, Burning Briget Cleary, Ben Arnold, Chris Kasper, Michael Braunfeld, Runa, Sierra Hurtt, Ansel Barnum, John Byrne, A Fistful of Sugar, Tin Bird Choir, No Good Sister, Marc Silver, Hinton, Bower, Jones, SAT (1pm) Ardmore Beer Hall : Kalob Griffin Band, Bird Watcher
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Evil Sword, SUN Good Old War, Pete Hill
Ukrainian League of Philadelphia Incorporated (800 N. 23rd St) FRI Travis J & The Rhinestones
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave,) FRI Drone Ranger, Igneous Eyes, Writhing Squares, I IM EYE MY
The Petting Zoo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Jackie Paper, Three Sisters
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI To Tremble, Soul Glo
Lavender Town (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Daisy Fest: Mumblr, Cyberbully Mom Club, Shannen Moser
Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Psychic Teens, Dark Thoughts, Decade
The New Tavern (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Urine Culture
3rd & Girard (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Nearest, Moroder, Hallowed Bells, Clovermite

The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Pill Friends, Roses 


Psychic Teens Opening for Nervosas at Great Indoors April 10

A healthy supply of menace buzzes through you while listening to Psychic Teens, demonstrating a ravenous street-lurking mode that escalates the suspense around every poorly lit street corner while conjuring up images of gloomy dungeons in classic horror flicks. Those ominous tones of heart rattling bass/drum and eerie slivers of guitar illustrate a haunting setting in which Larry Ragone's commanding baritone serves as a guide. The dance inducing synth-driven propulsions of Decade and the sprinting punk rock of Dark Thoughts help to set the stage at the Great Indoors for the fully-loaded post-punk of Columbus, Ohio’s Nervosas, whose unrelenting clean bursts of intertwined instrumentations tie you in. Great Indoors, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 7pm, $5, All Ages - Michael Colavita


New Circadian Rhythms EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Circadian Rhythms have a unique, polished sound that harkens to a simpler time in American music, while still maintaining to keep their tunes fresh and vibrant. The band just shared its new EP A Passing Thought, which you can stream and purchase below. They'll also have CDs available for their next show on Cinco de Mayo at Johnny Brenda's opening for Apache Relay.



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