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August 2014
Vinyl Thief

In high school, my friend Craig Lee took it upon himself to educate me on what to do when I got high, which was: take a 311 CD and play it through Windows media player, and set the visualization to “Ambience.” With those days behind me (and a few subsequent years lost devil-sticking for tips as I followed 311 tours) I had long forgotten that particular use for Windows until I listened to Vinyl Thief’s debut album, “Fathoms.”


Released July 22nd, “Fathoms” listens like an entity. Granted, all albums vary song to song, and this one is no different, but few pluck the same rubber band in your brain and sustain it throughout it the duration. Fewer still can be so closely likened to getting lost watching a pixelated visualization of music on your ’01 Dell, wondering:“Whoa, how did they know to do that?”


Vinyl Thief is a synth driven powerhouse of a band that has been gathering acclaim since the release of their “Rebel Hill” EP in 2012. The group has essentially come of age playing together, from their high school inception to logging hours of practice in a church-sanctuary-turned-rehearsal space to perfect the sound and rapport that makes Vinyl Thief extraordinary. There are not many bands with such an expert handle on their sound.


There are a few anchors in Vinyl Thief that make them so listenable. Their synthesizers are going to do something beautiful. Grayson Proctor’s vocals are going to run through an impressive range without ever sounding forced or theatrical. And every song is going to reliably blow your mind in some way. It might be on a smaller scale, like when the guitar breaks the silence after the bridge in “London” with what I can only imagine a swoon would sound like. Or it could be big, like when the track “Rebel Hill” finally reaches a crescendo after a series of goosebump-inducing change-ups. The band has a knack for zig-ing when a zag is expected, going soft instead of loud, or even bigger when they’re already turned up.


Vinyl Thief is one of the best examples of the modern face of Nashville music, where already talented musicians go through great pains to learn their craft and the business around it. This is a band that is one sync away from national exposure. Be prepared to hear much more Vinyl Thief after Apple or Toyota licenses one of their tracks. Considering that “Fathoms” is a collection of their best material meticulously recorded and lovingly presented like a bowl of all-red jelly beans ready for the grabbing, this is only a matter of time. –Terra James-Jura

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New Track: "Things Are Gonna Be Ok" - Illinois

Below is the title track from the upcoming album, Things Are Gonna Be Ok, by Bucks County's Illinois. It's the group's second single off the record, and you can download it HERE simply for the exchange of your email. Illinois also has a show coming up in Philly this Saturday, August 23 on the outdoor patio of University City's City Tap House with Clap You Hands Say Yeah and Mo Lowda & The Humble.


New Music Video: "Guatemala" - Amanda X

Here's an ADHD glimpse into life on the road with Amanda X. The new music video is soundtracked by the group's lead single "Guatemala" from their debut full-length album, Amnesia (Siltbreeze). They are currently on an U.S. Tour, and will be back in Philly on Thursday, September 11 to perform at Underground Arts.

"Guatemala" from Amanda X on Vimeo.


Free Download: XPoNential Fest 2014 (Live) - Commonwealth Choir

NYC Taper came down for the weekend of WXPN's XPoNential Fest. You can download Commonwealth Choir's entire set from July 26, 2014 for free HERE. The band will also be performing live this Friday, August 22 at Ortlieb's. (Photo by WXPN)


New Music Video: "Bedtime Story" - Radiator Hospital

Radiator Hospital premiered a new music video for the track "Bedtime Story," off their latest LP Torch Song (Salinas Records), over at The Media last week. The home footage of the band, friends, and guitarist Cynthia Schemmer's cat, Frankie, were captured and edited by Eddie Austin. Their next performance in Philly is this Saturday, August 23 at Kung Fu Nekctie; however, we're already really looking forward to the group's big show with The Adventures of Pete & Pete's house band, Polaris, on Friday, November 28 at Johnny Brenda's. Don't sleep on the latter because it will sell out. (Photo by Emily Burtner)

RADIATOR HOSPITAL, "Bedtime Story" from the media


Krust Toons: "Teenage Mutant Pop Punk Turtles" by Teddy Hazard

Krust Toons: "Teenage Mutant Pop Punk Turtles" by Teddy Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations HERE.


Sheer Mag on the Right Path at Golden Tea House Aug. 18

They haven’t released their debut 7" yet, which is scheduled to arrive next month, but Sheer Mag is a band that appears on the right path. Having caught our attention with a garage-rock vibe that assembles itself around vocals dripping with strong-willed attitude and guitar riffs that reinforce that emotion, the female-fronted group produces a sound that is equals parts catchy riff and groove-fueled yet still possesses that raw indulgent sensibility. It's grit with a purpose. Tonight, at Golden Tea House, they’ll be joined on the lineup by fellow emo/punk-pop hybrid The Spirit of the Beehive, who will also be coincidently releasing new material this fall. In the meantime, “Tulsa, OK” is an excellent teaser of a lo-fi power-pop explosion. Singer-songwriter Liam Betson (Titus Andronicus), who released a folky, penetrating album The Cover of Hunter, will also be joining the bill with New York rockers LVL UP. Golden Tea House, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info), 8pm, $5-$7, All Ages - Michael Colavita

New Music Video: "Every St." - Cookie Rabinowitz

We first learned of Cookie Rabinowitz, which also included Schoolly D at the time, through their hilarious, NSFW animation series. And while Schoolly did make mention of the series possibly being picked up by Cartoon Network's Adult Swim a while back, it sadly still hasn't materialized. However, Cookie Rabinowitz continue to provide us with some seriously righteous "four eyed soul" that also comes with one of the neatest lyric videos for their latest single, "Every St.," which you can view below. Embrace the good vibes, and learn a little sign language and a few nifty dance moves while your at it!


Alex G Hometown Record Release Show at The Fire Aug. 17

After touring the country for nearly a month in support of his new LP DSU with Orchid Tapes labelmates Elvis Depressedly, Alex G, a.k.a. Alex Giannascoli, will be coming home this evening to The Fire to finally celebrate its release with friends and fans. The humble, lo-fi songwriter has been quietly winning critics and fans over with his mix of grungy yet delicate melodies and introspective, obtuse lyrics. We chatted with him earlier this year when he won The Deli Philly’s Year End Readers’/Fans’ Poll. (You can check out our interview HERE.) Alex G will be joined by Elvis Depressedly, who may not be anymore soon so you don’t want to miss this one, Cold Foamers, and Snoozer. Heads up - it’s an early all-ages show brought to you by The Guild! The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 7pm, $10, All Ages - Alexis V.



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