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October 2014
Tetherball
"Whimsy
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Steve Voss paints the picture of a mid-aughts major label stalwart that eventually buckled under the weight of feedback from the mess of people involved in the process. Framed with this context, the moniker Tetherball comes into sharp relief. At the end of his rope and refusing to be swatted back and forth into submission, Voss withdrew from Atlantic Records and his home state of Colorado. He receded to a studio in an industrial neck of Nashville, still tinkering with sound but with a very cracked perspective; essentially the industry version of Lazlo Hollyfeld.

 

Tetherball's album will officially drop October 28th via Silver Point Recods. Even if this backstory weren’t true, “Whimsy” still sounds like someone reveling in their eccentricity. It’s weird, and deals it out its peculiarity in mid-tempo canters and clearly-baked moseys. Sci-fi plays just as big of a thematic influence as personal experience, so if you have a taste for the slightly off-center, parts of this album will have you clapping your hands in delight. The guitar tone has a tendency to do infectiously cool things, like the jangle at the opening of “Vegetarian” or the tit for tat that kicks off “Bootss.” This album could probably play in tandem with any South Park episode and mirror it with frightening accuracy.

 

This is not to say that Voss has lost all awareness of pop sensibility. For very Primus off-note there is an alternative snarl, which makes for an interesting and palatable listen. Tetherball maintains a high level of theatrics throughout, from the grand sweeping boredom of “Hometown” to the Western swing of "Boulderado" the big top rhythm of “Spring Chicken,” a track that had me playing indie-rock matchmaker and wondering for a second how cool it would be to see them on tour with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

 

“Whimsy” is an amazing first statement from this fledgling band. It’s clear that this is a pin pulled from a grenade, and that the Tetherball dimension is something that will only expand. We can’t wait to see how this band evolves. Stream the album HERE, and check out their website at: www.tetherballmusic.com


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You You Dark Forest Steps Out Into the Light at KFN Jan. 25

For close to three years You You Dark Forest has been establishing itself by playing some ear-catching ambient instrumental rock. The quartet has been able to strengthen the forged bond that brought them together, and its sound has evolved through the new material that they have been working on since the start of the winter. Tonight, the band will be stepping out into the light at Kung Fu Necktie, and with this evening’s performance being the group’s first show of the year, it’s very likely that You You Dark Forest will be unveiling a bunch of new tunes. And they'll also be joined by indie-rock trio Bone Bats and Janelle. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $6, 21+ - Bill McThrill

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LeBon LeBon Record Release w/Lushlife (DJ Set) at North Star Bar Jan. 24

Lifetime friends, Davey Cope and Damian Mason, who make up the local New Wave parody duet LeBon LeBon, planned on having a low-key release party for their debut album Devices. You know - they’d play some stuff off the record, and have some friends come to help them out, and maybe even sell one of their CDs. However, that quickly escalated into a more elaborate affair. Not only will there be choreographed dancing, campy costumes (complete with oversized sunglasses), and two opening bands... but Raj Haldar, a.k.a. Lushlife, South Philly’s most dope producer/DJ/emcee, will be spinning 80’s pop at the booth - not so low-key. Lushlife first blew away the blogosphere in 2009 with his mixtape, Cassette City, which maximized on long lost 90’s boom bap. 2013's Plateau Vision had the same style of indie old school hip hop, just on a whole lot of psychedelics and to a background of challenging philosophy. Lushlife is sure to set the scene for some serious grooving, and hopefully some of his own mind-altering beats. -North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $12, 21+ - Emily DiCicco

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Weekend Warrior, January 23 - 25

Ever since Wesley Bunch moved to Philly from Virginia Beach, he’s been finding a whole lotta love for his project Suburban Living. He has also found seasoned bandmates in Michael Cammarata and Chris Radwanski, who were formerly in Night Panther and White Birds together and will be pulling double duty this Saturday night with their new project Spirit Haus. Suburban Living will be celebrating the release of their vibrant self-titled album, and will be playing their first ever Philly headlining set at Bourbon & Branch tonight. They'll be joined by the charismatic Illinois, who will have some new material to share since they recently sent out the mastered recordings for their upcoming release that's on the horizon. Also on the bill is Purples, who just put out some material of their own. There will certainly be a lot of fresh new tunes for your listening pleasure this evening. Bourbon and Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $7-$10 21+ - Bill McThrill
 
Other places to escape from the snow this weekend…
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Jersey Corn Pickers, Man About a Horse, White Cheddar Boys, SUN Power Animal, Idiot Forever
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Birdie Busch
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI JJL, Easy Creatures, SAT The Snails, Spelling Reform
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Hivelords, I Am The Trireme /Truong Ta, Whats Her Face, Lady Parts/Damn Right!, The Beating, Crouse, SAT The Deadeyes (Record Release), This Temper, Conversations/The Great Explainer, Shannen Moser, SUN You You Dark Forest, Bone Bats
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Montoj, AlyCat, SUN Tinmouth
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Martha Graham Cracker, Brian Sanders Junk, Magda & Chelsea, Johnny Showcase & His Lefty Lucy Cabaret, Unidos Da Filadelfia
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) The Miners, Reckless Amateurs, Not My Dogg, (Downstairs) Matt McAndrew, SAT (Upstairs) Pure Jerry
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Cee Knowledge, SUN The Subtractive
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Great Big House, Brian Fitzy, SAT Southern Tyde, The Wayside Shakeup
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Nocturnal Jocks, SAT LeBon LeBon, Lushlife, Tropical Nasty, Los Festingos
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Mutlu
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI The Heat Run
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Tree Rats, Little War Twins / Stripes (Of Reckless Dodgers, The Lamplighters SAT The Ozzman Cometh/ Twin Ghost, The Good Mess
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Man Illuminated, Layers & Frames, SAT Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman, The Royal Noise
 
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI No Summer (Record Release), Goddamnit, A-minor, SAT Deteriorist
 
Hard Rock Café (1113-31 Market St.) FRI Overcoming Gravity, Working Class Villains, Blakeslee
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Vektor, Fisthammer, Lör
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI The Funky T, Rob Tait Band, Paulette Branson & Mixed People, Jahwula, SAT R@S, Verbatum Jones, Fishtown Beats, Mitchy Mills
 
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Box of Rain, Flux Capacitor, SAT Blue Apple Groove, Railroad Fever, Hatchets and Hammers, Soldier On SUN Butchy Sochorow
 
3rd & Girard (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) SAT Time Hitler & The Assholes From Space, Thieve, Church Girls
 
2nd Empire (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) SAT Blank Spell, Twinks, Top of Tola
 
502 South (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Welter, The Danger O’s, Scatterbrain, Seeing Snakes
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Captain, We’re Sinking, Sing, Bird of Prey, Address, SAT Cayetana, SUN Low Charge, Dridge
 
Lavender Town (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Goddamnit, Jackie Paper, Balloon Boy
 
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI The Reflexes, Southern Queers, Vince Bellino, SAT No Friends, Hoser, Brontide, Walking Distance
 

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