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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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Last Littler Philly Show (For Now) at Everybody Hits July 23

The lifespan of an indie band is often short-lived in these modern times, and the Philly DIY scene is bracing itself for another little heartbreak, as half the members of four-piece Littler prepare to move across the country. It hurts to see them go, especially as they were starting to receive a bit of national attention. Their bubbly brand of Slumberland-soaked twee-punk and emotion sheathed in prickly fuzz will be sorely missed, and I'll be keeping an eye to the western horizon in hopes of their return. The band's last booked show in Philly will be held tonight at Everybody Hits, with a host of avant acts that will add an interesting contrast to Littler’s unabashed pop devotion. Ursula, a recent transplant to Philadelphia and self-proclaimed no-wave band, will open the night with songs that know structure but no tune. Their decidedly unmelodious, repetitive riffs and harsh vocals hang in tattered shreds from steady, plodding beats, seemingly the only orienting component of the music. Palm, another local favorite, will also be performing their incredibly nuanced, arcane, avant-math-pop, which treads the seam between melody and dissonance, while covering more compositional ground within a single song than many bands cover in an entire album. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave, 7pm, $7-$10, All Ages (Photo by Emily Burtner) - Bryce Woodcock


Weekend Warrior, July 22 - 24

Yikes! With temperatures expected to reach the high 90s this weekend, it makes sense to want to stay near an air conditioner or dip your body parts in the ocean. However, for those music-obsessed folks who are a glutton for punishment and good tunes, WXPN’s XPoNential Music Fest is back once again, across the way at the Camden Waterfront. The festival opens this afternoon with two local Philly acts, the ethereal harmonies of Queen of Jeans and songbird Rosemary Fiki, before giving way to national touring favorites like Father John Misty and White Denim. Kurt Vile & the Violators and Ryan Adams and The Shining will be closing out the inaugural day of the event at BB&T Pavilion. Though we are really not digging the scheduling of their noon set slot on Saturday, Kississippi is a good reason to get an early start on a day packed with music, before hiding in the shade in wait for what are sure to be electrifying sets by Gary Clark Jr. and Alabama Shakes. And while Sunday may teeter off from the excitement of the first two days, Eliza Hardy Jones and The Districts will provide you with plenty of beautiful melodies and memories to get you through the upcoming school/workweek. XPonential Music Festival (FRI - SUN), Camden Waterfront/BB&T Pavilion, Various Times (Schedule), Adults $35(w/membership) - $296/Kids $5, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman
 
Other places to be hot this weekend…
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT The End of America, SUN Family Volleyball
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Cheap Dinosaurs, Mage Hand, Glob Jolly/Dweller/Gordon Bombay, Shizz Lo, SAT Major Van Winkle, Suirad Franklin, Simba Amir, Ashoka, Shon Goner/Wassup Gina, SUN No Nothing/Surgeon, Black Urn
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI The Obsessives, The Superweeks
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SUN Only Glory, Please Die
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Upticks, Paper Comets, SAT Jason Magin & Craig James, SUN Secret Nudist Friends, Coping Skills
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Stella and The Voodoo Fish, Matt Cermanski, Wildflower, Winchester Treaty
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Melissa Menago (Album Release)/(Downstairs) Echoes – A Pink Floyd Tribute Band, SAT (Downstairs) Candy Volcano
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Chalk and the Beige Americans, SAT Wasted Theory, Seagrave, SUN Planning For Burial
  
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Wild Rompit, Sat Nicky P
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Mr. Sonny James. Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Seoul Delhi
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Katie Barbato, Daniel Collins, Rev. TJ McGlinchey, The Discount Heroes, Glorious Typing, Dani Mari, SAT Pigment, Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, Brain Candle, Prone to Violence
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Skyline the City
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT The Weekend Riot
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Spicy Meatball, Steve Oakley Band, Gavilan, The Skis
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Broken Arrow (Neil Young Tribute), Cabin Dogs
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Littler, Palm, Ursula
 
Random Tea Room (713 N 4th St.) SUN The Goodbye Party, Tim Woulfe
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Magic Pictures Presents: Actual Pearls, Evil Sword, Gavin Riley Smoke Machine, Pushin' it 2 the Limit
 
Double H Ranch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Shelf Life, Sarah M, Hello Shark
 
The Fryer (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Burgeoning, Second Marriage, A Day Without Love
 

Magic Picture Presents w/Evil Sword, Gavin Riley Smoke Machine & More at the FUC July 22

Tonight, Magic Pictures is conjuring a ritual assembly for us aspiring and practicing occultists at the First Unitarian Church for a celebration of music, spooky shit, and the untold magic of that lurks in the seams of reality. The show, which will supernaturally cram nine bands in the space of four hours, will be a glimpse into Magic Pictures’ conceptual crystal ball, detailing their notions of visual, musical and performance art. All bands were curated with the intent to emphasize their principles of “theatrics, spectacle, and awe,” and create an ideal context for such performances. Among the chosen group of musical conjurers is Philadelphia’s own Evil Sword, whose raggedy, minimalist, cauldron-stirring incantations are an unholy brew of experimental post-punk, literal bells and whistles, deathrock, and paranormal revelation. Kate Ferencz’s vocals move at a harsh recitative pace, punctuated with odd, rhythmic emphasis where inflection replaces melody. Also channeling his magic into the ritual will be Gavin Riley Smoke Machine, whose se set incorporates audio-visual, choose-your-own-adventure-style storytelling to the tune of 80's quasi-futurist synth tones and inventive narratives. Palberta, another cornerstone, noisy, experimental post-punk band, will add their clamor to the celebration with tunes that effectively immolate the entire western pop music canon in an attempt to access something willfully outside, providing an essential experience for comprehending a post-comprehension world. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, $15, All Ages - Bryce Woodcock


New Track: "Needlove" - Needle Points

Boogie-woogie psych outfit Needle Points just threw in its hat for this year's summertime jam. The group's latest single/song title, "Needlove," is rather apropos, considering that's what the band named their fledgling record label earlier this year. Do you need love this Friday morning? We sure do. Come give Mama some sugar. (Photo by Ryan Collerd)

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