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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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Grimace Federation Vinyl Release Party at KFN Aug. 1

The music of Grimace Federation reaching the ears of the masses was never a forethought in its creation. Founded on a self-gratifying need to shift sound with friends, vast musical influences and jam sessions that had no boundaries, the ever-evolving Philly unit has always been armed with an arsenal of multi-layered, hallucinogenic beats. The band is currently set to drop its new EP The Measure In Mixture, via lauded hip-hop label Rhymesayers. The album combines spastic krautrock beats with the grandeur of an Ennio Morricone soundtrack on a Boards of Canada sonic landscape, and features superbly badass, bass-heavy remixes from Aesop Rock. Grimace Federation is celebrating its release on vinyl this evening at Kung Fu Necktie, and will be joined by Beard-o-Bees (the solo project from Lotus’s Jesse Miller), the debut of doom-psych outfit Colma, and more. There will also be all-you-can-eat pizza to help soak up all the alcohol and drugs that you’ll consume tonight - NIIIIICE! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 9pm, $5, 21+ - Q.D. Tran


Seismic Thrust Tape Release Show at Venue Boy Aug. 1

Seismic Thrust generates a potent mixture of sound with their new EP Be Cool, which will be available on cassette, via King Pizza Records, this evening at Venue Boy. The band delivers that thick, sludgy, engulfing cloud of haze as snarling bass and residual-ringing guitar are cooled and mellowed by vocals, which are unearthed from a guttural place and still stretched in a soothing manner. It’s grungy, smoke-filled psych with a crisp fresh percussive snap and a lingering jangle that peers through to the other side. Tonight, Seismic Thrust begins a nine-date run with New York psych-punk quartet Chimes, who blends alluring vocals and instrumental raw force. The sincere, emotively-exposed songs of Pill Friends kick of the evening. Venue Boy, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, Donation, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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August 2015
LOUDS
"If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art
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With their debut EP If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art, LOUDS hits the nail on the head with its appealing out of the gates energy. Released via Color Theory Records, the Brett Boucher-produced EP instantly grabs a hold of the body’s desire to let loose. 
 
The group leads with its best foot forward with its debut single and album opener, “Ways.” The standout track has a warm, vamping synth and those dare-you-to-keep-your-hands-still claps, which are melded with the sugary, chiptune sonic blasts. That bubbly, dance-inspiring vibe is cut through and juxtaposed by lyrics that form the picture of a hot and cold relationship. “The love you’ve known sailed from you one evening, months have gone now you don’t feel the same.”
 
Wisps of light guitar, keys, and gentle percussion converge in the narrative of  “Lying in the Middle” with its upbeat Paul Simon-Graceland vibes. The rolling hills that are ready to break out with exasperations chronicling the fickle courtship. “It’s the wrong way to approach it, but I know that your heartaches after months of feeling kind of confused. One day I’ll be lying in the middle with you.” The song concludes whimsically with Beatles-esque harmonies:  “My arms are tired, I’m half awake, but finally there with you.”
 
From the alarm bell, to the to the approaching bass and organ tone leading into those sinister strings, anticipation rapidly builds in “Driving Us Together.”Once again, the band dives into the complexity of relationships. Amid that layered fluid instrumentation, which creeps and momentarily bursts, underlies a sincere thought: “I’ve been trying to forget you but I don’t know how. Driving us together don’t erase your doubt.” The song simplifies down to a strumming guitar as echoes of “goodbye” come through before meeting up with the heartbroken chorus.
 
Strumming sets off into the echo of menacing tumbling keys in the chest-thumping, never-tell tale “It Takes Two.” “We’re alone in your best friend’s basement. You’re the one who brought me down... As we talking my hearts raising, I hope you don’t figure out” leading into the smoothed chorus: “Cause everybody knows it takes two…” That weaving in and out creates a lively yet personal sense.
 
If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art threads a layered vibrant in-motion musicality with a relatable multifaceted tug and pull aspect of intimacy, zooming in on all sides while never sitting still. The EP is an impressive debut from the fledgling electropop outfit that ends way sooner than you’d like it to conclude. - Michael Colavita

Weekend Warrior, July 31 - August 2

Once again, NoLibs’s 2nd Street will be mobbed this Sunday for Philly’s annual 2nd Street Festival, the city’s biggest block party. There will be two stages of live music, featuring local talent such as The Extraordinaires, Dogs on Acid, LOUDS, Tutlie, Tin Horses, Satellite Hearts, and many others. (Check out the schedule of performances HERE!) The streets will also be filled with food stands/carts, beer gardens, art, workshops, and craft vendors. Start working on that excuse for why you’ll be late or won’t be able to make it in on Monday! 2nd Street Festival, N. 2nd St. (between Germantown & Green Sts.), 12pm-10pm, Free, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

 
Other places to party down this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI St. James and The Apostles (Five Year Anniversary), Mark Lanky & his band, Sad Actor, SAT Grubby Little Hands, The Orange Drop, Man Illuminated, Murmuration
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Roof Doctor
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Momma Hankston, The Plums/Fenris/DJ Sean Hearn, SAT Humanshapes, Address/Grimace Federation (Record Release), Beard o Bees, Colma, Crouse, SUN Salems Outlaws/Whaler (Cassette Release)
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Sheer Mag
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Dean Ween Group
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI WIDE: DJ Coolout, Yolo Ono, SAT (Black Box) Satellite Hearts
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) This is Infinity, SAT Lainey Quinn, 10 Cent Days, Spoken Life, SUN (Balcony) Behind Deadlines, Girl From English
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Box of Rain, Pure Jerry
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN (Upstairs) Katelyn Jae
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Stammer (CD Release), Mock Suns, Blood Sound, SAT (4:30pm) Final Showcase, Upstream Color, The Phosphenes, Everything I Lack/(9pm) Thorazine, The Workhorse III, SUN Del Sur
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Lets Get Furious at Cancer (Benefit Show) Kingsnake, Hellblock 6, Cheerbleeders SAT August John Lutz II
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Adalie, Skyline the City, SAT Rosali
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Pool of Thorns, The Unwarranted, The Droogettes, SAT The Escape (CD Release), Night Trip, Nobody Yet
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Vikter Duplaix, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Starkey, Dev70, Noah Breakfast
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) Sat Will Paynter
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI New Pony, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Kate Says, Knightlife, Red Letter Life, Jonathan Monument, SAT (12pm) Thought Patterns, Baby Blitz/(8pm) Bill Bradford, Atomic Sky
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Dark Lo, DJ Geez
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Thief, Steal Me A Peach, Hopscotch Jefferson, SAT Undergun, RFA
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Thanks2U, Last Full Measure, Our Fair City, SAT Keely Sibilia, Nicky P, Adam Travis & The Soul
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James, SUN (2pm) DJ Jugo w/percussionist Josh Robinson /(9:30pm) DJ Royale
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) Illvibe Collective, Rich Medina, SAT DJ Francisco Collazo
 
XO Lounge (1439 South Street) SAT My Dog Bill
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) SAT Spent Flesh, Kids
 
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT King Azaz, Crime Hands, Girl Dog, Matt Holden
 
Berks 14A (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Aphra, IIl Faut
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Lost Ships, Sadhana, Dmnq Lndn
 
Baker Bowl (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Three Man Cannon, Krispy Kareem
 
Cha-Cha’razzi (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI NAH, Soul Glo, Grower
 
Kat Frat (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Anomie, Littler
 
Venue Boy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Seismic Thrust (Tape Release), Pill Friends
 

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