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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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Old Maybe Record Release Show at Space 1026 May 28

Oblio, the new album from experimental lo-fi trio Old Maybe, was released yesterday via local label Apollonian Sound, and tonight, they celebrate with a performance at Space 1026. The record jars with its bouts of fits and starts. It rushes at you, then peels off, focusing on the current state of personal affairs, and then sinks into a balance of chaos and funk. Dive into the delightful disorder. Old Maybe will be joined by the similarly-minded, rousing experimentation of Hermit Thrushes, whose new LP Potsherd Gold Meadow is a set of quick-bursting tracks that are loaded with momentary, comforting bells and whistles. A pair of New York-based psych-rock outfits in Jepeto Solutions and Cloud Becomes Your Hand, whom also has a new album, Rest In Fleas, in tow, complete this All Mutable presented billing. Space 1026 (1026 Arch St.), 8pm, $7, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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Weekend Warrior, May 27 - 30

With their third full-length album NERVE (SRA Records) hot and fresh off the press, Philly post-punk trio Psychic Teens is poised to inject this city’s music scene with a nourishing dose of melodic gloom. The new LP continues in the same vein of early 80's goth rock that put them on the radar of many prestigious publications. Down to lead singer Larry Ragone’s deep vocal timbre, the band obviously has a high opinion of the dark and brooding stylings of Bauhaus, but in a modish contemporary twist, they add the fluid textural blend of shoegaze to the instrumentation. You can catch Psychic Teens divvying out the hot rocks this Saturday at Johnny Brenda’s with Vivatape, the new wave noir band from an 80's interpretation of a dystopian future, and Mt. Billions, who walk the line between Wooden Shjips-style psychedelic noise rock and True Widow stoner drone. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave, 8pm, $10, 21+ - Bryce Woodcock

More places to go beat the heat this Memorial Day Weekend...
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, SAT Pink Slip Daddy (Record Release)
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Witch Fist, Swarms/S.T.O.P., The Point Breeze Country Club, SAT The Last Brontosaurus, The Loud Company/Telepathic/Elijvh Vrms, SUN I Try, You Try, Ten Cent Days,
Winchester Treaty/Bardus
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Roof Doctor, Young Sham, Open Wide, Sarah M.
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) SAT RJD2
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Reef The Lost Cauze, Squablz & DJ Ghetto, Swank SixIzzo, SAT Fis Geez, DigiSession, dnaDae, Track Jumpas, FTMG Boys, Wiggz, Beno Ridez, SUN Coronal Mass Ejection
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Ode To Omni, SUN (Upstairs) Driftwood Soldier / (Downstairs) Boy Wonder, Bri Steves, Ben Tinsley, E-Hos, Dante Kennedy, Bridgit Velazquez, Ryn Pascale , Rachael Rota, Sinnia Brown
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Tev Geez, Marc Paradise, SAT (5pm) Todd Fausnacht/(9pm) Deuce Da God, SUN Welter, The Droogettes
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Cheerleader, SAT The Chris Paterno Band, Brian Fitzy
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Travis J And The Rhinestones, Los Calzones, SAT The Cats, Honey Radar, MON Air is Human (Residency)
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN DJ Junior, DJ Lil' Dave
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI The Once Was, Bryant Eugene Vazquez, Jeffrey Weathers, SUN Sophie Coran, George Engel Brooks, Every Heard
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Momma Hankton
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Saint Phoenix, SAT The Groove Merchants, Psychoskunk
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Son Step (Album Release), Minka, Circadian Rhythms, SUN The Lunar Year
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Ben Aire, SAT Spank Rock (DJ Set)
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18h St.) SAT King Azaz, Sour Spirit, SUN Hoser, Curtis Cooper, Cheerbleeders, MON Marge, The Obsessives
 
Space 1026 (1026 Arch St.) SAT Old Maybe (Release Show), Hermit Thrushes
 
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI QQQ
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Sommelier, C. Zombo, Arid Zoner, Sad Hana , Ross
 
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Shelf Life, Oxblood
 
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Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Opening for Heron Oblivion at Boot & Saddle May 27

The soothing, entrapping vocals of former Philly native Meg Baird linger, pulling you through the beautiful haze of San Francisco psych-folk outfit Heron Oblivion. The surrounding instrumentation gently stirs as the vocals waft. Then, the shapes begin to shift, and the heaviness emerges as the musical demons are let out of their confines, unleashing the fury. Tonight, Boot & Saddle hosts a sold-out show, which also features the deep entrenching psych-rock explorations of Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band. Forsyth and company bob and weave through a labyrinth of long-distance riffs and grooves, sending you into a vortex that you’ll happily survey. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8:30pm, $12 (Sold Out), 21+ - Michael Colavita


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