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February 2015
The Harmaleighs
""Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush"
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College pals  Haley Grant and  Kaylee Jasperson bonded over shared musical tastes as students at Belmont University, . They were both also familiar with the hardships possessing the voices of angels; it was inevitable that a musical project would come of the union. The Harmaleighs formed in 2013, and the two proceeded to develop their sound, learning how to filter their shared experiences through an Americana sieve, until every heartbreak and setback sounded as though it occurred decades ago somewhere in the Appalachians.

 

The Harmaleigh's debut album, "Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush" will be released February 3rd. It covers the gauntlet of relationships that a young adult can encounter: partners, friends, hometowns. It also showcases the pair as the crackerjack musicians that they are. The same razor-sharp tightness that makes bluegrass so satisfying to hear is present in the entire album. Everything rings out as clear as a bell, and nothing is overdone or unnecessary. The girls have a healthy respect for the traditional, and can whip out a down-home rhythm as easily as a teenaged missive on heartbreak.  

 

Speaking of teenaged missives, a delicate balance is at work here. There are moments that the pair hit Watson Twin-levels of harmonies (like the ghostly intro of opening track "Hesitate") and there are times they turn right around with something more juvenille like "Got fired for dropping a glass of wine/ screw it I'm running out of time," in their recent single, "I Keep Ticking On." There's alot that can go wrong: their music acoustic guitar driven, with some lap steel and banjo thrown in, and they have a propensity to break into foot-stomping jags that recall the receding arena-folk wave. But it doesn’t matter. They’re so good, by grace of their conviction and clarity, that I’d probably be sucking this album down and singing along even if I were a 50-year-old truck driver.

 

That's the appeal of "Pretty Picture..." The album concentrates being young and new into something potent and delivers it with a little bit of sass; that's a combination capable of crossing quite a few boundaries. It's the emotional equivalent of four seasons of summer camp, thirty friendship bracelets, or ten viewings of "Milo and Otis." This album is bound to strike a chord within the most jaded of bastards. Keep up with The Harmaleighs at their website www.theharmaleighs.com


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Weekend Warrior, March 27 - 29

Heavy shoegaze quartet Nothing returns to Philly this evening at Underground Arts. The band has been on a nearly month-long tour obliterating music venues with noisy Miami stoner metal provocateurs Torche and Spanish black metal crew Wrong. Hopefully this time home will be a good chance for Nothing to work on the follow-up to last year’s beloved breakout album Guilty of Everything (Relapse). Come out, and celebrate the boys surviving another journey! Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $18, 21+ - Alexis V.
 
More places to rock this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Belgrade
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI You You Dark Forest, SUN Dying
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Gondola, Beer Breakfast Dungeness Crab/Dogs on Acid, Clique/Flyherder, SAT (3pm) The Virus, Anti-Suburbians, Glory Dole/Disco Machine Gun/Good Company, SUN Fight Amp, The Company Corvette
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Nothing
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Creem Circus (CD Release), Jukebox Zeroes, Souldiers of Soul, Candy Volcano, SAT Foreverinmotion, Wild North, SUN Todd Fausnacht, Spelling Reform
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN (Balcony) Cute Girl From English, The Phonies, Electric Who?
 
TLA (334 South St.) SUN Motionless in White
 
Tower Theater (69th & Ludlow, Upper Darby, PA) FRI The War on Drugs
 
Franky Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Northern Arms
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.)  FRI (Upstairs) Come + Talk 2 Me: A Soulidified Tribute
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Jesus’ Older Brother, HighKick, The Wondershop Showdown, SAT Dirty Soap Blues Band, SUN RAD Benefit Concert: Pat (From Spraynard), Brian (From Victory In Numbers)
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Mock Suns, SAT Foxtrot and the Get Down, Lou, Big Terrible, SUN The Yetis, Little Strike
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Davey and The Chains, A Locomotive, SAT The Improbables, SUN Husky Bundles, St. James & The Apostles
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Poor Yorick, A Victim Of Good Times, SAT Railroad Fever, Johnny Miles
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Blair Bodine, Victoria Spaeth, Rachel Eve
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Mr. Charlie, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Uphevil, Scars Like These, Graces Downfall/Soraia, The Quixote Project, Megan Knight, SAT Moka , Paulette Branson & Mixed People, Garnika/Eric Reavey, Angela Burns, Taylor Ash, SUN (2pm) Bluebond Kids/Infused Miscreation, Lightning Arms
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI The Late Greats, Warbirds, Lamme, SAT Radio Eris, SUN Solus Rex, Magnificent Birds of Prey, Inconsiderate Bastards
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT First of Autumn, The Casual, Under This Fire, Rasan Allbritton, Memories of March
 
XO Lounge (1437 South St.) FRI Blue Coal, Generation Empty, Shithawks
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Justin Phillippi, Gavilán, Jahwula, SAT The Beta Phase, Stellar Belly, The Good Mess, Grand Strangers
 
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Billy Mungus Big Band, SAT David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket, SUN Psych-A-Billy, Goose Creek Pioneers, Lovers League, Black Horse Motel
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SUN Legs Like Tree Trunks, Robins
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT DRGN King, Dream Safari, Hello Shark
 
Creep Record (1050 N. Hancock St., Suite 76) FRI Seeing Snakes, Evening River Band, Mt. Billions, The Cats
 
Baker Bowl (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Christopher Walking, Tribute, Languid Pennsylvania, Frontyards
 
Mile High House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Snoozer, Pill Friends, Buster
 
Lavender Town (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Ghost Gum, The Retinas, SAT Mumblr, Marietta, Fake Boyfriend, Blue Smiley
 
Red Barns (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Repellers, Incisor
 
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Dridge, The Brood
 
Motel Hell (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Boroughs, +HIRS+, Knife Hits, Constraint
 
Mihouse  (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Uncle/Father Oscar, Second Marriage
 
2nd Empire  (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Dronez
 
LAVA Space  (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Trophy Wife, Moor Mother Goddess, Rasheedah Phillips
 
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Whoosy Daisy
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Mt. Billions on the Verge of Eruption at Creep Records March 27

Mt. Billions builds up like a volcano on the verge of eruption. Gradually churning swells of ominous tone with earth rattling pulses of bass reinforced by advancing percussion and guitars that distortedly ring through like sirens, and the vocals offer distressing echoes amid the impending disaster, developing a potent enveloping atmosphere that surrounds you in a layer of smoke unable to see the path, while using the slivers of guitar to cut through the haze and the bass lines as a homing device. Tonight, Mt. Billions is featured on a free billing, which also includes the steep sprinting pop-punk charge of Seeing Snakes. Evening River Band casts dense grey clouds overhead with their downtrodden folk that manifests serious storms lay ahead as electric guitar buzzes like lightning and backend rumbles. Lo-fi punk rockers The Cats' simple stampeding sound brings a transferable energy you’ll naturally consume, completing the lineup. Creep Records, 1050 N. Hancock St., Suite 76, 7pm, Free, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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New Track: "Nothing Weird" - Thin Lips

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New Track: "Sucks Either Way" - Spill

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