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Drone Ranger

New Drone Ranger LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Psych rockers Drone Ranger recently dropped their long-awaited first full-length album entitled Mutant Maze. The interstellar sonic journey was recorded by Michael Johnson (Ape School) and the band's Mac Kennedy with mixing done by frontman Bill Fries. The next Philly show on the group's calendar is schedule for Wednesday, May 13 when they headline Johnny Brenda's.


A Touch of Wisdom From Laser Background at JB's March 7

With a forthcoming LP Correct already sitting in the can, Laser Background released a new EP Kelly Wisdom earlier this week. The album, whose recording was split between Lake Balaton, Hungary and a cabin in rural Pennsylvania, retains Andy Molholt’s slightly ajar, candy-coated, psych-experiencing sound, implementing synth and drum machine with his distinct, quirky, higher pitched vocals. However, these songs also touch on an internal searching/reflection, anchored beneath that dreamy spider web of instrumentation. This lineup runs deep including the four-piece ensemble of Myrrias, whom take synth-fueled dream pop and augment it with dark, jagged edges, creating hypnotic layers of brooding in the process. Drone Ranger develops a thick, hazy psychedelic atmosphere, inviting your mind to temporarily explore uncharted territory that is guided by a hard-rocking hand. The inventive yet pop sensible tunes of New York’s Zula complete a billing that asks you to reach out without pushing too hard. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

Ecstatic Vision Opening for Creepoid at Underground Arts Oct. 23

If the idea of heart-pounding, trance-inducing, raucous rock that temporarily encases listeners in an alternative sonic dimension is the remedy you’ve been looking for, Ecstatic Vision is serving it up at Underground Arts tonight. The band recently signed to Relapse Records, and has plans for releasing its debut early next year. With extended, heavy vibes filled with sweaty fuzzed guitars, relentless backend and scorcher-inspired vocals, be prepared to be sucked in. However, you’ll want to be at UA all night anyway with a lineup that includes the soothing cosmic navigation of neo-psych outfit Drone Ranger, whom are consistently changing speeds as they traverse farther out. Then, there’s Ruby The Hatchet, whose rough-edge 70’s hard rock sound, isn’t so much a throw back but rather a timeless tradition with its interlocked thick, rolling groove and guitar lines that take that step ahead, letting the flames emerge bigger, all while Jillian Taylor’s vocals provide a calming fervor. All this will set the stage for the earthy noise-rock of Creepoid that seeps into your pores and finds a home there. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

Mash Bash Philly w/Banned Books, Needle Points, Drone Ranger & Delicate Steve at Underground Arts Oct. 4

Tonight, Bonfire and Brooklyn Brewery present a FREE evening of music featuring a foursome of bands that push sonic boundaries in a fun exciting manner. Noise rock with delightful illuminating pop bursts, providing various evolving textures conjoining odd ends together in a manner that has one’s ears on a high–alert and maintains an accessible path, this is the mode of Banned Books. With a fresh 7” Cripple Street due out via PaperCup Music next week and a full-length album on the way, Needle Points is a band that you want to keep on your radar. The group has a knack for nestling a down-home, bass-thumping groove smack dab in the middle of their unfiltered psych-rock journey, swaying you into submission with thick raunchy guitar riffs that naturally extend the threshold and vocals that etch out a pathway to the space boogie. While your on the intergalactic trail, Drone Ranger weaves in and out of the cosmic with moments of acceleration amid relaxing lower end lulls of relaxing cruise-control jams. Headlining the show with a premium blend of experimental tasty guitar notes and ironed pop sensibility will be Deli NYC favorite Delicate Steve. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, FREE, 21+ - Michael Colavita

The Orange Drop Will Get You (High) at MilkBoy Philly Sept. 12

Tonight, MilkBoy Philly will be a psych-rock-fueled intuition, as a pair of local acts specializing in the comforting drifting airs will lead the hazy charge. Last month’s Featured Artist(s) Poll Winners, The Orange Drop, seep into your ears placing an accessible comforting fog, supported through searing drone guitar with a backend propelled heartbeat that peaks through the clouds, creating a fluidly absorbing sound. Developing a tripped-out, astral, noise-psych combination through soothing steady-handed synth–guitar interplay navigating the cosmos will be fellow up-and-comers, Drone Ranger. They'll be opening for Canadian Hindie-rockers, Elephant Stone, incorporating the eastern toned sitar into a perpetual groove. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., $12, 8:30pm, 21+ - Michael Colavita


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