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Vision Arcade Lay Down Southern Feel-Good Rock Riffs

 A psych inspired quartet that doesn't mind embracing a Southern styled grit, Vision Arcade channels a blend of Audioslave, the Black Keys and Rival Sons. The young rock group has already scored shows at venues such as the Mohawk, Come and Take It Live!, and Emos but the release of their debut single "Afterglow", soon to be accompanied by a music video, will continue to raise their profile. The band purveys 70's influenced alt-rock with bluesy undertones and the four piece consisting of Max Robison, Rory Kendall, Connor Torres and Evan Brock are on a steady track to a larger fan base.


 

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New Chris Forsyth Double LP Available for Streaming

Ahead of its official release on April 12 via No Quarter, All Time Present, the new album from Chris Forsyth, is available for streaming, courtesy of NPR's First Listen. Setting sail on an adventurous path, a reeled-in, ruminating, atmosphere juxtaposes the searing, soaring, psych-rock peaks with pensive, instrumental valleys. A mythical, sonic story evolves over the long haul. Jerry’s on Front will be hosting a pair of record release shows on April 27 and 28 (the first of which is sold out), with the latter being supported by Cold Hands.





Sharkmuffin share single "Serpentina," play Alphaville on 4/5

Garage rockers Sharkmuffin will release their latest EP “Gamma Gardening” on April 5th via Exploding In Sound Records. The five track's depict an outlandish sci-fi rock opera centered around a character named Serpentina who is pursued by The Atomic Gardening Society. EP opener “Receptionist” sets the sonic tone for the entire record with its loose, live-in-the-studio vibe. Overall, the songs are built around an angular bass-lines, a loose, busy hi-hat, chunky guitar chords and Tarra Thiessen's trademark caterwauling vocal style. “Designer Baby” drops down into a more sinister, echo-heavy tone breaking off into multiple tempos and b-movie-stylke outerspace effects. Current single “Serpentina” (streaming below) chugs along via Jordyn Blakely's syncopated percussion, pitch-bended guitar strokes and Natalie Kirch's rubbery bassline. “Too Many Knobs” is an over six minute raveup that sounds like Fun House-era Stooges. Final track “Fate” (their first single) brings things back to earth with a strolling, guitar-heavy love-tinged theme. The band will play their EP release show at Alphaville on 4/5 with Haybaby, CATTY and Gustaf. -Dave Cromwell





The Deli Philly’s April Record of the Month: Nothing Feels Beautiful Anymore - The Madalean Gauze Band

A gust of wind ushers in “27 Stones,” as it eerily declares, “Poor little girl, you are in a world and no one knows your name.” Then, the gentle strums of acoustic guitar and keys intertwine to brighten the mood, and a mission statement and a motif of dissatisfying reality vs. a fantastical ideal is established. “I want to feel anything that’s real” is countered by the cutting chorus of “Nothing feels beautiful anymore,” before the longing of “I wish I could find the place, where all the things you love, you could hear them call you…” is revealed. A gradual momentum is built as the narrative of falling off course due to selfish desires unfurls. Clarity comes through over the course of a pensive climb, introducing us to The Madalean Gauze Band’s enchanting new LP Nothing Feels Beautiful Anymore.

It is followed by a menacing instrumental tone that sets the scene for “This One’s For You”. The swirl of tension creates a head trip as the vocals encircle in a chaotic, mesmerizing twist, before “Hotel Room” shifts gears, recalling the moments of falling in love in New York. The guitar sets out striding in accompaniment of the single in a singular, intimate manner. The recording serves as an admission of one’s true belief/desire. “Loneliness is safe, but a love will keep you going strong.”

“Welcome to the Party” greets us with its bewitching tones, requesting Madalean to “free yourself from the darkness,” as an ominous bell toll is cast against the proceeding, sunny vocals. “Life is a journey full of heavy demons” – the search for meaning in one’s life continues, before “Spooky Voodoo” spirals downward like a rumbling, runaway locomotive. The album’s title/sentiment is reiterated in an interlude of sorts and during the firestorm of “HAHA!” The song taps into destiny through a dream-like imagery and suggestive fall from grace: “You’re not the most beautiful anymore.” It toes the line between aggression and playfulness.

With “Talking,” there is a temporary reprieve, checking in on the listener. Foreshadowing the next track with the line: “Love, it shouldn’t be so hard.” “More Than You’ll Ever Know” has a strolling, percussive-guitar, one-two punch. Suggesting a sense of loss and loneliness – “things could be different, but they’re gone,” – a bouncy yet melancholy atmosphere filters through; the disappoint over revealing one’s genuine self and not being accepted is counterbalanced by a hopeful observation: “I want to believe in something that’s bigger than what I live in…”

“Electric Moment” seems to acknowledge an optimistic, personal outlook whilst taking ownership of one’s emotions, as acoustic guitar and angelic background vocals create a bare but bright aura. The aptly titled “The End” goes full circle, reinforcing its lyrical purpose in coda form. Nothing Feels Beautiful Anymore pages through a personal scrapbook of recent memories and relationships. Its ups and downs are viewed through a captivating psych lens, providing us with a kaleidoscope of wondrous sonics to enjoy. – Michael Colavita





Weekend Warrior, March 29 - 31

Light up, and head on out to High Reeper’s record release this Sunday at Johnny Brenda’s. The local ensemble fearlessly dives head first into multiple chasms of the metal genre, while keeping true to its stoner roots and retro 70’s aesthetic. The quintet’s riff-tastic LP is a fine example of why Philly's underground sounds can't be put in a box. High Reeper will also be joined at the beloved Fishtown watering hole by celestial beings Green Meteor and NYC hard rockers Mick’s Jaguar. So feel free to bang your head, and let those locks/freak flags fly! – Alexis V.

Other places where you can rock or not this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Clap Back - Benefiting Small But Mighty Arts: Rieko Copeland, SUN High Reeper (Record Release), Green Meteor

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Baker Man (Record Release), Mesmeric Haze, Aspect Ratio, SUN Augusta Koch 

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Gringo Motel, The Rectors/Shake It Off: Taylor & Friends Dance Party, SAT HIPS, DJ Lean Wit It

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI RFA, Secret American, Ali Awan

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) SAT Brainrack

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT The Pogos, Floaters, Voodoo Death Cult, Standard Bearer, SUN Man Like Machine, Timelost

TLA (334 South St.) SUN Lee Mazin, Bry Greatah

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI DJ Diamond Kuts, Lee Mazin, Bri Steves, Summer Valentine, Wyo Chi, Mamba Cinco

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI DJ Kaz: Drop It Like It's Hot

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Reverend TJ McGlinchey, Mason Porter, Christopher Davis-Shannon, Alec Stewart/(Downstairs) Marah, John Train, SAT New Sound Brass band, Scantron,The Dull Blue Lights 

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Jaxy & the Three 57s, SAT Drums Like Machine Guns, Aggressive Trial Attorney, Paradise Gardens, Night Terrors, SUN Broad Cast, The Zheroes/Slokey (EP Release), 3hibachi, BK Friendly, Mr.Hideyoshi, Toadofsky, Magnetic The Shaman

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI S.R. Frost (Record Release), SAT Goddamnit

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Crozet, XXIIIXIX/November Lounge, Det Cart Sid, The Third Arrangement, SAT Mirrorsigns

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Rich Medina, SAT DJ Deejay

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Bill Guy and The Essentials (EP Release), Referee, Puppy Angst, SAT American Dinosaur, Lady HD, Stonewall Vessels, SUN Christian Real Keez, Tori Seven

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Hannah Taylor and the Rekardo Lee Trio, Transistor Rodeo, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Only on Weekends, Wolves Can't Dance, SAT Raw Street Cabaret 

The Tusk (430 South St.) SAT GHOUL B.C., Night Mission

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI The Age Of Truth, Thunderbird Divine, Ritual Earth, Grey C.E.L.L., SAT Tartarus Horde, Stopping Power, Hallucinogenic Bulb

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) SAT Hot Damn, SUN Necrosexual, Rockers Galore

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Darlingtyn, Briz & the Revival, SAT Viewing Party, Chaos Theory, Minerva

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Big Mind, Crucial, Solomonic Sound System, SAT Breakwater

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Murayama, Overwinter, Expansion Project, SAT SteveO & The Crippling Addictions, Lost Boys Lottery, SUN Gloves Off, World Below, Snake Charmer

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Rebecca Zimmerman (Album Release), Canine 10, Stereotytans, Drew Arden, SUN all boy/all girl, Phoebe Fm

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Medusa's Disco, SAT Full Bush, Dweller

Warehouse on Watts (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT DJ Everyday, Rob Paine & Francisco Collazo

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