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In the Cut: Jo Kusy

For over a decade, Jo Kusy has been crafting dreamy, lo-fi recordings. Since 2009 his output has only increased, but his focus on refining his bedroom sound is fully apparent. While earlier material sounds, at times, like sketches and demos of ideas, on You Break Me, Kusy’s newest effort, he has polished his songs just enough, while still maintaining his homespun charm. And while continually writing for his own project, he has also been part of a pack. Most recently, Kusy has been performing with garage-rock outfit The Whips. Previous to that, he played guitar in the much darker psych-goth group Far-Out Fangtooth; however, when Nicky Kulp left the group to join Creepoid, this gave Kusy more time to focus on his own music, and You Break Me shows off his dexterity - both as a musician and vocalist. It is a fun album evoking Ariel Pink and hazy 80’s new wave, while exploring all the corners of Kusy’s mind. We had a chance to chat with the multi-talented artist about the recording of You Break Me (The Deli Philly’s February Record of the Month), his past and current bands, and a whole bunch more HERE.

 
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Hop Along & Dr. Dog Return Home at The Fillmore March 17

Touring compatriots, Hop Along and Dr. Dog, return home tonight for the evening to perform at The Fillmore. The Psychedelic Swamp continues with Dr. Dog’s psych-pop rock trek, lacing infectious harmonies with reinforced surf-textured tunes to ease you into an undeniable groove. This crew peppers its songs with elements of oddity, in an accessible rejoicing art-pop manner. Further fueling the home cooking for the evening, the quartet of Hop Along balance memorable storytelling with raw yet refined instrumentation that sinks into the cut, breaking loose when the moment is just right ,as the gut-shorn ferocity of Frances Quinlan’s vocals catapult forward. They’re constantly on the move, so let'ss welcome them home. The Fillmore Philadelphia, 1000 Frankford Ave., $32, All Ages (Hop Along Photo by Ryan Muir) - Michael Colavita





New Track: "Soul Kiss (For Allies To Be)" - The Interest Group

Interlocking bass and guitar dance ahead, developing a streamlined search-party sound on The Interest Group’s new single, “Soul Kiss (For Allies To Be). Punctuated by pummeling percussion, the wafting vocal harmonies combine with Marissa Lesnick’s ethereal lead vocals to alleviate the instrumental tension. While the pressure seemingly diffuses as the song concludes, its psych-pop draw of intensity/ease will certainly leave a lasting impression.





Austin Icon Shmu Releases New Trippy Lo-Fi Video for "Diamonds"

As you all bandy your drunken, foot-weary selves between the various and endle shows of the international fuckfest of music that is South By, take a sec here and put your Austin eyeballs upon something good and local for (hopefully not) once during this festival. There are few acts that I as an Austin music lover can think of personally that are as appropriate to pump during SXSW than Shmu, who has just released a new music video for track “Diamonds” that’s as candid as it is endearing as it is trippy.

Playing his own brand of wildly psychedelic hyperpop, and as half of the iconic Austin act Zorch, Shmu aka Sam Chown is responsible for both some of the city’s most interesting and weird (while being very structured and thought out) music in the last decade, not to mention having a hand in GTZ Records as well as one of Austin’s best underground venues in the Museum of Human Achievement.

“Diamonds” comes to us from Shmu’s gleeful and bright Shhh!!!! album from late 2015, and it’s a track that embodies the heavily layered guitar and hard matte drums sound that Sam is known for, though it’s actually pretty understated (in a nice way) for a Shmu track. The video is very anti-typical, very anti-SXSW band in fact, being a heavily cut-up and visually warped series of live clips, both from the man’s shows and his wanderings around (mostly in what looks like New Orleans). Zorch SXSW parties have been infamous for years for being where the true blue weirdos and corporate-ditching music fans went to get outright rowdy as a ferret tripping in a ball pit, so to drop this video so close to our city’s most capitalistic of holidays seems quite appropriate.

Take a listen and a look below, and if you can ever make it to any show Shmu or Zorch-related, make sure you do just that with your local-lovin’ ass.

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New Prime Homeless Time EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Dead Fuck, the freshly released EP from Prime Homeless Time, may unlock the mid-week reboot we sometimes require. The album is full of blown-out experimental rockers so submerge your conscious in the undeniable static haze, with its weathered sense of intimacy. It will wear down your defenses, seeping into your system.

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