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New Music Video: "Dag'ron" - Great Time

“Dag’ron” is featured on Great Time's Great Album. Its video is a trippy, headspace-wandering simulation. As the lyrics are displayed as a place marker, the setting continuously evolves. Performing on a store shelf, rocketing off into space, exploring a lack of gravity, and as the undercurrent of the song suggests, always dancing, it locks you into that strange, hypnotic get down. Supported by Lauren Scott and Saajtak, Great Time will be performing next in Philly on Saturday, October 27 at Bourbon & Branch.





Gabriel Royal releases “Miss Once in a Blue Moon” LP, plays Joe's Pub on 10.26

Gabriel Royal's sophomore album coheres more around its lyrics than did his debut which centered on the artist's fine-grained cello and smooth soul vocals. Both remain here on Miss Once; yet the overall eclecticism of arrangement and rhythm makes this the more adventurous affair of the two. Lines such as “Ain't gotta worry 'bout the facts” (from “Been a Minute”) and “I always seem to get caught up in troubled times” (from “About You”) echo current media slogans—albeit personalized via Royal's inimitable touch. “Battle Hymn of the Lower East Side,” a doo-wop-meets-Gregorian-chant, closes the LP with an anthem of self-empowerment and escapism (e.g. “When I'm focused I can fly”). Memory looms largest on Miss Once, however, as in songs like “Tough Love,” which begins: “She said remember right now/Wanna always feel this way.” “Degoba,” a title taken from the fictional “Star Wars” home of Jedi/sage Yoda, laments the bygone days “when you were mine.” “Been a Minute,” by turn, looks back more fondly (“Running on the streets through my old town”; “Trippin' on some old times”). Musically-speaking, the strongest numbers here are the ones that feel referential of older genres, such as opener “C Major Prelude,” which recalls early Rufus Wainwright and sixties Van Dyke Parks, or the hip-hop/jazz inflected “Indoors” (featuring beatmaster Matt Young at the mixing board). “Notice” is the best example of Royal's ability to take source material and churn it into something entirely his own. It offers a sprightly rhythm of plucked cello triplets and hand-claps, which the artist then sings over, moving from simple chanted lyrics to full-throated crooning. The eighties-esque chorus “All of the things you say I know they are for real” is both transcendent and thoughtful, and exemplifies an album chock-full of melody, quirkiness, and heart. - Brian Chidester

Gabriel Royal will be performing live at Joe's Pub on October 26th.





New The Vernes LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The Vernes' new full-length album, Maybe I'll Feel Better When I'm Dead, whimsically drifts with a loose, strolling sense of nostalgia. Produced by Joe Michelini (American Trappist, River City Extension), the songs maintain an ease, led by its caught-in-daydream crooning. However, that mesh of heartfelt yet carefree, twinkling lo-fi is capable of morphing and exhibiting a volatility. You can find The Vernes at Boot & Saddle on Thursday, October 11, as part of a lineup that also includes Peach Pit and Sun Seeker. (Photo by Crosby Clouse)





Alt Pop

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Band name: 
San Fermin
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/sanferminband
Venue name: 
Baby's All Right
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Psych Rock

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Band name: 
Dinowalrus
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/dinowalrus
Venue name: 
Baby's All Right
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