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Alt Rock

Abbot Kinney Shares Bill with Panic Is Perfect Dangermaker and Vacances at GAMH - 8/20

San Francisco based musician, Abbot Kinney will be playing Great American Music Hall with Panic is Perfect, Dangermaker, and Vacances on August 20th!

Abbot Kinney is a rock band that thrives on big vocal hooks, a heavy, intricate rhythm section and an ambitiously grand scope, and while lead singer-songwriter Jared Swanson was certainly influenced by the “alternative” label of yesterday, his music wholly belongs to the 21st century. The group’s new EP The Night not only challenges the listener’s conception of what an indie rock song can sound like in a scaled-down, irony-charged modern music scene; it also represents a sonic evolutionary step forward.

New Music Video: "Deep End" - Whaler

Whether they're playfully performing beside or behind the house whilst consuming pizza or awkwardly dancing on the porch after a few brewskis, Whaler’s video for for their single, “Deep End,” captures a day fun in what looks to be West Philly. Weaving in bits of animation, director Jess Hock emphasizes the dance-generating, ebb & flow of the friendly-feeling rocker. You can take in the joyous sounds of the four-piece tomorrow night at Creep Records with The Mellowells, Ganou, and Dirty Jim.

Deep End by Whaler from Jess Hock


Hodera kicks off Northeast tour at Aviv tonight (08.17)

Much like many great New Jersey artists before them, Hodera craft highly personal and relatable songs that maintain a casual tone. Similarly to artists like Brand New and La Dispute, their debut album United By Birdcalls evokes the mood of emo and pop-punk, but steers clear of unnecessary drama (and unbereable whiny vocals!): the band's intimate stories are told with sincerity. The project is led by Michael Smith, who wrote most of the record on his first guitar in a small room while dealing with bouts of depression. Much of the instrumantion projects a calm atmosphere, while the lyrics give the listener a look inside of Smith’s head and his quest to get rid of his negative thoughts. Tracks like “Dear Forefathers” and “No, I’m Not” slow things down on the LP’s second half by capturing a more melancholy and stripped down vibe. Hodera will be kicking off their Northeast tour with sports. and Terrraveer tonight (August 17th) at Aviv! - John Honan


New Wives Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Wive, the latest release from Wives, smolders with an uninhibited confessional monologue meets a foreboding thunderous musicality. Those raw exposed emotive vocals gather steam against the consistent grunge/noise attack, in essence flipping that fragile sense of openness into a feeling of power. The relentless surge is the natural shot of adrenaline one could use midweek.

Plainclothes play O'Brien's Pub tonight (8.16)!

Plainclothes play a brief, fast paced brand of emo/punk that’s reminiscent of emo staples American Football and modern punk contemporaries Joyce Manor. The three-piece employs the use of intricate math inspired guitar parts on their debut album Dog Logic, which was released last year on Counter Intuitive Records. Its lyrics are a mature and honest look into their young lives, while analyzing the moments that helped shape them during their formative years. Plainclothes waste no time on the 18 minute record, packing songs less than two minutes long with intelligent reflections and references to philosophers such as Immanuel Kant. The Boston-based act play O’Brien’s pub tonight (8.16)! - John Honan


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