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Avant-Pop artist Arthur Moon Releases New Single 'Standing Wave'

Queer pop artist Arthur Moon possesses a rare ability to take contrasting voices and pull them forcibly into close conversation. Her last single 'Wait a Minute' exposed hidden relationships found in otherwise opposed historical events. The video juxtaposed footage from old Dyke and Pride Marches with mid-century advertising tropes, producing a jolting experience where the viewer is left wondering what, if anything, do these two dominant cultural forces have in common. In less capable hands, this level of ambition might come up short on results, but Moon works as an alchemist with her sources.

In her latest single 'Standing Wave,' she continues this sorcery with even more directness. The track is supported by an off kilter groove undergirding a strong and alternately soothing melodic contour, working as a defibrillator that delivers sudden jolts to keep your heart beating in rhythm. Listen to both singles below. - Mike Levine (@goldnuggets)





Fantastic Plastic: Cities on Fire

Fantastic Plastic just released their first full-length album, Cities on Fire. Full of insatiable anger and bitter irony, Cities on Fire is a great catharsis for the shit show that is 2018 America. Songs “Parasites” and “Guilt Plea” have an incredibly tense, claustrophobic tone. You can feel your muscles instinctively clenching as you listen. Luckily, Cities on Fire also provides a great outlet for all that built up stress. Stylistically, the album is reminiscent of The Cramps and early Siouxsie Sioux. The vocals and lyrics run wild with their anxieties. Each song throws both the band and the audience into frenetic, chaotic movements. The guitar playing provides a nice balance to this chaos. The wavy, loose chords guide the audience through each song. They never lose their purpose and provide a nice sense of stability.

You can catch Fantastic Plastic at the Firkin Tavern September 21st, along with Retirement and Hollow Sidewalks

 

  -By Avril Carrillo





Weekend Warrior, August 24 - 26

At Work,  (Stupid Bag Records/ Drunken Sailor Records) the latest album from Dark Thoughts unleash a blistering, melodic-punk euphoria on their latest album, At Work (Stupid Bag Records/Drunken Sailor Records). The trio forges a forthright, raucous atmosphere – one that  speaks to listeners in a direct, immediate way. It’s a let-loose, launch-into-a-song, hard & fast, sweaty kind of record. It’s a heartfelt, hook-rich release. Tonight at First Unitarian Church, the band will be opening for supercharged shredding of Impalers, the steely snarl of riff-riding locals Grave Turner, and Sedation (who are performing live for only their second time).

BTW: There are numerous landing spots on the musical map in Philly this weekend. Fresh off a run of dates with Hop Along, Thin Lips (and Slaughter Beach, Dog) are making a quick home visit for a sold-out show this Saturday at PhilaMOCA. New release from American Trappist (at Boot & Saddle), Jesus Piece (at Ortlieb’s), and Nothing (Dance on the Blacktop Block Party) will also be echoing through the city’s streets. And of course, freak-folksters Espers triumphantly return to Philly at Union Transfer. So get out, and find your place to be. – Michael Colavita

A shitload of places to hit this weekend…

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Dark Thoughts (LP Release Show), Grave Turner, Sedation

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Point Breeze Country Club, SAT Cosmo Baker, Mike Nyce 

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Shane Henderson, June Divided, Saver, SAT American Trappist, The Vernes, Carroll

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Ali Awan, Love? Said the Commander/DJSC, SAT Grimace Federation / Fame Lust

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Cabana Wear, SAT Slaughter Beach, Dog, Thin Lips, SUN Goodnight/Goodluck, The Bad Larrys, AllegrA

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Troi Lauren, Noel Scales, Devin Farrell, SAT Straw Hats, Lester, Gender Work

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Espers

TLA (334 South St.) SAT Reco Havoc, Ronny Alright, WALLO267

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Midlife Crisis, Hotbed, Mattress Food, Rabbit Heart

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI My Funky Brethren, SAT Afterimage, All Good People

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Cult Objects/Taggart, Sick Panda, Honey Radar, SAT Mohican, SUN Horror Show, Jesus Piece (Record Release), Raw Force

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Midfield, Gainstrive, Dead Robins/Rover Rover, Keely Sibilia

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Knightlife, Vanderlyle, SUN Full Bush

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Aktive, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN DJ Hank McCoy

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Rachel Andie & The V Element, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Bern and the Bastards, Little War, The Red Hand, SAT Primatives, Pravda

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Generation Empty

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Downtrodder, Disappearances, Binary, SAT Lasciaté

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI The Outlaw Pandas

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SUN Slainte

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Philly’s Foxes/DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ed Christof

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI-SUN Liberty Music Fest

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Steal Your Peach, SAT Denelle Anderson, SUN Countdown to Ecstasy, Muscle Tough

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SUN Nothing Vital

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Andrew Milicia, SAT Camp Candle, A Day Without Love, Weekend Athlete

The Ukie Club (847 N. Franklin St.) SAT Sensorium Music & Arts Festival: Tweed, Worldtown Soundsystem, Minka, Darla, Agent Zero, Patrick Richards

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Droopies, Petunia

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Eel Tank, Yureka Cash

The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Slow Reader, Elaine Rasnake

Dance on the Blacktop Block Party (Livingston & E. Lehigh) SAT Nothing





A Deli Premiere: The Sofas' “Keep Pass Turn Again” from “Chop Water” LP out on 9/14

Emerging out of NYC's psych and noise rock scene, The Sofas premiere their latest single “Keep Pass Turn Again” here today. While the track features an explosive wall of buzzing bees guitars and heavy snare drum, the vocal approach is softer and dreamier.  Lyrics “it is strong – but I feel it when you're not around” are delivered with the cool detachment of J. Mascis on early Dinosaur Jr. records. Sonic breaks between central vocal phrase “burning out” include momentary bursts of chaos along with a well-placed minor chord. “Is this not enough? Enough to keep you waiting?” ushers in a pitch-bendy change, aligning more closely with fellow gazey rockers like Ringo Deathstarr. Extending this segment until the track's end allows the blending of guitars and vocals to provide an ultimately uplifting warmth. The band's full album “Chop Water” was mixed by Bill Skibbe (Protomartyr, The Kills, Blonde Redhead) and will be released by Jurrasic Pop Records on 9/14. -Dave Cromwell





Debut Jesus Piece LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Only Self, the debut full-length album from Jesus Piece, is out now via Southern Lord. An onslaught of quaking rhythm and guttural vocals enter the equation, hitting the senses at a relentless pace. Ominously, unleashing power as one stomps through the terrain, there’s an unforgiving, no-looking-back aesthetic. You can catch the band's record release show this Sunday afternoon at Ortlieb's, where Jesus Piece will be supporting Nicky Palermo's Horror Show, along with Raw Force.

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