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Natural Velvet offers luscious layers of fuzzy post-punk

"Love is Love/Alien and Strange" croons Baltimore-based Natural Velvet on their latest single, and though the band's sound may be a bit alien and strange itself, we're certainly in love. A post-punk act with a serious dash of psych and noise vibes, Natural Velvet invites listeners down a fuzzy, swirling, spacey, rabit-hole freak out with its thick instrumentals and dark vocals. Check them out for yourself, and stream Natural Velvet's "Love is Love" below. - Olivia Sisinni 

Noah Kittinger releases new EP "Bloom"

Noah Kittinger has made a name for himself by crafting complexly textured music with a minimalist structure, and his lastest release, Bloom, further refines that sonic path. Showcasing his keen sense of depth and darkness, the EP prominently features Kittenger's hazy, haunting vocals, which are contrasted against echo-y beats that almost feel as if they edge toward the void. It's 7-tracks worth of layers to peel, and single N.Y.E. (streaming below) is a good place to start. - Olivia Sisinni

Serengeti "Boy"

Serengeti and Sicker Man have released a video for their new single “Boy”. The track comes from their new album, Doctor My Own Patience, which is due out on December 16th via Graveface Records. You can preorder the album here.


Weekend Warrior, December 2 - 4

Raw, eruptive, emotive vocals rage through, sprinting along the tenacious tidal wave of blistering instrumentation, and at others, those fitful, unfiltered flashes are tempered by somewhat calmer, melodic-surging grunge/noise rock tones. It’s a ferocious fury of feelings that takes hold and amid that shot of adrenaline quells with soothing melody. This Sunday, Mannequin Pussy celebrates its sophomore album Romantic (Tiny Engines), The Deli Philly's November Record of the Month, at Everybody Hits. The altered states of The Spirit of the Beehive, whose heady shoegazing/grunge hybrid coasts and then oozes, helps to fuel the evening joining their labelmates, while the wondrously weird post-punk exploits of Beth Israel seamlessly shapeshifts, leading things off. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $8-$10, All Ages - Michael Colavita 

Other places to be this weekend…
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Whips, Brandon Can’t Dance, Throbbing Chakra, Decent
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Mercury Radio Theater, SAT Dylan Jane
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Strand of Oaks, SAT Strand of Oaks, SUN Strand of Oaks
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Molly Rhythm, Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman/DJ Deejay, SAT The Mellowells, Past Life/Dear Friend, Lito and the Shepherds/Imposter, Shizz Lo, Gordon Bombay, HSNBRG, SUN The Parameters
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Girls Rock Philly presents: Fall LRC Showcase
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT The Tea Club
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Celeste Giuliano's Pin-Up Peepshow, SUN June Divided (Record Release), The Superweaks, PHNTMS
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN Twin Symptoms, Get Killed, Mauled By A Bear, The Feral Hats, Brick Nova
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Code Red: Breaking the Silence, SUN Soraia, John Faye & Those Meddling Kids, The Captain -The Pilot- The Driver, Zymotic Flow, The Quixote Project, Sweet Eureka
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Medusa's Disco
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Tasty Face, Kingfisher, Tucker Hill, SAT The Space Cats, Genesis Z & The Black Mambas, The Deadeyes, SUN Space Pizza, The Bad Tequila Experience
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Among Criminals, Andorra, Alright Junior, SAT Black Horse Motel, SUN Secret Nudist Friends, Cardinal Arms
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT False Tracks, Aster More, Secret Nudist Friends, SUN Steady Hands, Thin Lips, Cold Climb It, The Lame-O’s
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Hired Guns Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Railroad Fever, The Late Saints, Greg Sover, Jeremy Hollis, SAT The Disgruntled Sherpa Project (CD Release), Coal Mine Canaries, Readership, The Rothland
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Hootsie, Rob Tomlinson, White Limo, Who Better You Bet, SAT Razor Boomarang, Heavensake
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Ladybird, Brittany Tranbaugh, Vessna Scheff, SAT The Royal Noise, Tucker Hill Band, SUN American Dinosaur, Selfhelpme, The Heat Run
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Hoots & Hellmouth, SAT Lima Bean Riot, SUN Sherwood Brothers
Wild Mutation Records (2223 Frankford Ave.) FRI Honey Radar
Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St.) SUN Ben Bennett and Michael Foster, Positive Movement Drill Team
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) SUN Jack Wright, Neil Feather & Rosie Langabear, Bonnie Kane & Big Plastic Finger
Double H Ranch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Taiwan Housing Project, Control Top
Slime Time Live (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Downtrodder, Birthday Ponies, Moonroof
Glitter Galaxy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Empath, Eight
Harmonie Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Falsa, Repelican
Baird Mansion Atrium (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Shimmer, Ursula, Deflector
Punch Buggy Brewery (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Swede, So Totally, Poor Devils

Os Tropies release sprawling debut album

Toronto is famous for its multiculturalism. It's a place where the entire world can be found, even when it comes to music. Os Tropies are making a name for themselves as the city's purveyors of Tropicalia, the unique Brazilian spin on psychedelia. Featuring Brazilian and African rhythms, rock and roll structures, and challenging soundscapes, their new album 'The Soil' is an exhilarating trip back in time to a moment of radical musical experimentation. But while their songs are steeped in history, the band still manages to sound current, blending modern lyrical themes and avant-garde textures into the mix. Get the album on Bandcamp. - David Levy


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