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Divers Release 'Hello Hello'

Divers stand out. It’s irrelevant to define their sound by one or two genres. Harrison Rapp, Seth Rapp, James Deegan and Colby Hulsey have already claimed a description: “sweaty dynamic”. The four-piece release their debut LP, Hello Hello, via Party Damage and Rumbletowne Records on February 17th. 

The quartet take calculated rises and falls through their sound, effectively bringing you up through energetic songs and mellowing you out with songs like “Great Escape”. The balance is something to remember. This Sunday, 2.15, Divers will perform at the High Water Mark Lounge for their hometown release show, which will also serve as a benefit fundraiser for harm reduction in Portland. Pageripper (also releasing an album), Marriage and Cancer, and Thin Coat are supporting. 8pm, $5.

Stream the album in it's entirety now in advance.

- Colette Pomerleau


Pompeii Graffiti tugs at your "Heartstrings" on Valentine's Day single.

You know when you're at a house-show in DC, for a "DIT" festival, and you run into that special someone? That someone who plays some sort of custom-looking 6-string with flatwounds as a bass (when he's not on the pedal steel) in a band with a killer cellist? It's one of those "at first sight" things you hear about from the motion pictures. 

Ahren Buchheister isn't the only member of Pompeii Graffiti, Pony Bones (the band I saw at The Paperhaus on that glorious day), or Black Rhinoceros, but he's the common factor that binds this Annapolis supergroup, like (dare I say it?) heartstrings, together in this lovely video. Ahren himself is on lead vox and guitar. Fret not, Ahren, I dig you "not only for your music skills."

But they are, like, a huge deal. Happy Valentine's Deli readers! --Natan Press

Weekend Warrior, February 13 - 15

We absolutely love when the music community bans together for a good cause, especially when they are band that can rock the fuck out! Tonight, you’ll find Purling Hiss, Dark Blue, and Spacin’ doing just that at Johnny Brenda’s. They’ll be taking the stage to benefit the Fishtown Playschool, a neighborhood parent-organized, parent-led, structured playgroup for children ages 2.5 to Pre-K. Let’s face it, aging Fishtown rockers - you’ll probably be part of the playgroup soon enough so come donate! ;-) Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Alexis V.
More places to rock the fuck out this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Northern Arms, Busses (Record Release), Tinmouth
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT YDI, Severed, Wayward Ones
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Disco Hootenanny, Shy Boyz, The Soft Spots/Loafass, SAT Chalk and Beige Americans, Shakey Lyman/Night Raids, Hellrad, The Magnificent ShitHawks Of The Greater Northern Americas, SUN Alec Stewart, Frank Velardo, Mars, I Am Not The Universe
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Valentine's Day Cover Band Show
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Lovers League, Tin Bird Choir, John Galla, Jeremiah Tall, SUN Rivers, Snagwing
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT The Districts, Pine Barons, The Lawsuits
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Ruby The Hatchet (Record Release), Gondola
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) Tattoo Arts Convention Official After Party: Eat The Turnbuckle, Sparklefight, SAT The Philadelphia Monster Ball: The Divine Hand Ensemble
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Quilly
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Andrew Mark Schaffer, Katherine Mundy, SAT (Downstairs) Peek A Boo Revue, SUN (Upstairs) Jay Michael/(Downstairs) Solas
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) Northern Liberties Winter Music Fest: FRI Chalk & The Beige Americans, The Ill-Fated Natives, Fishtown Beats, Spenser Michaels, Anjuli Josephine, SAT LeBon LeBon, Joie Kathos, Halfro, April Fool’s Child, Jacqueline Constance, SUN Seoul Delhi, Legs Like Tree Trunks, Sexoffice Kingfisher
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Minor Arcana, Sonja Sofya, SAT Like Crazy
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Minas, SUN The Danger O’s, Night Trip
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Molly Rhythm, Something Like A Monument, When Ships Collide, SAT The Roddenberries, Creem Circus
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Cassendre Xavier (CD Release), Tracy Mace, Roadshow Relics, SAT (7:30pm/10pm) Hoots & Hellmouth, SUN Joshua Thomas
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Hambone Relay, SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Stealing Fame, Black Sun Rising/Flesh Engine, Citadel, SAT The Nearing (listening Party)/Slyphr, The Company Corvette/Montan “The Vocal Angel” SUN The Hype! Presents: The SXSW Artist Showcase & Showdown:Travis McDaniel, Wiggz, Emily Drinker, Magda Meringue/Kat Madamba, Amelia Scalies, Boy Wonder, Chris Gennett
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Swarms (CD Release), Rat Kicker, Night Trip, SAT DJ HA, The Basskitty
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Audio Impulse, Memories of March, Blakeslee, Home Again, Sink In, SUN Rich Quick
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI The Formless Form, Last Full Measure, Socko, Wilde and Green
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Atley Moon, SAT Splintered Sunlight, SUN Darla
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Modern Baseball, Spraynard, Marietta, The Weaks, Hurry
The Nest (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) FRI Shrink, Hoser, Beer Me, SUN Everything I Lack
Mile High House (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) FRI Reward, Weatherhead, Water Polo, Mike Pays Heat, Skinny Dip
The Pharmacy (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) FRI Faking, Humanshapes, SUN Cheerbleeders, Clementine
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St. Suite 76) FRI Left & Right, Hurry, Brown Rainbow
XO Lounge (1439 South St.) FRI Momma Hankston, Blakeslee, Tree Fiddy, Pool Of Thorns
Disco Loft (Please contact twopiecefest@gmail.com for more info.) SAT Two Piece Fest VIII: Pete & Craig, Mose Giganticus, Slingshot Dakota, This Temper, Heavy Medical, +HIRS+, Trophy Wife, Lagomasino/Fishkin, I I’m Eye My
Wolf Cycles (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Radiator Hospital, Queen Jesus
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Needlework DJs, Little Strike
Motel Hell (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Heavy Medical, Banned Books, Kerosene, Slow Animal


S.N.R. is Grant McCloud and Corbin James Melnick and this duo met just last summer but have created an outstanding debut self-titled EP. Combining elements of folk, rock, and dream pop these two really have a sound all their own.


Leapling Release "Vacant Page" LP, play Shea Stadium Tonight (02.13)

While many bands attempt to take on an entire sonic spectrum, Leaping’s latest, Vacant Page, zeros in on a narrower landscape, and in no way is that a limitation. By focusing on a certain mood, fixating on a rhythm, Leapling uncovers hypnotic hooks in the most unexpected places. From a delicately orchestrated minimalism of “Going Nowhere” to the dark and lush psychedelia of “Silent Stone”, the songs carry an energy that approaches meditative. This isn't to say that the album is at all listless. Leapling’s songs leverage a budding energy into elated and kinetic peaks. There’s an underlying timbre on most of them, lapping at song’s shore, defying any expected swell, but overtaking the song, adding a complex wash to the song's skeleton. This ultimately makes for an incredibly complete and focused album, powerfully dynamic but also deeply contemplative. Leapling will play a release show tonight at Shea Stadium, with Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Palm, Cantina, and Felicia Douglass. - Emilio Herce




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