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Alt Rock

Slonk Donkerson brings their '80s guitar rock to Palisades on 04.23

Most people remember the '80s for post punk, new wave and cheesy synth pop, but that decade produced also a lot of great guitar rock bands like R.E.M. and Weezer that prepared a fertile ground for the college rock and grunge explosions of the '90s. Slonk Donkerson's super solid debut album, entitled 'The Lunar Martini Motorbike Club and Their Respective Destinies,' effortlessly gathers several of the aforementioned influences in ten powerful tracks. Older single 'Watching Every Channel at Once' is still their catchiest, but the entire albums offers a rare songwriting consistency. Check out opening track Sonata and don't miss their live appearance at Palisades on April 23.


New Track: "Falling Into Skies" - Queue

Quintet Queue breathes an open-air melody on “Falling Into Skies”. A climbing guitar line falls into step with the percussion as Olivia Price’s vocals emerge through the highly-elevated clouds. Hovering in that semi-conscious groove, the single places you in an elegant, awakening limbo.

Deli Premiere: Laurel & The Love-In unveils "Gonna Do" ahead of summer album release

Modern bands going for a classic rock sound have a tendency to stop short in one of two ways. They strip the soul from it by aping their influences only and forgetting about the place where it all started—the blues—or they stick too tightly to those bluesy roots and ignore decades of musical growth and innovation. Laurel & the Love-In bring the best of both worlds with "Gonna Do," the lead single off the upcoming summer sizzler Don't Love Nobody. Rootsy as it gets but not stiflingly so, "Gonna Do" hits the highs with grace and dips low and easy only to blossom back into a spirited outro, all the while driving forward with the determination and experience of several different generations. We're thrilled to debut the track below, and we encourage you to keep watch for Don't Love Nobody when it releaes later this year. -Austin Phy


New Track: "About A Girl" (Nirvana Cover) - Beach Slang

Here is a new cover of "About A Girl" by Philly's own Beach Slang. It was recorded for Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach, a tribute album to Nirvana's Bleach, which was released this past weekend by Robotic Empire for Record Store Day and also includes contributions from Circa Survive, Young Widows, Daughters and many others. Beach Slang will be kicking off a national tour this week that will wrap up with a homecoming show on Saturday, May 21 at Union Transfer, before the gang heads off to Primavera Sound. (Photo by Nicole Mago)


Beyond The Bars Fundraiser w/The Districts, Hop Along's Frances Quinlan & More at WCL April 17

World Cafe Live is hosting a fundraiser for Beyond The Bars, featuring rising local artists such as The Districts and Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan. All ticket sales will benefit the Beyond The Bars program, which provides musical education and instruments for incarcerated youth in Greater Philadelphia. The program seeks to empower these disadvantaged young men and women by equipping them with an outlet for creative expression and a sense of agency while they grapple with the frequently disorienting and dissociative bureaucracy of the criminal justice system. In support of this righteous cause, The Districts will take to the stage on Sunday evening with their universally adored, weary-plodding folk-pop/rock. Frances Quinlan will jolt you awake with her electric and hugely dynamic voice. Also pitching in for the cause will be Lushlife (DJ Set), Queen of Jeans, Ben Arnold, Milton, and The Bul Bey. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St, 4pm, $20, All Ages. - Bryce Woodcock


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