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Been Stellar premiere garage rock single “Everyone Smokes in the City”

On their newest release, Been Stellar’s Sam Slocum and Skyler Knapp take inspiration from the city of New York after moving from Michigan in 2017 to start college. “Everyone Smokes in the City” comes from an observation the two made about the prevalence of smokers in New York compared to their previous, more midwestern home. The single takes clear inspiration from bands at the forefront of New York’s music scene in the early aughts—The Strokes and Interpol, in particular, are cited as influences by the group—and keeps a naïve sort of charm with observations on the city like choosing between a smelly subway car or the unknown of catching a cab.

“Where we came from, everything was so safe and upstanding,” Knapp says. “Even though we still were in a really nice part of the city, we noticed that the people were a bit more jagged. The song is about this new type of personality we started to see: falsely jaded, pretentiously unpretentious. It’s about dudes who talk way too much about zines and Bushwick (both of which are cool for the record). The goal of it was to try to make the least hypocritical observation of these new people we found ourselves surrounded with.”

You can stream “Everyone Smokes in the City” below. – Cameron Carr


Weekend Warrior, April 6 - 8

Layers on layers create a rich density; however, that complexity can sometimes confine a means of accessibility or entry. Hop Along achieves the delicate balance between the two with their latest album Bark Your Head Off, Dog, which was released today via Saddle Creek Records and will be celebrated tomorrow evening at Johnny Brenda’s. Wistfully weaving words into emotive-ranging, exploratory, narrative webs, one naturally embraces the triumphant tangles. These songs hold their hands out, expressing personal consciousness, while connecting with the listener in a one-on-one level. Swept up in the stories, memorable melodies and polished instrumentation provide a living-breathing framework, one that offers nuanced sonic accents, playing with pockets of space, crafting tight-grooves, highlighting subtle-penetrating details, while also pushing to powerful points of peak performance in key stretches. What catches one’s ear at first may be not what one holds onto in hindsight. – Michael Colavita

More shows to hit this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Rosali, The Dove & The Wolf, SAT Hop Along, Lucy Stone

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Yowler

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI No Thank You (Record Release), Narra, Tact/Forever Vista/DJ Deejay, SAT Shit City/A Black Celebration: DJ Baby Berlin and Jem/DJ Littlespaceyy, DJ Magglezzz

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT RFA (Album Release), Secret American, SUN The Goodbye Party

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SUN Violent Society, Please Die

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI U + Me + R&B, SUN Mantis

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI Dirty South Joe, Magglezzz

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Work Drugs

Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Stassi Pryce, El Feco, Ras Professor, Elliven, Big Mind Band

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) John Vettese / Conjunto, DJ Rahsaan, SAT (Upstairs) Stella Ruze/(Downstairs) Rockin’ Docs for Diabetes Cure

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Soft Spots, Distant Voices, Blood Sound, The Phonies, Tubey Frank, SAT Apex Predator, Mauled By A Bear, Nasuta

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Calvin Weston, Sirius JuJu, Mixed People, Johnny Popcorn

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Dear Forbidden, Resilient, Kelsey Cork and the Swigs, SAT The Bad Larrys, EyeBawl, SUN The Morning Herald, Kodiak Park, Water Temple

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Dylan Jane, SAT Something Like A Monument, Medusa's Disco, Chalk & The Beige Americans

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Francisco Collazo

Fergie’s (1214 Samsom St.) SAT Johnny Moskal, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI White Cheddar Boys, Baffle the Cat, Tropical Disease, Urban Shaman Attack, SAT The Prisoners, Scars Like These, Disoriental

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Petty Vandal, JJ Gunn, Adam Travis & The Soul, SUN Stereo League, Sixteen Jackies

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Somethin' Divine, The Sly Foxes, Swwik, Sitting in Cars SAT Naps Past Noon, Inner Temple, Pansy

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Stargazer Lily, SAT Splintered Sunlight, SUN The Griz Band, Walking Dead, Sammy Vile & Vilbred

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Caracara, SAT Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Lil Zubin, Holy Mountain

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Overwinter/Frankly Lost , Wolves Can’t Dance, Fuzzy Slippers/Zinskē, SAT Auburn Row, The Boardwalk Kings, Here For The Night /The Rectors, Cthulhu Martini!/Yeenar, Erik Kramer

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Handsome Crü , Brackish, Puppy Angst

The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Boon, SAT Soularium

The Mothership (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI The Retinas, Don Babylon, C. M. Slenko, SAT Destroying Angel, John Markow

All Nite Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Free Cake For Every Creature, Slow Ref


New No Thank You LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

All It Takes To Ruin It All, the new album from Philly power trio No Thank You, is officially out today via Lame-O Records. Consistently pushing forward in tight springs of momentum, the album maintains a deeply personal connection with its narrative. Working through a range of emotions including grief, a palpable sensitivity flourishes. The band will be celebrating the album's arrival this evening at Kung Fu Necktie, supported by Narra and Tact.

The By Gods playing The East Room this Saturday!

If you're a sucker for well-crafted '90s garage rock/pop grunge, or if you just like videos of puppies, check out the new video for The By Gods' newest single "Wait Up"! Produced and engineered by Alex Newport (Death Cab For Cutie, At the Drive-In, Bloc Party), the rock trio have found a beautifully balanced sound that carries just enough from the pop world and the garage world to make a noisey, yet smart track. Check out the song below and catch The By Gods at The East Room this Saturday with PLS PLS and Tape Deck Mountain beginning at 8:00 PM! - Chris Thiessen


Out From The Shadows Fest accompanied by new Songs From Under the Floorboard compilation

Dave Cantrell knows what's good when it comes to post-punk. As Portland's resident cognoscente of dark sounds, Cantrell has shared his knowledge regarding the peak of the genre's original years, from 1977 to 1983, as well as on present-day synthwave, darkwave and post-punk through his leading source of a radio show, Songs From Under the Floorboard. This weekly space has been turned into a compilation album, and it's coming out right in time to pair with the fourth year of Cantrell's curated festival Out From the Shadows.

Out on a split between local labels Accident Prone and Green Noise Records, the Songs From Under the Floorboard comp highlights just a few of the amazing artists Cantrell has discovered so far from around the globe, including Spain and Germany. The tracks on the compilation are rare and previously unreleased, the proceeds from what hopefully will be the first of many being donated to Planned Parenthood. As far as local representation is concerned, trio Vice Device are the only Portlanders on this volume of the comp, but there are quite a few named on the Out From the Shadows' bill.

Ritual Veil has been blowing up the scene lately and is expected to take the stage, along with the anarco-death rock of Over and the punk wave sounds of Arctic Flowers. Vibrissae's shoegazey synth sounds, some electro-industrial feels from Die Robot and some classic, gritty post-punk from Deathcharge

Out From the Shadows IV starts tomorrow. To purchase tickets and find more information on individual day's sets, view the Facebook event page. Songs From Under the Floorboard Vol. 1 drops on 4.06, but stream the compilation in full below.


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