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Saturday Night Sounds: Cool American - "Playing Along"

 It's not technically night time yet since summer loves its long days, but what better to help bring you into the July 4th holiday than a track from new band Cool American?

"Playing Along" premiered a few days ago on Stereogum, who accurately defined the single as a mixture between Motion City Soundtrack and Pavement. We couldn't agree with that statement more.

Who wouldn't appreciate a band who takes their name as a play off of that sparkly blue flavor of Doritos? For this July 4th weekend, be a cool American with Cool American and enjoy "Playing Along" on this Saturday night.

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Coping Skills Cope Admirably at Creep Records July 2

"We live for jokes." You can get that sense when listening to the self-described "moderately gay post-ironic bummer pop" tunes of Coping Skills. The duo of Rachel Dispenza and Lauren DeLucca, through their music, seem to cope admirably with the complexities of being millennials in these modern times. Their witty observations make for fun, anthemic lines to sing-along to. The "cool" gals will be opening for Philly's Doubles and Fake Boyfriend as well as New York's Ankle Grease and Wilkes-Barre's Hymn at Creep Records tonight. Creep Records, 1050 N. Hancock St. #76, 7pm, $5 All Ages (Photo by Abi Reimold) - H.M. Kauffman





Katie Ellen (w/ members of Chumped) plays Suburbia tonight (07.01) + Aviv on 07.17

Anika Pyle's DIY pop-punk project Chumped ended their short careers in February, but Pyle and drummer Dan Frelly have started a new project called Katie Ellen, named after Pyle’s grandmother. The band is noticeably more lo-fi than Chumped, but the melodies and charm of Chumped are still present. In January they released a demo entitled “wild <3”, which features the single “lucy stone” (streaming below) that was released in late 2015. The track is centered around the anxieties associated with the pressures and expectations set by society, family, and loved ones. Pyle’s intimate vocals and poignant lyrics shine through the band’s lo-fi and fuzzy recordings. Katie Ellen will be playing the DIY space Suburbia in Brooklyn tonight (July 1st) and will play Aviv on July 17th. - John Honan

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Twin Peaks & Goose Island

Twin Peaks has partnered with Goose Island to brew a new beer called Natural Villain. This is the fourth year that the brewery has partner with a band to create a beer for Pitchfork Music Fest. Goose Island is calling this a "Garage Lager".

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Saturday Night Sounds: Talkative - F Sharp Voice

It's been a minute since the last Saturday Night Sounds. All this unnecessarily debilitating heat does not a blog post make. Now that it's cooled down in the most bipolar way, let's get back to business.  While most of us have been lazing around sun drunk on Vitamin D and PBR, the boys of Talkative have been furiously busy at work. They've just gotten back from their European tour after playing some stints at Treefort, and they also dropped a new EP earlier this month.

F Sharp Voice offers the same subconscious joyride we love them for, heralding their upcoming full length due sometime this year or early next. It's perfect for this chill night, because Talkative is perfect for everything.

Give the four songs a peep below and get yourself ready what's coming up next.

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