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New Video: "Arranged" (Live - BrooklynVegan Acoustic Sessions) - Abi Reimold

Below is a live solo performance by Abi Reimold of "Arranged," which is the opening track from her latest album Wriggling (Sad Cactus). It was recorded in Philadelphia inside a defunct train tunnel with a skylight for BrooklynVegan Acoustic Sessions. You can catch Riemold this evening at The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery for Philly Radness, where you'll also experience an "interactive pop-up skatepark," as well as the sounds of Queen of Jeans and Hemming. (Photo by Michael Ash Smith)





Debut Grayling EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The duality of introspectively emotive lyricism meeting the outpouring of external release come to a head when Grayling, a.k.a. Lexi Campion (formerly of Edelweiss), peers inward whilst pushing outward. The result, her debut EP Everything That Burns (which was recently released via NDE Records), is a musical tug of war - heavy and gripping. Hold on tight.





Troller's 'Storm Maker' Video is As Gorgeous and Odd as the Song Itself

Weird bands are making some badass high-tech, lo-fi impressionistic videos in Austin right now, and we are eating this stuff up. Latest in the line of Austin's most experimental artists to embrace abstract bizarro tech-created imagery for the visual representations of their music, a list that's recently included acts like Shmu and Rikroshi, are Deli-favorite doom sirens Troller.

The video in question is for the mightily-named and overwhelmingly pretty track “Storm Maker” from Troller's recent and sublime Graphic, and both it and the song itself are a departure, at least in surface aesthetics, from the majority of Troller's typically dark and heavy oeuvre. Here Troller applies their tremendous (in the true sense of the word) musical approach to being also gorgeous- the track is edgy, harmonic, modern, and outright heartbreakingly pretty. The subject matter is the typically heady and emotionally complex stuff you get with Troller (and, really, most all Holodeck Records acts), with no small amount of weltschmerz present, but as opposed to the overwhelming doom and crushing crescendos of their standard songs, “Storm Maker” is both audially and visually an assault of gorgeousness.

A large part of that in the song itself can be attributed to singer and deathbass maven Amber Star-Goers' thrillingly dynamic vocals, which are presented here in a manner that gives you a chance to hear her voice clearly and at its most skillfully dynamic. The woman hits notes in the crescendo that are shocking in their power and goosebumps-inducing, and this track is in one way a hell of an argument that Star-Goers' has the best command of her range in all of Austin music. Instrumentalists Adam Jones and Justin Star-Goers provide a slow, but driving drum pad-laced aural structure over which Amber's voice plays that is equally as entrancing and darkly lovely.

Troller is making Lord of the Rings-level epic fantasy music right now, but done by the hippest, smartest people you know, as if they weren't Austinite humans but the most truly metal avant garde band of dark elves and orcs ever to throw noise across the multiverse. The “Storm Maker” video here is perfectly constructed to match the music- a highly abstract and impressionistic take that's so very modern that it has that rare intelligent retro look at 80s and 90s computer culture that is only just now getting its due through burning edge artists like Macintosh Plus and PC Music, and now Troller. The song's a long'n' (Troller ain't afeared of nothin'), and it is thoroughly worth taking in as a whole at 1080p, preferably on some damn good headphones or a system worthy of the bigness of this sound and video.

Take a look below, check out the whole Graphic album here, and we'll leave you with this insightful Troller quote from the “Storm Maker” video premiere a la FADER:

“Lyrically, this song is about the cycle of chaos and order in life. When circumstances force you to re-evaluate and humble yourself, there is a somber process of accepting your own limitations. These self-reflective moments usually teach valuable lessons to better manage the moments when you actually are in control. It's the duality of being a Storm Watcher and a Storm Maker.”

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Eiffel Tower

Local trio Eiffel Tower has release a new EP called Eugene Sawyer EP. They will be celebrating the release with a show The Burlington on May 7th with Junkee Girl, Boxing Fetish, and Joe Bordenaro.

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Weekend Warrior, April 15 - 17

On Saturday, Free Cake For Every Creature celebrates the arrival of their LP Talking Quietly of Anything With You, via Double Double Whammy, with a release show at Girard Avenue DIY space/batting cages, Everybody Hits. The Katie Bennett-led crew explores the daily adjustments that often characterize finding one’s place as an emerging adult, while adapting to a new place. With an invigorating sense of spoken/sung sincerity, united by a jovial, similarly straightforward sense of instrumentation, the songs’ endearing relatable stories come across loud and clear, while their hushed vocal quality entrusts the listener. Cut from a like-minded cloth Carmen Perry, a.k.a. Addie Pray, hits you with a dose of intimate adventure, while the uninhibited, melodic poetry of Hello Shark aches and empowers, flipping the script on self-awareness. The experimental folk of Microsoft Saint completes the local bill. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $7, All Ages - Michael Colavita

 
More places to enjoy this weekend…
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Hound
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Sonnder (Record Release), Wild Rompit, The Loud Company
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Humble, Something Like A Monument, SUN Frim Sleepers, Howlish, Lady Parts, King Azaz, Blacksalt
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Dopestroke/Half-Ton of Humanity, SAT Hellrad/DJ PHSH, Mr. Sonny James, SUN Caliph-NOW (Listening Party)/Clamfight, Black Urn
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Chic-A-Go-Go Live Taping: Dead Milkmen, Bunny Sigler
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Hambone Relay, Visoon, The Once Was
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Crypt Sermon, SAT Horrendous
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Sacred Cube (CD Release), Sullivan’s Box, Gape, SAT Making-Out With Medusa, Sonorous, Dreams Of Demise, The Coochie Melters
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) A Tribute to The Beatles in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Revolver: Mason Porter, Reverend TJ McGlinchey Band, Lovers League, Man About a Horse, Hurricane Hoss
The Late Saints, Railroad Fever, The Newspaper Taxis, Polkadelphia, No Good Sister, Michael Fitch, SAT (Downstairs) Rockin' Docs for Diabetes Cure/(Upstairs) Minas, SUN (Downstairs) Beyond the Bars Fundraiser: The Districts, Frances Quinlan, Ben Arnold, Milton, Queen of Jeans, The Bul Bey
 
 The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI The Stammer, Vulcans, The Upticks, Lapses, SAT (6pm) L.A.W., Condition Oakland/(9pm) No Good Sister, SUN Jet Set Sail, Pocket
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Nik Greeley & The Operators, Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, Darla, Muscle Tough
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Grandchild, SAT EX. By V., SUN Louie Louie
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Looseleaf, Max Morning-Height, SAT Paths 2 Glory, Popular Creeps, Foreword to the End
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Suburban Murder, Generation, Empty, Ashes of Our Sins
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Paul T, Sean Hearn, SAT Ed Christof
 
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI August Burns Red, Left to Vanish. SAT Dr. Dog
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Cold Roses, Thee Idea Men, SUN Foxtrot & the Get Down
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Argonautic, Flotel, SAT Lion Powda, Danny Newport, Run to Sandy, Backroom Dreamers
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  FRI Splintered Sunlight, SAT David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket, SUN Jontourage
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Roger Harvey
 
Goldy’s (723 Chestnut St., #3) SAT Joy Again, Kississippi, Dominic Angelella
 
Repo Records (536 South St.) SAT Grayscale, Sad Actor, The Whips, Point Breeze Country Club, Worst Ones
 
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St., Suite 76) SAT Pocket, Left& Right, Thin Lips, Goddamnit
 
The Farm (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Dopestroke, The Charley Few, Trash Knife, The Dolts
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