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Psychic Selves blend psych, pop and punk, play Shea Stadium on 2/15

In 2016, Brooklyn’s indie psych rockers Psychic Selves released a quality 7 song mini-album entitled "Lucid Night.".  While the band continues working on new material and plays select live shows, these tracks provides ample opportunity for immersion into their sound. Opening track “Ratio” is dual guitar riff driven, as flange-effects pair against brighter tones, recreating surf/psychedelic vibes reminiscent of early Beach Fossils.  Featured single “Goodnight Luna” (streaming below) builds off that foundation, emphasizing melodic hooks via a note-for-note matched vocal phrasing and guitar figure. With the chorus transitioning into a smoother vocal phase, bass guitar and drums provide the driving force on its latter half double-time cadence.  Pitch-bended melancholia emerge on instrumentals “And the Truth Pt 1 + 2,”pop elements on vocal heavy “Masochist” and punk aggression on both “War Head” and “Crazy Tasty.” Psychic Selves play Shea Stadium on 2/15 with Wolf Diamond, The Rizzos and Lunch Ladies. - Dave Cromwell

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New Beat Jams EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

From its opening moments DOG, the new EP from Beat Jams, lures one in immediately. The hypnotic, deep-churning, bass-driven beats and Carolyn Wayne’s bewitching vocals comingle in a sometimes riotous, other times seductive, danceable manner. The five-song collection feels both grimy and infectious, a potent punk-garage resin that sticks in your head and feels freeing. Beat Jams will be opening Louie Louie's record release celebration for their debut LP Friend of a Stranger this Friday, February 10 at PhilaMOCA, along with Dark Web.





Krust Toons: "How Suzie Got Her Groove Back" by Tedd Hazard

Krust Toons: "How Suzie Got Her Groove Back" by Tedd Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations and animation shorts HERE.

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Weekend Warrior, February 3 - 5

Celebrating new music is the encompassing motif as this week draws to its end. The Menzingers surprised fans, booking an intimate, sold-out show this evening at Kung Fu Necktie. And neighboring Fishtown music venue/watering hole Johnny Brenda’s will also be playing host to a dual record release show. Dominic, a.k.a. Dominic Angelella (Lithuania, DRGN KING), uncorks Goodnight, Doggies., which is now available via Lame-O Records. The set of songs explore personal levels, retaining a lingering depth, while exhibiting the warmth of comforting, melodic instrumentation. Available via Mutual Crush, Girard Freeloader, the latest from Norwegian Arms, is textured electro-soul, finding a delicate balance between the steady, omnipresent flow of bright beats and the gentle plucks from Brendan Mulvihill’s signature mandolin work. With a new record, Jump Ship, scheduled for release via Lame-O on February 24, No Thank You, a.k.a. Kaytee Della Monica, will be opening the festivities.
 
Garage-psych rockers American Dinosaur will also be celebrating the release of their latest EP One for the Birds this Saturday at MilkBoy. They’ll be kicking the jams with Philly electro-rock outfit Man Like Machine and Harrisonburg, VA indie popsters The Dawn Drapes. - Michael Colavita
 
Other places to chill this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s
 (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Dominic (Record Release), Norwegian Arms (Record Release), No Thank You
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI What Nerve, SAT The End Of America, Former Belle, Dogs On Main Street
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Menzingers, Roger Harvey / DJ Deejay, SAT No Gods, Holy Smoke / Ghost Ghang, Torito, SUN The Tough Shits, Tom Lax (DJ Set)
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Destroying Angel, Mike Bruno
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Quadie Diesel, Ken Rosa
 
The Fillmore Philly (1100 Canal St.) FRI The Disco Biscuits, Swift Technique, SAT The Disco Biscuits, American Babies
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI DJ Sylo
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Biz Mighty, Milton, Tana Black, Richie Navigator, Mad Squablz, Rich Quick, SAT Don Cephas
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Baby Blue Sound Collective, SAT 5th Annual Winter Doldrums Benefit Concert
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Molly Rhythm, Seeing Snakes, SAT Amora / Santi Suede, Tioga
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT American Dinosaur (EP Release), The Dawn Drapes, Man Like Machine
 
MilkBoy South Street (401 South St.) SAT Chris Wood
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Elison Jackson, SAT Hold Down The Ocean, Worst Ones, SOLD, Tiny Vices
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Hired Guns Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Ivory, Fitonia, Taylor Kelly, SAT Sonny Knockout, Popular Creeps, Scene Points
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Ben Vaughn Quintet
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Knightlife, Endless Taile, A Ship Named Beagle, SAT Apple Juice Jones, Jam Traffic
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Broken Arrow, AM Radio
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Ursula
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Humanshapes, Bone Bats, Gladys the Gardener, SAT Secret Nudist Friends, Doggo, Along The Way. Cacciato
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Guests, Haz Lo Correcto, Cornelius The Third, Yung Nila
 
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Old Maybe
 




New Track: "Wishes in the Raindrops" - Sandcastle

It's been a little over a year since we've heard any new material from Sandcastle. However, the group has resurfaced to support Bandcamp's benefit campaign, which will be donating all proceeds from sales today to the ACLU. The band will also be donating all its proceeds, and plans to make its new record available for free download (hopefully later this month). Check out Sandcastle's lovely new single, "Wishes in the Raindrop," off the group's forthcoming album, whose working title is currently Netherodes Vol. I: Sunflowers for the Unnameable Daughter, and give all you can!

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