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The Deli Philly’s January Record of the Month: Big Dogs - Johnny Utah

Delicate piano and an airy rhythmic push allows one to drift into “Crazy For Your Love,” which kicks off the Big Dogs EP from Jacob Sullenger, a.k.a. Johnny Utah, available via Z Tapes Records. Toggling between bright falsetto and introspective, spoken, behind-the-scenes asides, the song hovers in a slinky, playful manner, as intermediate trumpet blasts breathe fresh air into the mix. It’s followed by “Folding Like Honey,” which creeps in a funky, key-oriented, night-time groove. The soft, secretive delivery of the vocals rides over the sirens of the streets. It’s a brief confessional track of infatuation, shown through pops of neon light, while “Really Meant” builds drama & warmth in a strolling, vamping headspace. “Patty” is instantly dipped in a deep R&B/funk tone. The song is a candid manner of reaching out, revealing one’s feelings in the hopes that they will be reciprocated or a relationship rekindled. At the same time, the smooth flow of that instrumental elixir induces movement on the dance floor. Album closer, “Skytop Garden,” opens with an encouraging message, draped over a mellow, jazz sample of the classic “Blue Moon,” which is kicked up by the backbeat. Featuring SCALISI, the recording creates a soulful, musical dialogue that serves as a snapshot of an earnest love story. With the EP clocking in at about 12 minutes, one becomes easily immersed in Sullenger’s experimental, bedroom-pop world, which is definitely worth revisiting. – Michael Colavita





Record of the Month: Flower - "Flower C/S"

We'll be honest with you: these days, punk revival is not a kind of music that makes us fall over ourselves. The genre, in most cases, comes across as a stale rehashing of a rudimental style that has lost its true revolutionary meaning. But... that's just a theoretical statement that completely falls apart the moment you stumble upon a record like Flower's self-titled EP - because real, powerful music, is stronger than trends and abstract theories about how dead a genre is. 
Flower plays unapologetic, ultra-fast hardcore punk. And since real punk is always a political statement, their record feels like a perfectly appropriate aural retribution for the people that have given us the horrifying political spectacle the US has been witnessing. The brutally explosive songs on this record should be played live in the US Congress, to express the only possible rebuttal to the farce American politics have become, as some sort of cathartic ritual that - in the best tradition of ancient Greece - will somehow purify souls through art and partying, and prepare for a new beginning. 
What's most impressive about this band is its incredible tightness at the basis of their relentless and furious energy, something that's truly hard to pull off from an instrumental standpoint. But it's the convulsive and possessed high pitch vocals (reminiscent of early Pixies and Rage Against the Machine, but even more intense) that connect directly to our inner instincts, bypassing our rational filters and triggering what rock'n'roll is supposed to trigger: an incontrollable desire for rebellion.

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Weekend Warrior, December 28 - 31

When former members of Fight Amp and Legendary Divorce announced that they had combined forces as Low Dose, the first sampling of the unholy union came in the form of their single, “For Sure,” an unforgiving, grunge explosion that piqued our interest. It served as a teaser for the band’s forthcoming self-titled debut album. On Sunday at Kung Fu Necktie, the quartet celebrates lead singer/guitarist Itarya Rosenberg’s birthday, and plans to play the album in full, which sounds like an excellent way to send off 2018. They’ll be joined by the powerhouse, post-punk trio of Control Top, whom will be heading out on tour this spring with Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers and Mercy Union. Containing former members of Prophet, Said I and Fight Amp, hardcore quartet Lesser Light will also be taking the stage for the group’s inaugural performance, while Brooklyn’s Netherlands is set to unleash a stew of strangely compelling, sludge experimentation. (Photo by Shadowscene) – Michael Colavita 

Other places to end 2018 just right…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Live Band Karaoke with Pat Finnerty & The Full Band, SAT Japanese Breakfast, SUN Japanese Breakfast, MON Japanese Breakfast, Dj Missy (Marisa Dabice of Mannequin Pussy)

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Rachel Andie & The Fifth Element (Record Release Show), Little Strike, Las Palabras, SAT Full Bush, Exmaid, Grace Vonderkuhn, MON Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Kevin Schultes and The Wild Dogs, Slophouse, Chris Sneade, SAT DJ Lean Wit It, SUN Low Dose, Control Top, Lesser Light, MON Fame Lust

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN RFA, American Dinosaur, Spelling Reform

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI A Tribute To The Clash performed by REANA, MON West Philadelphia Orchestra, Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, Sun Ra Arkestra, Mambisa 

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI Valencia, June Divided, MON Making Time New Year's Eve 

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Hijinx After Party: Subtronics, SUN Hijinx After Party: Louis Futon, Tiedye Ky, MON Low Cut Connie, & More

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI The Disco Biscuits, SAT The Disco Biscuits, SUN The Disco Biscuits, MON The Disco Biscuits

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Mr. Brightside, SAT Armani White, MON Stimulus NYE

Franklin Music Hall (421 N. 7th St.) SUN The Bad Luck 13 Riot Extravaganza, MON Hardwork Movement

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Stoops, Laser Background, SAT (Upstairs) Eddy Echo, MON (Upstairs) The Jersey Corn Pickers, The Cheddar Boys, Boulevard Express / (Downstairs) Start Making Sense

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Soraia, First of June

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Cheerleader, MON Lovelorn, Suburban Living

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) MON The World Without Us

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Twin Beds, Mattress Food, Phillip and the Flatheads, MON Hands And Knees New Year’s Eve

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Aktive, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Sonni Shine, MON DJ Deejay

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Stella Ruze, Whiskey Train, Andrew Jude Band, SAT Tucker Hill, The Maguas, Skye Lee

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Scantron, SUN Rusty Cadillac, MON Brown Sugar 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Hulqamaniaq, Sparklies, Cosmic Lottery, SAT Black Cat Habitat, The Easily Fooled, Jake Rogers

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT DJ Shawn Ryan, MON DJ Ben Aire

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Wolves Attack

The Tusk (430 South St.) SAT The Barren Marys, The Prisoners

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Cop Jokes, Hallucinogenic Bulb, Moyogash, Guillermo Pizarro, SAT The LOT, Fucksake, Side Pocket Louie, MON Narcos Family Band, Nauseator, Witching, Hivelords, Atomic Cretins, Yuckmouf

The Met Philly (858 N. Broad St) FRI PnB Rock, SAT  Kurt Vile

Frankford Hall (1210 Frankford Ave.) MON Vacationer, Minka, Sixteen Jackies

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Uncle Dan, Mr. Lisp, Boozeradly, SAT The Duke Brothers, Night Mission, Mikey Potatos, MON The Funky T, Knightlife, Stone Eye

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Bry Greatah, Mars Parker, Voss, SAT Darla, The Underwater Sounds, SUN Big Mind, MON Splintered Sunlight, Swift Technique

The Locks at Sona (4417 Main St.) SAT The John Byrne Band 

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SUN Le Yikes Surf Club

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Lylyly, Rasan In The Heyday, Secret Nudist Friends

Warehouse on Watts (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Talkpeck Soundsystem, SUN CIA (Album Release), Catullus





Vlad Holiday releases new single + plays SXSW 2019

NYC's indie crooner Vlad Holiday at the beginning of December released new single Artifical Paradise (streaming) and announced official participation in the SXSW 2019 festival. The track is a slow burning ballad that highlights Holiday's expressive tenor, which in this song reaches flirtacious levels of purring that would impress even the horniest of cats. And that's kind of appropriate, since the song is a rather explicit invitation to mind blowing sex (hence the title) based on a plodding, sparse electric arrangement accentuated by a restrained brass section. NYC fans will be able to test Vlad's magnetism in person when he'll perform live at Mercury Lounge on January 29th.

 





Blac Rabbit play New Year's Eve at Mercury + talk about gear

Psych rock is a genre that can encompass a spectrum of sounds ranging from pop-oriented songs to less-defined and at times downright chaotic jams. Risen to semi-celebrity status in NYC through busking in the subway to the tune of songs by the Beatles, Rockaway Beach, New York's Blac Rabbit create music that falls in the former category, with precise song structures and thoughtful lyrical content. What bridges those extreme ends is a like-minded penchant for phased guitar textures and dreamy introspection. After impressing with their debut 6 track EP a year ago, the band recently released new single “Seize The Day” (streaming below) from their forthcoming record "Interstella," due out in early 2019. While their debut record made no apologies for its floating Tame Impala influences, this new track comes on with a heavier edge. An angular guitar riff drives everything forward in tandem with more forceful drumming. While vocals are bathed in effects associated with the psychedelic experience, lyrics speak to being more grounded. Rather than “living in a cloud,” instead “I'm living my life loud,” and how “once you seize the day, you'll wonder why your feet have left the ground.” The band ring in the new year by headlining two shows at The Mercury Lounge on 12/30 and 12/31. - Dave Cromwell

Our sister blog Delicious Audio asked Blac Rabbit a few questions about their musical influences, gear and the creative process here.

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