The newly released video for the first single, “Bad Weather,” off the debut full length, ‘Exhibitionists,’ from electro-pop trio Superhumanoids, is not for the faint of heart. The track’s minimialist Electronica gloss feels like you’re gently gliding through a dream, but as the video progresses, that dream turns into a twisted nightmare. As someone who battles that recurring dream where all my teeth fall out, this was a hard video to stomach. Unfortunately, the entrancing beat and silky smooth vocals kept me watching. This video will not be one you will soon forget. Superhumanoids will spend the month of September touring with Mayor Hawthorne, though sadly no stops are planned for LA. – Jacqueline Caruso
TONIGHT at Brick & Mortar there will be an array of psych rock bands performing who have been in the scene for a number of years. The Richmond Sluts, hailing from San Francisco’s Richmond district, have a sound that will get you dancing and grooving. Their song, “Take You Home,” has a 90’s punk feel that intertwines with a new psych garage rock revival kind of sound. The Asteroid No. 4 has a much more psychedelic rock tone, bringing less intensity, but more melodic and organic sounds. Their song, “Wishing Well” portrays a new psychedelic feel providing a more lyrical based compositional style. Lolita will be reuniting for one show after their break-up in 2006. Their song, “Heartbreak You,” brings together some guitar shredding with a psychedelic foundation. DJ Joel Gion, of Brian Jonestown Massacre, will also be bringing some tunes throughout the night.
The Deli Magazine San Francisco highly recommends you catch this show tonight! –Victor Casillas Valle
Younger bands have buckled under lesser endeavors than Ruin, tonight’s reunited heroes of iconoclastic punk. From covering Leonard Cohen to maintaining their mid-nineties web presence to a pungent mixture of Buddhism, anarchism and old-time rock and roll, the Ruin train has made stops in many unpredictable stations over the years. Their original run (1981-1987) came to an end for the best of reasons – they wanted to quit at the top of their game – and perhaps that purity of ethos is why their mark on the Philly punk scene has lasted all these years. They take the stage tonight at Union Transfer like the returning champions they are, joined by a cohort of ascendant bands who can more than hold their weight in weirdness. Mischief Brew, Pagan Babies and Northern Liberties are kindred spirits to Ruin’s freak-flag waving reputation, and this will be a night to remember for Philly’s punk scene. Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St., 8pm, $20, 21+ – Alyssa Greenberg
Poolside’s hazy glow was the perfect fit for their 5pm set on Sunday. With their sparkling synths and infectious grooves, the band was practically made for summer. It says a lot about their stellar live show that they drew a very respectable crowd despite having to compete with Chelsea Wolfe and Kurt Vile playing on opposite stages. And for those of us watching, their new wave disco did not disappoint. – Chris Karman
On Friday night, Brick & Mortar will be bringing together a number of garage rock acts to entertain you for the night. Burnt Ones, are headlining and will be playing some tracks from their recently released album, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” which features some lo-fi vocals and a heavy fuzz sound. Santoros will be coming from Los Angeles to bring some folk sounds go their psych garage rock sound. Gravys Drop will also be playing some tracks from their newly released album, “Gumball” that features a 60s surf rock sound to the line-up. Swiftumz ‘s music will bring a much softer sound to the bill, and has a T-Rex-esque sound that will change up the sound of the night for a bit. And of course, DJ Al Lover will be playing some psych rock n’ roll music throughout the night.
Be sure to head on out and support some great local bands! –Victor Casillas Valle
Seasick Mama, the alter ego of singer, songwriter, performer, and model Marial Eve Moon, plays an intriguing brand of orchestral indie pop that with varying influences. Loose and unselfconscious, her music features ecstatic vocals, expressive lyrics, and danceable riffs. She will be releasing a new EP entitled "Tip Top Shape" – produced by a team of hot producers including David Sitek (TV on the Radio) and Peter Wade (MNDR) – with a show at the Knitting Factory on September 3. – LINK: Jack McGovern interview with Seasick Mama.
We added this song to The Deli’s playlist of Best Electro songs by emerging NYC artists – check it out!
While Jay Z (whew…glad that I remembered to leave out the hyphen) and Made in America chose not to include any Philly hip-hop artists on the official bill for this year’s festival, you can still catch a rising star from the city this evening at MilkBoy Philly. Producer/DJ collective Les Professionnels will be bringing out Fools Gold Records signee GrandeMarshall as a special guest for their party this evening. The brash, young buck released another fabulous mixtape earlier this year in Mugga Man, and expectations are high for his upcoming Fools Gold release. Besides appearances at record label and music media showcases, performances have been coming few and far between for the local emcee so tonight will certainly be a treat for all. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 10pm, $5, All Ages – H.M. Kauffman
BAMBARA finds beauty in disturbing places, which makes them fit perfectly with the tradition of NYC music. The heavy psych trio will celebrate the vinyl release of their album DREAMVIOLENCE tonight at Cakeshop – do not attend sober (or without earplugs!) – LINK: Jack McGovern’s interview with BAMBARA
Tonight, The Fire offers you the opportunity to catch a couple of leading men from rising local acts on their own. Commonwealth Choir appears to be a group that has caught people’s attention from the gate. The Doylestown natives deliver clean, catchy indie rock and frontman Jameson Davis Howley will be doing a solo thing this evening. Hopefully he’ll break out a few songs off their much-anticipated debut EP. As we await the release of Toy Soldiers new album The Maybe Boys, Ron Gallo brings his customary impassioned music, a melting pot of roots rock revival that casts shades of folk, blues, country and soul. Isn’t that just called rock ‘n’ roll? Fitting quite naturally on this bill is Michigan transplant Jeremy Quentin, a.k.a. Small Houses, who performs folky Americana that delivers through thoughtful lyrics and wistful melodies. The Fire 412 W. Girard Ave., 9pm., $8, 21+ – Michael Colavita
We’re proud to premiere the latest track from The Peculiar Pretzelmen, “Howling Gale”:
New York label Captured Tracks celebrates its 5th anniversary with a two day festival this weekend at The Well in Bushwick.
The Saturday show is headlined by breakout stars DIIV, who have redefined the standard for feel good guitar-bass interplay. Floating, reverberated vocals add to the joyous vibe that makes you want to dance and dream at the same time. Of equal importance on this night will surely be the romantic pop and classic hooks of MINKS. Their most recent release “Margot” is about as perfect a summer fall in love song one could possibly hope for. It’s the synth pop we loved in the 80’s with a truly engaging front vocalist and a chorus that tugs hard at your heart. Heavenly Beat, Chris Cohen and Blouse round out day 1.
Sunday’s show kicks off the first of the month with three homegrown acts whose prominence continues to rise. Widowspeak rightly places clear emphasis on Molly Hamilton’s somnolent vocals and centralized presence. Guitarist Robert Earl Thomas keeps everything from getting too dreamy and sleepy, by ripping guitar lines with forceful clarity. Beach Fossils continue to grow and expand their sound in unpredictable ways. The signature piercing guitar sound remains, but is now driven along by a more powerful percussive element. Wild Nothing, Soft Metals, Alex Calder and a “Special Guest” round out this second night. – Dave Cromwell