Indie-pop artist Somme has recently released a video to her newest single, “Ordinary Fools,” an ode to a past relationship that left her with a heavy heart. Jordan Cantor, the woman behind Somme, enchants her listeners as she passionately portrays the feeling of loss. “Ordinary Fools” is a work of fiction that every single one of us has been through – love, loss and everything in between. Somme captures her audience in a lyrical spider-web, stripping away the metaphors and telling her story raw: “You got me where you want and I’m trying not to show it.” Do yourself, your heart and your mind a favor and follow Somme on Spotify as her much-anticipated EP will be released on May 4th. Kayla Hay
Released earlier this month, Diary’s will-o’-the-wisp, is a refreshing mix of dream pop and drone rock. The three-song EP is filled with mesmerizing vocal reverb and electric guitar riffs, lulling you on “Contours” and then bolting you awake on “Fuchsia Gray.” You ca catch them at Muchmore’s on May 12th. – Nicolette Natale
Today, via Topshelf Records, Dig Yourself, the new album from Queen of Jeans, surfaces, and tomorrow evening, Underground Arts will be hosting their record release show, with support from Katie Ellen and Harmony Woods. The album is one that’s layered waves of sound continuously wash over you, gaining personal traction with each additional spin. Much like the ocean’s edge, where the band’s melodic, daydreaming, surf-pop haze transports one’s headspace to, these songs retain a personal warmth and refreshing aesthetic. Exploring the full arc, ranging from the beauty of beginning love, through the dangers of losing your own identity in the process, to the breaking up point, there’s an elegant, charming openness of emotion. An infectious, alluring backbeat and the heart of vocal harmonies breathe life into one’s lungs. Whether it’s marking the highs or lows, there’s a passionate, musical perspective that sticks throughout. In the ongoing evolution and evaluation of yourself, there’s never a bad time to dig in. – Michael Colavita
Other places where you can hide out from your family this Easter weekend…
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Queen of Jeans (Record Release), Katie Ellen, Harmony Woods, SUN Jesus Piece, Year Of The Knife
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Carroll, SAT DJ Emynd, Bo Bliz
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Mutlu, Aaron Parnell Brown
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI A Victim of Good Times, Your Ghost, The Age Of Truth/DJ Mighty Mike Saga/Philly Soul Syndicate, SAT Wax Wav, Breaklite/Atomic Cretins, Urban Resist/Billa, Diamond Girl, Lisa/DJ Phsh, DJ Hvnlee, SUN B-roc The Prophecy, Normal Gene/Black Urn
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI 5G, 9K,RIP Eternal, Reece Night
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT OT The Real, Alex Catrambone
TLA (334 South St.) FRI The Dean Ween Group
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Coffin Dust, Fame Lust
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Rusty Blue, Endless Taile/(Downstairs) Oblivion Her Majesty, Vital Stats, The Off Switch, Ariel, SAT (Upstairs) Butch Zito & The Prine Time Players
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Hooded Leaders, StateSchoolGIrl, SAT Please Die/The End A.D., Decontrol
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Ill Fated Natives, Ill Doots, SAT Milton, Cypher Clique
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Honeytiger, SAT Oolala, Jacopo De Nicola, Dirty Soap Blues Band / Suburban Living (DJ Set), SUN Knightlife, Brick Nova
The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Pray To Keep, Children’s Books, SAT Karmalatta, Nothing Vital
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Trap Rabbit (EP Release), Darla, SAT Josh Miller, Marc Silver, Nicky P
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Rich Medina, SAT DJ Deejay
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT David Cope, SUN Ben Vaughn Quintet/Rusty Cadillac
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Lonesome Crow, Old Fezziwig, T.C. Benjamin, Paul Kurrey, SAT Riverside Odds, Audio Impulse, Roxy Rollz
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT One Take Dave, Alexis Marche, Dahi Divine, C.Jae, Suzanne Sheer, Chill Moody
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Shawn Ryan, SAT Craig Dash
Coda (1712 Walnut St.) FRI Instupendo
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Chad Jenkins Band, 46 Shermans, Knightlife, SAT Wolf Accent, The Local Smokes, Cookie Rabinowitz
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Hardwork Movement
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Moor Mother
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Big Nothing, Kinda Alright, SAT Jesse Gimbel, Adventure Lost/Greg Mendez, Puppy Angst
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Los Ricos
The Loft (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Kate Dressed Up, Wack Cheddar, Rachel Andie & The V Element
An air of murky mystery looms throughout Gotcha, the new album from Matt Oleksa (of St. Peter’s Dog). That haunting, suspenseful level of intrigue sends chills as dim, danceable synth illuminates the corridors and those ghostly, gravelly vocals lurk over your shoulder. Something seems just a bit off as one slips into the album’s sneaky sonic trance. However, that could have been the plan all along, because just like that it’s gotcha.
Flower Girl Records will be releasing Autobiologist, the forthcoming solo debut from Adam Ackerman (Small Circle, Sorority Noise, Old Gray), on April 6. Gently opening up, acoustic guitar and piano mesh and meander. The narrator envisions sitting down and hypothetically writing an emotive, expository letter. "Four Notes" chronicles a blueprint to finding better personal footing. It may be a delayed explanation that also serves as a thank you to its intended subject.
The Deli SF is excited to announce that from the same people that brought you the monthly Milk Was A Bad Choice showcase, comes Throwin’ Bo’s—a new local showcase at the Elbo Room, hosted on the first Thursday of every month. For everyone who feels like they hang out at the same bar and see the same people every day, this is the event for you.
The first installment is approaching quickly on April 5th, featuring the psych-influenced, jangle-folk of Oakland rockers Half Stack, the fast-paced alt-rock of San Francisco-based The Band Ice Cream, and a headlining performance by none other than Oakland mainstay The Younger Lovers (streaming below). When we say the lineup is stacked, we aren’t kidding around.
This event is 21+ and will cost $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Anyone interested can RSVP on Facebook. – Lilly Milman
Philly punk outfit Soul Glo recently shared a new trio of tracks as Tour Tape 2K18. What was meant to be a stream only on Soundcloud is now available for download "due to legal shit in Missouri." While we hopefully continue to evolve and grow as a society, events such as the one that occurred to the band serve as an example of how more change is still necessary – right now! Delivering powerful, personal messages in tight musical windows, there’s a thoughtfulness that’s packed with raw emotion on the band’s latest release. The collection of songs was recorded in October/December of 2017 by Cameron Konner at The Knife Lair.
The Deli Nashville is proud to present our first actively-updated Spotify playlist featuring all the best Music City has to offer. "The New Nashville" playlist seeks to combine the Nashville heavyweights like Jack White and Chris Stapleton with the indie stars like Soccer Mommy and R.LUM.R and with the newest emerging artists we cover like Riley Moore and The Arcadian Wild! Be sure to follow the playlist to keep updated on the newest releases and support your incredibly talented local Nashville artists! – Chris Thiessen
New York’s Rosehardt (real name Caleb Eberhardt) has a unique musical aesthetic that would be hard to categorize as any one genre. It’s a little bit nu-soul, a little bit R&B, a little bit hip-hop, and a lot of heart. On his forthcoming LP, Songs in the Key of Solitude, dropping April 6th, Eberhardt throws caution to the wind and embraces myriad influences to the utmost effectiveness. Of the three tracks available for preview on his bandcamp – all varying wildly in style – "Fall Into You" is a stunning example of the end result of Eberhardt’s stylistic melting pot yielding something greater than the sum of its parts. He sings, "I just wanna be used/I don’t wanna be loved/I just want someone to take me for granted." It’s compelling material and makes for a unique listen. Rosehardt is playing a record release show at Baby’s All Right on April 6th, with support from Warren Wolfe and Synead. Listen to "Fall Into You" below! – Ethan Ames
Produced by Roldy Clark, “New Age People,” the debut single from Ryan McDevitt, crafts a mellow, mesmerizing trance. A steady key/percussive-steered beat stabilizes the movement. However, despite McDevitt’s self-assured, semi-spoken delivery, an acknowledgement of insecurity lurks in the lyrics. Displaying outward confidence as the stress of isolation spins within, the track irresistibly sneaks up on you.
Bike Thiefs have been around the Toronto punk scene for a while. They hail from the ‘burbs of Mississauga and play some noisy punk rock. They released a new EP last year titled “Lean Into It.” The opening track is in-your-face and rowdy. The fuzzy bass rumbles along with the drums and the guitars combine for a barrage of hectic noise. Give the album a spin on their bandcamp and even buy it if ya want! Bike Thiefs are touring the USA now and would appreciate the gas money! April 28th they return to the GTA playing the New Grey Goat in Newmarket. – Kris Gies
A quintet that blends pop elements with mid-oughts indie influences, Night Cap is allabout the smooth progressions and blissful harmonies. While Night Cap is still formulating a catalogue and has yet to release an official EP, songs like "Somehow" and "Heat" show that the group definitely have the music-writing chops to put a career together. Keep an eye on these bright-eyed boys as they continue to create in their adopted hometown of Austin.
Night Cap plays at the Spiderhouse Ballroom on March 30th https://www.facebook.com/events/197431147706991/