Alt Rock

Tall Horse releases intriguing double single "Dogwater/Bedwetter"

Tall Horse offers a curious blend of country and alternative rock to start your week right. The band's leading guitar riffs and bright basslines distort to contrast the distinctive vocals outpouring with emotion. The Portland, Maine band's new double single "Dogwater/Bedwetter" is Red Hot Chili Peppers' soft side meets Kings of Leon for an unconventional sound born in New England. The rhythms are steady, the atmosphere easy-going, the breakdowns heartfelt: the music is as emotionally honest as it gets. The group's latest effort should jolt them back into the New England music scene, and we are intrigued. The double single is streaming below to cure your Monday blues. - Rene Cobar

Pom Pom Squad and "Honeysuckle,"

“Honeysuckle,” a beautifully tender, reflective indie rock song, is the latest single from Brooklyn's Pom Pom Squad prior to the release of their second EP OW (out on September 6th), following 2017's HATE IT HERE. Berrin explains that the track is about rebuilding to resolve an issue, which one can only do once the cause of the wound is identified. The band's sound has evolved in more sophisticated and powerful directions compared to their previous material, with an aggressive electric sound and a more angsty delivery reminiscent of the riot grrls movement of the '90s . The single progresses from an apathetic stream-of-consciousness series of thoughts to painting a picture of a serious inward and outward, back and forth internal dialogue, tackling a painful personal experience with existential undertones underlined in the chorus: “if I’m nothing without you, am I anything at all?”. Berrin's sultry vocals never resolve the question, and a concoction of clunky guitars play a chunky tune that continues her honest anxiety. - Susan Moon 

Debut Party Muscles LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Party Muscles recently released their debut full-length album, Does It Even Matter. Crisp, melodic tunes stretch out exemplifying white-hot, guitar work, without losing touch with the groove. Uptempo with an energetic yet composed manner, the quartet flexes its charming, retro, songwriting skills. You can join the party this Thursday, August 15, at Ortlieb’s, where they'll be throwing down with BYRH and Night Windows.

Sicayda - Alt-Shoegaze Band Drops Debut EP

Sicayda is a fresh 4 piece shoegaze band here in Toronto. Building their sound with layered melodies along with “melancholic yet uplifting tones”. Their lead single “Go On” opens up their debut EP “Sown”. This track has many sonic layers heavily drenched in shoegaze tone but also bringing influences such as 90’s alternative and perhaps some old Coldplay styles. Sicayda brings their sound to The Festival Lingua Franca in Toronto on August 29th. – Kris Gies

Weekend Warrior - August 9 - 11

Bad Heaven Ltd. is the latest project from Snowing’s John Galm, who is also backed by Tyler Bussey (No Thank You, Strange Ranger, The World Is A Beautiful Place…) on guitar and vocals, Ross Barzuk (Snowing) on bass, and Melissa Brain (Amanda X, MARGE) on drums. The band just dropped its new LP Strength last week, the follow-up to the group’s 2016 debut Cool Hell. Originally inspired by acts like Sparklehorse and Elliott Smith, Galm revealed that “Strength is about being young and stupid and thinking things are good and will continue to be good, when realistically they’re not, and it’s just gonna hit you again.” Bad Heaven Ltd. will be bringing all those feels to Philly’s favorite batting cages/DIY space Everybody Hits this Saturday, where they’ll also be joined by Maxwell Stern (of Signals Midwest). – Alexis V.

Other places where you might catch the feels this weekend…

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Goodthief, SAT Max Stern, Bad Heaven Ltd.

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Sitcom, AnnonXL, SUN Sparrow Steeple

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SUN No Thank You, Earth Telephone

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Dumal, Sonja/Function, SAT Truculent/Fame Lust

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI The Extraordinaires, Eddie Sids, SUN Talie

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Yellowhammer Fund Dance Party: Rana Ransom, DJ Delish, SUN Lovelorn

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI August Burns Red, SAT So Far Gone: Dirty South Joe, Magglezzz, SUN Simply Christopher

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SUN Function

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Hoochi Coochi

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Knightlife, Little Fawn, Service Dog/The Savories, FONVERY, Rubber, SUN Hand Me Downs, Spinechain

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Preps, SAT Full Bush

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Trash Knife, Faking, SAT The Stone Eye, SUN Destiny X

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Twentythreenineteen, Here/Now

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Sylo, Astro 8000, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Live Band Karaoke, SAT Live Band Karaoke, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Homestead Collective, Dylan Jane 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT DJ Elijvh Vrms 

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Menace Cartel, SUN New Pony

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Royale, SAT Bye, Bye Boobies! A Top Surgery Celebration / DJ Ian St Laurent, SUN Sinful Sundays 

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Reef The Lost Cauze, SAT Whitney Peyton

The Tusk (430 South St.) SAT The Mojo Machine, The Outlaw Pandas, Sex with Rollercoasters, Rasan In The Heyday

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Episode, The End AD, SAT Loafass (Tape Release), The Barren Marys

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Deck 5, Almost There, Modern Mercury, YelloCake, SAT Uncle Dan, Mr. Lisp

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Splintered Sunlight

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Gloria Deo, PhillyGreen, Humilitarian, SUN No Option, Freeze, Pit Hair 

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SUN Soft Crime

Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St., 3rd FL) FRI Paradise Gardens, Strawberry Hands, Control Point

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) FRI The Wonder Bars

The Mothership (602 S. 52nd St.) FRI Datadrift

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI FLNG, Screamcloud

Haus of Yarga (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Magnetic The Shaman w/Calo, ASCXNSION, Jewelssea, SAT Blueprint, Fracture

Anthorna Gallery (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Alenni, A Million Dollars, SAT The Dark Tournament, Baphomet Nothing

The Tide Pool (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Blame Jakob, Daydrunks

The Buffalo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Rubbish, King AniMal, Manikineter, Gutsack

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