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Field Mouse express cautious optimism on "Heart of Gold," play Elsewhere 8.17

New York / Philadelphia band Field Mouse evoke internal conflict on their new single “Heart of Gold,” basking in lukewarm nostalgia against massive pop punk riffs and a breakneck percussive pace. With lyrics detailing dreams of car crashes and meeting one’s “evil self,” lead singer Rachel Browne’s vocal performance is rife with anxiety and a lingering sense of dread. Despite this apprehension, Browne still expresses a cautious confidence, stating she “still has a heart of gold,” which offset against melodic, explosive guitar work embeds the track with an enduring sense of optimism. Stream it below, and catch Field Mouse at Elsewhere’s Zone One on August 17th. -Connor Beckett McInerney

Boy Scouts releases animated video for "Hate Ya 2"

Boy Scouts just released their latest video for "Hate Ya 2" and it's a captivating animated creation. What an amazing blend of visual mediums that pairs so nicely with the sad and lovely tune. Shout out to that fly, the balloon, all of it. Boy Scouts' new album Free Company is out September 30 on Anti Records. Fall tour dates (with Jay Som!) start September 11. 

Says Vicks, "”Hate Ya 2” is about trying to grapple with conflicting feelings. When you still have love for someone who can also make you feel undervalued and hurt, and how confusing that experience can be. The process of recording this song felt very cathartic. Stephen [Steinbrink] and I drove out to my parent’s house with my friend Rose Droll to have her record piano on a few songs from the record, and when she played along to this one we tracked a few takes of her improvising. It added such a beautiful melancholic element, in true Rose Droll fashion.” 

When we asked Boy Scouts' front person Taylor Vicks why their music has a "golden retriever" classification on Bandcamp, they said, simply, "I really like golden retrievers." A fine, fine reason. Well, we really like you. Give this tune a listen and be damned if you don't listen to the rest of the album, too. 

- Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

 

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

Throwin' Bo's brings Max Gardener, Half Stack, Chelsea Rose & Easy Love

This Friday August 2, the Milk Bar is the lucky host of another Throwin’ Bo’s night. Those boys sure know how to put a bill together. The night will feature a couple of Bay Area favorites and some sweet LA gems. From the Area we have Half Stack, those fun and funny folk music folks that know how to tickle a guitar. There’s Max Gardener, whose gentle dreamy bedroom folk will make you bat your lashes and tap your fingers. Tied for best former Summer Twin we have Chelsea Rose with a true and lovely voice and delightful presence--see video demonstration below--and Easy Love, that 60's inspired indie pop that hits just the right spot. Me oh man, what a night! – Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

Weekend Warrior - July 12 - 14

Dreamswell will be celebrating its debut full-length LP SPOILED with a performance this evening at Boot & Saddle. Haunting, weighted ambiance quakes and shudders throughout the album. The songs sonically realize ominous, brutal, bombarding tones that melodically shred within treacherous terrains. Somehow during those nightmarish, ominous sequences, as the percussion pulverizes, one finds a peaceful, placid, shoegazing perspective. Dreamswell will be supported by the raw, raucous, mesmerizing metal of Witching and the rhythmically rolling, synth-fueled darkwave of SOLD, as well as NYC’s Stay at Home Dads. – Michael Colavita 

More places to be at this weekend…

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Dreamswell (Record Release), Witching, Sold, SAT Palmas

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Hurry, SAT The Classic Hunt, Hand Me Downs, Afloat / Fame Lust, SUN Low Dose, Yarrow, Mute Host

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Fabergégé, SUN Thin Lips

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Emo-Palooza: Revolutions Radio, SAT Stranger Things Dance Party: Wassup Gina, DJ Shearn

TLA (334 South St.) FRI High Noon

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

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN Nuevo Fest: Lady HD

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Wordsmith Experience: Eli Capella, MC Knowledge, Seraiah Nicole, Jazz Fresh, Blessa, A.T. Eaze, Kae Hock, SAT Chalk & The Beige Americans, SUN October Black, Dawns Divide, The Climaxers

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Hayduke, Wexler & the Better Humans, SUN Kenty Love

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Soul Glo, Drowse, Penetrode, Bandit, SAT TIOGA, Tiny Hueman

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI No Gods, Hyve, SAT The Shakedown/Pat Keo, Josh Holiday, SUN Imprint: Very J, Lucas Lee, Keen

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

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

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Earth7, Rally Point, Kinda Alright

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Tate (Record Release), Fast Car Slow Car, Babe Grenade, SAT Love Fest: Breakfast for Turtles, The Smoking Lightbulb, The Missing Frets, Sonny Knockout, Ntive Flora, SUN Seraiah Nicole, Séana The Solstice

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

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Royale, SAT DJ Ian St Laurent

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI DJ Stampone, SAT HPUSA Killadelphia Slasherfest: Wolves Attack, Voodoo Death Cult, The Mad Splatter 

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI Frost Giant

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Dustin Awesomes, LunaVex, 3xiLe, SAT Gross, Toxic Malt

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Perlin Noise, Moonroof, Chiseled Lilies, SAT The Barker Brothers, Jac with No K, Hootsie, Creem Circus

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Vertical Current, SAT Nik Greeley & The Operators, SUN Fundraiser for Children’s Hospital: Osler Circle 

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Big Nothing

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) FRI Rob Paine & Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Cousin Mike

Lizard Lounge (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Beach Fuzz (Album Release), Daydrunks, Earthboy, Family Volleyball

Haus of Yarga (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Under 95

Anthorna Gallery (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Love Fest: Alex Deems, Rabbit Heart, Lost Thirds, Emmanuel Ohemeng III and Perpetual Motion, Sunchoke, Midfield, Vague Advice

The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Nic Sanderson, FLNG, Little Stray

Free Candy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Sam Jackson

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