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Dump Him prepares for record release, plays Flywheel Arts Collective 08.28

Northampton’s Dump Him does not care much if you think its music is good or bad; the band’s liberating rock is for everyone. Letting rip fast-paced distorted guitars, eruptive drums, and sticky-good pop choruses, the group keeps the voltage high and the pop-punk cream thick. The band’s latest set of singles “Dykes To Watch Out For” and “Trash” are confirmation that the group plans on keeping its middle finger flying high toward the establishment, with powerful messages about personal freedom and empowering rock ‘n’ roll—the way any great punk band ought to do. The two singles are a preview of the group’s upcoming record Dykes To Watch Out For set for release on August 30th. If you want to catch Dump Him live, you can make your way to the Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton, MA tomorrow evening. We are streaming the upcoming album’s title track for you below. - Rene Cobar

New Sheer Mag LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Sheer Mag’s new full-length album, A Distant Call, the follow-up to 2017’s Need to Feel Your Love, is out now via Wilsuns RC. Welding a raw, emotive-fueled fire with effortless melodies, the recordings mesh finesse and strength, with the band demonstrating a widening range of songwriting prowess. Just press play, and let it rip. You can catch Sheer Mag performing live on Thursday, October 10 at Union Transfer, with Tweens.

New Track: "System Error" (Feat. Moor Mother) - Zonal

Philly experimental sound sculptor and emcee Moor Mother is featured on multiple track of Wrecked, the forthcoming full-length album from Zonal, the collaborative project of God Flesh/Jesu's Justin K. Broadrick and electronic producer Kevin Martin (The Bug, King Midas Sound). Below is the initial offering from the LP, called "System Error". It's a pulsating, mesmerizing, ominous reminder of how completely broken our current system is. The lead single is also accompanied by shadowy visual imageries that you can totally zone out to on this Monday while avoiding work. Wrecked is scheduled for release on September 20 via Relapse Records.

Black Beach previews upcoming album with noisy single "Sometimes This Body Lets Me Down"

Harsh, loud, disturbing, and plenty entertaining is "Sometimes This Body Lets Me Down" the latest single from Boston post-punk rockers Black Beach. The grainy song features all the ire of bursting drums, mangled guitar riffs, and swelling vocal cords—think Black Sabbath and Rage Against the Machine in a fiery car crash. The single is a thorny preview of the band's upcoming record Tapeworm due out October 11th. Black Beach is known for its penchant for doom-laced tunes and its flirtations with grunge disruptions; the energetic single is a promise of more madness to come. We are streaming "Sometimes This Body Lets Me Down" below to agitate your weekend. - Rene Cobar

Weekend Warrior - August 23 -25

Somber, sincere songs with a barroom grit and smokiness, Don Babylon captures the feel of pushing through the gray days in the hope that tomorrow represents a fresh start. As the clouds weigh heavy overhead, the band captures a rough-around-the-edges, honest, in-the-moment sound that’s willing to expose its flaws with storytelling that makes those tales ring true. With their new album Does It Even Matter, Party Muscles delivers crisp, melodic rippers, while Madalean Gauze delivers mesmerizing, psych-infused rock. The Brooklyn-based, garage-rock quintet, Damn Jackals, rounds out this Saturday evening lineup at Boot & Saddle. – Michael Colavita

More places to hit for the non-beach goers this weekend…

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Erin Incoherent, Joe Jack Talcum, The Spirit World, Lust for Nothing, SAT Don Babylon, Madalean Gauze, Party Muscles 

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Hardwork Movement, Martronimous, LikeBirds

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI You Do You, Rubber, SAT Andhera, Dark Waters End / Fame Lust, SUN Julia Rainer

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Deep Tissue

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Riverside

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Function

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Maddogg, Vixen77 / (Downstairs) 25th Anniversary of Jeff Buckley’s Grace (Presented by The Key) The End of America, SAT (Upstairs) A Day Without Love

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Mrs. Kitching

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) Soraia (Vinyl Release), Siravo, Mach 22, SAT Rosu Lup

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Space Donkey and the Moonbouncers (Record Release), Somethin' Divine, Dot Gov, Archpalatine, SAT Stealing From Thieves, Delmont, Threefold Fire, SUN Fast Car Slow Car, Starberry

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Line Leader, Puppy Angst, SAT Leon Budrow, Blueprint

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Camp Candle (EP Release), Overwinter, Weekend Athlete, SAT The Groove Merchants, Kirby & the Vibe Tribe, Petite Sketches, SUN Mike Space, Highnoom

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Aktive, Richard Issa, SAT DJ Deejay

2nd Street Brew House (1700 S. 2nd St.) FRI Roger Harvey & The High Lifers, Bobby Barnett 

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

The Tusk (430 South St.) SAT The Lot, Lamplighters

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Tartarus Horde,  Since the Fire

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Death of Saul, Port Arthur, Radish

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI DJ Mighty Mike Saga, Elijvh Vrms, SUN The End of Summer Bash 

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT DJ Ricky Lee, SUN Frank Daly

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Lower Case Blues, James Pace Band, Ghost of the Mill, SAT This Kills Me, Erin Incoherent

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Jellyroll, Kenn Kweder, SAT Splintered Sunlight, The Newspaper Taxis, SUN Catullus

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI Moral Code

The Mothership (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT Impressionist, Likebirds, Hermit High Priestess

Couchtown (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Twin Beds, Mechanical Canine, Carly Cosgrove

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