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The Deli Philly’s December Record of the Month: 100% - JUICE

JUICE is a fledgling outfit of “four freaks freakin’,” featuring members of Louie Louie, Dark Web, and Ursula. What originally surfaced as demo recordings has now turned into the band’s debut label release, 100% (Get Better Records), and The Deli Philly’s December Record of the Month.

A menacing bass rumbles before the snap of snare and clamor of guitar intermingle with warbly, spooky accents of keys to form the blood-racing, heart-pounding backdrop of “Body Machine”. The unrelenting, instrumental combination instantly induces one to gyrate uncontrollably, before its mantra-esque vocals are injected into the mix. The EP’s opener hits quickly, leaving a lasting impression as it rushes to an abrupt demise, crackling into “For Plants Hanging”. Keeping the raw, primal beat, we are once again off to the races as angular guitar riffs morph into a more danceable groove, a kin to legendary music pioneers Devo, toeing the line between basement punk outfit and post-punk art-rockers.

“Headache” builds off its slow, military march of drums and the sludgy ring of chords, making way for a chaotic melee of gang vocals to ensue, inviting you to join in. A doorway to the underworld is unlocked, pulling you down beneath the surface. A last ditch attempt is made to escape, which doesn’t seem to end well. Wading in the muck and mire of uncertainty, “Highway” captures the desolation of the road, with our journey ending in a fade out of feedback and noise.

Clocking in at approximately fifteen minutes, the brief introduction to JUICE is a memorable and enjoyable one. Now, the wait begins to hear where the “freaks” will take us next. – Alexis V. 

New Dulls EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

A new EP, Probably Never, is out now from the Philly quartet of Dulls. Silence precedes sound in the first track, “Another Kind,” as the album gradually opens. Grit and clarity converge in an ethereal, sonic capsule. The white-hot, searing tranquility is paced rapidly yet appears in a hazy vortex. Everything is rushing around in real time, but the objects seem to be moving in slow motion.

Weekend Warrior, November 30 - December 2

Paper Scissors Media in conjunction with Good How Are You Records present Great How’ve You Been Fest 18 this weekend. Split between Tralfamadore and Pleasure Mountain Ballroom on Saturday and Sunday respectively, the event assembles a large contingent of local talent. Saturday’s slate includes the down-to-earth, figuring-it-out-as-it-goes, melodic, pop-punk narratives of Yeenar. Conversely, Francis Ponton, a.k.a. Overwinter, smoothly simmers into the void on a multifaceted electro/synth-pop vessel. With another new EP, There's Nothing More I Can Do, due out tomorrow, Dani in Public lays word-weaving, introspective lyrics over neon-lit, electro-experimenting beats, wrapping the listener in a vulnerable groove. Among those featured on Sunday are the quartet of Blushed, who mesh ethereal, head-in-the-clouds dreampop with turbulent groundswells in surf-garage hybrid. Riding a rhythmic wave, the rambunctious alt-rock of Full Bush invites you into a rowdy release of energy, while garage-psych rockers Secret Nudist Friends captivate with their rippin' jams. You’ll be feeling just fine at Great How’ve You Been Fest 18 this weekend! – Michael Colavita 

More places where you’ll feel fine this weekend…

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Great How’ve You Been Fest 18: Kelsey Cork & the Swigs, Overwinter, Dani in Public, Canine 10, Busy Bee Project, Yeenar, Erik Kramer, Elissa Janelle Velveteen 

Pleasure Mountain Ballroom (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Great How’ve You Been Fest 18: Full Bush, Trash Boy, Blushed, Secret Nudist Friends, Puppy Angst, Rebecca Zimmerman

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Beggars (Record Release), Deadfellow

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Last Generation On Film, Keely Sibilia, Josh Agran/DJ Elijvh Vrms, DJ Richard Reich, SAT DJ Cousin Mike

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Ellen Siberian Tiger, Hemming, Camp Candle, SAT Luxe

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI FRI (Balcony) Matty Moonshine, Alex Catrambone, Nicky Bruh, Lil Zip & JGriff

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SAT Circa Survive, Queen of Jeans

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Birthday Boy, Past Life, SAT (Upstairs) Strawberry Runners, Grayling

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Philly Alternativo 1st Annual Benefit Concert, SAT JW Farrell, Rare Spirits

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT PanSong

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI William H. Travis, Birdie Busch, C. Hundreds, SUN Knightlife, Medium Rare, Jac with No K

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI The 1940s, Lovebuckle, Erik Kramer/High Reeper, Green Meteor, Thunderbird Divine, Ritual Earth, SAT RunHideFight

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Hannah Krupa, Dylan Jane Band, SAT J Solomon, SUN Butter Queen Sister, The Cheddar Boys

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Rich Medina, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Craig Dash, SAT Ed Christof

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Jeremy Adam, Crooked Ways, Matthew Trexler, Ashton John, Christine Irizarry  & The Foolhardy, SAT Mr. Unloved, The Mojo Machine, The Prisoners

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Bok Nero, Shizz Lo, Swizzymack, DJ Lean Wit It, Rob Diioia 

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI The Sixth Year, Popular Creeps, Snakes & Vultures

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Felipe Pupo, The Magnificent Shithawks of the Greater Northern Americas, Thyla, SAT Thee Minks, The Tone Bandits

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Barker Brothers, Stargazer Lily, SAT Local Smokes(CD Release), Slomo Sapiens, The Tisburys, Tulpa, Whackbat

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI The Urban Guerilla Orchestra

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Heavensake, Last Minute Hero, The Drowned God

The Mothership (602 S. 52nd St.) SUN Stinking Lizaveta

Super Wimpy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Knifeplay, Sitcom

New Little Strike EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Electro-folk artist Tamar Dart, a.k.a. Little Strike, recently shared her new EP Beyond Things. Dart’s vocals exhibit a gentle, pensive nature, even while addressing complex societal issues - both from a micro and macro perspective. Brought along for the journey, there’s a peacefulness in the intricate atmosphere of production, which retains a feathery quality despite its complexities. Putting personal poetry into organic motion, these songs appeal to a universal audience.

New Music Video: "I Do What I Do" - Hardwork Movement

Co-directed by Natasha Cohen-Carroll and Sterling Duns, hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement recently posted a new video for “I Do What I Do”. The single can be found on the group's latest EP Playing With Fire, which is out now via nicethingsMUSIC. What begins as a street-level chase/getaway scene shifts to members and friends "flexing" and busting some coordinated dance moves. It's a playful, confident display that looks like a good time had by all filming. You can catch Hardwork Movement at the newly anointed Franklin Music Hall with A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Pretty Girls Like Trap on New Year's Eve.

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