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Groupie's "Visceral" is 21st Century Revolution Rock - live at Zone One 6.17

It’s hard not to be bitter in this right wing, late capitalist hellscape that we call waking life. Folks with what is deemed “nonessential employment” (including this beleaguered writer) worry about automation, and the crushing weight of political inertia makes it difficult to take action against the seemingly insurmountable challenges of our time. No one understands that better than Brooklyn garage duo Groupie, who, on their newest EP Validated find a way to contextualize our malaise-ridden zeitgeist over the course of four, fast and loose, fuzzed out tracks. From screaming into the void about an uncertain future on the sinister “5 Year Plan,” to embracing a devil-may-care, burn-it-all-down perspective on closer “Cannibal Wave,” Groupie’s punk-tinged rock is very much of the times, expressing anger not just at the powers that be, but at a society-wide fatigue of resisting a political machine that has rigged the game in its favor. Regardless of the frustration, Validated remains as an authentic discordant representation of a post-2016 mindset, reminding the listener that there is power in anger, that you are not alone in your nihilism, and that rage can be a unifying force in questioning (and hopefully changing) the world we live in.

Groupie will deliver their subversive sound to Elsewhere’s Zone One on Jun 17th, alongside Miss June and THICK. In the meanwhile, you can stream Validated from the comfort of you own home. -Connor Beckett McInerney, Photo by Jeanette D. Moses

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New Ylayali Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Caterpillar Graveyard, the new collection of songs from Ylayali, a.k.a. Francis Lyons (of Free Cake for Every Creature), is now available via Sleeper Records. An intimate openness is met with a fuzz-forward, lo-fi buzz, creating a sense of chaos & tension. Hushed/whispered vocals make one listen intently as the instrumentation illuminates the lyrics. You can catch Ylayali performing this evening, along with Naps and Lesser. For more info, please go HERE.





Zesty punk rockers Top nachos are ready to play Bushwick Public House 06.01

Forget your easy-listening diet; your ears gotta get a load of TOP nachos! The Queens, NY band’s 2018 record Dank Side of the Moon is stuffed with eruptive garage-rock tracks that never let up. The entire LP shows off the duo’s ability to create a zesty sonic experience: relentless drum beats, crunchy guitar riffs, and catchy choruses leave a feel-good aftertaste track after track. Yes, the choruses of songs like “Punk Vacation” (streaming) may seem overly simple at first but boy do they stick with you. The band’s upbeat approach to the hefty fuzz-rock that groups like Truckfighters have championed is what makes them a standout. If you are hungry for a good time, TOP nachos will showcase their delicious sonic dish June 1st at the Bushwick Public House. - Rene Cobar

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New The Cavemen Split Release Available for Streaming & Download

The Cavemen & TVO recently shared a tour split tape. For their part, The Cavemen create a rumbling, fuzz-around-the-edges aesthetic. There’s a bright yet crunchy tone that gets the head nodding in approval. You just might want to crack open a beer, and leave behind the workday sooner than you planned.





Weekend Warrior - May 17 - 19

Having hosted innumerable historic evenings, a legendary landmark, The Troc, commemorates with its Last Local Band Blowout Sunday. The billing is loaded with the venue’s Philly favorites, which include Pissed Jeans, Stinking Lizaveta, Dandelion, and The Three 4 Tens among others. It’s difficult to imagine how the Center City building may change, but hopefully our musical memories will last forever. You will be missed (well, maybe not the hard-ass security;-).

And speaking of missing, Kyle Gilbride’s Missing Earth is part of a stacked show tomorrow evening at Planet Phitness. There’s a mellow, meandering-through-one's-thoughts lyricism, with a celestial backdrop that propels ahead, found in the project’s compositions. A meditative, synth-centric sound saturates. The blissful blitz of contagious energy-elevating, emotive-channeling, power-pop, known as Psychic Flowers, will also be on display. Bookended by a pair of Boston outfits in Fucko and Sundog, the lineup is reinforced by the lush, dreamy melodies and tenacious riff combination of Field Mouse. – Michael Colavita 

Other places where you can rock this weekend…

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN The Three 4 Tens, Dandelion, Stinking Lizaveta, Alright Junior, Pissed Jeans, School of Rock Philadelphia, The Workhorse III, Pagan Babies, Violent Society

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Missing Earth, Psychic Flowers

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT DJ Emynd, Bo Bliz

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SUN Devil Master, Grave Turner

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Hartline, Cassettes, Midfield, Andross/DJ Deejay, SAT A Victim of Good Times, Ringleader, Cardinal Arms/DJSC, SUN Plague Dogs, Atomic Cretins

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Hotel Neon (Record Release Show), SAT Psalmships, Dan the Movie, SUN Joe Jack Talcum, F. Woods and The Fellow Humans, STARWOOD

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Function: Zach!, 1-800-HAPPY HR, Magglezzz

Franklin Music Hall (421 N. 7th St.) SAT RunHideFight, Control Top

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN (Upstairs) Birdie Busch/(Downstairs) Rock The Cause: Shane Henderson, Hurry, June Divided, Joshua Chase Miller 

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Viking's Valhalla Rising

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Float Collective

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Flat Mary Road (Record Release), 2nd Grade, Distant Voices, SAT Sunburster, Dreamswell, SUN Last Full Measure, Dear Forbidden, Fake Nudes

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI This Kills Me, Comfy, SAT Mage Hand, Countdown from Ten

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SUN SUN OG Juan Shinobi, Internal Rhyme, The Hailstones, Teddy Meanface, Sami Rahman

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT The Paper Shakers, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT-SUN The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival: Black Dirty, BRAT, Calla Bere, Cheddar Boys, Kelvin Cochrane Delmont, Dr. Beardface and the Spaceman, Barry Dwier, Endless Taile, Hannah Taylor , Jacopo Di Nicola & The Late Saints, Looseleaf, Zach Lopresti, Lovers League, Reverend TJ McGlinchey, My Familiar, Ocean Avenue Stompers, Dave Patten & The First Cut, Pravda (acoustic),Primitive Heart, Alec Stewart, Max Swan, RFA, Rover Rover, TC Cole Riot , Vilebred, Whiskey Effect, You Do You, Zavetis

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Sad & Boujee, SUN Maydaze

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Peek-A-Boo Revue “Tease Through Time,” SAT Peek-A-Boo Revue “Tease Through Time”/Ed Christof, SUN The Enterprise Strips Back: A Star Wars vs. Star Trek Burlesque

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI The Noid, Shewolf Dana Kain & the Mighty Incisors, Voodoo Death Cult, Kill The Dead, SAT Yuckmouf, Hotflakes

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Primaries, Riverby (EP Release), Bitchfork, Dawson Street, The Describers, SAT  Duke Brothers, Monsters Eat People

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, Brown Sugar, SUN Ernest Stuart Trio

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Dealer Plates, Bungler

Space 1026 (1026 Arch St.) SAT Dark Web

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.)  FRI Redlight 20: UPENN Class of 99 Reunion Party: Cosmo Baker, SAT Matthew Law presents Friends & Fam

The Root Cellar (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Black Dirty, Kinda Alright, Glass Leaf

 

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