The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of New Brunswick, or, The Fatal Voyage of Ghoul Lagoon The Band

The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of New Brunswick, or, The Fatal Voyage of Ghoul Lagoon The Band

- Madison James

Like all great epics, this one also has a prologue, as there's a lot of shit to explain before anything about the title makes any sense.

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Two Thumbs Down premieres third single off upcoming album, 'Bob and Edith'

Two Thumbs Down premieres third single off upcoming album, 'Bob and Edith'

- Beck Macey

With the release of a new single, in anticipation for their upcoming album, DC natives Two Thumbs Down crash into Bob and Edith. Bob and Edith is a fuzzy fast paced existential romp that teeters somewhere between indie rock and elements of surf punk.

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Shark Club show off their reference-laden video for 'Bill Murray'

Shark Club show off their reference-laden video for 'Bill Murray'

- Maciej Lewicki

Shark Club have been a mainstay of the NJ emo scene for quite a while now, despite not having released music for over 4 years at this point. This changed on September 3rd with their announcement of the upcoming album Here Be Electric Joy and first single, Four Cups In. Hitting all the emo milestones, Four Cups In has been in heavy rotation for us and today we are happy to be premiering the music video for their next single, Bill Murray.

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Gig in Review - Peleton Festival 2021

Gig in Review - Peleton Festival 2021

- Maciej Lewicki

Waking up on the morning of Sept. 11th, the first thought to go through my head was excitement at the upcoming show, Peleton Festival 2021 - originally meant for September of last year, but rescheduled due to COVID, it was the first of its kind, a showcase of the variety of bands on Poland-based Peleton Records. Introduced by their tagline “indie that cares” (it makes sense in Polish I swear, the word for indie and care share a root), which could not be any more accurate - while heavy-leaning, the bands truly had something for everyone - from the most chilled out dream pop to straightforward emo and pop-punk through the heaviest iterations of skramz.

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Singles of the Week 8/15

Singles of the Week 8/15

- Beck Macey

In most cases when I listen to emo adjacent music, I expect vocals to be a necessary component to what makes a song great. Lyricism is something that continuously catches my eye, often more than let's say a bass line or guitar melody. However, the debut single from Jersey indie math rock outfit Poetry of The Stars, did away with that all together. ‘Bette and the Starchild’ is an instrumental exploration in time and space as the band guides us along a four-minute journey that starts with a mysterious piano and ends with crashing finish.

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An Interview with Karl Roy on his new EP “Toys”

An Interview with Karl Roy on his new EP “Toys”

- Beck Macey

Beck: Why don’t we start with telling me a little bit about yourself and your background as a musician?

Bryce: My name is Bryce Nagy but my stage name is Karl Roy and I've been doing music since I was about 15, when I started learning guitar. I was really into bands like Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins, and they made me want to write songs. Especially like Nirvana and Green Day because they wrote such simple songs that made me think I could pull that off. From there I formed my first band when I was a junior in high school and by senior year I was doing solo stuff and creating my own studio, but I didn’t put together anything I really liked until I was 22 when Another Day Another Life came out in December. That’s when I really started figuring out Ableton and recording, but Toys was when I took those ideas and began expanding on it.

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Singles of the Week 6/19
Another Hospital Releases the Highly Anticipated EP ‘Proof Of Context’

Another Hospital Releases the Highly Anticipated EP ‘Proof Of Context’

- Maciej Lewicki

Proof of Context, the newest EP from Philadelphia’s Another Hospital feels like an acid trip. From the light acoustic guitar and spacey vocals on the intro to Try It Sometime, front person Eric Kohlenstein sets the stage for the rest of the album – the self-described ‘feeling of being stuck in a loop’ hits from the very start as lines and endings are repeated. The lyrics themselves take on an abstract meaning and jump from subject to subject as Kohlenstein pulls out connections from seemingly out of nowhere, yet never actually disturbs the flow.

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Positive Anger, Understood Sadness

Positive Anger, Understood Sadness

- Beck Macey

During the 1970’s and 80’s we categorized youths with an interest in harder music as being those engaged in the most delinquent attitudes, having a negative commitment to school, and forming some of the most risk-taking behaviors in relation to social groups. (Brown, Hendee, 1989) Furthermore, the media has long criminalized the genre of punk and demonized the people who choose to identify with its style, thematic ethics and messages, and its culture as a whole. However, even before there was any real change in the way we view this genre, punk was doing a lot more for outcasted and emotionally vulnerable teenagers than what was being represented in the media.

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Singles of the Week 4/25
Doug Dulgarian Launches New Label: Julia’s War Recordings

Doug Dulgarian Launches New Label: Julia’s War Recordings

- Thomas Hagen

Julia’s War jumped out of a dream and onto the internet fast. Philadelphia’s Doug Dulgarian (they are gutting a body of water) dreamed of a duck (a duck shaped rock) the night before he met its earthly twin, and both birds warned that if he didn’t start a label imminent death awaited in six days. “so I figured ‘what the hell I’ve always wanted the opportunity to do something like that and just put shit out that I really love,’” Dulgarian remembers.

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Singles of the Week 4/1
Devil Town Tapes Reissues the Snowhore EP “Everything Tastes Bad”

Devil Town Tapes Reissues the Snowhore EP “Everything Tastes Bad”

- Beck Macey

Exciting news from small time cassette label Devil Town Tapes! As of today (March 29th) the previously only released via Bandcamp Snowhore EP “Everything Tastes Bad” is now available on physical cassette and streaming. The limited edition tapes will be available in two variants (transparent pink and lilac purple)and are available for purchase now! This new version of the release features brand new artwork and previously unreleased tracks!

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Singles of the Week 3/22
An Interview With Buddie’s Dan Forrest

An Interview With Buddie’s Dan Forrest

- Beck Macey

Back in January I sat down with Buddie member Dan Forrest to talk about their latest album, what it was like to release music during the pandemic (as well as quick changes of plans) future hopes and aspirations, and band dynamics. It was a wonderful conversation with a fantastic band. Buddie is a self described power pop / rock band from Philadelphia currently working with Crafted Sounds, an awesome Indie label based out of Pittsburgh. In the summer of 2020 Buddie released their first full length album, “diving”, which received positive remarks from the likes of The Key and The Deli (two popular Philly area music blogs). You can find buddie’s music on all streaming platforms.

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An Interview with Jamie Conroy: Luigi’s DIY to Release Bootleg Tape Series

An Interview with Jamie Conroy: Luigi’s DIY to Release Bootleg Tape Series

- Maciej Lewicki

Today, Philly-based Luigi’s DIY launches a new bootleg tape series, focused on committing the best performances from their streaming initiative Luigi.TV to tape. The first run of cassettes features sets from the bands Cheem, Yeah is What We Have, and Stand and Wave and for the next month, Luigi’s will be hand-dubbing the cassettes to order. At the end of the month, these cassettes will be replaced and new ones will take their place. I spoke with Jamie Conroy (they/she), Luigi’s cofounder about the project and why they started it.

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An Interview with Greg Mendez: One Year out from the Release of Cherry Hell

An Interview with Greg Mendez: One Year out from the Release of Cherry Hell

- Beck Macey

Beck: What influences did you pull on when writing Cherry Hell? Are there specific themes that you drew on? As well as any artists you might have pulled influence from too?

Greg: I guess the songs are like photographs but not as exact, so more like drawings or paintings of things from my past or from people who are close to me, especially for this album, but really all of my music as well.

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An Interview with Don Giovanni Records

An Interview with Don Giovanni Records

- Beck Macey

In early June I got in touch with Joe Steinhardt, owner of Don Giovanni Records based out of New Brunswick New Jersey, and Professor of Music Industry at Drexel University. Joe’s label is not only incredibly impressive and diverse but also very forward thinking and progressive. We talked about the challenges of running a label during COVID-19 and the current state of the music industry. Before ending our conversation we briefly discussed how the music community could do a better job at listening to artists of color. Joe is a wise voice for many young adults breaking into the industry and incredibly professional. Please enjoy our interview!

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A Conversation With Fire Hazard Records

A Conversation With Fire Hazard Records

- Beck Macey

I sat down with Fire Hazard Records owner, Jon Herroon, at the beginning of April to discuss what its been like starting a new independent label in Philadelphia during COVID-19 as well as in general. Fire Hazard is an independent DIY Label based out of West Philadelphia. They work to promote all kinds of DIY music from the Philadelphia area as well as the Midwest.

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Thoughts From the Frontlines: Artist Perspectives on COVID-19

Thoughts From the Frontlines: Artist Perspectives on COVID-19

- Beck Macey

As COVID-19 spread across the US, the independent entertainment and music industry was hit hard. Hundreds upon hundreds of tours, recording sessions, releases, and shows were cancelled or postponed, leaving artists and industry professionals out of jobs and feeling incredibly lost. However, many people have re-cooped through the usage of social media and virtual streaming. We asked local musicians what has been hard and what they have learned because of COVID-19. Here are some thoughts “from the front lines” on what it’s like to be an independent musician/ industry professional right now.

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Venue Profile: The Soda Bar

Venue Profile: The Soda Bar

- Beck Macey

Beck: How would you describe the Soda Bar and what led you to start it?

Angelina: When we had just started, the Glass Onion had just shut down and there was no music scene in North Philly. So, it was unfortunate, and we knew as college students, especially at Temple, the commute out to house venues in west and south wasn’t necessarily annoying, but it would deter our desire to go. I knew I really wanted to support the scene as much as possible because a lot of my friends are musicians, so my friends and I, Sidra, Owen, and Danielle cleared out my basement last year and we started throwing shows.

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Artist Profile: Plüm

Artist Profile: Plüm

- Beck Macey

On September 5th of 2018,Plüm came into existence with the spontaneous release of the five acoustic tracks that comprise their debut EP, Rainbow Drive. Since then, the outfit has been expanding further into their home state of PA (as well as its neighbors) from their base of operations in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia. Guitarist/vocalist Mitchell Kresge spent the better part of two years crafting the songs that would lay the groundwork for the group's style, which he then passed along to pianist Dawson Kerch for a classical flair. Plüm seeks to bring movement and progression back to music, while still retaining the infectious melodies that the pop titans of its genre are known for.

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