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The Madalean Gauze Band

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Weekend Warrior, April 19 - 21

The Madalean Gauze Band commemorates its latest release, Nothing Feels Beautiful Anymore (The Deli Philly’s April Record of the Month), with a fantabulous show this Saturday at Boot & Saddle. The all-female outfit unites an enchanting/tumultuous resound – one that taps into deeply personal songwriting, while retaining a playful, psych approach. That ability to acknowledge life’s pleasantries and pitfalls, as part of a larger learning experience, is encapsulated in beguilingly memorable tunes, which will be brought to life at one of our favorite Philly listening rooms. The femme fatales will also be supported by the fantasy daydream of Tim Meskers’s Garden Gate and the Jo Kusy-fronted four-piece Pouring Silver. So for those of you who are looking for a bit of 4/20 weirdness, you now know where to go. – Michael Colavita

Other places where you can escape your family this Easter weekend…

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Rat Daddy, Dreamswell, Cody Cody Jones, SAT The Madalean Gauze Band (Album Release), Garden Gate, Pouring Silver 

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT DJ Mike Nyce, Mr. Sonny James: Philly Loves Prince

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI DJ Deejay, SAT Shitty Wizard, Seeing Snakes/DJSC, SUN Nightfall, The Brood, Arseholes

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Control Top, SAT Sixteen Jackies, SUN Year of the Knife, Kaonashi, Simulakra

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Four Twenty Fest: Dawns Divide, Near Nightmare, Big Handsome, Black Melanite, Knolling Bones 

TLA (334 South St.) SUN Bry Greatah

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SUN Varials

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Gigantic (A Pixies Tribute), DJ Alex Vance/(Downstairs) Splintered Sunlight, Jah People

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Dead:Stop (Acoustic), Groundwork, SAT Famous & Fallen, Night Mission

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT The Donuts, SUN Jamaaladeen Tacuma

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Levee Drivers, The Valets

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT Welter, Mr. Lisp

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Tim Timur, Kevin Schultes and The Wild Dogs, SAT Dappa, Lil' Blanco, Jaded

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, SAT DJ Deejay

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT October Black

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI DJ Mighty Mike Saga, Elijvh Vrms

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Los Gueys (Tape Release), Trash Boy, Roadkiller, Total Whine, SAT The Magnificent Shit Hawks

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI Bunny Savage and The Plibmen, Under 95, Gozer, SAT Punk Rock Karaoke

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Los Festingos, The Classic Hunt, El Dwellers, SAT Dot.Gov

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Friend’s of the Devil’s Lettuce: Aron Magner

Rusty Nail (2580 Haverford Ave.) FRI Luminous Fins

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Ben Aire, SAT Ed Christof

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Youthfool

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) FRI Mattress Food, Johanna Baumann

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) FRI Winkdown, SAT Matthew Law presents Friends & Fam

Pickle Rehearsal Space (5213 Grays Ave., Unit B14) SAT Darlingtyn, Hambone Relay, Erik Kramer

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Church Girls, Grayling, Soupy, SAT JamL

Cousin Danny’s (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Taiwan Housing Project, Chronic Anxiety, Mute Host

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The Deli Philly’s April Record of the Month: Nothing Feels Beautiful Anymore - The Madalean Gauze Band

A gust of wind ushers in “27 Stones,” as it eerily declares, “Poor little girl, you are in a world and no one knows your name.” Then, the gentle strums of acoustic guitar and keys intertwine to brighten the mood, and a mission statement and a motif of dissatisfying reality vs. a fantastical ideal is established. “I want to feel anything that’s real” is countered by the cutting chorus of “Nothing feels beautiful anymore,” before the longing of “I wish I could find the place, where all the things you love, you could hear them call you…” is revealed. A gradual momentum is built as the narrative of falling off course due to selfish desires unfurls. Clarity comes through over the course of a pensive climb, introducing us to The Madalean Gauze Band’s enchanting new LP Nothing Feels Beautiful Anymore.

It is followed by a menacing instrumental tone that sets the scene for “This One’s For You”. The swirl of tension creates a head trip as the vocals encircle in a chaotic, mesmerizing twist, before “Hotel Room” shifts gears, recalling the moments of falling in love in New York. The guitar sets out striding in accompaniment of the single in a singular, intimate manner. The recording serves as an admission of one’s true belief/desire. “Loneliness is safe, but a love will keep you going strong.”

“Welcome to the Party” greets us with its bewitching tones, requesting Madalean to “free yourself from the darkness,” as an ominous bell toll is cast against the proceeding, sunny vocals. “Life is a journey full of heavy demons” – the search for meaning in one’s life continues, before “Spooky Voodoo” spirals downward like a rumbling, runaway locomotive. The album’s title/sentiment is reiterated in an interlude of sorts and during the firestorm of “HAHA!” The song taps into destiny through a dream-like imagery and suggestive fall from grace: “You’re not the most beautiful anymore.” It toes the line between aggression and playfulness.

With “Talking,” there is a temporary reprieve, checking in on the listener. Foreshadowing the next track with the line: “Love, it shouldn’t be so hard.” “More Than You’ll Ever Know” has a strolling, percussive-guitar, one-two punch. Suggesting a sense of loss and loneliness – “things could be different, but they’re gone,” – a bouncy yet melancholy atmosphere filters through; the disappoint over revealing one’s genuine self and not being accepted is counterbalanced by a hopeful observation: “I want to believe in something that’s bigger than what I live in…”

“Electric Moment” seems to acknowledge an optimistic, personal outlook whilst taking ownership of one’s emotions, as acoustic guitar and angelic background vocals create a bare but bright aura. The aptly titled “The End” goes full circle, reinforcing its lyrical purpose in coda form. Nothing Feels Beautiful Anymore pages through a personal scrapbook of recent memories and relationships. Its ups and downs are viewed through a captivating psych lens, providing us with a kaleidoscope of wondrous sonics to enjoy. – Michael Colavita

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New The Madalean Gauze Band LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Nothing Feels Beautiful Anymore, the bewitching new LP from The Madalean Gauze Band, has freshly arrived. An enchanting, psych-rock excursion grabs your attention, and pulls you into the group's orbit. A strange, mysterious, magical aura is counterbalanced by incisive, personal narratives. Boot & Saddle will be hosting the band’s album release on Saturday, April 20 (4/20), supported by Garden Gate and Pouring Silver.

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