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Rips celebrate debut LP release at Baby’s All Right on 07.01

Brooklyn rockers Rips made a name for themselves in the local scene with the sheer number of shows they’ve played since forming in 2013, and a sound that blends rawness and melody. Their debut, self-titled LP took a while to take shape but is finally being released this summer. In their preview single “Malibu Entropy” (streaming below,) they maintain the fuzzy, punhcy sound and casual attitude of garage rock, while adopting dreamy melodies and guitar progressions reminiscent of fellow Brooklynites Real Estate. The record release party will be hosted at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn on July 1st at 8 pm. - Lilly Milman

 

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Charly Bliss unveil video for 'Percolator' + leave for small tour

New York's "bubblegrunge" sensation Charly Bliss are climbing our local charts for emerging artists and will soon embark in a small New England/Upstate NY tour. Their new LP, Guppy, is a series of tightly-composed indie-pop romps that are at once lyrically gruesome and disarmingly sensitive. In addition to their impasssioned musicianship, the band's sense of humor shines brilliantly through in the video for "Ruby," an absurdist take on public access/infomercial television that will appeal to fans of Tim and Eric. Check it out below, together with their latest one for single 'Percolator'! - Ethan Ames

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New Music Video: "Sad Boy" - Deer Scout

Directed by Haftom Khasai and Nick Morgan, Dena Miller, a.k.a. Deer Scout, recently shared a new music video for “Sad Boy”. The song instantly adheres as keys, bass and percussion unite in a bright infectious bounce, while lyrically providing a personal point of view that exhibits self-assurance and confidence. A neon glow mirrored by Miller’s blue lipstick and video game backdrop permeates throughout. With commentary on the varied perceptions of vulnerability, the track aims, and hits directly.

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The Deli Philly's June Record of the Month: Rocket - (Sandy) Alex G

Beyond the glow of a blue screen, a new world comes into view, a space unbound from the material conventions of health and wealth - one’s knowledge and technical prowess act as the key to foraging for content. Free from the traditional constraints that have plagued musicians for decades, there is more room available for experimentation, for tooling around with parts until a flash of understanding allows oneself to arrive at new avenues for conveying one’s art. Software is increasingly accessible and powerful, while platforms such as Bandcamp and Soundcloud allow artists to self-publish and organically develop a following. Alex Giannascoli, the 24-year-old Philly recording artist behind the moniker (Sandy) Alex G, is a prime example of what can be accomplished when making music and making it available is placed in the hands of the artist. Over the past 6 years, Giannascoli has gone from bedroom-pop aficionado to indie-rock sensation, recently releasing his latest album, Rocket, via Domino Records.

The record exhibits a rare sophistication in arrangement, hosting a range of compositions that span from sunny bluegrass and folk ballads to more challenging songs that pummel the listener under a heavy sonic fist. “Horse” and “Brick” hit fast, and play into one another, an off-kilter rhythmic barrage of kaleidoscopic guitars that fold into an industrial head-bobber complete with frantically swirling strings and screaming. This moment of intense catharsis is cut cleanly with piano and auto-tuned vocals, leading eager listeners by the hand in an act of assurance and faith in the album’s direction. Tracks such as “County” and “Guilty” incorporate jazz modalities that are woven in with lush, pop palettes, showcasing his sensibility for meshing a variety of influences into one clean package. “Bobby” and “Proud” open up the space of the record to work in endearing Americana and elements of country, demonstrating his seemingly effortless mastery of melody.

Taken under a microscope, Rocket is composed of a host of genres, yet from start to finish it eludes classification. An understanding of the principles respective to each style at play grants Alex the ability to draw from the wealth of Western guitar-pop to occupy a territory unique to the project, a space that is respectful of his predecessors while making a statement that is characteristically his own. - Josh Kelly

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A Party for Sgt. Pepper's 50th Anniversary

 Whether you feel like they're overrated or not, it'd be hard to deny the influence the Beatles had and still has on music. Their career filled with the quintessential hits that define them, the Beatles were some of the "first" to bring pandemonium, romantic pop and the steady transition into drug life to the public eye. Seeing as the first day of June marks the 50th anniversary of their considerable opus Sgt. Pepper's The Lonely Hearts Club Band, of course a commemoration had to take place, and of course it would be in fun Portland fashion.

The Funhouse Lounge will house a tribute show as an ode to the band Thursday night, featuring local rock musicians and special guests, many of which are likely to be in some sort of Beatles-like garb. Advertised are The Toads, The Dark Backward and comedian/loud sound creator Tinn Itus and the Strobing Visions covering hits from all throughout the Beatles' extensive catalog. The 21 and over event is only $10, but those that come in costumes themselves only pay half price. Those in costume will also be automatically invited to partake in other Beatles' themed special activities, so a lot of fun is sure to be had.

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