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The Deli Philly's April Record of the Month: Ugly Laugh - The Original Crooks and Nannies

The Original Crooks and Nannies follow-up to 2015’s Soup For My Girlfriend begins with the sputtering staccato of “Call It Good.” The track’s rhythmic pulse collides flawlessly with Madeline Rafter’s vocals and buzzing synth, supported by a backbeat tailor-made for the dance floor. The album’s opener prepares its listener with ease for the pulsating energy of “Carry Me,” a heartfelt melody that brings to mind the romantics of Matt and Kim or the twee-drenched lyricism of Mates of State. The track’s sentiments are earnest, amplified simultaneously by urgent diction and humming chords. “Carry Me” is a living testament to The Original Crooks and Nannies’ ability to craft love songs so cathartic that it hurts.
 
Similarly, the unabashed desperation of “Throw Out” followed by the electro-hum of “Television” suitably precedes the tangibly raw frustration of “Dates.” For Rafter and her bandmate, Sam Huntington, drinking poison and having smashed teeth proves to be a more desirable fate than going on a date. Even in its state of exaggeration, the track is a potential artifact of our contemporary moment, depicting romance in the age of Tinder and the banality of #netflixandchill. It’s a critique with a memorable hook.
 
“Ghost” is suitably haunting with lines like “I can make you feel/I can make you feel much better” and crashing riffs and cymbals. The narrative of the song, like its namesake, will linger in your mind long after its heartfelt and nearly ethereal end. The intimacy of “Ghost” is transformed into a cinematic nostalgia in “Shake Hands.” Breathing to life an account of suburban antics and shared memories, Rafter and Huntington’s duet-esque ballad is irresistibly sweet, even for the most jaded listener, preparing its audience for the forthright emotives equally fervent in “Crying at the Dog Park.”
 
The woozy start of “Central Heating” and the narrative blends effortlessly into Ugly Laugh’s final track “Holy Wreck.” The album’s closer is an intimate confession paying homage to failures, flaws, and limitations. It’s a veneration of vulnerability and the beauty that can be found between fractures. “Holy Wreck,” much like the songs that precede it, is introspective, a melodic mirror reflecting the complexities of emotion and the adjacent irony of love, making Ugly Laugh the quintessential album that you didn’t know you were waiting for. It begs to be replayed again and again. - Dianca London

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Regatta teams with Josephine Moore for killer "Unlimited Class" EP

We've talked before about how much we like the music of Regatta, moniker of local dreampop songster extraordinaire Evan Hickman. He's back at it with a new EP that doubles down on what drew us to his songs in the first place while adding some new elements that expand on the sound. The addition of Josephine Moore (of Wildfront) adds a surprising amount of levity to the album's gloomy throwback dreampop, ending up sounding somewhat like Disintegration if Robert Smith had written it while staying in a beach house. Despite the tonal differences between the two singers, their voices are in an effortless-sounding lockstep that still demonstrates their individual talents. -Austin Phy

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New Music Video: "Talking Quietly Of Anything With You" - Free Cake For Every Creature

It's an early Friday morning, and the hushed vocals of Katie Bennett, a.k.a. Free Cake For Every Creature, is here to ease you into your day because we know that no loud noises and human interaction before your first cup of coffee is essential. Below is Bennett's new video for the title track from her forthcoming album Talking Quietly Of Anything With You, due out April 15 via Double Double Whammy. The dreamy black & white footage was directed by Craig Scheihing.

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Vundabar takes on Great Scott on 4.30

Vundabar serves as a breath of fresh air out of the tidal waves of folk and hardcore rock that swamp Boston’s music scene. With indie rock at the core of its DNA, Vundabar infuses pop melodies and jangly guitar riffs to create their infectiously energetic sound. Often times switching up the tempo and rhythm mid-way through a song, these sudden changes of direction give their songs a welcomed air of unpredictability and a sharp edge to dance along on. What Vundabar manages to do wonderfully is probably how they take quiet moments in their songs and blow it up with bursts of jagged electric guitars and ragged vocals seamlessly, shocking you with currents of effervescence. The only thing that rivals their sound is their live performances, so catch them at Great Scott on April 30 and take listen below. - Adriana S Ballester

 

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The Deli Presents Queen of Jeans May Residency Kickoff at Bourbon & Branch!

The "denimcore" ladies of Queen of Jeans will be hosting a series of shows this May at Bourbon & Branch, and The Deli Philly is happy to be presenting the kickoff bash for their month-long residency, which will also feature Suburban Living, The Soft Spots, Julia Rainer! And each Friday throughout May, they'll join forces with an eclectic cast of local music folks like Abi Reimold, Vita and the Woolf, and Curtis Cooper, whose shows will also be co-sponsored by our friends at WXPN, Y-Not Radio, JUMP, and Art in the Age. You can purchase your tickets HERE, and we highly suggest that you grab yours for The Deli event beforehand. It's a small room, and you don't want to get shutout!

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