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Alt Rock

September 2016
Them Jones
"A Mountain of Nonsense

Philly rockers Them Jones craft far-out riffs and psych-drenched anthems, reviving and reinventing soundscapes reminiscent of the Age of Aquarius on their new LP A Mountain of Nonsense.


Beginning with the steady buzz of “Mended All Made Clean,” the five-piece's efforts make one take notice, as reverbed screams and gritty cymbals collide with satisfying repetition and impassioned diction. As if filling the narrative chasm between Mikal Cronin’s “Gone” and Ty Segall’s “Inside Your Heart,” Them Jones’ album opener sinks deep into the hearts of listeners without pretense or apology. “Hollow Man” captivates in a similar fashion by teaching its audience patience as atmospheric dissonance gives way to melodic guitar and harmonized vocals that paint a glaringly relatable portrait of a man with “wounds to mend.” A deliciously contemplative downer, the track is as haunting as its namesake suggests. Soon after its end, the infectious tempo and throbbing beat of “Outburst” fills the silence, switching the mood of the album from the musings of a contemplative loner to the pulsating heart of an unabashed romantic.


The bluesy growl of “One of These Days” casts a spell on its own terms, making the most of initially sparse but precise instrumentation, before blooming into an audible homage to the genre’s predecessors as well as its current greats. Furthered by “Acute Mountain Sickness Blues” and the addictive hook of “Honeytrap,” Them Jones prove that their metaphors are as memorable as their ability to shred. As the album progresses, the dreamy melody of “My Heroine Pretends” suitably precedes the delectable swagger of “Well Enough Alone,” which serves as the perfect prelude for the introspective depth of “Jennifer, My Plastic Girl” and “The Shrinking Violet Light,” which resurrects the candidness of Jay Reatard and the poetic genius of The White Stripes pre-De Stijil.


Ending with the delectably menacing “Now I Become Death” and trippy glory of “These Canyons,” A Mountain of Nonsense should be considered quintessential for any music lover. Them Jones’ official debut LP is well-deserving of heavy rotation and adoration. - Dianca London

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New Track: "Orpheus" - Joshua Bright

Man Like Machine's Joshua Bright continues to explore on his own, and has new material to share. Take a listen to his latest journey into the sonic stratosphere called "Orpheus". It will be found on Bright's upcoming sophomore LP And All Along A Wolf, which is scheduled for release on October 3 via Collapsible Empire.

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New Delco Pacers Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

The trio of Delco Pacers has issued a new release Bazaar Days. With additional contributions from Nick Cislak (Commonwealth Choir) and Jared Loss, the music plunges into fragile points of rolling expression. There’s a subdued reflective side that's ready to burst at the instrumental seams, while coasting, breathy, melodic rock notes lay in wait.

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New Track: "Mouse Drum" - Left & Right

Below is the latest single from Virginia transplants Left & Right called "Mouse Drum". The mellow rocker can be found on their forthcoming album The Yips, due out September 16 via WarHen Records.The band will also be heading out on tour towards the beginning of next month in support of the new record, and will be making a stop at home on its release date at Everybody Hits with FriendshipHorsecops, and Sneeze.

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Joy Riding Opening for Hockey Dad at Boot & Saddle Aug. 30

Philly quartet Joy Riding is made up of music vets from such indie acts as  Makeout Party, DecathleteIt's a King Thing, and Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, and you can hear it in the band's songwriting. Crafting unbelievably catchy powerpop tunes, it's hard to imagine the next album that they are currently working on won't get picked up by a label. Tonight will be one of their rare appearances outside the the studio this summer. Joseph Ryan (vocals, guitar, keys), Scott Rumble (drums), John Masino (guitar), and Kerry Mahoney (bass) will be at Boot & Saddle opening for Aussie surf-pop duo Hockey Dad and Athens/Atlanta rockers Muuy Bien. Sounds like a good reason to be out on a Tuesday night in South Philly! Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $12, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman


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