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Bad Mechanic
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Berlin
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PREMIERE: Echo Pearl Varsity - "MmmHmm"

Echo Pearl Varsity were our April artists of the month for a reason. Their jazz fusion meets post-rock compositions are radically fresh and inventive, standing out in a music scene where garage and indie typically reign. The band is back with a new single, a cover track actually, paying homage to one of their favorite new age electro-jazz musicians.

"MmmHmm" was originally done by Flying Lotus featuring Thundercat, coming from his highly touted 2010 album Cosmogramma. It's the first single EPV will be releasing from an EP of cover tracks, due out in June before they out for their second west coast tour. A love and respect for FlyLo, the artists on his label Brainfeeder and a special adoration between EPV bassist Nolan Henderson and Thundercat were cited as reasons for choosing "MmmHmm" in particular, among other reasons.

"We chose this song to challenge ourselves, knowing it was a catchy track but surprisingly tricky to play," says saxophonist Levi Downey. "It took us about two months to get down, due to the deceptive melody super shredder bass-line. But, after some long arguments and rugged practice, it all came together."

Listen to "MmmHmm" below and be on the lookout for Echo Pearl Varsity's next covers. You can see them live on May 19 at the Twilight Cafe with The Welkin Dim, Wake of Dark for the Hawking album release.

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Green Noise Reopens, Celebrates with DJs and Live Music

Portland is the kind of place where vinyl appreciation is taken seriously amongst much of the masses. While we've lost some of our beloved record shops, the few that are still around are special places that see much business at times other than just Record Store Day. Green Noise Records has lasted throughout the years, changing locations a couple times since its original southeast locale, but they've found yet another new up in northeast that they're celebrating throughout the weekend.

Starting today, Green Noise is hosting their own sort of welcoming party, slated with sets from djs and bands alike. Most of today's festivities, which started around noon, are dj sets. Patrons are invited to peruse the shop's offerings while enjoying records spun by djs like Vera Rubin, Erich Zann and Ken Dirtnap, or tomorrow's live performances from EMS, Low Culture and Davey Quinn

Admission is free and if you scope a few records you'd like to pick up, everything is 15% off the whole weekend. Come check out Green Noise's new space, some awesome bands and djs, and some new vinyl sounds as well.

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Eugene Marie drops new single, "Nice Smell"

Catcalling is one of the more frustrating aspects of living in the big apple, and being on the receiving end of incessant lines of creepy comments can be uncomfortable if not downright terrifying. What’s a girl to do? In the case of Lucy Marie Horton, one half of electro-pop duo, Eugene Marie, you turn it into music. The group’s newest track, “Nice Smell,” features lyrics exclusively culled from the mouths of her street harassers. Though transforming predatory phrases into a pointed pop hit is a feat, Eugene Marie pulls it off seamlessly; crafting a piece that is playful and melodic, but also thrusts the dialogue surrounding catcalling further into the public realm. Stream “Nice Smell” below.-Olivia Sisinni

 

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Weekend Warrior, May 5 - 7

Psychic Teens orchestrate gloomy, ruminating, melodic post-punk with volatile noisy tendencies, magnifying the murky slow burn into a full-on, shoegazing spectacle. Tonight, the trio celebrates their latest album HEX (available via Hex Records) with a release show at Boot & Saddle, where they’ll explore the darkness via steel-cold, slicing guitars and booming, brooding, baritone vocals. They’ll be joined by the combative, grunge-punk quartet of Tiny Vices and the ferocious, fuzzed-out, psych instrumentations meets clairvoyant, catchy vocals of Dulls. And after releasing their sophomore album New Kind of Normal via their own label Plum Records earlier today, Augusta Koch, Allegra Anka and Kelly Olsen, a.k.a. Cayetana, welcome their introspective, honest, emotive rock release this evening with a show at First Unitarian Church, where they’ll be supported by Shannen Moser, Katie Ellen, and Aster More.  

A day after releasing their new LP Veblen Death Mask via Kill Rock Stars, the enchanting, eclectic experimentation of Taiwan Housing Project steps into Johnny Brenda’s, wielding their off-kilter, jigsaw-puzzle sound, meshing the hauntingly unexpected with the inherently gripping. They’ll be sharing the stage with the mind-warping psych-punk of Igneous Eyes and ESCAPE-Ism, the latest project from D.C. stalwart Ian Svenonius.  

The crowds head back to Boot & Saddle this Sunday for a March On Harrisburg Benefit, featuring the exuberant, melodic, psych-folk stretches of Pine Barons. They’ll be donating their time along with the get-loose, retro-fitted psych-pop of Ceramic Animal and harmony-harnessing trio of TIOGA. - Michael Colavita  

More places to enjoy this weekend… 
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Psychic Teens (Record Release), Tiny Vices, Dulls, SAT Work Drugs, Sad Heaven, No Thank You, SUN March On Harrisburg Benefit: Pine Barons, Ceramic Animal, Tioga
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Weekender, SAT Taiwan Housing Project (Record Release), Igneous Eyes
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI DJ Deejay, SAT LTC, Zilla Rocca / DJ Baby Berlin, SUN The Sharkskins
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Girls Rock Philly Spring Showcase
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Phil Yeah
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Matthew W Charles
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Paul Kurrey Band, Kevin McCove Band, Sunny Deniro, Supreem Da Rezarekta', Young Trizz, Sucka Free G/Victim, 46 Sherman, Peter Mitchell, Calla Bere & The Attitude, Venn
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Let There Be Lips
 
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SAT The Prestige Tattoo & Music Festival: Work Horse III, Anthrophobia, St. James & The Apostles, SUN The Prestige Tattoo & Music Festival: Brain Candle, Stinking Lizaveta, Kingsnake
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Among Criminals
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.)
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Conjunto Philadelphia, Michael and Leilani / (Downstairs) Start Making Sense, The Insidious Rays, SAT (Downstairs) My Funky Brethren, Darla
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Blubird, Soto, SAT Supine, Buddy Leezle, The Magnificent ShitHawks, Manikineter
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Flux Capacitor, Kingfisher
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Baker Man, Essonite, Hueman Garbij, SAT Camp Candle, Strange Parts, Silent Shapes, SUN Hidden Lights, The Gravies
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dan Bruskewicz, Sarah Gliko, Tom Gliko, Evan Cory Levine, Michael Baker
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Bern & the Bastards (EP Release), Endless Taile, Dirty Soap Blues Band, Fallible Being, SAT Sweet Eureka, Vilebred, Endless Taile
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Beanie Sigel, Reef The Lost Cauze, SUN Ill Doots
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT DJ Pierson
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) SAT Granz, Danie Ocean
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI She Became Grey (Reunion Show), SAT Adrian Belew Power Trio, SUN Countdown to Ecstasy
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Cayetana (Record Release), Shannen Moser, Aster More
 
Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St.) SAT Coping Skills, My Name Is Tom
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Seeing Snakes, Sublaymen, Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman, Truant Minds, The Barren Marys/Thief, Steal Me A Peach, Gozer, Doggo, Rentboy, SAT John Dominy, Lev Ziskind, Cabbage, Sex with Rollercoasters, Towering Pine, Lamplighters, SUN Pauline, Geisha Facade
 
Black Magic (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Eagle Daddy, Arthur Shea, Whine Moms, Well Room, Earthboy
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)
 
The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)
 
Nico Nico Mansion (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Loadcard, Tyler Burkhart, Big Nick
 
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