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Drug Bug brings sweet lullabies to Mercury Lounge 2.12

The catalog of Drug Bug, a New York recording project lead by Phil Anastassiou and pals, is sparse to say the least; there’s a few songs and demos from 2017 and 2016, one of which (surprisingly) is a cover of “Familiar Haunt” by R.L. Kelly with none other than gobbinjr. That being said, Drug Bug has a few cards up their sleeve, namely in the sheer number of shows they’ve played over the last few years, and the mesmerizing beauty of their limited discography. “Seeing Stars,” the project’s most recent single, is a sweetly discordant lullaby, with Anastassiou’s wavering falsetto crooning that he’s “followed by these ghosts of yours” against uneven arpeggios and noodling electric guitars. It’s a captivating, raw track that, ahead of Drug Bug’s upcoming debut EP, serves as an enticing promise of more enchanting music to follow.

Drug Bug will play Mercury Lounge on February 12th, supporting Bueno and Thick. Stream single "Seeing Stars" below. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt), Photo by Mike Cicchetti

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Phil From Accounting deliver honest hilarity on "High Waist Jeans," play Arlene's Grocery 2.3

I’m hard pressed to find a more relatable, recent release than “High Waist Jeans,” the latest single by New York pop-punk trio Phil From Accounting. Perhaps it is vocalist and bassist Amanda Webster’s opening invocation, a demand that “someone pull this minivan over, I’m gonna pee in my neighbor’s yard” set against a homespun guitar riff, that feels as honest as it is hilarious. As the track explodes into its chorus and Webster decrees “I can’t make it that far” alongside vintage vocal accents and a concise percussive backbone, it’s evident that Phil From Accounting have an earnest energy bolstered by both their minimalist instrumentation and the humanity of their songwriting - and I can’t wait to hear what quotidian adventures they put to music next.

Phil From Accounting will play Arlene’s Grocery on February 3rd, supporting Long Neck and The Great American Novel. Until then, you can jam “High Waist Jeans” below. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt), Photo by Cassie Doyle

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Brower's glam rock is both classic and contemporary, plays The Gutter 1.24

Buzzsaws, the latest release by Brooklyn-based glam rock multi-instrumentalist Nat Brower, is an album soaked in acid and brimming with classic panache. From record opener “Real Girl” and its syncopated, raucous guitar work interwoven with tight percussive builds, Brower cultivates soundscapes reminiscent of The Kinks and The Stooges, channeling them through a DIY framework in terms of production. This gives the entirety of Buzzsaws a feeling that is both vintage and contemporary, an album built upon polished instrumentalism that is still raw, rock and roll to its core - a perfect blend of the genre’s old and new characteristics that is instantly jammable.

Brower will bring his classic-yet-contemporary soundscapes to The Gutter on January 24th, alongside The Glitch, Huh, and HARMS. Stream 2018’s Buzzsaws below. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt)

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Oceanator brings sun-drenched catharsis to Trans Pecos 2.9

There’s an immediate feeling of satisfaction when listening to the music of Oceanator, the Brooklyn-based grunge project of Elise Okusami, one bore in equal parts from the its crunch-heavy guitars as well as Okusami’s no-holds barred lyricism. Oceanator’s 2018 EP Lows is bolstered largely by Okusami’s unapologetic narrative as songwriter, where, over the course of five sun-drenched tracks, she broods over past pain on songs like “Not Around” and Mistakes.” Not all of Lows is an emotional catharsis however, with closer “Inhuman” being an open meditation on what it means to be human, providing a deeply essential ending to a short, albeit standout effort.

Oceantor plays Trans Pecos on February 9th, lending support to BRNDA, Maneka, and Patti. Stream their most extended play below. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt)

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New NAH Compilation Available for Streaming & Purchase

Necessary NAH, a rather comprehensive collection of the artist’s material from 2011-2017, was recently posted. One can venture into the layered ambience. Hip hop/jazz/electronica, injected with noise, establishes varied precision across multiple dimensions. Cultivating spontaneity with a controlled hand, NAH's jams take hold, and bring you to places previously unknown. Go there with one of Philly's most profilic and talented sound sculptors!

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