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Time: 
07:30
Band name: 
The Retinas
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/theretinas/
Venue name: 
Freshy's
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The Deli Philly’s July Record of the Month: So Cool - Blushed/Secret Nudist Friends

It’s a joy to see what happens when artists come together and collaborate on projects, especially when the outcome bears something like So Cool, the new split cassette from Blushed and Secret Nudist Friends, who happen to also share bandmates Matty Klauser and Missy Pidgeon. Coming from the DIY community of South Philly’s Tralfamadore, our July Record of the Month is out now via goodhowareyou records.

Pidgeon initially takes the reins with Blushed. It might not exactly be the first time you’ve heard these three tracks, which also appeared on the band’s debut DEMO EP. However, with the addition of guitarist Dan Leinweber (to Klauser on drums/percussion and Alyssa Milman on vox/bass) and recording/mixing help from Kyle Pulley and Jackie Milestone at The Headroom, these tracks have proven to be deserved of a revisit. Side A opens with “Weak,” a grunge-pop ditty that pulls at your heartstrings. The endearing yearning in its vocals captivates, drawing you in, before giving a playful smack across your face. It’s a good lead up to the rambunctious cheer of 90’s riot grrrl, gang sing-along – “Webcam,” which kicks things into another gear, while still hinting at the group’s ever-present lazy-day, surf sound. That sun-blistered imagery is fleshed out in Blushed’s final track, “It’s So Cool,” which is reminiscent of the bittersweet dichotomy that can found on Anna Troxell-led Creepoid recordings.

Handing the mic over to Klauser and his Secret Nudist Friends, which also includes Pidgeon on keys), Brian Hullihen (vox/drums/percussion), and Andy Slepman (bass/keys), there is a shift in sonics, as well as decades. Inspired by a plethora of artists, ranging from The Kinks, to The B-52, to contemporaries like Oh Sees, Klauser crafts soul-filled songs that often feel timeless. With “Something on Your Mind,” you can find a bit of that beloved, old time rock ’n’ roll that might feel absent from the airwaves these days, while “Triangle” comes at you from all sides, building from its math-y introduction, before letting loose and giving way to EP closer and Side B standout, “I Can’t Love Anyone”. Taking us on a psychedelic voyage of reverb, distortion and self-loathing, the anthem of the loveless hits home with a sobering gut-punch.

With So Cool, you’ll have a hard time deciding which side you like best. And that’s a good problem to have. – Alexis V.

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PowerSnap release garage rock EP, play Gutter Bar on 06.30

Newcomers to the King Pizza Records family, PowerSnap play a raucous breed of garage rock that fits right in with the label’s taste for punk-tinged rock ‘n’ roll. Leading up to the release of the trio’s debut EP, Delatency, PowerSnap have previewed two singles: “Pink Diamonds” and “Chemistry.” On those tracks a rock ‘n’ roll swagger propels sneered vocals and guitars just past the point of distorted breakup. For the EP’s release show at Gutter Bar on June 30, PowerSnap will be joined by members of The Rizzos and The Mad Doctors—both bands have previously released music with King Pizza. – Cameron Carr

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Sinnet releases music video for "Part of Yourself" & plays Lizard Lounge (6.30)

It’s hard to believe that the moody indie outfit Sinnet started in a bedroom on the laptop of Aaron Spransy not too long ago — given the band’s refined aesthetic, obvious chemistry, and knack for inventive songwriting — but that’s how the story goes. Boston’s favorite fuzz-rockers released the official music video for single “Part of Yourself” (streaming below) and, once again, it is a quirky project that impresses and leaves a lasting memory. Check out the video below, and see Sinnet play live at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge on June 30. - Lilly Milman

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Young Bugs release excellent new album, perform at Alphaville on 07.03

Young Bugs' songs fall in between the cracks of post-punk, garage rock and indie rock. They’ve got moments where they brilliantly thrash together for a brief, fifteen second moment and then on the next track they’ll be reverting to angular riffs reminiscent of Gang of Four. Quite simply, Young Bugs have cherry picked the best ideas from a variety of sub-genres and melted them down to their purest form to create their newest album Room Damage, which succeeds on a multitude of levels. Opener “Fawn” features a galloping drum beat and a guitar riff that is equal part technical proficiency and equal part danceable groove. The album also avoids the somewhat dour tones that have plagued many post-punk albums of recent years due to its odd structures and upbeat tones. Even the lead single “Forget the Truth”, while on the surface appears to be a straightforward and jangly guitar driven song, uses subtle instrumental flourishes to keep things interesting. It is obvious that care was put into every song in Room Damage, and it shows in how much ground the band covers in 34 minutes. You can stream the video for “Forget the Truth” below and catch them live at Alphaville on July 3. -Tucker Pennington

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