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The Phantom Broadcast

The Phantom Broadcast released their latest album, Antiquities, Volume 1, last week. This is more of a collective of musicians than a band with a sound the truly defies classification. There are elements of Rock, Metal, Jazz, and classical music as the group creates beauty , harmony, and melody out of what feels like could fall into chaos at any moment.

This is the work of Evan Opitz (Vocals, Electric Guitar, Fender Rhodes, Toy Piano, Synths), Dave Hollis (Vocals, Electric/Acoustic Guitars, Synths), Lucy Little (Vocals, Violin), Nick Soria (Bass, Vocals), and Colin Rambert (Drums/Percussion).

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Dehd "Happy Again"

Dehd has released a third single, “Happy Again”, from their forthcoming sophomore album, Water, which is due out on May 19th via Fire Talk.

Dehd is the work of Jason Balla (NE-HI and Earring), Emily Kempf (Vail and Lala Lala), and drummer Eric McGrady.

You can help Dehd celebrate the release of Water on May 10 at Empty Bottle with The Hecks and Mavis The Dog. 

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The Burst and Bloom "Winter"

The Burst and Bloom seems to be on a mission to release a new song each month this year, and May’s track is called “Winter”. This is the amped-up Emo Rock of Adrian Serrano, Juan Santiago, Tyler Leninger, and Vincent Depierro.

It was only a couple of week’s ago that the group released an introspective track called “Dead Dads Club” that can also be streamed below.

You can catch The Burst and Bloom at Record Breakers on May 18th with Aunt Kelly and The Weekend Run Club.

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Town Criers "It Ain't Love"

Town Criers have released a new single called “It Ain’t Love”. This is the first new music we’ve had from the rock trio since their 2018 self-titled debut.

You can catch Town Criers at Empty Bottle on May 6th with Modern Vices and Kachi.

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The Deli Philly’s May Record of the Month: Covert Contracts - Control Top

Covert Contracts, the debut LP from Ali Carter, Al Creedon (I IM EYE MY, Bleeding Rainbow), and Alex Lichtenauer (HIRS), a.k.a. Control Top, is out via Get Better Records. An anticipatory aggression jumpstarts album opener, “Type A”. For those who think that they control society, Carter suggests, “Why don’t you get out/Get out of my way!” A contagious backend thump, stressed with finely shredded, guitar exclamations, creates a catchy, assertive tone, invigorating one’s extremities.

With “Office Rage,” the power trio taps into the internal turmoil that one experiences while being perpetually unhappy at a desk job. As the guitar rattles and the percussion barrels ahead, its protagonist laments “…Service with a smile, eat shit,” before coming to the conclusive resolution. “Office rage digging your own grave/don’t you dare delay quit your job today!” (And start a kick-ass band.) “Chain Reaction” engulfs the listener as the domino effects of deeds is exposed in contagious couplets. The impactful consequences of one’s ego-driven actions races ahead as the initial flame increases in size.

“Unapologetic” builds in jarring fashion as frustration is voiced: “I’m sorry but… doesn’t count, weak excuses start to mount. It wasn’t your intention you say to make me feel this goddamn way.” And with the refrain – “Who’s the bull in the china shop now?” – that release of emotion amid fuzzy, noise-laced instrumentation exudes strength as Carter calmly delivers, “Unapologetic cold and apathetic/ Unapologetic never said it like you meant it.” The power has switched hands – “Who’s the bull in the china shop now?!”

Title track, “Covert Contracts,” pushes the pace, addressing addiction to technology and its ramifications. “First step is to give up your attention; next step is to give up your intention. Then one day, you’re locked up for dissension. It was all built into the invention.” We’ve turned over free will for the convenience of endless information at our fingertips. “Everything looks like a commercial; it’s a brand to be controversial,” while feelings of isolation encircle as “Betrayed” touches on the disappointments of betrayal across a litany of individuals and concepts. “What do you do when you’re all alone?”

Embracing personal evolution and accepting one’s individuality, “Prism” simply exudes confidence. “You can be many things and still be whole. You don’t owe anyone an explanation.” The song reaches out in its anthemic chorus, before “Black Hole” rockets into the void, closing out the album. As a dichotomy of ideas bounce off each other, “Nothing is given, and we’re always taking.” With their first full-length album, Control Top break loose from societal conventions, with self-confidence, determination and personal acceptance, allowing nothing and no one to stand in their way. (Photo by Chris Sikich) – Michael Colavita

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