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Julian Fulton unveils protest song "Howl" + live in Asbury Park on 04.19

Julian Fulton’s new track from his forthcoming EP, 'Battered Receptions,' is an experimental call to arms for the marginalized in the face of an oppressive national administration. His fuzzy take on what might amount to revival rock serves as the perfect vehicle for much needed protest music in 2017. The track's main goal is combatting apathy in the face of seemingly unstoppable forces. Its opening lines beg the question: “What’s the point in fighting when the writing’s already on the wall?”. An assertive answer appears in the chorus: “It’s not a trick, it’s not a script, it’s not TV / It’s your real life, open your eyes, they’re trying to keep you in the streets”. Fulton’s vocal delivery is angry and combative, emulating the reaction he’d like listeners to have. He wants you riled up, he wants you ready to fight, he wants you to care even when it seems like caring is useless. Julian Fulton has three shows in NJ coming up (listed here), the first one of the series will be at Asbury Park Music Foundation on April 19th. - Andrew Strader

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New Psychic Teens EP Available for Streaming

Gloomy melodies thrust forward with steel-cutting guitar and deep-tunneling backend, HEX, the new EP from Psychic Teens, immediately perks one's ears. Officially due out this Friday, April 21 via Hex Records, you can now stream the record in its entirety at CLRVYNT. The five-song EP is electrified in a moody, noisy clash between bleak resignation and resilience. Hovering that threshold between despair and aggression, the band keeps moving. They'll be celebrating its arrival at Boot & Saddle on Friday, May 5, with Tiny Vices and Dulls.

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Foul Tip's Minimal Indie Punk

Foul Tip is a two-piece drum and bass band that rests on a skillfully crafted synchronicity between drummer Ed Bornstein and bassist Adam Luksetich. Bornstein holds down strenuously tight beats while Luksetich leads the songs with fuzz covered bass. The duo's lyrical sensibility parallels their punk oriented sonic leanings with peculiarly philosophical diatribes like the one on "Success" in which they criticize the modern penchant for stardom, popularity, and pedestalled self-image: "Don't be obsessed with success / Chasing dreams you just can't catch / Because you could play the game just right / You'd be losing sleep all night." The real gold in Foul Tip's work is their ability to offer complex cultural commentary using sonic and lyrical simplicity. This is the essential aim of their 2016 album Forever Driftin': to be conceptually complex and practically minimal. 

-Andrew Strader

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Ticket Giveaway: PJ Harvey at The Fillmore Philly This Friday

We are very excited to get you into The Fillmore Philly this Friday, April 21 for a sold-out performance by the legendary PJ Harvey, who continues to tour on the strength of her latest LP The Hope Six Demolition Party, her first since 2011's Mercury Prize-winning Let England Shake. To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line "HOPE VI". Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck!

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Engaging post-grunge from Arlington's Milo in the Doldrums

Richard's Glasses is the first album from leading Phantom Tollbooth inspired Arlington indie-rock-post-grunge outfit Milo in the Doldrums.  High-level songwriting and musicianship shine through on this engaging blend of Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and other 1990s/early 2000s rock.

The key to this album is its variety, with the music being well-thought out and attention grabbing at all times. The touching ballads mixed in with the high-energy grunge make sure this album is well-paced, and at no time does the band allow the listener's attention to wander.  

A well produced first mini-album from Milo in the Doldrums.

-Written by Michael Dranove

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