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Record of the Month: Flower - "Flower C/S"

We'll be honest with you: these days, punk revival is not a kind of music that makes us fall over ourselves. The genre, in most cases, comes across as a stale rehashing of a rudimental style that has lost its true revolutionary meaning. But... that's just a theoretical statement that completely falls apart the moment you stumble upon a record like Flower's self-titled EP - because real, powerful music, is stronger than trends and abstract theories about how dead a genre is. 
Flower plays unapologetic, ultra-fast hardcore punk. And since real punk is always a political statement, their record feels like a perfectly appropriate aural retribution for the people that have given us the horrifying political spectacle the US has been witnessing. The brutally explosive songs on this record should be played live in the US Congress, to express the only possible rebuttal to the farce American politics have become, as some sort of cathartic ritual that - in the best tradition of ancient Greece - will somehow purify souls through art and partying, and prepare for a new beginning. 
What's most impressive about this band is its incredible tightness at the basis of their relentless and furious energy, something that's truly hard to pull off from an instrumental standpoint. But it's the convulsive and possessed high pitch vocals (reminiscent of early Pixies and Rage Against the Machine, but even more intense) that connect directly to our inner instincts, bypassing our rational filters and triggering what rock'n'roll is supposed to trigger: an incontrollable desire for rebellion.

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New Wives Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Whyvs is the latest album from the punk quartet of Wives. A rowdy, raw, grunge element comes right at your ears. Menacing rhythms and jagged, distorted guitar set the tone. The primal of the vocals accompanies the jarring dynamic of instrumentation. Oozing with heaviness and intensity, the collection is a heart-racing release.

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Krust Toons: "Ho Ho Ho - Merry Christmas!" by Tedd Hazard

Krust Toons: "Ho Ho Ho - Merry Christmas!" by Tedd Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations and animation shorts HERE.

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Weekend Warrior, December 21 - 23

Composed, personal narratives with crisp instrumentation filling in the details, the songs of Truth In Comedy (Lame-O Records) from Steady Hands travel down the road in a revealing confidently cathartic manner. Blending emotive honesty with an enthusiastic and, at times, humorous, anthem-generating quality, it balances waves of good-natured punk that everyone at the bar can join in on. Yet, those themes/stories will resonate as you make your way home. This Saturday evening, Steady Hands will be headlining a Home Outgrown showcase at Everybody Hits. They’ll also be joined by the vulnerable, raw rock of Earth Telephone, the sincere songwriting of Major Pursuit, and the powerful, affecting folk of Julia Rainer to complete the billing. (Photo by Chelsea Christer) – Michael Colavita

Other places where you can let loose this holiday season…

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Caracara, SAT Steady Hands, Earth Telephone, Major Pursuit, Julia Rainer

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT The Work Drugs 8th Annual Holiday Spectacle, The Yetis, Pilkington, SUN Good Old War

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI DJ Deejay, SAT Attic Tapes, SUN Miles Chancellor, Ish Williams, Sudan, DJ Shad , DJ Tati Mia, BRNDN Forever

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Mars Parker, Lucas Wolf, Cain Kerner, baby.com, Moses Mosima, Nogoodstepson, Mike Burns, Ash Shakur, KaneGang, Cousin Carl , Liv Means, DJ Muddy Taylor

TLA (334 South St.) FRI OT The Real, SAT HipHopSince1987 10 year Anniversary Holiday Festival

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI DJ Dirty South Joe, Magglezzz, SUN State Property

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) The Brothers J.A., SAT (Upstairs) Ali Awan/(Downstairs) Peek-A-Boo Revue

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI TreyDay, CpTime, Roi Lush , Axe Limbert, Jesse Bertuco, Nazeer Art’aud, Timmy Jones, SAT Disoriental, World Breaker, Mr. Unloved

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Aaron Parnell Brown

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Party Muscles, SAT Ten Ton Hammer, Bandit, Drowse, World Below, Raw Force, SUN Korine, Haunted Homes, Sad Actor

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, SAT DJ Deejay

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Stella Ruze, Black Horse Motel, Rob Tait, SUN Alec Stewart (Record Release), Alison Hoban, Lovers League 

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Triage, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Paul Green Rock and Roll Holiday Extravaganza, SAT The Paul Green Rock and Roll Holiday Extravaganza/Reverend TJ McGlinchey

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Year of the Knife, Kaonashi

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Ben Aire, SAT DJ Brian Toll

The Tusk (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Hawk Tubley's Holiday Hullaballoo

Century (1350 S 29th St.) SAT King Ani Mal, E.Grizzly, The Magnificent Shithawks of the Greater Northern Americas, The Hands Resist, The PLIBmen

The Tower Theater (S. 69th St. & Ludlow St.) FRI The War on Drugs

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Bitchfork, Vitamin F, Peace & The City Grease, Jason McGovern, SAT Apple Juice Jones

The Locks at Sona (4417 Main St.) SAT Mutlu

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Beru Revue, No Good Sister, SAT Let's Danza, Double D, SUN Stolen Rhodes

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Bay Faction celebrates release of debut LP at Elsewhere on 12.21

If you are stuck with the notion that emo has become the unbearably whiny expression of spoiled suburban kids, enter Boston's Bay Faction (who recently relocated to the NYC area) and  think again. Their 2015 three-track debut EP clearly carries the genre's DNA, but slows down its BPM by a lot, makes a discreet if not spare use of distorted guitars, and puts a lot of sincere heart in it. Those early tracks resonated with a lot of kids and gathered over a million plays on Spotify, and so did following single Pendulum, dropped in 2017. After a dragged out recording process, the band is now ready to release their debut LP Florida Guilt, a record that expands the group's sonic palette with a more varied production, without betraying the core qualities of their music. The first single It's Perfect, streaming below, is to date their fastest and most driven track, but still stylistically hybrid, with the inwardly tortured voice of singer James McDermott adding oozes of character to vague lyrics related to the struggles of dating. The record is already available on Spotify, and fans of Pingrove and Forth Wanderers (two other bands that are taking emo in new directions) should definitely check it out.
Don't miss the band's release show at Elsewhere on December 21st. Photo by Sam Colby

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