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New Goodbye Max Split EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Singer-songwriter Goodbye Max recently dropped a new split EP Out in the Quiet, with music brethren Half Birthday. For his part, the Philly artist counters the chill of this weather with the warmth and isolation of these recordings. It might not bring you completely out of this winter hibernation funk, but the comfort of his loneliness just might help you feel less alone. Go ahead, and give it a try.

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New Ben Loomis & Flanafi EP Available for Streaming & Download

Philly's Ben Loomis and Flanafi, a.k.a. Pulgas' Simon Martinez, released a collaborative EP Hoss Flat, a homespun collection of melodically rich, meticulously layered bedroom pop. Although the album was recorded over a 24-hour period, the end result is a sophisticated and captivating experience. Both artists display an affinity toward 2000’s indie pop like Grizzly Bear, Akron/Family, and Radiohead, but have synthesized these influences into a delightfully clever and aesthetically robust album. Hoss Flat is rhythmically fit and focused, successfully threading together expansive melodies into a tightly knit sonic fabric. - Josh Kelly

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Roots rocker Sarah Potenza plays upcoming album at The 5 Spot on 01.15

Maybe you know Sarah Potenza's name from Season 8 of NBC's The Voice, where she wowed Blake Shelton with her bold vocals. Maybe you've seen her around the Nashville scene, showing off her brassy songwriting skills on stage. Whatever the case may be, you should take note: She's coming back with a brand-new album called Road to Rome, which drops on March 8th, this year's International Women's Day. The album -- produced at the studio of Jordan Brooke Hamlin (known for her work with the Indigo Girls) -- takes inspiration from and pays homage to powerful female figures in music legend, such as Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, and Bette Midler. It's an album for all artists, but particularly for those who identify as women, and it comes on a day for celebrating their achievements as loud and as raucously as possible. 

If you want to hear tracks from Road to Rome before the album's release, Potenza will perform the new record cover-to-cover -- along with some old tracks -- at The 5 Spot on January 15th. And if you want to refamiliarize yourself with her music now, check out her music video for her 2016 single "Monster" below. - Will Sisskind

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Noiseferatu

Noiseferatu is the project of bedroom pop producer A.J. Hubbard. He released his debut album, You Must Get Discouraged!, on New Year’s Eve.

The album is filled with sadness, struggle, lo-fi beauty, and several surprising samples. On “What’s So Heavy?” Hubbard samples and alters “Quiet Storm” by Smokey Robinson. It adds an electronic element to what is primarily an acoustic album.

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The Deli Philly’s January Record of the Month: Big Dogs - Johnny Utah

Delicate piano and an airy rhythmic push allows one to drift into “Crazy For Your Love,” which kicks off the Big Dogs EP from Jacob Sullenger, a.k.a. Johnny Utah, available via Z Tapes Records. Toggling between bright falsetto and introspective, spoken, behind-the-scenes asides, the song hovers in a slinky, playful manner, as intermediate trumpet blasts breathe fresh air into the mix. It’s followed by “Folding Like Honey,” which creeps in a funky, key-oriented, night-time groove. The soft, secretive delivery of the vocals rides over the sirens of the streets. It’s a brief confessional track of infatuation, shown through pops of neon light, while “Really Meant” builds drama & warmth in a strolling, vamping headspace. “Patty” is instantly dipped in a deep R&B/funk tone. The song is a candid manner of reaching out, revealing one’s feelings in the hopes that they will be reciprocated or a relationship rekindled. At the same time, the smooth flow of that instrumental elixir induces movement on the dance floor. Album closer, “Skytop Garden,” opens with an encouraging message, draped over a mellow, jazz sample of the classic “Blue Moon,” which is kicked up by the backbeat. Featuring SCALISI, the recording creates a soulful, musical dialogue that serves as a snapshot of an earnest love story. With the EP clocking in at about 12 minutes, one becomes easily immersed in Sullenger’s experimental, bedroom-pop world, which is definitely worth revisiting. – Michael Colavita

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