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New Ada Babar & Kasra Kurt Split Available for Streaming & Purchase

Certain aesthetics may survive from one generation to the next, but in the process often undergo a metamorphosis as a culture’s approach toward making music changes. We have become gifted multi-taskers - all the different roles we have to take on to make a living wage, attention spans doled out between phones and friends, apps running side by side, our browsers buried deep in open tabs. Our ability as time-shifters to bounce through multiple worlds at a given moment, to pick up and pause a multitude of running stories - these features of our daily lives are teased out in the works of Philly sound maverick Ada Babar. Babar’s music conveys a sublime terror, a highly technical and often hilarious succession of musical splendor laid out before a lush backdrop. His newest release, Nino Tomorrow (Favourite Tapes), is a split EP with Palm frontman Kasra Kurt. The first half of the album is Babar, transitioning via a phone call sequence midway through to Kurt’s laidback, drifting contribution. The production value is painstakingly consistent throughout, maintaining a sense of space and tone as the songs progress. In many cases, split releases give the impression that the album is a converging point for two distinct worlds, but on Nino Tomorrow, both artists are enmeshed within the other’s sonic palate, resulting in music that feels alien yet wholly relatable. - Josh Kelly

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The Deli Philly’s November Record of the Month: Amuse-oreille, Vol. 1 - American Trappist

Former River City Extension frontman Joe Michelini’s latest slew of songs is a vibrant tribute to Americana-infused indie rock, romance, and self-determination.

Opening with the effervescent sound of “Soot,” Amuse-oreille, Vol. 1 seduces its listener via visceral guitar licks, yearning, melodic vocals, and straight-forward lyricism. As Michelini and Hemming’s Candice Martello croon, “Things get rough when you don’t know who you are”; American Trappist’s audience is reminded just how vital honesty is, not only with others, but with yourself as well. “Soot” is an homage to self-discovery and the trials and triumphs that go hand in hand with embracing your inner truth. Like early aughts Drug Rug meets The Babies’ Our House on the Hill, the sonic energy of it smolders, with each line reaffirming the track’s pathos with urgency.

“Fear Nothing” gradually swells to a lush and rhythmic ode to the joy that can be found in uncertainty on the brink of new beginnings. Adequately titled, the EP’s second offering is an uplifting, yet practical anthem that urges listeners to seize the day. Giving way to the bouncing keys of “Heaven,” Michelini builds the tale gradually, before it tears away at the seams with distorted riffs and reverb that eventually disintegrate into “Fireworks.” Channeling his inner Springsteen and Walt Whitman, the artist shares what feels like a love song, penned specifically for our beloved Philadelphia. Vibrant, catchy, and the perfect balance between innovation and nostalgia, “Fireworks” is a realist’s portrait of the contradictions, complexities, and brash beauty of the American Dream.

American Trappist’s songs are sincere, subtly sentimental (in a good way), and absolutely memorable. Amuse-oreille, Vol. 1 will fill your heart with warmth and light as fall gives way to winter. – Dianca London 

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New Friendship Album Available for Streaming

Orindal Records will be releasing Friendship's new album, Shock Out Of Season, on November 3; however, one can sample it early - courtesy of HyperMachine. A continuous flow of introspective, lyrical assessments loosely travels on a road paved with the timely tap and twinkle of percussion and synth, forging both unity and space. A serene sense of progress pushes these compositions forward, without abandoning the earnest imagery that serves as its foundation. Friendship and Power Animal will be co-headlining a dual record release show, supported by Tall Friend and Free Cake For Every Creature, on Friday, November 17 at Everybody Hits. (Photo by Abi Reimold)

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New Shamir LP Available for Streaming

A lot has changed in our world since Shamir Bailey’s debut full-length, Ratchet, landed via XL Recordings in 2015. In a social climate heated by derision on high, a pervasive distrust in information, and an undesiring malaise out-sourced upon youth culture, the messaging voiced on Shamir’s latest release, Revelations, rings all the more pertinent to our present moment. The new LP (which is currently streaming over at NPR and officially drops on November 3 via Father/Daughter Records) is the product of soul-searching; the result is a collection of burgeoning, guitar-laden, lo-fi pop that sets the stage for Shamir to speak candidly of his experiences, while also conveying the desire to do so through a musical vocabulary that marks a departure from what the industry came to expect of the young artist. As a moment of reclamation for the Vegas transplant, Revelations is a call to action to empower a generation of disenfranchised kids mangled by financial burdens, grappling with existential anxieties and self-hate. Finding one’s voice is a solitary task, yet the result is often surprisingly resonant within a collective struggle. The result of Shamir’s inward journey is a collection of bedroom pop bliss that sounds stripped down and vulnerable, yet wholly confident in their prevailing over adversity. - Josh Kelly

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Weekend Warrior, October 27 - 29

We know. What to do? What to do…this Halloween weekend? We love the all hallow-est of eves! And Philly does not have a shortage of diverse things to do. If you find the idea of swanky surroundings with the echo of groove-oriented experimental beats flowing through your ears and tarot card readings blowing your mind, Final Friday’s AfroFuturist Affair Costume Ball at the Philadelphia Art Museum this evening with locals Moor Mother, Sammus, and Fholston Paradigm is a no-brainer. And since things will be wrapping up relatively early, you still have plenty of time to catch Dark Thoughts at the LAVA Space benefit. On Saturday, the 8th annual TJ Kong Halloween Murdershow will be doing debaucherous things in the below ground lair of Underground Arts. The familiar faces of Levee Drivers and Tutlie will be joined by sexified newcomers OOLALA and Shy Boyz. And if you don’t really feel like leaving the Fishtown/Kensington/NoLibs area, tomorrow will be a nice evening to take a buzzed walk to your favorite neighborhood DIY space Everybody Hits for Hurry’s 2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular, with pals Shannen Moser, Cave People, and Anomie. All proceeds will go to The Humane League of Philadelphia. For those who really haven’t had enough this Halloween weekend, you might need to chill out at Union Transfer, where Petal will be performing a solo set, opening for the always captivating Julien Baker and Half Waif. Wherever you find yourself, enjoy that you are there - cheers! – Alexis V.

More Halloween Weekend Fun…

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Hezekiah Jones, DeadFellow, Ali Wadsworth, SAT TJ Kong Halloween Murdershow VIII: TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb, Tutlie, Levee Drivers, Shy Boyz, Red 40 and the Last Groovement, OOLALA

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Minka, Thrills

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Street Stains, SAT Pink Slip Daddy, Dixy Blood, SUN Spent Flesh, Dumal, Mob Terror, Atomic Cretins

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Throbbing Chakra, Rubber/DJSC/Duffy’s Cut, SAT Black Urn/Fame Lust, SUN Deathmonger AD, Mota, Plot/Erik Kramer, Maggie Mae

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) SUN Petal (Solo)

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Dead Milkmen, Green Meteor

TLA (334 South St.) SAT Tweed

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SAT Baceface

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI DJ Grotzy Versace

Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Pluto Era

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FR I (Upstairs) Dirty Dozen Dance Band/(Downstairs) Greg Sover Band

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Tektonic, Muscle Tough, Darla, SAT My Son Bison, Rosali, Oldermost, SUN Shon Goner

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SUN The Old Souls, Chalk and The Beige Americans, Gringo Motel, The Sideshow Prophets

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Apex Predator, Mesmeria, Ketosis, SAT Secret Nudist Friends, The Pretty Greens, SUN Bad Luck 13, Eaten Alive, Gloves Off/Dirty Purple, Moonroof, Vague Advice, It Makes Sounds

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Conflict Theory, War Vomit

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Suburban Living (DJ Set)

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT The Jersey Corn Pickers, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Pravda, Endless Taile, Tantra, SAT Stinking Lizavetta, Thorazine, Workhorse III, The End AD, Thee Minks, Mojo Machine

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) SUN The Roddenberries

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Slomo Sapiens, Local Smokes, SAT Duke Brothers, Bonehead

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Philly Bloco, SUN Philly Loves Petty: Low Cut Connie, Ben Arnold, Mo Lowda & The Humble (with Joe Reinhart), Smash Palace, Travel Lanes, Hinton Bower Jones, Big Jangle, No Good Sister, Nik Greeley Ross Bellenoit

Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.) FRI Afrofuturistic Affair Costume Ball: Moor Mother, Sammus, Fhloston Paradigm

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Italoween SAT Hurry, Cave People, Shannen Moser, Anomie

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SUN Matthew W. Charles, Side Pocket Louie, Everyone Except Me, Rasan Allbritton

LAVA Space (4134 Lancaster Ave.) FRI Dark Thoughts, Jenna and The Pups, Dialer

Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT LXV

Spank Banquet (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Ceramic Animal, Attic Tapes, Sixteen Jackies, Chifa

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