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Unveiling Dominic at Ortlieb's Dec. 1

Dominic Angelella’s creative evolution stretches from Hop Along to DRGN KING and Lithuania with stops along the way. His latest musical manifestation is simply titled Dominic, and will release an album, Goodnight Doggies, on February 3 via Lame-O Records. The album’s first single, “Birthday Song,” possesses subtle layers of instrumental warmth, intermingled with a catchy, folk jangle and a thoughtful personal narrative, sweeping one up in a pensive daydream with a grounded core. Tonight, Angelella will be unveiling his latest project at NoLibs watering hole Ortlieb's. He'll be supported by Vexxed, which features Lucy Stone (who had been part of the recent incarnation of DRGN KING). The bare, introspective sounds of Photo Jenny will also be joining this mid-week affair. Ortlieb’s, 847 N. Third St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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From the NYC submissions: Maris's bone-chilling ambient-pop

Earlier in 2016, NYC based Belgian singer-songwriter Mariske Broeckmeyer released her bone-chilling debut album 'On Gods And Other Things’ under the moniker Maris. The first track off the record, “How’s Things” immerses us into an astounding experimental soundscape, full of electronic details. An expansive, almost looped melody, sung with a soft, delicate expression, plays catch up with a slowly building rhythmic pattern; seemingly conflicting sonic textures somehow melt together to create a gracious, feral, ever evolving drone, at times reminiscent of Bjork’s darker compositions. The rest of the album employs samples and effects of the quirkiest variety, always faithful to some sort of avant-ambient language, which allows Mariske's slightly foreign sounding vocals to disclose their magnetism. - Ashley Muniz

This artist submitted music for coverage here.

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The Deli Philly's December Record of the Month: Welcome - Slaughter Beach, Dog

Jake Ewald, well-known as one-fourth of Modern Baseball, steps into the spotlight on his first full-length album as Slaughter Beach, Dog. Suitably titled Welcome (Lame-O Records), Ewald’s ten-track confessional holds nothing back. Each melody and each emotion is unfettered and nostalgic without apology. Like the grownup and more articulate version of your favorite band from undergrad, Slaughter Beach, Dog’s dream-pop adjacent anthems will melt your heart with ease.
 
Opening with the self-aware ‘90s throwback “Mall-rat Semiannual,” Welcome’s strength lies in Ewald’s ability to build an entire universe within a matter of seconds. Like a lyrical rendering of an intricate diorama, the album’s first track unfolds with earnest inflection, sway-worthy riffs, and a romanticism reminiscent of Pavement’s “Gold Soundz” meshed with Modest Mouse’s “Dramamine”. The directness of “Toronto Mug” is perfectly mirrored by the its brevity, while “Monsters” feels like the song you wish you wrote about yourself, depicting with precise rhythm what it means to be haunted by the shortcomings of others as well as your own.
 
“Bed Fest” plays out like the soundtrack to a mumblecore flick at its climax - bittersweet and subtle - awash in acoustic chords and swelling snare, ending in trippy reverb as Ewald croons, “You can’t stay here.” “Forever” and “Jobs” are pragmatic snapshots of the millennial plight framed by poppy backbeats and relatable proclamations like “I think that we’re better off just believing in ourselves, but that’s just me.” A sweet but solemn love song, “Politics of Grooming,” effortlessly bleeds into “Drinks,” a wistful theme for lovers not quite over their past, but unafraid of diving headfirst into the future, hand in hand despite misgivings. Like a premature epilogue, “Toronto Mug II” is lo-fi in all the right ways, serving as a welcomed primer to the album’s instrumental exit, “Essex Street.”
 
Staying true to its namesake, Slaughter Beach, Dog’s latest slew of songs will remind you of where you came from and who you really are. - Dianca London

December 2016
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Jake Ewald, well-known as one-fourth of Modern Baseball, steps into the spotlight on his first full-length album as Slaughter Beach, Dog. Suitably titled Welcome, Ewald’s ten-track confessional holds nothing back. Each melody and each emotion is unfettered and nostalgic without apology. Like the grownup and more articulate version of your favorite band from undergrad, Slaughter Beach, Dog’s dream-pop adjacent anthems will melt your heart with ease.
 
Opening with the self-aware ‘90s throwback “Mall-rat Semiannual,” Welcome’s strength lies in Ewald’s ability to build an entire universe within a matter of seconds. Like a lyrical rendering of an intricate diorama, the album’s first track unfolds with earnest inflection, sway-worthy riffs, and a romanticism reminiscent of Pavement’s “Gold Soundz” meshed with Modest Mouse’s “Dramamine”. The directness of “Toronto Mug” is perfectly mirrored by the its brevity, while “Monsters” feels like the song you wish you wrote about yourself, depicting with precise rhythm what it means to be haunted by the shortcomings of others as well as your own.
 
“Bed Fest” plays out like the soundtrack to a mumblecore flick at its climax - bittersweet and subtle - awash in acoustic chords and swelling snare, ending in trippy reverb as Ewald croons, “You can’t stay here.” “Forever” and “Jobs” are pragmatic snapshots of the millennial plight framed by poppy backbeats and relatable proclamations like “I think that we’re better off just believing in ourselves, but that’s just me.” A sweet but solemn love song, “Politics of Grooming,” effortlessly bleeds into “Drinks,” a wistful theme for lovers not quite over their past, but unafraid of diving headfirst into the future, hand in hand despite misgivings. Like a premature epilogue, “Toronto Mug II” is lo-fi in all the right ways, serving as a welcomed primer to the album’s instrumental exit, “Essex Street.”
 
Staying true to its namesake, Slaughter Beach, Dog’s latest slew of songs will remind you of where you came from and who you really are. - Dianca London
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New Music Video: "Chandelier Thief" - Petal

Petal, a.k.a. Kiley Lotz, captivates from every angle in her latest video for "Chandelier Thief". Found on the LP Shame (Run For Cover), the footage was directed and edited by Sarah Trad. Petal will be performing next in Philly on Sunday, December 11 at Union Transfer, opening for Pinegrove and Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band. (Photo by Emily Dubin)

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