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Angel Eyes

It wasn’t that long ago that I had someone say to me that metal was dead in Chicago. I tend to believe that there are no dead genres in Chicago, but just people looking in the wrong or not looking closely enough. The latest album from Angel Eyes, Midwestern, is powerful in both sound and message. This album is a guttural call-to-arms in a declining economy with a Midwestern perspective. It’s album that can strike a chord with many Chicagoan with an emphasis on struggle, and way it often feels endless.

Sonically, the album is just as heavy as its message. This is a hardcore album, but Angel Eyes mixes is subtle cinematic and atmospheric elements. This blend keeps that listener guessing and engaged with the band continue to blow the audience away.

Angel Eyes will be performing at Quenchers on August 21st with Czar.

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Waterfront Wednesdays w/Reading Rainbow at Penn Treaty Park Aug. 11

Yeah - you’ll get a chance this week for a double dose of The Deli’s Best of Philly Poll Winners Reading Rainbow! They’ll be headlining Waterfront Wednesdays this evening which is presented by Brian McTear’s Weathervane Music. But if that’s not enough for you, then you’ll be joining us at JR’s this Friday with our favorite local grunge-y dream pop outfit Creepoid. Well, that’s if you can find the place. Waterfront Wednesdays, Penn Treaty Park, 7pm, FREE, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman 

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Gang Opens Concerts in the Park Series at Rittenhouse Square Aug. 11

Influenced by beehives (The B-52’s) and L.A.M.B. (Gwen Stefani), Gang’s in-your-face anthems command you to dance. A pleasant vocal throwback to riot grrrl’s like Kathleen Hanna (ex-Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) and electro blips a la Pretty Girls Make Graves, Gang’s hyperactive backbeats are energized assaults against the hum-drum. Tracks like “Earthquake It” and “Rat Poison” are unpredictably raw and fresh. Unpretentious in their delivery, Gang’s front women, Amanda Damron and Jaclyn McGraw, use diction like a weapon, delivering each line with zest and sass matched with killer hooks and synth. With the help of the Big Kids (bandmates Nicole McGraw and Tim Sonnefeld), Gang’s set is hot like August and cool like ice. They’ll be strangely opening for Phosphorescent at Philly Weekly’s Concerts in the Park Series. But if you’re interested in seeing the ladies on a more fitting bill, then you’ll get your chance this fall when their “biggest dream” comes true opening for The B-52’s. Rittenhouse Square Park, 7pm, Free, All Ages (Photo by Oliver Lopena) - Dianca Potts
 

 

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Kurt Vile Added to ATP New York

Kurt Vile was added to this year’s ATP New York which is co-curated by director Jim Jarmusch. He joins local psychedelic rock veterans Bardo Pond as well as a list of heavy-hitters like Iggy and the Stooges, Sonic Youth, Explosions in the Sky, Raekwon, the Breeders, Tortoise and many more for this three-day event that will go down Labor Day weekend, September 3 - 5, at Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, New York. Check out the festival’s website for more details. - H.M. Kauffman 

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Trenchtown release self-titled EP

Trenchtown is an interesting beast. I recently had the chance to sit down and savor their new album the Trenchtown EP. Bred out of Hermosa Beach, they wear their influences on their sleeve. I was greeted with a high energy mix of LA punk and ska that was bit Greenday, a bit Rancid, a bit Sublime and all fun.

A six song EP with punk-length songs isn't more than a musical nibble, but I walked away wanting more. The EP starts with "Ay Oh" with a distinct oy punk feel. A little deeper in, Murderer is a standout song that's devious fun with ominous lyrics. Later, the closer Unpaid Holiday winds the collection down, but I have confidence it'll become a summer anthem for some.

If the band is as fun live as their abum makes them out to be, I can't wait to see them. You can check out the EP for free at their official site here.

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