Indie Rock

Big Fang reminds us why power pop still kicks ass in new EP, plays Cafe Nine 07.05

Connecticut's Big Fang plays pop rough, and it sounds so good: the band's distorted guitar chords, massive low end, and swift pace allow its vocal harmonies to flourish for a pure power-pop effect that delights listeners. Power pop always has a vintage feel to it, championed by bands like Cheap Trick, the style is light-hearted but has some serious muscle to it, Big Fang embraces that wholly by letting its instruments do the roaring and voices the howling. Big Fang's debut EP Human Distance has arrived, and it is a thrilling sonic sprint of intrepid guitar solos and skillfully-timed drum fills throughout. In and out of vogue, power pop seems to charm regardless, Big Fang makes it easy to see why. The band is playing Cafe Nine in New Haven on July 5th to keep the momentum going. Enjoy "Emergency" streaming below. - Rene Cobar

   

Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else the Pallet Session

It was just last month that Spencer Radcliffe released his latest album, Hot Spring, via Run For Cover. This week Puddle Splashers released the band's Pallet Session where they performed Side A of Hot Spring and it is fantastic.

   

Weekend Warrior - June 14 - 16

A reassuring, intimate openness wafts through the songs of Strawberry Runners. Delicate, clear-visioned recollections and imagery create a confidential, transportive quality to the songwriting. One floats through the ripples of melodies as the deftly painted details are enhanced by the composed yet resonating vocals. Tomorrow evening at Everybody Hits, Strawberry Runners will be joined by Comfy. Breezy melodies, reinforced by vocal harmonies, cultivate an at ease, bedroom-pop nature. However, that calm, coasting approach can be accelerated by some riff-fueled, enthusiastic, guitar work. They’ll be setting the stage for the garage-pop of Ontario’s Billy Moon and the pop experimentations of Mauno, whose forthcoming album, Really Well, is slated to arrive on August 2. – Michael Colavita 

Other places where you can chill at this weekend…

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Strawberry Runners, Comfy

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Scantron, SAT Witching

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Hound

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Goddamnit, Hold Down The Ocean, SAT DJSC, SUN AyBe, Internal Rhyme, Bran Bav, Hashland

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Karl Blau

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI No Option

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI Outer Heaven 

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI So Far Gone: Dirty South Joe, Magglezzz

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) TIMBALONA, DJ Shango, SAT (Upstairs) Levee Drivers

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Haxon, Dawn's Divide, We Are One, SUN Bastion's Wake, Frost Giant

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Jackson Howard, SUN Local Smokes

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Wormtooth, Bury Your Fish, Soft Idiot, SUN The Drowned God, Andross, Castor's Hollow

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, Tiger Castle, Truant Minds, SAT Folklore

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Sylo, Astro 8000, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Live Band Karaoke, SAT Live Band Karaoke , SUN Rusty Cadillac

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Dot Gov (EP Release Show), The Pool Boys, SAT The End of America (7” Release), Kirby Sybert, SUN Anime Dessert Club

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Stolen Wheelchairs, Dive In The Box, SAT A Benefit for Sylvain Sylvain: Blessed Muthas, Mr. Unloved, Kiss Boom Bah, Decontrol, The Prisoners

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Wisdom In Chains, Guillotine, SUN Broken Rib, Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Kalicade, SUN Michael Thompson

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Royale, SAT Ed Christof, SUN ASS YOU WISH: A Princess Bride Burlesque

The Tusk (430 South St.) SAT DJ Johnny Bats (The Bathaus) and DJ Robin your grave 1348

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI The Droogettes, Beer Me, Under 95, SAT Twin Beds, The Front End, Egocentric Plastic Men, Stay Loud

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Jac with No K (EP Release), The New September, Kennel Club, Sock Revival, SAT Stellarscope,  Sonny Knockout, Chaos Theory, Minerva

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Wild Dust, SAT Brad Rau and Bobby Waterman, SUN The Lot, Those Troublemakers,

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.)FRI Hivelords, Vulturepeak, Night Raids, Desperate Living, LMI, SAT Absinthe Father, Midfield, Nonfiction, Tonks

Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St.) SAT Kohoutek, Pure Enchantment

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) SAT Body Spray

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) FRI DJ Matpat, SAT Matthew Law presents Friends & Fam

Lizard Lounge (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Blame Jakob, Chloe Likes Olivia

Haus Of Yarga (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Overwinter, Gorpho, Noera

Tundra Dome (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Brackish, Cave Weta, Spellbinder, Bleary Eyed

   

NJ's The Vaughns open for the Gaslight Anthem at Irving Plaza on 06.22

One could say that, with their influences equally split between pop-punk and brainy/noisy indie rock, The Vaughns represent the perfect balance between the most dominant musical inclinations of the Garden State and the Big Apple. But, of course, influences mean nothing if they aren't supported by good and original songwriting, and the Springfield, NJ, quartet can certainly deliver in that department. Their 2017 single Santa Cruz is still their most accomplished track to date, with its pressing arpeggiated chord progression that seems able to build up tension for an indefinite amount of time, and vocalist Anna Lies' borderline casual approach to singing. More recent single "Bring Your Kids to Work Day" (video streaminbg below) is a faster, punkier number dressed with Sonic Youth-style guitar stabs, Blur-worthy "who-oos," culminating into an orgiastic (sonically speaking) grand finale. The band just landed an opening slot for The Gaslight Anthem's show at Irving Plaza on June 22, it should be fun.

   

Rose Dorn deal with their unease on charming new single, "Shaking"

"Shaking," the new track by San Fernando Valley trio Rose Dorn, fools you at first—it begins with a wispy, sticky-sweet melody that quickly descends into a slow, shambling manner. That changing mood suits the indie-pop band's downcast theme, having been inspired by the coping mechanisms people use to fend off trauma. Nevertheless, they're able to make it land with a wholesome, bright melody. Bar None Records recently signed the band, and you can see why—their keen sense of melody fits right at home with the label's past and present, from The Feelies' post-2000's jangle-pop to Happyness' winding indie-rock. 

"Shaking" is the first single off Rose Dorn's forthcoming full-length debut album, Days You Were Leaving, due out August 23. Juan Rodríguez