Handclaps, group vocals, and sunny guitar riffs are perfect this time of year aren’t they?
Philly-locals, Cheers Elephant, make playing look so easy with their effortless and carefree sound. What I enjoy most though, is that they’re not afraid to experiment and go a little further, which you can totally hear in their latest release, Like Wind Blows Fire.
The entire album is full of foot-stomping tracks with catchy choruses and just enough psychedelic haze to set them apart. Raw yet well-produced, be sure to stream their entire album below this Sunday.
I’ve loved on these gentleman before. The N’ere Dowells create some of the most charming garage-rock I’ve heard in awhile so of course I was excited to see a new track of theirs in my inbox.
I love their incorporation of the horn this time around, somehow it goes perfectly with those lo-fi guitars in their newest track, “Comets.” It’s a slow burning song that’s minimal in nature, no frills and yet it all still sounds so brilliant.
It’s amazing what a change in scenery does for you. Just being able to see patches of grass that expand larger than a city lot, sprawling shopping centers, and being able to run around the lake my neighborhood sits on top of; it’s oddly been nice.
So, here’s your curve ball. I’ve been on an electronic/hip-hop kick lately and it’s time to break that love fest up. Here’s some heavy alt-country guitar riffs, wailing vocals, and enough lo-fi in those monitors to stir up your day (and playlists).
LoOmis is a blend of math rock and psychedelic electronic music that’s so lo-fi and hazy, you get swept up in it all. Released earlier this year, Melt Away is an album that fuses beats and simple guitars into something extremely listenable. Check out his eerie vid for the song, “I Cast A Spell,” and nab the track below.
Without a consistent internet connection for the past week since moving I’ve been feeling severely out of the loop in terms of music. Thankfully a friend was looking out and brought to my attention Philadelphia’s Hop Along and their latest single they dropped, “Tibetan Pop Stars.”
If it weren’t for the clusterfuck of a day that yesterday was I would have posted it right then and there upon first listen. Better late than never right? Frances Quinlan’s vocals are fittingly raw against those loud screeching guitars. It’s crunchy and beautiful all in one. Maybe this is what my friend described as giving him chills? Either way any song I can sing the line, ”I’m going to be creeping on you so hard,” is always a winner in my book.
A must-download that you will massively enjoy. Also, keep a heads up since they just have finished their album Get Disowned.
I got an invite via Facebook to attend a show including William Gruff the other day and I was confused. I had never heard of them, but there was a picture of a goat so I clicked on it. I checked out the write up and noticed that the names of the 4 band members looked very familiar. It was pretty much the same lineup that took 7th place on the East Coast in the Emergenza Battle of the Bands in 2007 under the name of Mountain Man.
I asked them why they switched names when we got to Philadelphia’s The Fire and they said they amicably gave up the name when this girl group began using it, too. Personally, I think there should be an intergender tag team wrestling match to determine the rightful owners of the name. Shout out to Andy Kaufman. Continue reading →
Contrary to popular belief from our northern neighbors (I’m looking at you NYC), Philadelphia has a fantastic music scene. Maybe you just don’t know what venue to check out, what local bands/artists to catch, whatever the reason is know the good people here at What’s Protocol? are looking out for you.
Ruby The Hatchet is a psychedelic rock outfit from the city of Brotherly love (and cheesesteaks, pretzels, and Duck Boat tours..) who put on one hell of a show all of which Daryl has no problem further detailing for you lucky readers below. Tonight they will be playing under The El line at the notable Kung Fu Necktie. Make sure to grab your tickets online to secure a spot on the list, show starts at 8pm! Continue reading →