DIY/Lo-Fi

Get ready for some serious head-banging with Bugs and Rats

You may think that the Massachusetts three piece punk band Bugs and Rats is just noise. And you’re right. But it’s great noise. Their tracks usually start with an indiscernible, arhythmic introduction before settling into a more focused, but no less raucous, groove. The vocals often get buried under a tidal wave of furiously jagged electric guitar riffs and stop-and-drop drumming all presented to you in a lo-fi package (whose been crushed and kicked and torn, held together by some duct tape). Honestly, this is probably as close to punk as you can get without actually having lived in the punk era of the 70’s and 80’s. With simple, repetitive chords, a wall of noise so loud that it will knock you off your feet, and a brazen delivery oozing confidence and an attitude fit for Sid Vicious himself, you can expect one heck of a show from these guys. Keep a tab on their Facebook page for future shows.  

   

Ferdinand's "Proud Honey" is a dreamy sound collage

Proud Honey is something akin to a rush of cars driving by. There isn't much to latch on to other than the constant flow itself and all the colors and makes and models and faces subconsciously blend together into a patchwork slipstream. You lose track of the individual pieces and forget that the entire process is a very inorganic, man-made thing as it fades into something as natural as a school of fish. The pieces here are even more abstract—new wave, post-punk, goth, surf—and the result is an EP that passes by all too quickly and demands another listen or two. -Austin Phy

   

New Track: "Orion" (Live) - Tapes & Tubes

Recorded live at W/N W/N, this take of “Orion” by Tapes & Tubes (a.k.a. Austin Potter) paints a historically nostalgic portrait of a town that’s been rundown by time. Catching a bird’s eye view, the brief scene is a reminder that a simple setting still carries a deeper story. Tapes & Tubes will bringing his poetic verses to Ortlieb’s on Thursday, April 28, with Patrick Mansfield, Lauren and Paddy, and Thick Red Wine.

   

New Video: "Arranged" (Live - BrooklynVegan Acoustic Sessions) - Abi Reimold

Below is a live solo performance by Abi Reimold of "Arranged," which is the opening track from her latest album Wriggling (Sad Cactus). It was recorded in Philadelphia inside a defunct train tunnel with a skylight for BrooklynVegan Acoustic Sessions. You can catch Riemold this evening at The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery for Philly Radness, where you'll also experience an "interactive pop-up skatepark," as well as the sounds of Queen of Jeans and Hemming. (Photo by Michael Ash Smith)

   

Debut Grayling EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The duality of introspectively emotive lyricism meeting the outpouring of external release come to a head when Grayling, a.k.a. Lexi Campion (formerly of Edelweiss), peers inward whilst pushing outward. The result, her debut EP Everything That Burns (which was recently released via NDE Records), is a musical tug of war - heavy and gripping. Hold on tight.