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Stewards of Shoegaze, Blushing, Release "The Truth" In Advance of Debut Album

Momentum is the elusive ingredient that local Austin bands crave going into a new release or kicking off a new tour. Thankfully that crucial element is directly correlated to the amount of effort put forth, and local shoegaze quartet, Blushing, are generating awareness with a slew of live shows on a variety of stages. The two husband and wife duos have been playing together since 2015, and their chemisty is uniquely cohesive and powerful for obvious reasons. Bassist/vocalist, Christina Carmona, is a classically trained singer who elevates each track into a celestial soundscape while guitarist/vocalist, Michelle Soto, reverberates an ethereal passion that blends perfectly into each heavenly track. "The Truth" is the first single off of their upcoming debut album, which  is scheduled to be released in early 2019. The single demonstrates a deft mix of distortion, melodic swings and jangled guitars that create a beautiful volute of shoegazed bliss. The female-fronted quartet does not hide in a fugue state of druggy reverb like other shoegazers but, instead opts to slice through the fuzzy pedal effects with dynamic guitar riffs and pounding percussion that proves more epic than meandering. The band's dedication to getting in as many shows as possible before the new album release gives you the opportunity to see Blushing play with Holy Golden at Hotel Vegas on November 14th or you can catch them at Cheer Up Charlies on December 7th!

   

Hotline share "10 AM" EP, plays Alphaville on 11.12

There is an alluring, melancholy feel to much of New York City based trio Hotline's music. Throughout their recently released 10AM EP a sense of longing and sadness can be felt. “Anywhere Else” leads off with an unadorned jangly pop enhanced by smooth, ethereal vocals. Atypical chord changes emerge, creating a bridge between the primary melodic progression. The universal theme of wanting to be “anywhere else” resonates with those looking to break out of their rut and just “go.” Angular, flowing arpeggios and busy snare drum rolls create the shifting undercurrent on “One Of Us”. However, more structured chords establish an instrumental break between verses, where a songs chorus frequently resides. Adding an extended over two minute open note instrumental coda sees the band dipping into early Sonic Youth territory. “Black Sequins” floats like a whimsical ride on some distant lazy river. Final cut “Soda Lime” moves with pace and purpose, capturing the thematic yearning running through the entire record. Hotline have two shows coming up, playing Alphaville on 11/12 with Wolf Diamond and Hygieia and then on 12/2 at Secret Project Robot. - Dave Cromwell

   

Levi Miller releases album from the depths "Tales In Red Writing"

We must bring to your attention the music of Levi J. Miller, especially his latest release Tales In Red Writing, which came out just in time for Halloween. Miller, who releases albums at a breakneck pace, continues his exploration of darkness in music on his new record, going full goth on songs like "Trepanning (-)" and "Petrification". He also includes touches of doom metal in tracks like "Tetragrammaton" and prog-rock on "Eliphas". In the seven tracks on Tales In Red Writing, you may receive a full crash course in all of music's darkest genres; Miller pulls the delivery of each off with ease. Miller will perform at The Post-Election Hangover at The End on November 15th. Take a listen to Tales In Red Writing below. - Will Sisskind 

   

Weekend Warrior, November 2 - 4

With a haunting, hazy, cavernous, psych sound that scorches and soars amid murky surroundings, Far-Out Fangtooth has reemerged (at least for one night and hopefully many more). It’s been about four years since the band has performed together on stage. Crafting dynamic, fuzzed-out soundscapes that pull you into the spiraling vortex of omnipresent rhythms and reverberating guitars, the group invites you to explore what lies within the shadows. This Saturday, Far-Out Fangtooth will be opening for the legendary Roky Erickson at Underground Arts. The contagious energy of garage-punk Chicago siblings White Mystery is also slated on tomorrow evening’s billing. (Photo by Adam Wallacavage) – Michael Colavita

Other shadows to explore this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI West Philadelphia Orchestra, OOLALA, SAT Mothers

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Strange Parts

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Screaming Rattler/DJ Deejay, SAT 6ix 8ight Presents, SUN Drones for Queens/Abacus (Split Record Release), Painbody

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Eraserhood Forever 2018

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Far-Out Fangtooth

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI American Speedway

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Conjunto Philadelphia

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Pick Your Poison, SAT Vicious Blossom, Sun Tunnel, Computer Dating, SUN False Tracks

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI LTC, SAT 6 Underground - A '90s Alternative Dance Party Presented By Riot Nerd, SUN Muscle Tough, Darla

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Drums Like Machine Guns, SAT The Dull Blue Lights (Release Show), Mesmeric Haze, SUN Body Spray, Tetra, Wild Dust

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Medusa's Disco, American Dinosaur

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Bryant Eugene Vazquez, SAT The Bigness (Record Release), Flat Mary Road

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT The Disgruntled Sherpa Project, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Paths 2 Glory, Popular Creeps, Truant Minds, SAT Women Who Slay Cabaret, SUN Fake Noose, Fenris

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Besphrenz / Freaks & Geeks Halloween, SAT Spellbound ( Extended Halloween Edition)

The Tusk (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, Heavy Temple

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Teenage Bigfoot, The Barren Marys, Stolen Wheelchairs, SAT Blue Wonder & the Mystic Woman, Mike Matteson & The Sketchy Freaks, Endless Taile

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) SAT Philadelphia Burlesque Academy Student Showcase, SUN Honeygasm

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI We're From Antarctica

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SUN Grimace Federation

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Katie Ellen, Gladie

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Free Cake For Every Creature, Cherry

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Erin Incoherent, Desperate Living

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI Lucy Stone

Ruba Club (416 Green St.) FRI Korine (Record Release)

Jerry’s on Front (2341 Front St.) FRI Laser Background (EP Release), Sixteen Jackies, SAT Storks

   

Supermoon Video

The music video for Havania Whaal’s “Supermoon” was released this past week. It follows the protagonist as they fall asleep underneath a glowing full moon stuck to the wall. As happens in any good dream, everything in the video is out of place yet exactly where it’s supposed to be. It has the snarky attitude of indie-darlings like Ghost World and Juno, encased in the style of silent films. Havania Whaal’s distorted, buzzing music follows the protagonist as they attempt to navigate the romantically campy dreamscape. The characters in the video may be out of sync with their bodies, but they’re perfectly in tune with the music. It’s a playful house of horrors, one you’ll enjoy getting lost in.

  -By Avril Carrillo