Soaring pop strings aligned with oohs, ahhs, piano stabs and a snare drum that sounds like a mallet taken to a cardboard box, The Fleeting Ends are the butterflies you had on the first date with your significant other. Their latest track ‘Operator‘ is a sound depiction of where their collective head is at; groove based, 60′s retro rock carried gracefully by lead vocalist Matt Vantine and a wall of harmonic arrangements to allow every chorus to take flight. This Philly band is clearly following in the footsteps of pop greats before them like Dr. Dog, The Beatles, and Sufjan Stevens; undeniably a tried and true style but also a hard shoe to fill. Pressure is on and chances are these dudes can hang. @thinknotsleep
On the Water are a high-energy folk collective fronted by songwriter Fletcher VanVliet. I’ll refrain from a too in-depth description and allow their nearly party style scream and stomp arrangements to speak for it all. False Starts is a fun record of 9 songs that is fully realized and evolved by the twenty or so additional musicians involved in the production. I would love for this sort of group to release concept albums in various genres from punk to pop to hip hop and more because the enthusiasm and belief that clearly goes into the performances is undeniable and that would just be incredibly interesting to hear. @thinknotsleep
The Districts are a soulful, folk-rock band from Lancaster County, Pa, Lititz to be exact, a town name that gave me a laugh. More importantly though, this band is super rad. With a sound reminiscent of Dr. Dog and Cold War Kids, this band radiates a vibe and groove that is generally hard to attain without months/years of hard touring. Singer Rob Grote displays endless emotion and goes hard at all the right moments, while the rest of the band does their job of locking into thick folk jams worthy of your favorite 60s legends. The album has such an appropriate roominess that is filled with a relentless energy all throughout that leaves listeners sure they just witnessed the bands’ live show. As the record progresses, it becomes harder and harder to believe this group doesn’t have a heavy-hitting label behind them because of how developed the sound/production is. My final words about The Districts will be that I’m pumped to have heard this record certainly not long before they explode onto the American music scene and abroad. @thinknotsleep
here comes dreamboatby Son Step (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
The disorienting nature captured within Son Step outlines a Dismemberment Plan-esque motif that carries throughout both tracks as they break rapidly from off-kilter pop reference to math inspired jam breaks. In contrast, the songs position themselves in different light as they embark on, what is in the end, a short but virile journey. Full album upcoming. @Dingusonmusic
‘And Then The Girls’ by Donora (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
There are two key things that I want to believe immediately about this video. First, whoever this girl is, she has an IQ of about 160 and this is the most un-inhibited piece of modern expression, pretty much ever. Secondly, her fathers secret passion was always roller dancing and that this is all put together from home videos. However, the unfortunate truth is that Donora’s previousattempts, although far more popular on youtube, are pretty mundane and restricted. Hopefully this is evolution. @Dingusonmusic
Philadephia native Tours has stayed on our radar since their very firststay ep. Although the critic in me wants so much more from this artist than the solitary ‘Near Me‘, the very fact of the matter is that even something that drones on this steadily requires craftsmanship. [Free Download] @Dingusonmusic
They have 6, 503 ‘likes’ on Facebook (I don’t know, I thought that was interesting.)
I’ll be honest, I rather enjoyed making that list. It reminded me of being in 10th grade biology, I can’t say I paid any attention but I’m pretty sure we made lists. I digress, let’s get back on topic. Edelweiss are one of the bands scheduled to play the Surprise Attack! Music Festival and they recently played an acoustic performance of their song ‘Icarus’ for The Village Basement. I’m almost jealous at how talented these boys are. At such a young age they are making strides. I definitely didn’t have that much ambition at the age of 17. Edelweiss are truly a band to watch. They are fresh, unique, everything you could hope for in a young band. Lovecat
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