Soft Fangs brings his intimate bedroom pop to Cake Shop on 8.13

Soft Fangs is the lof-fi bedroom pop recording project of singer-songwriter John Lutkevich. His debut album The Light was recorded in the attic of his childhood home, to be then released in March via Exploding in Sound Records and Disposable America. Its lo-fi quality and melancholic vocals breed a warm and intimate atmosphere born from Lutkevich’s desire to alleviate life’s struggles. Evoking the vulnerability of Elliott Smith and atmospheric sonic inclination, Lutkevich wears his heart on his sleeve when talking about growing older, being unable to find a job, and waiting around for someone to love you back. His vocal delivery is desolate, and sometimes borders on a whimpering tone, however, when paired with the tender guitars and lush instrumentation, his songs can provide a cathartic release. Soft Fangs will be playing at the Cake Shop on August 13th and the Throne in Brooklyn on August 19th! - John Honan


NYC Record of the Month: Sleepies - 'Natural Selection' LP

After four years, Sleepies are back with a new full length entitled Natural Selection, released on July 16th via Mirror Universe Tapes. The record marks a definite shift for the band towards late '60s British psych. The opening two songs 'Chips Left' and 'Genetic Cousins' (streaming) toy with melodies reminiscent of unforgotten madman Syd Barrett, but fill up the sonic spectrum with a tense and fuzzy blend of garagey distorted guitars. Following song “All Over The Years” follows recycles Parquet Courts' "Nu-Post-Punk" sound (a recurring influence), although the spacey chord changes never fail to remind us the psych nature of this work. Delirious power-track Sky Chase is filled with urgency and intriguing vocal arrangements, while pushing the saturation of their garagey sound to eleven. Throughout the album, the guitars always lay the groundwork with threatening tones and riffs, but this tension is constantly resolved through memorable choruses and vocal melodies - for a satisfying listening esperience. - John Honan


Weekend Warrior, Aug. 12 - 14

The lovely lo-fi bedroom rockers of Cherry, a.k.a. Russell Edling, will be filling the airy spaces of Everybody Hits tonight. His sound is placidly expressive and sweeps through introspective, somewhat dispirited soundscapes on a strikingly even keel. You can also witness Philadelphia’s favorite weirdo rockers Mumblr, back in action for another zestful, dizzyingly energetic performance. The band has made a name for itself in sweaty, dingy basements across the city with its anthemic pop-punk flair and intense live performances. Sporting a fresh catalogue of newly released material, now is a great time to see the band strut its stuff and turn up a little. Chicago’s Yeesh will be rolling through town with their aggressively mystifying post-punk a la Wipers or early Wire. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8:30pm, $5-$7, All Ages - Bryce Woodcock

More places to rock this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Illinois, Aphra
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) Infinity Tree
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Janelle/Husky Bundles, Chad Avery, SAT Acolytes, SUN Birthday Boy, Glenn Matthews
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI LoveKilledKurt, SAT Voss, Tiani, I-Know Brasco, 3T3N, Chris Vance, SUN EBGIII
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Steal Your Face, Cultureal, SAT Bij Lincs, Kat C.H.R., SUN 46 Sherman, Sugar Rush Rocks, Nijah Dupree, Jared Landau
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) AP The Plan, Stevie Rogers w/ Henry Stuart, Astro 8000
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Sinstock 4:Big Stall, Strength in Numbers, Rawq Savy,We Are One, The Aberdeâns, Jesus' Older Brother
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) Christie Lenée/(Upstairs) Dukes of Destiny
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Judah Priest, YxvnGoon, Mercy Gang, Madd Squablz, SAT Joie Kathos, The Ill Fated Natives, Chalk & The Beige Americans, Attic Tapes
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Nik Greeley & The Operators, Hardwork Movement, SAT Ceramic Animal, Foxtrot & The Get Down
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Levee Drivers, William H. Travis, SAT The Danger O's (Record Release), The New Connection
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Rich Medina, Francisco Collazo
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dave Steel Blues Band
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Heart Harbor
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Dan Kassel, Red Cedar Strings, Zap Goes Pop!, Radio Eris
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI LE Yikes Surf Club, The Burgeoning
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI York Street Hustle
Festival Pier (601 N. Christopher Columbus Ave.) SAT Mad Decent Block Party: Diplo, Dirty South Joe, Swizzymack
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Mikey Potatos, Dorkosaurus, SAT Tektonic, GR Stone, Hambone Relay, Psychoskunk
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SUN Beats Walkin'
The Pharmacy 1300/02 S. 18th St.) SAT Church Girls, Secret Nudist Friends
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Space Pizza, Wyldflowers
Little Italy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Tombo Crush
The Storefront (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Cabbage

New Deer Scout EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Dena Miller, a.k.a. Deer Scout, drafts songs that are relatable, personal narratives that feel like part diary entrees/part letters. That bedroom-folk simplicity is brightly detailed and sincere as is her latest EP Customs, which is available to streaming and purchase digitally below, as well as on cassette via Fox Food Records. You can catch Deer Scout’s tape release at PhilaMOCA on Thursday, August 18 with Kississippi, Fits, and Boosegumps. (Photo by Amanda Silberling)


Live Review: Save The Smell Fest 8/6

When The Smell was given notice to close for demolition, news spread like wildfire and galvanized Southland's music comunity into action. Organizer/musician Gregory Cole (Crescendo) scrapped plans for his summer DreamGaze Festival and concentrated efforts to raise funds for the legendary venue. But he was not alone in that endeavor—Cole reached out to two active veterans for help: Top Acid's Chris Gonzalez and guitarist/singer Sophie Negrini (Janelane).

"Gregory messaged me out-of-the-blue because he had read a post of mine [where] I wrote about how much The Smell meant to myself and the rest of the community when the building first received its demolition notice," Negrini recalls. Even though the three ran in different scenes, the DIY venue's monumental influence brought them together. 

With owner Jim Smith's blessing and months of planning and outreach, over 30 bands joined with hundreds of fans on August 6th in a converted warehouse space near the San Antonio Winery. The three were rarely in sight—always running from stage to stage, prepping backlines, moving equipment, and keeping the cross streets free of pedestrian traffic and litter. Crowds moshed and nodded in solidarity. Despite minor issues with sound and schedule (it's never picture-perfect when you're DIY), the festival came up with over $15,000 raised.

"This is the teamwork & togetherness that saves The Smell. I have no doubt in our community's ability to achieve [The Smell's] permanence of address for generations of music lovers of all ages," says Cole in retrospect.

Gonzalez was even impressed by the results. "I think that’s just a huge indicator and a true testament to how much respect everyone has for Jim and the sober scene he’s created at The Smell."

Check out our photo recap of Save The Smell Fest on our Instagram @TheDeliLA. - photo by Rachel Collins