Indie Rock

The Empty and Their Full Indie-tronic Sound

Our latest winners of our AOTM poll, the Empty, produce a sound that is anything but musically void. The trio, comprised of Bobby Dezfulli, Sean Dant and Jacob Schmitt, have crafted their distinct balance between mood, melody and rhythm over the last 10 years that they've been in Portland's music scene.

Reverberated guitars, analog synths and beat machines lay the foundation for spurts of fuzzier vocal tones that all come together to create a mesh of indie, electronica and rock that is pleasurable to the ears both in headphones and live. 

The Empty have already dropped a few tracks (and a couple accompanying music videos) from their upcoming post-summer release, which will be acting as the followup to their Lost Levels album from 2014. 

Dive into our most recent winners and peak into our Fall release with "Inside Edition" below. Congrats on the win, guys!

   

Our band picks from the Long Island Indie Rock & Pop Festival

With over 40 bands set to play before the Long Island Indie Rock & Pop Festival is through, you might be more than a little inundated with all the bands there are to see. Well, have no fear because we've picked a couple of our favorite groups that we think you should be listening to right now.  

Astronauto seamlessly blends strong soul-bearing folk sensibilities with space-y synths that sound plucked from Jupiter.  The result is dynamic songs that swell and breathe but feel sincerely introspective--edging toward the stratosphere but never truly leaving earth. Listen to their set 8/21 at 89 North.

A New Bug delivers high-energy garage punk with old school vibes. Lackadaisical vocals ooze reserved, New-York cool, but are dotted by flashes of unbridled wildness. The band's vox are pitted against fuzzy, driving instrumentals that make it near irrestiable to shake something. Mark A New Bug down as your perfect companion for the next time you're up to no good, and see them play on 8/20 at O'Brien's. 

It Came From Space is maybe the gateway drug for listeners yet to add math rock tunes to their heavy rotation. The band lays down highly acessible instrumental tracks that unfold in scope right before your ears, and sneak narrative dreamscapes behind your optic nerves. The tracks are consistently sweet sounding, and the band holds solid grooves that never get stuck anywhere for too long. Check out their set 8/22 at Portside.-Olivia Sisinni

   

Weekend Warrior, Aug. 19-21

Treat Y’r Self Fest returns to PhilaMOCA this Saturday for its second year. The benefit for the annual March to End Rape Culture (co-presented with Pussy Division) will be hosting a day of rad activities to create a safe, inclusive space that is accessible for all ages. Throughout the day and into the evening, you’ll find local favorites like Dreambook, Swanning, and Motherwhore coming together with artist from all over the country to donate their talents to help unify a community for an important cause. Punk legend Alice Bag (of The Bags) will be headlining the music showcase with a new album in tow! And for the first time, Treat Y’r Self Fest will be screening a documentary; Stories From the She Punks was directed by Helen Reddington (The Chefs) and Gina Birch (The Raincoats), and it chronicles “stories of women musicians from the punk-inspired bands of the 70s.” Music critic and author Jenn Pelly will be introducing the film. Kevin Attics (Mercury Girls, Literature) will also be spinning between sets, and Samantha Gurry will be creating some dope hand-cut animated visuals. So come out & TREAT Y’R SELF! PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 1pm - 11pm, $10-$12 (sliding scale or donation), All Ages - Alexis V.
 
More things to do before summer ends…
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Broken Beak (Record Release), Harmony Woods, SUN Power Animal
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Shelf Life, SAT Northern Arms, My Son Bison
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Venice Sunlight (Record Release), The New Connection, The Way Home, SUN Dreamswell, Grim Sleepers, Bad Mood Randall
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells/Watery Love, Sparrow Steeple, SAT The Madeleine Haze/Whiting, The Lunar Year/Matthew Law, The Bul Bey, DJ Ferno, SUN Heavy Temple, Hex Inverter
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Dayne Jordan, DJ Ferno, SUN Tim Williams (EP  Release), Matt Spitko
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SUN Curtis Lexx, Killer Whale
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Loose and Alright, SAT (Upstairs) The Striptease Orchestra
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Endless Taile, Resilient, Too Lonely For Standards, The Way, SAT Urban Shaman Attack, SUN Seraph in Travail, Cadaveric Spasm, Booklegger
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Muscle Tough, Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, Satellite Hearts, SAT Cold Roses
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI PHNTMS/Suburban Living (DJ Set), Hillary Wallace and the Death, Duffy’s Cut
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Reef The Lost Cauze, Caliph-NOW
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Pedro Fresco, Rex The Rager
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Rasputin’s Room, SAT Ed Christof/WWE Summer Glam Burlesque Tribute
 
Festival Pier (Columbus Blvd. & Spring Garden St.) SUN Ween
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI-SUN Liberty Music Fest
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT HMFO, Brothers & Sisters
 
Old Pool Farm (1323 Salford Station Rd. - Schwenksville, PA) 55th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Buster, Only, SAT Podacter, Easy Creatures, SUN Goddamnit, Pauline
 
Hubbub Coffee (3736 Spruce St.) SUN Pinkwash, Preen
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Ghost Gum, Shannen Moser, Sun Organ
 
LAVA Space (4134 Lancaster Ave.) FRI Dog Tears (Record Release), Distant/Damage
 
Planet Vegeta (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Supine
 
Birdhouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Arthur Shea, Fred Beans, McGarnagle
 
Second Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Psychic Teens, Humanshapes
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Past Life, Kelsey Cork, Busy Bee, Gravers Lane
 
   

Retail Space: "Getting Older" video premiere

Blending catchy synth pop arrangements and sweet vocal harmonies, Retail Space delivers a song ripe for the dog days with "Getting Older." The video, premiering exclusively on The Deli, serves up classic summer vibes and provides the perfect counterpoint to the lyricism, which explores the bittersweet experience of aging. "Getting Older," manages to capture the fleeting nature of not only summer, but the bliss of youth. Despite the weight that the theme may carry, the video manages to explore this in a way that never dwells too long in melancholic territory, and instead provides a postive narrative that lives in the moment and soaks in the sunshine. Watch video premiere below and check out Retail Space's LP In the Lotia here- Olivia Sisinni

   

Broken Beak Record Release Show at PhilaMOCA Aug. 19

Melancholy and dissonance merge with post-punk rhythms and an almost folk sense of lyricism to produce songs that grab you by the scruff of your neck and force you to listen. There is an honesty and abrasion that are both beautiful and haunting, which endures from the opening acoustic plucks and kitchen-sink noises to fading strums and a grinding halt on Broken Beak’s new release, Some Nerve. Beau Brynes, along with bandmates Brendan Lukens (Modern Baseball), Evan Clark Moorehead (Weller), and Jeff Malt, will be celebrating its release tonight at PhilaMOCA, as part of their 2016 summer tour. They’ll be joined by Portland, OR outfits Blowout, a powerhouse of sound and fury, and Walter etc., a folk-punk collective that is not afraid to have fun, and drag you kicking and screaming along. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 7pm, $8, All Ages - Keith Kelley