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Show Radar - In Your Memory Alongside Emery At Voltage Lounge

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Tonight at Voltage Lounge here in the beautiful city of Philadelphia, PA we're on the look out for In Your Memory who have joined Emery on a tour this month hitting up some really rad spots along the east coast.

In Your Memory is celebrating the release of Failure to Launch, their full-length album, produced by Letlive's guitarist, Jeff Sahyoun. Failure to Launch is a paunchy, rock induced collection that is simultaneously easy to listen to while also being really addictive. "Mr. Default" is the third music video off of Failure to Launch to surface, and you can check it out below to get hyped on this really awesome show. 

Rising acts like The Funeral Portrait and Civilian are joining In Your Memory alongside Emery for this kick-ass show tonight. Check out tickets for the show here. If you're liking what you hear tonight, or even in "Mr. Default" be sure to check out IYM's latest release, Failure to Launch, streaming now on Spotify!

Otherwise, check out their social media down below to always stay up to date!

In Your Memory: Website // Facebook

Show Radar - Live & Local: 2007 Cover Show

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On our radar for tonight is Coda's Live & Local 2007 Cover Show

The venue has been creating Live & Local shows for the past few months, cheap week day shows featuring Philadelphia locals, all for $5?! It's a Monday night you don't want to miss. We'll be there tonight, working doors and enjoying sounds of 2007.

Who doesn't want to go back to their pubescent stages of embarrassment via music?

Tonight on stage you have bands and artists including flora., DILF$, Ingdorf, and Paper Machines covering albums like Infinity On High, Riot, and In Defense of the Genre. (That's Fall Out Boy, Paramore, and Say Anything if you're not following along.)

Check out the FB Event above, and give a listen to all of these bomb locals. This is a gig you don't want to miss!

The Fifth Down Album Release Show - Long Branch, NJ

On June 2nd, The Fifth Down celebrated the release of their most recent LP, More Than Just Your Own Kind!

And what better way to celebrate than to host a super kick-ass show at Brighton Bar, located in Long Branch, NJ. I had the awesome opportunity of experiencing the show on June 2nd, as well as sharing in the festivity and celebration that the brand new album brought to the table.

Brighton Bar is a small bar located off of a tiny strip in Long Branch. 

And if you're a jersey kid from the beach, Brighton Bar is the spot to play if you're a local band. The Fifth Down hails from Red Bank, so this was most definitely their element. Doors opened up at 7pm, and the lineup was stacked with really stellar local bands including John Sheehy Quartet, Hexdog, and Jammerz. Of course, The Fifth Down was the headliner - and the crowd was more than ready for a really chill night - each band bringing their A-game, and performances that blew me straight out of the water. 

While I have a great knowledge of the Philly local scene, I am an awful NJ native when it comes to the local scene. It always excites me to go to shows here, and I was most excited to hear what The Fifth Down had to offer - a band I've been following for the past few months, one that The Hook has featured a few times (check it out).

Imagine this: a crowd gathers, shoulder to shoulder, inside of a bar where the room is dark but the stage is red. On the left a screen playing an introduction - dial up tones, laughter. People are shuffling, and then The Fifth Down appears. 

Their stage presence is all consuming - just a fun group of guys who love to play music. Their fans just a fun group of people existing and listening and singing along to this band - and my heart was happy.

The Fifth Down sounded even more spectacular live.

The emphasis on the entirety of their mission as a band was clear and welcoming. I felt like I knew these guys, and I don't know them that well, but I'm glad that I felt that. Their music is relatable, easy to listen to, lyrics to die for. Experiencing the album release with them felt like I had been let in on a secret - even though I had heard the album, reviewed it, written about it. I stood in a crowd that knew The Fifth Down better than I did: family, friends, significant others, band mates - and even people who didn't know The Fifth Down personally, it still like we were all there in on this really important thing.

If you ever have the opportunity to see these guys play, or any of the lineup play, definitely take the opportunity to do so.

These rad dudes are hosting this show, which is going to be a really awesome time. Otherwise, check out their social media to stay updated on upcoming shows, music and the like!

The Fifth Down: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

The Aquarian Weekly Presents Start At The End - NYC

The Aquarian Weekly (NJ's original Alt-Weekly) has launched their really awesome sound series called Start At The End. Their first show was on March 30th, located at Paul Colby's The Bitter End in New York City. It included four NJ local bands - Owl Kill, Halogens, Gin War, and Hiding Out. Something I definitely wasn't going to miss.

The Bitter End is a small bar located in Greenwich Village, NYC - right on Bleecker street. The building is unsuspicious on the outside, and people gathered out front for cigarettes. The Bitter End, though, when entered is a cool, dark, sublime space with sitting areas and a bar top - as well as a stage. The walls are covered in signed pictures and posters, everything is red and moody: a perfect setting for the show we were about to watch.

I had been invited because of Hiding Out - a local NJ band that I've been following for a few months now. The show was going to be one of their first, in anticipation for their recently released EP, Vena Cava. However, I was already a huge fan of Gin War - and although I wasn't in the know about Owl Kill or Halogens, I knew that they would be hard hitters if they were on this line-up as well. 

To open up the show, Owl Kill was up first. I would later on meet lead singer Pat as he was going around giving out copies of their first EP, Self Management. (which I'm stoked I got a copy of.) Owl Kill was an incredible opening act - the perfect band to get the room ready for music. They had a vibrant energy that asked for crowd participation - not to mention their music was rad. Upbeat instrumentals, powerful vocals, and lyrics to die for, I was heavily impressed by Owl Kill's performance and stage presence.

Next up was a group called Halogens - a really chill and cool bunch of guys that jam pretty hard. They reminded me of bands like The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball and The Front Bottoms - but they definitely had their own unique sound that made them fun to listen to and watch. Although their sound is a lot more mellow and vibe then the previous set, they were a great band to watch on stage with an upbeat and charismatic presence which kept the audience at ease.

After Halogens, Gin War took over the stage. The Bitter End was starting to collect more people now, and the room was hot and loud - but, I love live shows because I feel so alive in those moments. Gin War played a bunch of songs off of their newest EP, Half Of A Good Plan. As always, they were amazing. I love Gin War because they have such a unique sound - something they describe as beachy & dark - and maybe I connect with that because of where I live, but I think that Gin War is a band you definitely should be looking up. 

Let's be real, though. You should be looking up all of these bands.

Last, but certainly not least, Hiding Out took the stage as the final band. Their presence immediately shifted the room into excitement - this being one of a handful of times they've had the chance to play with one another on stage as Hiding Out, as well as celebrating Vena Cava! The group definitely did not disappoint. Their stage presence felt important and invigorating. It was pretty late by this point, but everything and everyone felt so alive - an attribute I love about Hiding Out's music. 

The show, overall, was a great kick off to an exciting idea for The Aquarian Weekly, as well as a stellar performance by all participating bands. Readers should be checking out these NJ locals - because they're making new music, and playing shows all the time!

For more information on the bands mentioned, check out their social media below!

Owl Kill: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram
Halogens: Bandcamp
Gin War: Facebook // Bandcamp
Hiding Out: Twitter // Facebook // Youtube // Instagram