NEW RELEASE – The Contortionist drops new single, “Reimagined”

Less than a week after dropping their creepy mind boggling teaser, The Contortionist has just announced a release date for their newest album Clairvoyant, which is now available for pre-order!
We now have something to look forward to September 15th. Their first single, Reimagined is already racking up much views and feedback on YouTube.
There seems to be a mix of emotions for the new song ranging from utter excitement and anxiousness for more, but others are finding the new single just falling short.
Comments suggesting they’re moving in the direction of a much more “radio friendly” sound. Somewhat agreeing this is nothing of what we’ve heard from their previous album and definitely steps up from Exoplanet. I was personally anticipating a more Language-esque vibe for their new material, but all hope is not lost. 
Not only do we have the album to geek out for in upcoming months, but the start of them touring with headliner Between the Buried and Me with accompanying band Polyphia is going to be sick. Philly natives get the honor of being the first stop on this tour. Tickets now on sale and I’m sure we’ll see many sold out shows on this run. 
If you haven’t seen their newest video for Reimagined, check it out here.

Reasons to Get Lit on the Lit AF Tour

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The Lit AF Tour was without a doubt LIT AF!

Philly was not only the eighth show of the tour, but the eighth SOLD OUT show in a row. That’s pretty big seeing as how next week marks only a year since the release of Polyphia’s second studio album, Renaissance.

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“Don’t Do Math Rock Kids” – TTNG

Too bad theres no Olympic gold to be won for writing songs with crazy complex time signatures or TTNG (This Town Needs Guns) would probably be taking it home.

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Currently on tour to promote their new album Disappointment Island, I finally got to bear witness to the mathematical genius at The Foundry in Philadelphia this past Sunday.

On said island of disappointment was the drop of Giraffes? Giraffes! from the line-up, as they played only select shows and had just played with them in NY the night before. On the bright side, we got to experience LITE, a 4 piece instrumental band with lots of stamina and great collaboration. It was definitely something watching Jun Izawa slapping away at that bass. Very groovy vibe and worth a listen.

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Railing Collapses at Snoop – Giraffes? Giraffes!

While some 40+ people were busy collapsing before two stoners in Camden last night because of a railing incident, real music was being played in the heart of Philadelphia at the Boot & Saddle, on Broad St.

Headliners Giraffes? Giraffes!, a two piece math rock instrumental band, killed it last night, leaving none injured and minds blown. Kudos to the line up as well, Flyermile & Cavewomen for great energy and vast entertainment.

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Kickass Comeback, Thrice @ The Fillmore in Philadelphia

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After 4 years of hibernating, Thrice was able to make a comeback picking up right where they left off. This time around perfecting their sound, growing their fanbase, and topping Billboard charts with To be Everywhere is to be Nowhere.

Though kicking off their first tour since 2012 to push out their newest album, long term fans can still reminisce with their chosen setlist. Some songs including In Years to Come (off their second album, The Illusion of Safety), The Artist in the Ambulance (song titled after their first major label album), and a handful of tracks from Vheissu (their 05′ release).

Already half way through their tour, yet their performance at The Fillmore in Philadelphia was still highly spirited and one to remember. Fall tour dates have already been set, so if you haven’t seen them live, they’re definitely something to experience.

O’ Pope the Aftermath

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Despite all of the hype this past weekend over the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia, a select few of us got to witness another memorable event staged by some very talented people.

All month we’d been getting updates from the news, twitter, and even the Voltage Lounge, letting us know that half the city would be gated off and locked down in preparation for Saturday’s “Papal”. Regardless of the announced traffic jams and bridge closings, fans that purchased tickets were still told of the shows happening.

Though the show did get a bit of an early start to try and beat the 10pm shut down, the line-up had plenty of time to wow the crowd. Bellehaven, The Ongoing Concept, Sleepwave, & 68 each got us that much more amped for our headliner Norma Jean. For those unaware, 68 is a duo comprised of Michael McClellan (drums) and former founding member of Norma Jean, Josh Scogin (vocals/guitar).

Of course, getting Scogin in the same building for a 10-year tour, it was bound to stir up some craziness. The best part of 68’s performance was its entirety felt like a personal jam session between the two. With Georgia roots, you wouldn’t expect to get anything other than that classic southern rock experience, a big performance and ear piercing guitars. Full of improvising, solos, drum fills, even a 2-minute freestyle as the stage crew ran in to replace the mic he had thrown out of excitement.

With little time left to play a full-length album, Norma Jean played well into the night without hesitation or calling it quits. From start to finish Cory Putman kept the crowd alive with sing alongs and advocated circle pits. In-between songs they expressed how grateful they were for those that quieted the naysayers and made it a point to be there and celebrate. You could even see Norma Jean glowing as they played, either from the thrill of being there or the really awesome light up kit Clayton Holyoak killed it on. The band kept it amazing all the way down to Scientifiction, which rang out as they exited.

Of course the crowd wasn’t left satisfied, as pounds and chants called out for one more song. What seemed to take a bit too long, leading me to believe they hauled ass out of the city, they made it back on stage with an extra guest. You could’ve guessed they wouldn’t end the night without having its former member chime in at least once. They brought us back with Memphis Will Be Laid to Waste, from Bless the Martyr, Kiss the Child and what a crazy turn out. With Josh swinging from amps on one side to Clayton and Jeff Hickey battling it out with their instruments after the set was done. It was definitely worth the trip and a 10-year tour to remember.

If you were still traveling to make the show while things heated up, you may have missed a few bands worth mentioning.

Bellehaven, Australian natives, getting a taste of the US for this tour and showing off some of their work from their march release Everything Ablaze.

The Ongoing Concept, a progressive metalcore band with some Christian morale, had a decent following showing off their HandMade band merch.

Sleepwave, almost indistinguishable from Underoath during Disambiguation, still had some good sounds playing a few songs off their album Broken Compass.