Five Things You Need to Hear Right Now

Reef the Lost Cauze, Sheer Mag, The Moon and the Tiger and more.

Bruise Bath

Bruise Bath

1. Reef Radio Episode 14
In case you didn’t know it, Veteran Philly MC Reef the Lost Cauze has a podcast and it’s pretty damn entertaining. It’s a conversational, stream of consciousness kind of thing. This time, he and co-host Caliph, welcome Mr. Sonny James for a mostly funny but sometimes serious conversation about music, family and whether this really counts as a podcast if it’s not on iTunes.

2. Sheer Mag, “Can’t Stop Fighting”
Maybe I’m late to the party, but I’m loving this new track from Philly punks Sheer Mag. I’m getting a real Roberto Bolaño vibe here: “Paloma walks home at night from the maquiladora/ Eight days later, no one has saw her.”

3. Bruise Bath, “I”
Oh man this is heavy. It starts off all dark, like an anvil sailing on a sea of oil. Then we’re hit by waves of rock noise. I know nothing about these people except they’re from Philly. Their two-song demo is pay-what-you-wish on Bandcamp.

4. Comedy Bang Bang, “Trump vs. Bernie”
There’s no local tie here, but I think you’ll get a kick out of this recent CBB episode. It starts with Scott Aukerman and guest Gilbert Gottfried — whose loud laughter and bizarre tangents fill in every gap — and ends with James Adomian and Anthony Atamanuik doing their hilarious Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders impressions. The duo is currently on a debate tour that stops by World Café Live on Monday.

5. The Moon and the Tiger, “Freedom”
Here’s a first glimpse at this new spacey hip-hop duo featuring West Philly MC Sterling Duns and guitarist Brian Miller (formerly of Jolie Holland’s band). The verses are intense. The choruses are offspeed and ethereal. Their first EP drops March 7. I have a good feeling about these guys.

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