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Bands Jam Out in Chronic Town

Last night’s Roustabout!, SOMA and Lion 90.7 fm collaboration at Chronic Town was largely a combination of driving jams that got people dancing and lofty, almost psychedelic grooves.

The show opened with a short instrumental tune by the Fiddlercrabs, after which the band’s frontman instructed the audience to get up from their hookahs and move a little.

“Feel free to stand up, the music sounds better that way.”

The band provided a fun set that closed with Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” which included an epic drum solo that drove the audience wild.

A considerably bigger crowd had gathered once Craft Spells went on. About 150 audience members, mostly hipsters and a spattering of fratty-looking bros, crowded around the stage for the first of the two main acts. Craft Spells had a little trouble feeling out the acoustics of the small, underground room at first, but got comfortable with the space by the second song. The harmonized vocals in this song were pretty sweet, making for an enjoyable sound.

Their third song, “After the Moment,” used jangly guitar to drive a danceable beat that got more than a few audience members up front moving their feet not unlike a Peanuts gang reunion. And their final song had people headbanging, jumping and shaking back and forth.

Beach Fossils spent their set shifting from mellow tunes to strong, driven beats. But they play with a style in which even the fast-paced songs with heavy-hitting drum beats behind them have an airy, pleasant feel. After a particularly mellow song midway through their set, they jettisoned into a more danceable tune, and stuck with that pace for the rest of the night.

A few shouts of “Yes!” were audible as two members of Craft Spells ran out to dance to “Daydream,” probably the group’s most infectious tune. They followed that up with “Youth.”

“This is Youth, this one’s our encore,” frontman Dustin Payseur told the audience. “We’re not asking you, we’re telling you.”

They didn’t even get off the stage before getting coaxed into another piece by the crowd.

“We’ll only play again if you dance as hard as you did at the end of our last song,” Payseur chided.

In the end, it was a fun little show made all the more enjoyable by the friendly atmosphere of a hookah bar. It was the perfect feel to match the beautiful spring weather we were graced with all day.

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Matthew D'Ippolito

I'm a senior majoring in print journalism with minors in political science and music technology. I'm from the small town of Pennsburg, about an hour north of Philly. I hope to one day work as a music reporter for Rolling Stone. I am single and looking to mingle.

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