Stream Control Top’s Debut Album Covert Contracts

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You know that feeling when a band just absolutely locks the fuck in? That feeling that makes you grit your teeth, bang your head, get that glazed-over damn this is great look in your eyes? Control Top pull that out of you 11 out of 11 times on their debut album. There’s not a wasted … More »

Control Top – “Covert Contracts”

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Control TopLegitimately, I didn’t see a bad set at Stereogum’s two-day Range Life party in Austin earlier this month. (Whoever programmed that concert has extremely good taste!) But some sets stood out more than others, and one of the bands that truly blew me away was Control Top. More »

Artist Portraits From Stereogum Range Life 2019

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bbymuthaStereogum is in Texas for SXSW right now, and on Tuesday and Wednesday, we played host to an unofficial day party showcase at Cheer Up Charlies in downtown Austin. We know how to throw a party, and we got both established names and exciting up-and-comers, many of them pulled from our own BandMore »

Stereogum Range Life 2019 Recap: 2 Days, 24 Bands, 500 Packs Of Gum

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Charly BlissStereogum returned to Texas in full force this year for Stereogum Range Life 2019, throwing a two-day day party in downtown Austin during the SXSW festivities. We took over the indoor and outdoor stages of Cheer Up Charlies on Tuesday and Wednesday, helping to get the week off to a strong … More »

Control Top – “Chain Reaction”

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Control Top Covert ContractsLast year, the Philadelphia-based band Control Top released only one song, “Type A,” but it was kickass enough to land them on our list of 40 Best New Bands Of 2018. The group put out their first demo tape in 2016, with Ali Carter at its helm, but in … More »

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2018

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Best New Bands 2018This fall, an artist found her voice. In A Star Is Born, Ally Campana goes from unknown to sensation in under a year. The movie is unrealistic wish fulfillment, but her upward trajectory embodies our hope for all artists, at least on a smaller scale: to become popular enough to follow their muse without sacrificing … More »

Control Top – “Type A”

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Back in 2016, the Philadelphia-based band Control Top released a very promising demo tape and, since then, they’ve gone through a couple iterations, all with vocalist/bassist Ali Carter, who pulled in drummer Alex Lichtenauer and guitarist Al Creedon to develop and strengthen the band’s sound. Together, they recorded Control Top’s forthcoming debut, which … More »