We’re very excited to have Philadelphia’s DRGN King on the lineup for this year’s XPoNential Music Festival. Their Paragraph Nights LP, released on Bar / None Records earlier this year, is stylish and catchy, and they put on one heck of a live show – something nicely captured by the Out of Town Films crew with their most recent video. The filmmakers explain it like so:
Two weeks ago, we invited local Philly band DRGN King to come play at Girard Hall after their show at Kung Fu Necktie. The plan was to have them play acoustically and to have a few people over to watch the performance. Well, things didn’t go exactly as planned and for the better. The acoustic set turned into a full on electric set and the few people turned into many people. So basically it was a mini-show.
The police were lurking outside since it was midnight on a Thursday and DRGN King were playing pretty loudly. They only had time for two songs. One of which was “Holy Ghost”, a song apparently about looking like Jesus.
Check out the video below. For more DRGN King goodness, check out their recent Brighton Sound Session, or download their Key Studio Session from 2011. The XPoNential Music Festival happens from July 26 to July 28 at Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ.
Coming out of the suburbs of Philadelphia, NONA are a pop / punk trio formed by former Spraynard drummer Pat Ware, guitarist / vocalist Mimi Gallagher and bassist / vocalist Michael Haller. The local band has drawn comparisons to The Replacements (for their honest and personal lyrics) and the Smashing Pumpkins (for their larger-than-life riffs) and turned in a killer opening set at Plow United’s reunion / release show earlier this year. With stories anchored in the experiences of suburban life, NONA is like that little voice inside your head that sticks with you through all the changes, disappointment and confusion.
With their debut Through the Head being released in June via Mandible Records, NONA announced they will put the full LP up on their Bandcamp tomorrowas a name-your-own-price download. You’ll be able to get it here, but in the meantime, get a taste with our exclusive stream / download of “Walking” from the album below. NONA will be opening for Tigers Jaw at the First Unitarian Church on June 21st; tickets and information can be found here.
Philadelphia-via-Austin outfit Literature open for Pet Milk at MilkBoy tonight. The psych / pop quartet released their debut album Arab Spring in January 2012 and followed it up with a 7″ single “Tie Dye” a year later. For their recent Key Studio Session, Literature recorded the single alongside four new songs – check out the full session here. Tickets and information can be found here. Below, stream the title track to Arab Spring.
Dice Raw (legendary Roots crew, Money Making Jam Boys) is working on a new musical project called Jimmies back, based on author Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow. Below, listen to a new song, “Over,” from the project, produced by Khari Mateen.
City Hall Presents begins its new season next Wednesday, May 29 with Philly based Brazilian band Alo Brasil in the City Hall Courtyard at 5:30PM. City Hall Presents is a series of free performances that showcases the diversity and richness of the Philadelphia performing arts community. The events are free and take place every Wednesday at 5:30 in the City Hall Courtyard. WXPN has curated several of events this Summer including the opening event with Alo Brasil, followed by Cheers Elephant on June 5, and Andrew Lipke with the Azreal Quartet on July 10. There will also be a special Make Music Philly edition of City Hall Presents on Friday, June 21 featuring Norwegian Arms and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. WXPN’s Dan Reed will be broadcasting live from the City Hall Courtyard next Wednesday starting at 4PM for the kick off of the series with Alo Brasil.
Other highlights of the season include: The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts on June 19, Illstyle & Peace on June 12, Dice Raw & Company on August 7, and the series closes with a special performance from Kurt Vile. Go here for more information and the complete schedule.
Little Children is the name of the band led by 29 year old Linus Lutti. The Stockholm singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist creates lush, warm, and ornamental pop songs along the lines of Jose Gonzalez. Little Children may also remind you of Bon Iver or Loney Dear, and words like sincere, contemplative and mysterious come to mind when listening to the band’s infectious songs including “Falling.” Another song from the forthcoming EP, ““Distant Shouts,” was featured on Grey’s Anatomy in March and introduced Little Children to a much wider audience. Little Children released its debut album, In Silence, in 2010, and released the In Hau EP this past January. A new EP, Falling, is out on June 4th on Declared Goods Records.