Chances are it won’t take you too long to think of Joni Mitchell once Bucks County’s Lily Mae starts singing. But keep listening. The talented young guitarist and songwriter has just as much admiration for the mood-setting complexity of Laura Marling – even if her own songwriting takes a very positive, optimistic outlook – and as we see in the video shot at this session, she’s not ashamed to work some of the pop music world into her style. (Hint: it’s a cover. And it will probably take you a minute to recognize it.) Lily’s debut EP Early Days was self-released earlier this year, and she made a spash performing at Helen Leicht’s Philly Local stage at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in August. Coming up she has an impressive string of opening slots, performing at World Cafe Live on Friday the 4th of October with Toby Lightman; Bucks County Playhouse on the 6th with Joan Osborne; and on the 10th at Ardmore Music Hall with Amy Helm. Stream and download this week’s Key Session below – it includes an outstanding duet with singer-songwriter Alexandra Veltri called “Don’t You Hear,” an ode to Lily’s 90-year-old activist grandmother.
PS – don’t forget to listen to Making Time RADio with Dave P on XPN this Friday night at 7PM.
The XPN Philly Local Wednesdays at The Porch at 30th Street Station continues every Wednesday from Noon-1PM in October. The stripped down busking series has been a lunchtime/midday event not to miss. Check out the schedule below. Listen to XPN Philly Local tonight and every Tuesday night from 8PM-10PM with Helen Leicht and John Vettese.
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Omaha, Nebraska indie-rocker Tim Kasher, is releasing his new solo album, Adult Film, on October 8th on Saddle Creek Records. Kasher, who is also the frontman of Cursive and The Good Life, is touring in support of the album which brings him to town on Saturday, November 9th at Johnny Brenda’s. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Last March, Tim stopped by the XPN studios to record a Folkadelphia session that you can listen to here. Below, download “American Lit” from Tim’s forthcoming album.
Beatles Reimagined is a great new compilation out today via Community Music Group, and it features imaginative reworkings of Fab Four classicas, from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros doing their jangly Godspell thing with “I Saw Her Standing There” (listen to that one here via Rolling Stone), to a delicate folk take on “All My Loving” by The Well Pennies, to Philadelphia’s own Night Panther turning “I Wanna Be Your Man.” By setting the chords and lyrics to sleek beats and disco-funk instrumentation, the Panther crew not only show off their own skill as interpreters, but also the versatility of the Beatles songwriting. These are bones of songs that can sound like just about anything, as the comp demonstrates. Get more information and order your copy of Beatles Reimagined here.
It might have been Dan Smith’s first time playing a show in Philadelphia, but he didn’t need to spend a lot of time winning over the crowd. At Union Transfer on Sunday night, the frontman of UK alternative dance outfit Bastille played to adoring cheers and hands stretched in the air from more or less the moment he walked out onstage. He could have very well stayed put at the microphone and just sang motionless for an hour, and the sold-out all-ages audience would have eaten it up, but that’s not how Smith does things. Opening with the simmering title track of his 2013 debut LP Bad Blood, he kicked and leaped, threw a surplus of kinetic energy into his performance – it was the opening song, and not necessarily danceable on the album version, but he made it a dance jam. Over the course of Bastille’s hour plus set, Smith moved on to keyboards, then floor-tom aux percussion, and back to vocals, working the overjoyed front row with charisma. The album is heavy on wordless woah-oh refrains and hooky singalongs, so interaction was at a max.
“Laura Palmer” was a sweet highlight mid-set, handily sampling Angelo Badalamenti’s Twin Peaks score; earlier, the band walked out on stage to the TV cult classic’s theme song, and between the two, you had to wonder if Bastille were collectively aware that they were performing in a part of town known as the Eraserhood. “Icarus” was the dance apex of the main set; during “Flaws,” Smith jumped into the crowd trailing the longest microphone cable known to man behind him, singing most of the song from the midst of the masses and looking very Rocky in his grey hoodie. The encore got a little unexpected and strange with a cover of Corona’s “Rhythm of the Night” (yes, really) but Bastille made it work as best he could before launching into a fierce closer of the single “Pompeii.” Smith was dancing like a madman, the crowd was jumping along en masse and the energy was infectious. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below, and check out the setlist and some fan videos below.
Bastille | Photo by John Vettese
Bastille | Photo by John Vettese