Last night Diego Garcia returned to Philadelphia to play a set of songs from his album Paradise for an appreciative crowd at World Cafe Live. Joining him was Arc Iris, the new project of Jocie Adams formerly of The Low Anthem. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.
Modern rockers Kings of Leon will embark on a tour that brings them to the Wells Fargo Center in February with Gary Clark Jr.. The band of brothers (and a cousin) are currently supporting their sixth studio album Mechanical Bull, which was released in September. Getting their start in Tennessee, the Followills eschewed the typical country influences of the state and instead focused on the styles of the Rolling Stones, The Clash and the Pixies. It was their 2008 album Only by the Night that really put the band on the map, producing top-charting singles “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody.” Tickets for the February show go on sale Friday, November 1st at noon. More information will be available here. Below, watch the video for “Supersoaker” off of Mechanical Bull.
Soon to celebrate his 62nd birthday, on the verge of entering the fifth decade of his career, Poncho Sanchez admits that the grind of touring is beginning to wear him down a bit. “I’m starting to get a little tired of jumping around,” says the master conguero and bandleader, speaking from his L.A. home. “It’s a little rough, but the spirit and the soul and the feeling of the music is what keeps me going.”
Although it’s the performance aspect that Sanchez is referring to, his continued excitement about the music that he plays and loves is evident even over the phone. He may be growing weary of waiting in airport security lines and lounging in hotel lobbies until check-in time, but his enthusiasm for performing and advocating for Latin Jazz is undimmed.
“To me,” Sanchez says, “Latin Jazz is the best music in the world because it has the sophistication of jazz melodies, jazz harmonies and jazz theory, yet it has the flavor and the rhythms from Africa and Cuba underneath and you can dance to it. How can you beat that?”
“We have taken our audience on an artistic journey through a curatorial thread that examines African music in the New World over the last several years,” says Helen Haynes, MCCC director of cultural affairs. “Jazz is a nexus of cultural exchange and its interculturality has created a contemporary music for the New World.”
Sanchez’ performance will explore the history and continued influence of Afro-Cuban music in jazz, weaving together recent and upcoming projects with highlights from his own estimable legacy. The set will draw in part on Chano y Dizzy!, his 2011 collaboration with trumpeter Terence Blanchard paying tribute to the landmark meeting of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie and Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo. Mention those names to Sanchez and he launches into a history of the music and these two influential artists’ contributions.
On Tuesday night, Chris Ward – drummer for Pattern is Movement – and Brendan Mulvihill – singer-songwriter-mandolinist for Norwegian Arms – guest DJed the XPN Philly Local show, in preparation for their bands’ appearances on an all-local lineup at Union Transfer tonight. They played a varied set that ran the gamut from krautrock-inspired underground music (Arc in Round) to mainstream hip-hop (Meek Mill), lo-fi DIY indie rock (Ghost Light) to supersonic space rock (The War on Drugs). Listen to an archive of their guest DJ set below, and get tickets and info on tonight’s show here.
L.A. based indie alt/rock/pop trio Sir Sly just released the official music video for “Gold,” the title track off of the band’s highly buzzed about Gold EP. The video, which is as suspenseful and anticipatory as the song itself, was fashioned together by award-winning director Ellis Bahl, who also directed Alt-J’s “Breezeblocks” vid. The “Gold” video is dark and eerie, following a suspenseful narrative that adds a whole new dynamic to the track itself, and the two compliment each other perfectly. Sir Sly are currently on tour supporting the Gold EP with a myriad of stops along the East coast, including Philly’s own Boot & Saddle this Sunday, October 27. For a full list of tour dates click here. Watch the video for “Gold” below.
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After trying on a new moniker for size earlier this year, local lo-fi pop artist James Harvey has returned to his White Birds roots this month, releasing a new track called “Woman.” The song comes from a place of joy, “not a typical source of inspiration for this project” Harvey says. ”Woman” is much more euphoric than White Birds’ older releases, with operatic backing vocals and lyrics about love, though the lo-fi production preserves the fragile and vulnerable nature of the project. Stream and download the track below via White Birds’ Bandcamp page.
Last month San Fermin, the project of Yale graduate Ellis Ludwig-Leone, released its grandiose debut album. If you’ve checked out the band’s website after listening to the incredible single “Sonsick” on repeat this summer, you already know the story: After graduating, Ludwig-Leone went into the mountains to write an album about, “youth, nostalgia, anxiety, unrequited love.” The album combines elements of rock, with soaring orchestral arrangements to create one of the fullest, most complex indie releases of the year. Tomorrow night, San Fermin will play a free show at new South Philly venue Boot & Saddle. Get tickets here, and in the meantime delve a little deeper into the album after the jump as Ellis Ludwig-Leone talks about his influences, punting puppies, song meanings and much more. Continue reading →