Singer, actress and model Lou Doillon is the half-sister of Charlotte Gainsbourg; her father being director Jacques Doillon and her mother actress and singer Jane Birkin. Doillon will release her debut album, Places, on June 18 on Verve Records. Doillon’s album showcases her frank, honest and warm voice. The songs on her debut are stunning and striking, and recall the work of Karen Ann and Cat Power. Below, download “ICU,” and watch the video for another song on the album, “Devil or Angel.”
Photo of Phoenix’s lead singer Thomas Mars by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Dozens of bands played the WXPN Non-COMMvention this week. Audio, photos and set lists from most of the sessions can be found here. Below, watch Phoenix perform “1901,” and Steve Martin and Edie Brickell perform “When You Get To Asheville” via The Top 22.
Currently based in Brooklyn, the five piece Lucius features Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, an incredibly talented dynamic duo. The band released its self-titled EP in March, 2012 and are releasing their debut album in the Fall. A new song, “Until We Get There,” by the band was recently featured on an episode of New Girl and the band decided to offer it for free in exchange for an e-mail address, which you can do below.
Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck recently released an excellent new roots-rocking album, Eden. Thayer and his band play this Saturday, May 18 at the Voltage Lounge. The Vermont based band bring together bluegrass, folk and rock with an incredible amount of energy and excellent musicianship and songwriting. Below, download “The Tide,” that nicely captures the band’s sound.
Questlove and restauranteur Stephen Starr open Hybird in New York’s Chelsea Market. The menu features Quest’s fried chicken drumsticks, dumplings, “Questolicious Cupcakes” (including the “Sexual Chocolate (On Chocolate)” variety, which would make a great song title – ed.), and slushies.
Michael Klein, from the Philadelphia Inquirer attended an industry party at Hybird and writes “the drumsticks are plump, meaty and thick-crusted.” As for a Philly location? Klein writes Stephen Starr’s response: “This isn’t even open!” Starr exclaimed. “Let’s see how it does. But if it works, Philly is definitely the next place.”
While we’re excited for the new venture and wish them only the best, it’s unfortunate that these two Philadelphians decided to open their first joint venture in New York. For now, we’ll just have to keep going back to our favorite joint for fried chicken and donuts. And we’re pretty sure Hybird doesn’t deliver.
Below, listen to the first official single, “Her Favorite Song,” from Mayer Hawthorne’s forthcoming album, Where Does This Door Go, out July 16. He’s playing Musikfest on Saturday, August 3rd. Go here for the complete lineup to Musikfest and to purchase tickets.