Sharon Van Etten‘s 2009 debut, because i was in love will be reissued on November 17th as a Vinyl Me Please exclusive. Coming out under the title (it was) because i was in love, the collection features a new look at old songs, a redesigned cover, and two bonus tracks. Continue reading →
Jake Clarke has stepped away from the heaviness of his band Superheaven in favor for something more spacious, reflective and light, in the form of a six-track split EP with Wilkes-Barre band Spur. While this is by no means a collection of lighthearted songs, it’s definitely calming and contemplative, as opposed to Superheaven’s aggressive, guitar-heavy discography.
The titleless EP has sad undertones in the lyrics, and rhythmic, punchy guitars in the music. It’s a sort of EP of contradictions, but it all works so well. Clarke pushing the boundary between a light shoegaze in some of the musical aspects and indie / alternative in the lyrics and settling in this comfortable place somewhere in between. This is a nice change of pace for Clarke, and Spur’s influence is evident in the incorporation of distorted keys in tracks like “Falling.” Continue reading →
After years of expectation, Dhani Harrison — the son of the late Beatle, George — will finally release his first solo album at the age of 39. In///Parallel is out next week, and you can get an early listen to it care of NPR Music’s First Listen series. But before this record, Harrison has been a part of countless collaborations, the most notable being the formation of his 2006 band, thenewno2, who have been seen at big-name festivals like Coachella only within a few years after their debut. He’s also worked as a co-producer alongside Jeff Lynne on his father’s Grammy-winning posthumous release, Brainwashed, and was a featured guitarist in While My Guitar Gently Weeps, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute to George.
Dhani’s song, “All About Waiting,” off of In///Parallel, was recently featured as WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week. This is the first time we’ve really gotten a taste of what Dhani’s own personal sound is like, with a few collaborations featured here and there. And it’s not unusual for an artist to wait so long, because often times the best work comes out of experience. 39 years of life along with the immense shadow of his father to follow is more than enough inspiration for this first album, and it doesn’t disappoint. Continue reading →
Toronto singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman’s newest self-titled release with her band The Weather Station takes a change of pace when compared to previous outings. The lyrics give the word “thoughtful” a whole new meaning. While it’s no question that Lindeman is truly a gifted songwriter, the themes of The Weather Station come across in such a realistic and understandable way because her word choices are so relatable. The every-day situations she writes about are so simple and elegant and not overthought at all, something that most musicians struggle with. Continue reading →
Dublin singer-songwriter Glen Hansard — known for his work in The Frames, The Swell Season and the film Once — will release his third solo album, Between Two Shores, on January 19th. This week, he previewed the eagerly-awaited LP with “Time Will Be The Healer,” the closing track on the album. Continue reading →
Philly indie rock five-piece Flat Mary Road just released a new music video for “Littered,” a new song off of their early 2017 LP Driving With the Numen, and we’re happy to give you a first look at it today. Continue reading →
Donn T‘s newest track “Clear” featuring Chill Moody is a rhythmic ode to life’s seemingly insignificant constants. The Philadelphia alternative R&B singer recently made her literary debut in a young adult anthology titled Behind the Song, edited by K.M. Walton. Her piece, “Time to Soar,” discusses the inspiration she pulled from Amy Winehouse’s “October Song,” about the late singer’s pet canary.
With the publication of her piece, Donn T took to the studio with Philly’s own Chill Moody to write a new track inspired by her story. The result: “Clear,” which is a companion song to “Time to Soar.” For the story behind the lyrics, she says “For almost 8 months, this bird would appear outside my window at various times of the day and call. The call was distinctive. I created the song around it.” Continue reading →
Philly-based electronic/hip hop producer goldenSpiral‘s newest video “Eternal Life,” featuring singer and guitarist Sonni Shine (former frontwoman of Underwater Sounds), has been in production for three years, and the hard work behind the screen has definitely paid off. Continue reading →
Earlier this year, Live Nation signed a contract to lease the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House on 858 N. Broad Street in order to renovate it and turn it into their next big concert venue. With construction well underway, the historic theater is set to reopen as early as the end of 2018, and last week the folks at Curbed Philly got an inside look at the new venue. Continue reading →