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Vintage folk-psych with a contemporary twist: meet Philly’s Rocky Bo

Rocky Bo
Rocky Bo

Rocky Bo, the solo project of guitarist and singer Cameron Kennon of Philly band Cold Foamers, released a four-track demo in late December. This laid-back set feels comfortable and inviting, but is never boring. The slow and spacious acoustic guitar is rounded out by piano, drums, and electronics. Kennon’s low, rolling voice and mellow guitar are reminiscent of older folk artists, but his tracks have a contemporary twist provided by sound effects, layered vocals, and electric guitar lines. Continue reading →

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Meet the gritty, suave Philly crooner Sean Burke on the Stuck In My Head EP

Sean Burke | via seangerardburke.bandcamp.com
Sean Burke | via seangerardburke.bandcamp.com

Stuck In My Head, the second album from singer and multi-instrumentalist Sean Burke, combines a variety of genres including rock, jazz, and blues. The arrangements of electric guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, all played by Burke himself, are used in many ways throughout this varied and surprising five-song EP. Burke displays exceptional versatility with his voice and instrumentals, from the upbeat track “Thunderstorms” to the mourning sound of “Sounds Like Heaven,” to the rap in “Must Be.” Continue reading →

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Emily Mineo’s Jumping Fences EP ranges from delicate to powerful

Emily Mineo | Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com
Emily Mineo | Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com

Local singer-songwriter Emily Mineo released her first EP in August, 2014. Titled Jumping Fences, the collection of four songs highlights Mineo’s beautiful, understated vocals and acoustic guitar arrangements. This EP includes an incredible variety of flavors and moods, ranging from the delicate, whispered track “Honey” to the powerful “Love You Light.” Mineo just played at World Cafe live in December and the 2nd State Lounge on Friday night; keep an eye on her Facebook for upcoming shows and listen to Jumping Fences below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Rosu Lup’s new single “Hem,” see them at World Cafe Live

Rosu Lup
Rosu Lup | photo courtesy of the artist

Local indie-folk band Rosu Lup released a new single this week. The track, titled “Hem,” is hauntingly beautiful and soars with spacious, flowing instrumental sections. The unique instrumentation includes both drums and electric guitar as well as cello, viola, and trumpet. It creates a dynamic texture that is complimented perfectly by the full, intense vocals. Continue reading →