Folk singer/songwriter Heyward Howkins plays Ortlieb’s Lounge tonight. Howkins released a single in December 2012, entitled “Praline Country“, as well as his debut full length The Hale & Hearty in June 2012. Go here to watch a video of Hawkins playing his song “Flimsy Stock”. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Break It Up, Dreambook and Taggart can be found here. Below, enjoy the music video for “Sugar Sand Stitched Lip” off of Howkins’ album The Hale & Hearty.
Author Archives: Ethan Willard
The rapper/spoken word artist Dessa (of midwest collective Doomtree) will be performing at Sellersville Theater tonight with Philly hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz. Dessa is celebrating her newest album Parts of Speech, released on Doomtree Records. For more information on Dessa, check out a piece from The Key here. Alongside Dessa will be Philly native hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz, who blends elements of blues, rock, and other genres with his hip-hip. Tickets and information for the all ages show can be found here. Below, watch Dessa perform “The Man I Knew” for MN Original.
A week or so ago, Mumblr dropped their new four song EP Nutter. For those who love fuzzed out guitar riffs sprinkled with nasty bass tones, thriving drums, and a Weezer-esque vibe will enjoy this release. (DISCLOSURE: The Key’s intern Kyle Rossi plays in Mumblr, but we’d like them regardless. -ed.) With four songs, and the longest song being roughly two minutes and thirty seconds, they pack a significant amount of depth into this EP. Not to mention the rock. Oh, boy, the rock.
Mumblr started out as a cooler, punkier version of Modest Mouse when they released their first EPs Rectangle and Rectangle Pt. 2, which were re-recorded and condensed into their White Jesus EP. Then they took a small turn toward the more emotional side when they released their split with Dark Orange Oriole Carving. Now, with Nutter, Mumblr fully embraced the fuzz punk. Each song is visceral, driving, and plain fun. They still bring the jams with this release, and embody the high energy, as well as musicianship, they have had on each release. But Nutter is faster and more raw than any of their previous releases. And it fits them completely. The four songs on this EP fully captures the energy they bring to their live set. From the first song to the last song, Nutter wraps ears inside several layers of heavy sounds and a static, but full atmosphere of sound.
Give Mumblr’s new EP Nutter a listen. Then give the rest of their material a listen. Then learn the words. Then go see them play. They are a great time. Below, check out their song “Space God” off of Nutter.
TJ Kong And The Atomic Bomb plays Johnny Brenda’s tonight for Brat Aid: A Concert Fundraiser for local theater company Brat Productions. Playing a blend of rock and folk, TJ Kong employs heartfelt and soulful sounds to their music, and released a full length called Manufacturing Joy in September. You may also read a piece about Kong performing a Tom Waits cover set, and watch a video here. Tickets and information about the show with The Brat Cabaret and Isadora can be found here. Below, watch TJ Kong And The Atomic Bomb perform “3 Wishes”.
Funky dream pop band Twin Sister plays at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band moves within elements of sound, all staying roughly onthe dreamy side, but also mixing indie pop with chillwave. Their album In Heaven was released in September of 2011. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Lockets and Acres of Diamonds can be found here. Below, enjoy the music video for Twin Sister’s “All Around And Away We Go” from their Color Your Life EP.
Electronic singer/songwriter James Blake stops by the Theatre of Living Arts tonight. In April, Blake released his sophmore album Overgrown. The new album brings back Blake’s beautiful voice and rhythmic electronics. Tickets and information for the all ages show can be found here. Below, check out the music video for “Retrograde” off of Blake’s new album Overgrown.
Philly’s Girl Scouts are a trio that blend math rock and emo together to create a dynamic sound. Watching them perform live is a treat because the level of skill and coordination they have is exciting, especially for being a young band. Barely in their 20′s, it’s inspiring to see young musicians who are as talented as they are.
Girl Scouts put out their first two song release entitled thanksalot in August 2011. In December 2011, they released a split single with Old Gray. Since their start, the trio has ripped up the basement scene in Philadelphia, playing some of the sweatiest shows I have ever been to. They’ve released one song that was going to be on a compilation, “Don’t Curse In Front of the Boys Goddammit!” as a single cleverly titled Some Song That Was Supposed To Be On Some Comp That Never Happened. The band also has a song, “Grist Mill Days,” that is on The BIG Comp, recently released on Lame-O.
Hopefully, after getting to know Girl Scouts, you will want to check them out. They are a lot of fun, and seriously talented. With just six songs, Girl Scouts have made quite an impression on the local scene. They Wednesday, May 22nd with Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe, Caravels, Sic Bacchus, and Secret Grief at Thirst Mountain.
Below, watch P.J. Carroll (guitar/vocals) from Girl Scouts perform a new song acoustically for Temple News and listen to a couple of their songs.