With the Tiny Desk Contest showcase sold-out, Maitland have announced their follow-up performance and boy is it a biggie. Josh Hines’ project, which is currently a quartet, will release their new album called Glimpse at Johnny Brenda’s on June 9th, with Former Belle and Dirty Dollhouse in the opening slots.
Local outfit Lizdelise are returning to the fold after a two month tour and some time spent in NYC, where songwriters/musicians Liz De Lise and Mark Watter worked on their first joint material as a duo with a drum machine. “Tell Me” is the first release from those sessions and sees the band elevating De Lise’s eclectic sound to new heights.
Questlove’s interview / music podcast Questlove Supreme returned to earbuds last week with special guest Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, the Grammy Award winning musician behind songs like “Every Time I Close My Eyes” and “Take a Bow.” During the conversation, Babyface talks about collaborating with superstars like Whitney Houston and Boyz II Men, as well as his early music days. New episodes for the second season of Questlove Supreme will drop weekly over on Pandora, with Nelly Furtado, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis slated as guests. Watch a behind the scenes clip of Questlove’s prep routine below.
Oakland musician Jay Som is the latest artist to contribute a track to Our First 100 Days, a compilation that benefits organizations supporting LGBTQ rights, immigration, and more in response to the new presidential administration. Melina Duterte’s dreamy, bubbly pop single “Turn the Other Cheek” comes in at #98 in the list and accompanies the announcement of a tour that stops at the First Unitarian Church on September 22nd.
If you haven’t yet been swept off your feet by Jesse Hale Moore, it’s time to make that happen. The Philly musician recently released his long-awaited debut solo effort Green End and shared a few of the LP’s stand out tracks with the City Winery Cellar Sessions this week.
Philadelphia based cellist Daniel De Jesús has released a three-part EP called Triptych, a set of compositions inspired by an eponymous play by New York writer Albert Andrew Garcia. The Latin Roots alum first presented the work at Dixon Place in New York in September of 2016, accompanied by an experimental dance and movement performance.
A solid three years into their career as a band, Philly / Cali quartet Littler will release their latest studio outing on Friday. The Bad Hand EP follows last year’s Of Wandering full-length with an evolution of ideas and perspectives presented as meditative assertions of self-worth and acceptance.
The NFL draft comes to town this weekend, bringing a three day “football festival” to the Ben Franklin Parkway on Thursday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29th. There will be autograph signings, interactive games, equipment demos, and apparently a well-curated roster of free live music.
Koof & Vessna are two talented local artists who have teamed up for a new collaboration, sharing their debut single and music video “Echoes” this week. Koof Ibi can usually be found behind the camera at the Random Tea Room Sessions or behind the horn in West Philadelphia Orchestra; Vessna Scheff is a singer-songwriter with crystal clear vocals and a trusty ukulele. Together, the pair create an atmosphere of soulful, reflective solitude.