Following this month’s strong showing at the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts, the monthly event has announced the bill for the next installment, taking place on April 3rd. NYC pop artist Johnny Stimson headlines, with support from local indie rockers The Lawsuits, Kentucky country bard Sturgill Simpson, and Philly experimental rock duo Banned Books. XPN and The Key are pleased to welcome local folk musician Gretchen Lohse as April’s featured artist as well. Check out songs from each musician below, and get more information on the show here.
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Commonwealth Choir and Big Tusk have announced the release of a super-limited run of cassette tape splits ahead of their joint show at Milkboy this Saturday, March 15th. Recorded through an entirely analog process, Philly Tapes Philly Vol. 1: Big Choir features both bands collaborating on each other’s songs – “Palace” by Commonwealth Choir” and “Peace Jam” by Big Tusk, both previously unreleased.
Capped at a pressing of 50 cassettes, they can be purchased on Commonwealth Choir’s Bandcamp page as a bundle that includes a ticket to Saturday’s 21+ show. More information for the show can be found here, and tapes can be ordered through here. Check out a video of “Palace” below.
This week on Unlocked, The Key got the full scoop on Counting Your Curses by Katie Frank & The Pheromones. It’s the debut full-length from the local roots rock outfit, and you can download a track from it called “Halfway Gone” below before checking out the full feature here.
Joe Kille is the subject of this week’s Folkadelphia Session. The fiddler for Morning River Band struck out on his own with a new record Arkadelphia, described by Fred Knittel as “a smart set of timeless sounding country-noir songs.” Check out some live-recorded tracks from the LP for yourself below.
Mike Bell & The Movies play The Fire tonight. The power pop / punk band out of Philadelphia (featuring members of Algernon Cadwallader and Dangerous Ponies) released a new record called Nothing Works a few weeks ago, following up their Stuck in a T.V. debut. Their sound is fast-paced and fun, crossing Weezer with Elvis Costello. Check out the LP below and get more information for tonight’s show here.
John the Conqueror celebrate the release of The Good Life at Milkboy tonight. Formed in 2010 by Mississippi natives Pierre Moore and Mike Gardner with Philadelphian Ryan Lynn, the trio has spent its short career creating a sound that keeps the true blues of the south alive. Working in affinities for punk and vivid narratives, John the Conqueror’s new record is a study in traditional music storytelling with an energy that is hard to match. Tickets and information for the hometown record release show with Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore and Thee, Idea Men can be found here. Stream and download “Waking Up to You” from The Good Life below.Continue reading
Wilmington, DE musician Sarah Koon has released a new single called “Pretty Simple,” taken from her forthcoming EP This Kind of Education. The track forms around Koon’s beautifully executed piano playing, swirling out in cinematic fashion with several mood and melody transitions. The drama and theatricality of the song is emphasized by Koon’s Kate Bush-esque vocals, which at times evoke the quirkiness of Joanna Newsom. This Kind of Education will follow up last year’s After Shocks, Thoughts & Mathematics. Listen to “Pretty Simple” below.
Local musician James Cuartero has released a new EP called What It’s Like When You Are Desperate for a New Life. Recording as That Dream Was Our Life, Cuartero is in the midst of a year-long project that will see him release a new EP each month.
Treating his songs as a sort of anthology for specific places and events that he encounters while living in South Philly, this third effort from Cuartero includes songs “about Laurel Hill Cemetery, car troubles, the rainbow birds at 10th & Federal and hoping that someday you’ll find what you’re looking for” (past tracks have covered nights spent in parks, the market at 6th and Washington and Britney Spears). With subtle but sparkling piano and emotive acoustic guitars, the songs on What It’s Like… could soundtrack a a perfect, quiet Sunday afternoon at home. Take a listen below and download the EP here.