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This week’s Key Studio Session featured art-pop outfit Vita and the Woolf, giving us a preview of its forthcoming EP Fang Song along with even newer songs not on the EP. The band will celebrate the EP’s release at Ortlieb’s on September 20th. Check out “Mary” below and get the full set here.
Aaron Livingston has been known for collaborating with The Roots and RJD2 over the last several years, appearing on the former’s “Guns Are Drawn” and the latter’s The Abandoned Lullaby. Now, enter Livingston as solo artist Son Little – the Philly native has shared two singles this year and is back with not one, but three, versions of “River.”
New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem bring their new record Get Hurt to The Mann Center‘s Skyline Stage tonight. Released earlier this year, Get Hurt follows the band’s 2012 LP Handwritten with a retuned style and updated aesthetic. What was previously all retro and throwback rock to the early days of Springsteen is now modernized, though the group’s blue collar, everyman stories are still present. Watch the video for the title track below and get tickets for the show with Jimmy Eat World and Against Me! here.
Next week brings OutBeat : America’s First Queer Jazz Festival to venues across the city, presented by the William Way LGBT community center and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. In anticipation of the landmark event, XPN’s Robert Drake invited William Way Center Executive Director Chris Bartlett into the studio to discuss the festival’s inception, the role of LGBT musicians in the heritage of jazz music and the commitment of the William Way Center to create cultural opportunities for the city. OutBeat begins next Thursday, September 18th and runs through Sunday, September 21st. Listen to the segment below and learn more about the festival here.
Steve Gunn has released a new video for “Way Out Weather,” the title track of his latest effort, which is set for release early next month on Paradise of Bachelors. The clip follows up the album’s first single “Milly’s Garden” and presents the record as a thoughtful, contemplative take on experiencing all corners of the globe.
Local indie rockers Cheerleader stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session. By now we’re familiar with the band’s blend of hazy pop and bright twee, a combination that made them a no-brainer for stand-out summer band status. In this session, Cheerleader performed a new song called “On Your Side” – check it out below and get the full set here. Continue reading →
There’s no short version of the story with Bhob Rainey. The local composer and sound experimenter’s personal history is as complex as the realm of improvised music he’s been exploring for the past four decades: an introduction to the saxophone in middle school, a summer at the immersive and intensive Governor’s School for the Arts, a suppressive and then expressive college experience in Miami, a collaborative stint in Boston and finally a fruitful career in Philadelphia all helped to shape and funnel the Hatfield native’s hunger for true improvisation into the boundary-eschewing amalgamation it is today.
With an arsenal of non-traditional compositions under his belt, Rainey now works primarily in quilting together field recordings and coded computational sounds. The Pew Fellow’s current effort comes in collaboration with New Paradise Laboratories‘ production of The Adults, a staged play with Rainey providing sound design and a live score. The show, which was inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and the artwork of Eric Fischl, follows two families as they “gather at a vacation house to let loose, play out a classic comedy of manners that never existed, and prod each other with intimate cruelty.” It premieres tonight at the Painted Bride in conjunction with this year’s Fringe Festival.
When we first heard Heat Thunder‘s new single “River Song” it was in the band’s Key Studio Session back in May, the song was rousing and intriguing, walking a fine line between wistful ambience and locked-in folk rock. In the studio version we’re premiering today, those elements of the song are magnified tenfold.
After spending four years working on other people’s music, Philadelphia’s Jesse Gimbel (you might know him from his Basement project) has returned to his own material with Decathect, set for release this fall via Wissahickon Records. Leading up to the release, we have the premiere of Gimbal’s video for emotional new single “Don’t Get Comfortable” below.