The War on Drugs | Photo by John Vettese
Local dream rock frontrunners The War on Drugs have announced that their new record, Lost in the Dream, will be released on March 18th accompanied by a release show at Union Transfer. ”Red Eyes” is our first glimpse of the third full-length from the band, and it’s a beautiful and energized track that sounds like a natural progression from 2011′s exceptional Slave Ambient.
The song layers hazy synths and a driving piano line with fast-paced and nervy energy in the drums that foreshadows an epic build long before the song takes that turn. Front man Adam Granduciel’s unmistakable melodic guitar playing and vocals are not at all static, echoing and distorting and moving up and down in the mix the way someone speaking in a dream might. Tickets and info for the hometown record release show will be available here. Stream “Red Eyes” below.
The Sweetback Sisters
New York country duo The Sweetback Sisters bring their country christmas sing-along spectacular to Johnny Brenda’s on December 17th. Now in its fifth year, the show has sparked a holiday album that features yuletide classics like “Winter Wonderland” along with some rare tracks including “Christmas Boogie,” a retelling of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by the Davis Sisters. The Sweetback Sisters and their full band (with local musician Ross Bellenoit manning the guitar) encourage crowd participation to make for a night of merriment and cheer. Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch their video for “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
Doylestown heavy rock outfit Daylight came in for this week’s Key Studio Session. The young band recorded tracks from their 2013 debut Jar, which we learned about in a feature back in April. Stream and download “In On It” below and get the full set here.
To celebrate this week’s holiday, South Philly hip hop artist El Malito shared a free download of his “Pour Some Gravy On Me (Thanksgiving Ditty) single. The track is a reworking of Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” replacing the lyrics with a rundown of his favorite Turkey Day dishes.
This download isn’t exactly free, but it’s a great way to give back. Local rockers Wild Rompit have compiled a three-track EP titled For the Philippines in an effort to raise money for the Red Cross and victims of the recent Typhoon Haiyan. Stream “We’ll Be Okay” below and get the full EP for a donation of any amount here. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross.
Folkadelphia brought in prolific singer-songwriter Jonah Matranga for a session this week. Matranga specializes in shaking things up at his live shows, sharing an energy that is felt through the five tracks he recorded for this session. Check out the live tracks below, taken from his upcoming album (I Really Love Your) Company.
This week’s Key Studio Session brings us four tracks from Doylestown heavy rockers Daylight [link]
Check out The Key’s spotlight on local non-profits for #GivingTuesday [link]
Amos Lee was honored by Mayor Michael Nutter for his musical endeavors and work with charities like Musicians on Call [link]
We’ve got photos and reviews from Luscious Jackson, Hoots and Hellmouth, Cheers Elephant and more [link]
Folkadelphia brings us a studio session with Jonah Matranga [link]
Show announcements Mutual Benefit, December’s Communion Showcase, Justin Timberlake and more
Listen to XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week featuring “Lost it to Trying” by Son Lux [link]
Say farewell to Ape School at Boot & Saddle on 11/30 [link]
Levee Drivers have a new EP called Live a East Coast Recording and a show at Kung Fu Necktie [link]
Chelsea Mitchell and Sonja Sofya contribute recordings to two Philly-centric cover song projects [link]
Wild Rompit | photo via www.facebook.com/wildrompit
Local rockers Wild Rompit have released a three-track digital EP called For the Phillippines to aid in disaster relief following this month’s Typhoon Haiyan. The EP features a pair of radio sessions alongside “We’ll Be Okay” off of the four-piece’s recent Spirit Moves full-length, a crescendoing track that blends the songwriting of Dawes with the power and unifying sentiment of Bruce. Stream the song below and download the name-your-price EP here. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross.
Howard Ivans | photo by Ryan Patterson
“Red Face Boy” b/w “Pillows” is the debut solo 7″ from Howard Ivans. Half of indie pop duo The Rosebuds and contributor to midwestern soft-rock supergroup Gayngs, Ivans is the latest project for the Spacebomb label that rocketed Matthew E White to household name status last year. Fans of The Rosebuds are well aware of R&B’s role in Ivans’ musical upbringing – the duo recently recorded and performed a song-for-song cover record of Sade’s Love Deluxe – and the new single works in that realm expertly and soulfully. The tracks represent two facets of R&B, with “Red Face Boy” bounding in on the funky, roller boogie front and “Pillows” slowing things down and dimming the lights. Listen to both songs below and see Howard Ivans at Johnny Brenda’s on December 6th with Matthew E White; tickets and information can be found here.
This coming Saturday at Boot & Saddle, Michael Johnson will be “putting the beast to bed for a bit.” The “beast” being his psychedelic / experimental musical project Ape School and “a bit” being an undetermined amount of time due to the welcoming of “a tiny ape into [his] family.” The farewell show will also act as a send-off for Ape School drummer Eric Slick ahead of his winter tour with Dr. Dog.
Tickets and information for the 21+ show with DRGN King and Lux Perpetua can be found here. Watch Ape School’s video for “Fly Your Bullshit to the Moon” below followed by a bonus track from the Japanese issue of their first LP. Check out their latest EP Quitting Time here.