goodnight/goodluck gets a lesson in simplicity in the new “Ice Cream & Red Wine” video

goodnight/goodluck | photo by Stephen Dyer | courtesy of the artist
goodnight/goodluck | photo by Stephen Dyer | courtesy of the artist

Philly modern rock five piece goodnight/goodluck is releasing its debut EP missing this spring. Though the five bandmates are longtime friends who have played music together since they were kids, this is their first proper release — and based on what we’ve heard, it’s an anthemic, riff-heavy feast for the ears that’s solidly steeped in the crossover between underground emo and mainstream rock. When their demo surfaced online last year, I noted its heavy Get Up Kids / Rainer Maria vibes, and asked y’all to give them a hi-five next time you see them.

As of right now, that next time is May 12th at Boot & Saddle, where the band celebrates the release of missing with Secret American and Wax Wav. Today, they give a teaser of the experience with the new music video for “Ice Cream & Red Wine,” which is mostly comprised of a single black & white shot filmed along Salmon and Seltzer streets in Fishtown (which, speaking of odd culinary pairings, salmon seltzer, people. Crazy.) As the bandmates play their instruments in the street and along the sidewalk, singer and lyricist Sarah Puleo makes an exit from Kitty’s Luncheonette, and they march along the Olde Richmond freight line until popping through a wormhole of sorts, appearing in a field in living color. Continue reading →


Watch Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile star in a doc about the Loew’s Jersey Theater

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN |

The Loew’s Jersey Theatre is a vintage movie palace that is seeing new life after almost 90 years. It opened in 1929 in Jersey City and, like many theaters of its kind, fell into disrepair in the 70s as moviegoing trended towards the homogeneous corporate multiplex space we know today. Thankfully, the Loew’s has a community around it dedicated to refurbishing it and making it into an arts space for a new century, hosting film screenings, theater and live music — including a stop on Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile‘s Lotta Sea Lice tour.

That concert is the setting for a documentary produced by WeTransfer and released today on YouTube showcasing the gig, yes, but also the people behind the scenes that make the theater work. We meet Paul Citti, a dapper organist who coaxes massive, eerie sounds out of the theater’s pipe organ. (Vile gets a lesson from him after soundcheck, and applauds with a huge smile after hearing some unearthly horror score tones.)  We meet Pattie Gordan, president of restoration group Friends of the Loew’s, and promoter Todd Abramson, who’s been bringing indie rock to the Loew’s stage since booking a Bright Eyes show in the early aughts. And we meet Dave Vanderheyden, the venue’s sound engineer who chats with the film crew while soldering an imposing section of an old analog mixing console.

And at the center, of course, is Barnett and Vile.  Continue reading →


The Key Studio Sessions: Greg Sover

Things started heating up for local singer-songwriter Greg Sover somewhere around 2015. The nimble guitarist had begun work on his debut LP, Songs of a Renegade, and connected with a group of musicians that not only helped the recording project, they leveled up his gigs in the regional live scene as well. Bassist Garry Lee, guitarist Allen James and drummer Tom Walling are the trio at the core of coffee house scene favorites Deb Callahan Blues Band, and paired up with Sover’s husky vocal delivery and howling licks, the energy is explosive.

This year, Sover followed his debut up with the Jubilee EP, a short and sweet set that sees him breaking beyond the blues rock pigeonhole he’s often placed in and dabbling in expansive reggae, anthemic pop, and string orchestrations.

That’s not to say, however, that blues aren’t at the core of what Sover does. Continue reading →


Low Cut Connie, Son Little, Vita and the Woolf, Hardwork Movement and more will play #AmplifyPhilly at SXSW

clockwise, from left: Vita and the Woolf | photo by Ebru Yildiz // Son Little | photo by Marc-Lemoine // Hardwork Movement | photo by Ashley Gellman // Low Cut Connie | photo by Ellen Miller

The folks at REC Philly have once again teamed up with the CIty of Philadelphia to showcase music from the 215 at Austin’s SXSW Festival. It’s the fourth year that REC Philly has staged an all-Philly music party on Austin’s bustling 6th Street, and the third consecutive year that it’s gone by the #AmplifyPhilly handle — and the lineup for 2018 is stacked. Continue reading →


Sound and Vision: King Britt and friends bring their Missed Guided Tour to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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King Britt composes in front of Kelly’s Seine | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN |

Footsteps ping from floor to ceiling in Gallery 175 of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but they aren’t distracting King Britt. He is focused on the artwork in his line of sight, and the musical gear at his fingertips.

The Philadelphia electronic artist, producer and DJ is composing a new piece in the museum, stationed at a long table covered in an array of gadgetry – synthesizers, samplers, and a laptop plugged into a mixing console. Stereo speakers are set up on the floor, and a cascade of warm electronic notes and slight rhythms bubbles out of them. The texture is appropriate, given the artwork facing Britt on the other side of the table: Seine by American minimalist painter Ellsworth Kelly.

At first glance, the piece is a grid of pixels: black and white squares of oil paint strewn across the wood surface, concentrating with a thick vertical line in the center. Upon further reflection, it becomes clear that the scene is not entirely abstract, but topographical – this image is Kelly’s rendering of the Seine River in Paris.

“It looks digital, right?” King asks me. “But this is from 1951, man. Pre-digital.” Continue reading →


The Key Studio Sessions: I Think Like Midnight

This week’s Key Studio Session is for those who love to hear artists venture outside their comfort zone.

West Philly guitarist Andrew Chalfen spent the late 80s and early 90s playing raucous power pop in The Wishniaks, around the same time that keyboardist Joe Genaro and drummer Dean Sabatino made weird and wonderful rock music in the Dead Milkmen. As the years passed, Chalfen shifted his focus to the soaring indie tones of The Trolleyvox and connected with folk-leaning bassist Josh Newman, who played with Philly scene staples American Altitude and Heyward Howkins.

The collective project of those four musicians, I Think Like Midnight, doesn’t sound like any of those bands, and is all the more special for it.

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Hop Along wrangles with sympathy and understanding in two parts on “Not Abel”

Hop Along
Hop Along | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist
Philly’s Hop Along will release its latest LP, Bark Your Head Off, Dog, on April 6th via Saddle Creek Records, and today the band released the latest teaser from the album.

“Not Abel” is a journey of a song in two parts. Opening as a stately, waltzing English folk ballad with immaculate string arrangements by Sarah Larsen of local folk faves Ladybird, the song progresses across lyrical images of war and poverty that could be the distant past as much as they could be today. Just before the three minute mark, a dissonant orchestral squall gives way to a rousing indie rock riff, and the song shape shifts into anthem territory for the last minute and 36. Continue reading →


Willie Nelson reflects on mortality in his new song “Last Man Standing”

Willie Nelson’s Last Man Standing | via Brooklyn Vegan

“Gettin’ hard to watch my pals check out,” sings country music icon Willie Nelson, reflecting on the deaths of his peers like Merle Haggard while celebrating life in the title track of his new record. Last Man Standing comes out on April 27th, two days before Nelson turns 85, and though the song’s subject matter can be morbid, in typical Nelson style, it’s infused with lyrical wit and toe-tapping energy.  Continue reading →


Courtney Barnett is releasing a new album, playing Union Transfer, being generally awesome

Courtney Barnett | photo by Pooneh Ghana | courtesy of the artist
Courtney Barnett | photo by Pooneh Ghana | courtesy of the artist

Okay, so about that mysterious news from the awesome Courtney Barnett? It’s exactly what we suspected, and it is good news indeed.

There’s a new album coming out. It’s called Tell Me How You Really Feel. It’s got a wicked lead single called “Nameless, Faceless,” a total F the patriarchy jam about power, inequality, internet trolls and objectification set to hard-hitting riffs; the chorus incorporates the Margaret Atwood quote, “Men are scared that women will laugh at them, women are scared that men will kill them.” There’s a video for the song by Lucy Dyson, and you can watch it below. The album comes out May 18th through Mom + Pop, and you can pre-order it hereContinue reading →