Philly’s Lizanne Knott will play a show benefiting Philabundance tonight at World Cafe Live. The longtime local favorite released her last album Standing in the English Rain back in 2012. Featured in indie films, TV movies, and documentaries, Knott’s music is praised for its raw and honest quality. Watch “Miss You” below and get tickets here.
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Creepy semi-naked people, smoke-filled swamps, and pitchforks all play a part in Far-out Fangtooth‘s new “Admit It” video. Taken from their sophomore release Borrowed Time, the track is definitely haunting enough to accompany the old, disturbing film footage. Before heading down to SXSW, the band will play two local shows: tonight at The Station Bar And Grill and Sunday night at Lucky 13 Pub, both in South Philly. Get details for tonight’s show here and Sunday’s here.
Milton may be new to the local music scene, but he’s already proving to have something interesting up his sleeve on his debut album Simple Pleasures. It begins with a pair of laid-back, groovy R&B tracks that welcome the listener to his sound and are reminiscent of Dwele and Raheem DeVaughn. But then things get a lot more interesting. Dubstep and electronic influences make their way to the surface unexpectedly and compliment Milton’s smooth vocals on “Questions”, the ode to his drug of choice on “Green Acres”, and his falsetto-driven “Slippin Dippin”.
The stand-alone electric guitar and Milton’s impassioned vocals on sensual ballad “Emotion Picture” takes us back to basics before the synthesized sounds return via “G.M.A.C.” He dreamily sings of wanting to fully immerse himself with thoughts of his lover on “Lost” which unearths the album’s ambient undertones that he digs deeper into with “Eros Attraction”. Conflict and tensions arise in the form of “U vs. Me” where Milton finds himself at odds with his partner and questioning “why does it gotta be you versus me?” led by piano. Milton ends the record with the forward-looking “Curtain Call” where he sings of moving on and letting go. Through interesting production choices, Milton takes traditional R&B to the next level on his impressive debut.
Hard Rock Philly welcomes Milton to its stage on March 30th for an album release show. Get tickets here and listen to “Questions” below.
Khari Mateen‘s recent show at Chris’ Jazz Cafe found him performing an extended version of his single “Full Moon” complete with the cello and hypnotic loop that graced the original. Having collaborated with other local acts like The Roots and Jill Scott, Mateen has mastered the Philly soul sound and put his own eclectic spin on it. Watch below and check out his his latest EP Qualia: Fall here.
These past few weeks have been a thrilling round of firsts for new electro/R&B duo Marian Hill including their live debut at Boot and Saddle last week and the release of their very first EP Play yesterday. Sleek and seductive, it’s a job well done for the pair who met back in middle school.
Opening track “One Time”, the catchiest of the bunch, effortlessly reels you in at first listen as Samantha Gongol’s sultry vocals sizzle over Jeremy Lloyd’s infectious loop. Lloyd ups the tempo and has a bit more fun with production on “Play,” a song reminiscent of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam’s ’80s classic “I Wonder If I Take You Home.” Gongol’s jazz-inspired vocals construct the chill vibe and smooth texture of “Lovit” and even moreso on “Whisky,” the first track that surfaced from the duo months ago. Slow-burning, atmospheric closing number “Breathe Into Me” is an open space for Gongol’s voice to fill with the heights of her vocal range and emotion as the EP’s ending ignites a new flame in R&B.
Below, get a free download of Play for this week only.
Before getting back to work on a new album and kicking off a co-headlining tour with Hellogoodbye next month, Vacationer will headline this month’s Communion Club Night tonight at Underground Arts. The Philly-based pop band, who are working on their follow up to 2012′s Gone make relaxing music that echoes the sounds of summer and relaxation. Also on tonight’s bill is NYC folk-pop trio Pearl and the Beard who plan to release their third full-length this year. Check out Vacationer’s “Trip” and Pearl and the Beard’s “You” below and grab tickets here.
As his jet black silhouette does all the talking and emoting in front of a plain white background, Diego Garcia is calm and persuasive in offering his shoulder to cry on in his new video for “Tell Me”. Lifted from his latest release Paradise, “Tell Me” has a simple acoustic arrangement that enhances the smooth texture of the song and Garcia’s sincere lyricism. Watch below and get tickets to his pair of shows at Tin Angel on March 22nd here.