By

Listen to A Day Without Love and Uncle/Father Oscar’s split EP A Day Without Oscar

A Day Without Love
Photo via facebook.com/adaywithoutlovemusic

Local bands A Day Without Love and Uncle/Father Oscar recently released a split EP, fittingly titled A Day Without Oscar. Alt-rock four-piece A Day Without Love, who just released their latest EP Confessions of the Innocent Mind earlier this year, starts out the EP with “Lost Children,” a song with the same apocalyptic feeling the band explored on Innocent Mind. However, during ”Broken Bridge”, the band puts on a more intense rock vibe, a slightly new direction.

Also featured on the bill is Uncle/ Father Oscar, whose band name is an awesome, hopefully intentional reference to Arrested Developement. Continue reading →

By

Watch Foxing and Modern Baseball’s Space Jam Session

Modern Baseball
Modern Baseball | Photo courtesy of artist.

Fresh from their tour with HotelierPrawn and Little Big League, St. Louis emo-indie band Foxing just released a Space Jam Session with Modern Baseball‘s Jake Ewald. For their session, the group did a cover of the indie rock band Pedro the Lion’s “Options” off of 2002′s Control. Continue reading →

By

Listen to The Lawsuits’ love ballad on “Sweet Marcelle”

The Lawsuits | photo by Caitlin McCann | caitlinmccannphoto.com
The Lawsuits | photo by Caitlin McCann | caitlinmccannphoto.com

Fresh from their phenomenal XPoNential Festival performanceThe Lawsuits just released their newest song, “Sweet Marcelle” from their forthcoming EP Tumbled out September 23rd. The EP follows the release of last year’s debut LP Cool Cool Cool and is the first album the band will put out with the new American Diamond Recordings. The new song carries the same positive rock and roll vibe from Cool Cool Cool. Continue reading →

By

Watch Cookie Rabinowitz’s comforting “Every St.” video

Cookie Rabinowitz
Photo via facebook.com/CookieRabinowitz

Local R&B-soul singer songwriter Cookie Rabinowitz recently released a video for “Every St.” The song is off of his newest album, Four Eyed Soul. The album title refers to the “blue eyed soul” genre which has deep roots in Philly, where artists like Hall and Oates who brought the genre to commercial success.

Originally an alternative singer songwriter, Cookie quickly embraced a more soulful direction when he started collaborating with local MC Schoolly D and guitarist Erik Horvitz. Continue reading →

By

Made in Philly returns for another celebration of local music

Astronauts Really Fly play Made in Philly
Photo via facebook.com/AstronautsReallyFly

Last year, the local-centric Made in Philly festival launched as a response to the lack of Philly artists on the Made in America lineup. And though this year Made in America does feature local artists like The Menzingers, VacationerCruiser and Moosh & Twist, Made in Philly announced it will return for a second year.  Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Delorean and City Rain at Morgan’s Pier, Douglas Thomas at The Fire, Evening River Band at Kung Fu Necktie

Delorean
Photo by Nacho Vidal via facebook.com/dlrean

Spanish dance group Delorean plays a free show at Morgan’s Pier tonight. Last year, the group released its second album, Apar, produced in the band’s private studio in El Poblenou. The title is a Basque term that means to froth or foam. The sounds in the album, a very minimum instrumentation and vocals, has a feeling of being destroyed yet remaining strong. The band released a playlist of some of the fantastic remixes they’ve done this year, as well as a warped video for “Unhold” featuring Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek. They will be joined by Philly’s City Rain, who were featured on the Key’s Unlocked Series. Similar to Delorean, City Rain recorded its newest album High School Dance near a family shore house. Catch both bands for their free show at Morgan’s Pier. Get more details at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

By

Watch The Early November play acoustic at World Cafe Live

The Early November | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
The Early November | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

Jersey punk band The Early November just released a few videos from last week’s sold out acoustic show at the World Cafe Live, shot by The Key’s Ally Newbold. In an interview after the show, guitarist Joseph Marro talked about how playing acoustic was different from playing with a full band, saying “Stripping it down and making it fun was really the main objective for this tour and we’re really happy with how it’s gone.” Continue reading →

By

Listen to KISKA’s anthemic “Long Divide”

Kiska
Photo via facebook.com/kiskaband

Philly alt rock band KISKA, formerly known as Desoto Jones, recently released their newest track “Long Divide” off of their upcoming full length EP. Along with the name change, the band went in a slightly heavier direction with their new music. In May, the band released a short, self titled EP. Two months later, the band released “Dying Balloon”, a power ballad.

The new track, “Long Divide” also has a ballad-like vibe. But it’s also got a solid rock and roll feel to it. Continue reading →

By

Swearin’ frontwoman Allison Crutchfield goes introspective on Lean In To It

Swearin' | Photo by Megan Kelly
Swearin’ | Photo by Megan Kelly

Swearin’ singer Allison Crutchfield recently released her debut solo EP, Lean In To It, and it’s a masterful, fuzzy reverie on love. The album features duets with Radiator Hospital Sam Cook-Parrott, a friend and muse of Crutchfield. He also plays bass throughout the album and co-wrote the lyrics for “Lupe”.

Lean In To It starts with “SUPERMOON”, a slow, dreamy  lo fi number which sets the tone for the rest of the album. Continue reading →

By

Listen to The Bad Doctors’ catchy dystopia on Burning City

The Bad Doctors
Photo via facebook.com/thebaddoctors

Following up last year’s Re-Animate EP, Philly synth punk trio The Bad Doctors released its sophomore LP Burning City last month, and the album is distinctly ominous, yet totally catchy. The Key Studio Session veterans and and alums of our Philly Freshman Class of 2011 released the record on vinyl through the locally-based label FDH Records. Continue reading →