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Download Kate Faust’s soulful cover of Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”

Kate Faust | photo by Emily Paige Townsend | via facebook.com/iamkatefaust
Kate Faust | photo by Emily Paige Townsend | via facebook.com/iamkatefaust

Philly singer-songwriter Kate Faust has modernized the timeless classic “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” written by Ewan MacColl and later made famous by folk singer Roberta Flack. Originally written for MacColl’s wife Peggy Seegar, Faust wrote on her Soundcloud that her interpretation combines the narrative of the song with her favorite love story from the film, The Secretary.

“Both of these stories speak to me of erotic power,” Faust said. “The energy that gives birth to freedom, joy, and empowerment. The true elixir of love.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Sights on a Sunless Sea, the debut from vintage Philly rockers Crazy Moon

Crazy Moon/ via facebook.com/crazymoonband
Crazy Moon/ via facebook.com/crazymoonband

Vintage-inspired Philly rock band Crazy Moon got our attention with its debut single, “The Letter,” back in July. It’s hard to top such a powerhouse single, but Crazy Moon equally wowed us with its debut full-length, Sights on a Sunless Sea, released online this week.

This doesn’t sound like a debut album, but a fifth or sixth album from a veteran band. The album has twelve extremely distinct tracks — each one has its own identity. Some  are straight-up rock, others have a hint of psychedelic to them, a couple are completely dance rock and then there are the blues-rock anthems like “The Letter.”

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Meet Forever Lesbians, a throwback to classic rock n’ roll

Forever Lesbians / via facebook.com/foreverlez
Forever Lesbians / via facebook.com/foreverlez

Philly-based band Forever Lesbians is bringing back the good ol’ days of rock n’ roll when The Beatles and The Kinks dominated the radio waves. Recorded on a Tascam 4 track, Forever Lesbians’s debut album, Sherry, was made for cassette listening, so the tracks have some fuzzy distortion to them. Personally, I don’t mind the fuzziness. It adds to the whole listening experience and gives a sense of authenticity to the album.

There’s no unnecessary flair to Sherry. It’s just really good music. Continue reading →

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Get to know Doylestown natives The Regan Brothers, a fun (and dance-worthy) band

The Regan Brothers / photo by Kevin Andrew
The Regan Brothers / photo by Kevin Andrew

It’s getting more and more difficult for bands to not get pigeonholed into a single genre. Creating an original sound can be tough, but indie rock band The Regan Brothers is able keep its songs distinct and create a unique feeling from one to another.

Made up of singer/guitarist Chris Regan, singer/keyboardist Elliot Regan, drummer Erik Regan and bassist Walker Gall, The Regan Brothers are a relatively new band, forming back in 2013, but it already has released two EPs — the most recent one, II, came out last month.  Continue reading →

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Watch Mercury Radio Theater’s Static Session video and see them at Ortlieb’s on Aug. 8

Mercury Radio Theater | photo via facebook.com/mercuryradiotheater
Mercury Radio Theater at their Static Session taping | photo via facebook.com/mercuryradiotheater

Eclectic punk outfit Mercury Radio Theater recently stopped by Static Sessions TV for a raucous, high energy performance of two new songs, “Homeland” and “I Don’t Owe You No More.”

The tracks are filled with a ton of Eastern European flair combined with the band’s theatrical punk sound with themes of working class life. Mercury Radio Theater will have you foot-stomping from the first note and jumping around like a maniac by the last note. I dare you to sit still while watching the videos below. Continue reading →

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Watch Shorty Boy-Boy’s trippy new video for his old single, “Crickets”

Shorty Boy-Boy
Shorty Boy-Boy/ via facebook.com/shortyboyboy

Feel-good rocker Shorty Boy-Boy is back with a new music video for his song, “Crickets,” which was actually shot over two years ago by filmmaker Jon Applebaum. In the video, frontman Josh Pannepacker is going through what seems like a serious drug trip, as the video goes from realistic to surreal and back again. Continue reading →

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TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Diane Birch and more to play at September’s Communion Philly showcase

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | photo via www.facebook.com/tjkongandtheatomicbomb
TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | photo via www.facebook.com/tjkongandtheatomicbomb

A stellar lineup has been announced for September’s Communion Philly with bluesy folk punk band TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, singer-songwriter Diane BirchCrash (of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros), former Toy Soldiers frontman Ron Gallo and local roots-rock band Levee Drivers. Continue reading →

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Watch Cayetana’s acoustic version of “Dirty Laundry” for Space Jam Sessions

Photo by Mary Ferrigno, courtesy of facebook.com/cayetana
Photo by Mary Ferrigno, courtesy of facebook.com/cayetana

Local punk band Cayetana recently sat down with Space Jam Sessions to perform an acoustic version of its song “Dirty Laundry.” The stripped-down session featured lead singer Augusta Koch and bassist Allegra Anka performing the laundromat / romantic angst song. Although the original is still awesome (check it out below), this raw, less clean-cut version gives the track a little more emotion. Continue reading →