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The Budos Band are a nine piece instrumental band formed in the 2005 that play blend together Afrobeat, soul, funk, jazz, R&B and hip-hop into one funky musical stew. Never ones to shy away from pushing the boundaries of groove influenced music, their new album – Burnt Offering (Daptone Records) – brings together psychedelia, heavy funk, and “sword and sorcery metal,” all with a soundtrack vibe that Quentin Tarantino would likely groove to. Continue reading →
On Saturday, November 1st, Philadelphia singer-songwriter Chris Kasper will bring his full band to Johnny Brenda’s for a one-off show alongside Maitland and The Bones of J.R. Jones. This will be Kasper’s first and only full-band concert in Philadelphia since October of last year following the release of his most recent album Bagabones.
Local fuzz rockers Purling Hiss dropped their new record Weirdon last month and celebrated by curating an 8-track playlist for Entertainment Weekly. Describing the songs as having “a gritty lo fi/VHS aesthetic,” frontman Mike Polizze dipped into some of the bands and musicians he might credit with shaping the Purling Hiss motif. Weirdon follows the band’s 2013 label debut Water on Mars and was released through Drag City.
In our review of DRGN King’s Baltimore Crush yesterday, we referenced the heavier nods to surf sounds on this record, which is definitely prevalent on the sure-to-be crowd pleaser “St. Tom’s.” Well, way back in February Dom Angelella did a Cover Club session at Nomad Recording Studio featuring a cover of The Dead Milkmen’s “Punk Rock Girl,” which you can read about here. What we didn’t highlight before was this super-stripped down version of “St. Tom’s,” the second track from the singer’s hometown-focused record. Continue reading →
Local indie hip hop artist Sterling Duns has released a new video for his track “Do The Talking.” Like many rappers from his home city, this West Philadelphia MC / instrumentalist does a great job of incorporating soulful beats and dope lyrics into his new song. Opening with a black and white scene of Duns rehearsing lines and running an errand for his sister, the video pits striking cinematography against Duns’ witty and self-aware rhymes to tell the story of a man being pulled from all sides.
Approaching the end of a familiar place in one’s life is both terrifying and exhilarating, but sometimes the unknown presents a thrill. Luckily, a challenging time like such was embraced by Philadelphia singer-songwriter Jamie Glisson, a.k.a. Cape Wrath. As fate would have it, the multimedia musician chose the moniker while touring through Baltimore with her former band—then in the throes of breaking up—when she saw the name written across a giant docked ship.
“I saw this magnificent destroyer, and it said Cape Wrath,” shares Glisson. “It just really resonated with me.” Continue reading →
Hiss Golden Messenger recently visited the World Cafe studios. The North Carolina folk-rock duo of M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch, originally from California, relocated to the East Coast when Taylor decided to study folklore at the University of North Carolina. Continue reading →
“Do you remember we would go to church and play the pool shark?” trills Dom Angelella on “St. Tom’s,” the second track from DRGN King’s Baltimore Crush. This line is just one example of many that invites listeners into this fuzzy world of basement-moshers-with-guitars on the album, a follow-up to 2013’s Paragraph Nights.
Baltimore Crush isn’t just a shift from their debut LP; it’s a progression into a different branch of rock. Sure, the ten-track album still has touches of DRGN King’s signature electronic influences, but the driving forces on this effort come from thrash-worthy guitar solos counteracted by relaxed surf vibes, which in itself could be a description of the people the album’s written for; coasting along but screwing up big time in an attempt to mask unreached potential.
The percussion on “Solo Harp,” which the band played at the 2013 XPoNential Music Festival, has this intensity that personifies how important the rest of the album is, making it an interesting yet appropriate choice as the last track on the record. It hearkens back more familiarly to earlier work from DRGN King, but the song’s themes provide a fitting conclusion for this new album as well. Baltimore Crush is a spectacular collection of feelings about the common overwhelming pressure to break out and do something huge and what it’s like to watch people flounder along as they fail to meet those expectations.