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Singer-songwriter Gene Clark‘s long out of print 1977 album, Two Sides To Every Story, has been reissued by High Moon records. Clark was a founding member of The Byrds, writing or co-writing several of the band’s hits including “Here Without You,” “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better,” and “Eight Miles High”. Clark, along with Roger McGuinn, also wrote “You Showed Me”, which became a hit song for the Turtles 1969. Clark was only with the band a couple of years before he went solo, although he rejoined The Byrds briefly, as he continued to pursue his solo career. Continue reading →
The Swedish band The Amazing have shared the title song, “Picture You,” to their forthcoming album, February 17th on Partisan Records, and it’s a beauty. For 9 minutes and 27 seconds, the Amazing craft a gorgeous, lush, guitar driven musical landscape that jangles and rocks and lays down a sprawling jazzy mid-section with flourishes of psychedelia and prog-rock. Continue reading →
What were some of your favorite/best songs of 2014? As we head towards the end of the year, that a question that a lot of folks will be answering. At WXPN, we’re asking you to help pick the Top 200 songs of 2014.
We asked some of our Philly local musician friends what their favorite songs of the year are, and to record versions of them. One of those musicians, singer and songwriter Eric Bazilian, a member of The Hooters and collaborator with many local musicians including David Uosikkinen’ In The Pocket, recorded a version of “Safe And Sound” by Capital Cities. Continue reading →
Amongst punk-leaning and DIY-defined artists in this city, Sunny Ali and the Kid are virtually peerless. Singer/guitarist Hassan Malik and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Abdullah Saeed took their music through an evolution from cheeky rockabilly and minimalist garage rock to a newer sound that incorporates electronics and ethereal soundscapes – all the while vaguely repurposing South Asian musical themes and punk urgency in punchy songs that defy easy categorization.
The band took a significant break through a roughly year-and-a-half-long period that saw Saeed’s journalism work flourish (he works with several publications and writes a popular VICE column on marijuana) and both his and Malik’s ongoing work with The Kominas, a punk band known for songs that similarly play with South Asian and Islamic musical tropes while incorporating lyrics that involve jabs at Western misconceptions of Muslim belief.
As men of Pakistani descent with a comprehensive and intuitive understanding of why their music and livelihoods defy racial stereotyping, Sunny Ali and the Kid personify the mission that the folks behind Rockers! (whose events highlight artists who otherwise don’t fit into the white-male-heterosexual-dominated rock world) take into every show. This is probably why Malik and Saeed are playing their first show in two years by headlining the last Rockers! show of 2014 at West Philly Ethiopian spot Dahlak Paradise.
We caught up with Malik and asked him about their return, race and class in scene politics, handling geographical divides and making music with a mission. Continue reading →
This past year Nickel Creek returned with a new album and a tour that brought them to the Tower Theatre this past May, as well as a stop at WXPN to play a Free At Noon. The Creek’s mandolinist, Chris Thile, is also a member of The Punch Brothers, who just announced the release a new album and a tour that starts in January. The band is playing in Philly on Wednesday, March 4th at Union Transfer. Tickets go on sale this Friday at Noon. Continue reading →
If you live in Colorado, chances are you’ll know that “14ers” are the state’s 58 mountain peaks that exceed 14,000 feet or more. If you’re from Fort Collins, Colorado, 14ers perhaps takes on a a different meaning in the form and and sound of The 14ers – the band. Fronted by Ryan Kirkpatrick, the 14ers specialize in catchy, breezy, acoustic based pop songs along the lines of Brett Dennen, Guster, Jack Johnson, and Toad The Wet Sprocket. Continue reading →
Stevie Wonder strolled onstage at the Wells Fargo Center last night to thunderous, celebratory applause. As he sang the opening lyrics (“Good morn or evening friends/Here’s your friendly announcer”) to the first of the 21 songs – “Love’s In Need Of Love Today” – that make up his masterpiece Songs In The Key of Life, exhilaration took hold, and jubilation continued throughout the evening. Continue reading →