Local countrified outfit Katie Frank & the Pheromones will be rocking out Bourbon and Branch tonight. The band, whose LP Counting Your Curses was released in March, have steadily been standing out as an artist to watch on the Philly scene, and will appear on the lineup of the Philadelphia Folk Festival later this summer. Information for tonight’s show is available on our concert calendar here, and below you can watch Frank’s smooth cover of Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock’n'Roll.”
The moment Chris Carrabba stepped out on to the stage, I was instantly reminded of the infamous Matthew McConaughey line from Dazed and Confused. While he may have aged a little, his demographic certainly hasn’t. Starting with emo outfit Further Seems Forever before forming the prolific Dashboard Confessional, and eventually going back to FSF, before settling in on the Nickel Creek meets Dashboard outfit Twin Forks.
While the musical flavorings have changed, the attitude and the heart remain the same. A glowing personality, with some minor crude edges sewn in just to keep things spicy, permeate everything he does. Band members Jonathan Clark, Shawn Zorn, Kelsie and Kimmie Baonoski, are nothing to gawk at however. While Carrabba may have been the star of the show, without the bands flavorful Americana and folk leanings, it would have been just another DC show.
Really they all bring the talents to the table that helped him realize his current dream, and the vocal harmonies brought it all home for me. With only a single album to work off of, they brought in a healthy dose of covers to fill the empty slots from bands such as The Weepies, Band Of Horses, Talking Heads, and, of course, Dashboard Confessional. The night played out exactly as his legion of fans were probably hoping it would.
1. Can’t Be Broken
2. And She Was (Talking Heads cover)
3. Something We Just Know
4. The Galway Girl (Steve Earle cover)
5. Tall Green Grass (Cory Branan cover)
6. So Impossible (Dashboard Confessional song)
7. The Swiss Army Romance (Dashboard Confessional song)
9. Kiss Me Darling
10. World Spins Madly On (The Weepies cover)
11. Skateland South (Cory Branan cover)
12. Come On
13. The Best Deceptions (Dashboard Confessional song)
14. Cross My Mind
15. The General Specific (Band of Horses cover)
16. Scraping Up the Pieces
17. Back to You
Former lead singer of the Walkmen Hamilton Leithauser has set out on his solo career with the Jule release his debut album, Black Hours. With music reminiscent of the 1950s jazzy pop, Leithauser is expanding his sound, and brings his band to the Prince Music Theater tonight. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more information and listen to the single, “Alexandra,” below.
Phish took Philly by storm (literally) this past Tuesday and Wednesday night at The Mann Center. Over the course of the two nights the band played some covers and some rarities. Below, watch them perform the Talking Heads’ “Crosseyed and Painless,” and “McGrupp & The Watchful Hosemasters” from the Wednesday night show. “McGrupp” has quite the storied past. You can the history of the song here. Read our review and check out our photos from the show here
All-star futuristic rap trio Deltron 3030 brings its tour to World Cafe Live at The Queen next week in support of its 2013 sophomore record Deltron 3030: Event II. The LP emerged thirteen years after the supergroup’s debut and sees members Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator and Kid Koala collaborating with everyone from Damon Albarn to The Lonely Island. Tickets and information for the July 17th show can be found here. Watch “Do You Remember” featuring Jamie Cullum below.
It’s been said time and again: the Philly jazz scene is dead. Proof? Last year, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, what should probably be known as THE Philadelphia jazz club, equivocated on a name change with the hopes of drawing larger audiences. Even the best home-grown artists have been known to relocate to Brooklyn in the pursuit of a feasible jazz career. But jazz in Philadelphia is not dead. What I saw last night at the Philadelphia Art Alliance convinced me of it. In fact, it’s very much alive.
In an unlikely marriage of the visual and performing arts, French brothers Zach and Axel Mathieu-Mathias (the former a jazz drummer, the latter a painter) curated “Two Arts – One Story”, an evening of jazz and live painting. Zach has been drumming since his toddler years, and moved to Philadelphia in 2012 to form his own jazz combo, the Zach MAMA Motherhood Band. Featuring predominantly original compositions by Zach and trumpeter Dan Nissenbaum, the sextet dug into 90 minutes of jazz that was at once notably diversified in style and distinctly unique in identity. Several songs, including the all-too-familiar “La Vie En Rose” and Zach’s own “Pork Wapa” (a knock on the classic American mispronunciation of “Pourquoi Pas?”), were infused with Franco-American flavor unique to the Mathieu-Mathias brothers. “Lighthouse”, a Nissenbaum original, evolved into an in-the-pocket hip-hop groove of which Philly’s own Questlove would be proud. At one point, I felt like I could have been down in New Orleans listening to the Rebirth Brass Band. But I wasn’t. I was in Philadelphia, listening to great jazz.
Indie rock is a diverse field and hard to specify, other than, you know, it’s indie rock. Keeping that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to highlight the variety of indie rock shows playing in Philly through July and August. Included are new local artists, like Vita and the Woolf as well as great classics, like Neutral Milk Hotel. The genres run through American folk, punk, and blues.
Vita, of the talented new duo of Vita and the Woolf is playing at Ortlieb’s July 15th. Featuring the soaring vocals of Jennifer Pague and the beats by Joey Anderson, the band has an EP Fang Song on the way. They recently played at Walla Fest. Their light though somewhat melancholy music draws comparisons to Florence and the Machine as well as Arcade Fire. Let their music sweep you into a great night of music, along with Thunderhank and I Am Love. Listen to “Mary” from Fang Song below. And if you miss this show, Vita & The Woolf will be performing for the EP release party on September 20th at Ortlieb’s.
Irish rock band, The Strypes, have been getting a lot of attention both for their music as well as their youth. Only 15 to 17 years old, they’ve been on tour with the Arctic Monkeys and played in a slew of huge festivals like Glastonbury and SXSW. In March, the group released their first full length, Snapshot. The music is a classic high tempo rock and roll, infused in R & B and the blues. The group makes the classic genre their own, by playing with reckless abandon and high energy. In other words, it’s the perfect show to end summer. Watch the video for “Mystery Man” below.
Sun Kil Moon, the moniker of Mark Kozelek, makes a reflective, moody combination of acoustic guitar and intimate lyrics. Earlier this year, Sun Kil Moon released a beautiful, harrowing album Benji. The album chronicles the life of Benji, a country man, and his many sorrows. In many ways, it’s the most personal and intimate album Sun Kil Moon has released.Recently, he’s pairing up with Volcano Choir (Bon Iver’s side project) for a release for Project Carousel Restoration. The performance should be a welcome respite from the relentless summer energy. Listen to the ballad of “Carissa” below.
Despite having broken nearly 16 years ago, no new music, and imminent retirement, Neutral Milk Hotel continues to tour. In fact, they extended their tour due to the overwhelming public response, including two sold-out shows in Philly last year. Recently, Jeff Mangum was featured in a fun, candid feature about getting signed onto Merge Records. As a bonus, the band also released a free download of “Song Against Sex” from On Avery Island. Grab your tickets while there still available and settle in for a nostalgic, beautiful night. Listen to “King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1″ from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea below.