Watch Max Garcia Conover cover Strand of Oaks’ “Leave Ruin”

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For Root Down in the Shadow’s latest Cover Club session, New England artist Max Garcia Conover covered “Leave Ruin” by Philadelphia-by-way-of-Indiana songwriter Strand of Oaks. Although Max hails from Portland, Maine, he has always felt a strong connection to Philadelphia ever since listening to Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly” as a kid. Max also has a strong connection with other Philly songwriters such as Kurt Vile, Small Houses, and Strand of Oaks, which is evident in his beautiful cover. Continue reading →


The Key Studio Sessions: Spill

For the members of Lancaster indie rock crew Spill, this is their second go as a band, but very much informed by their first. The four-piece is made up of members of howling punk rock outfits Placeholder and We Were Skeletons, both of which went hard on the DIY touring circuit, landing on house shows and festivals, in some ways becoming better known in other corners of the country than they were back home. But life as a musician is easy for nobody, and when Placeholder’s set at FEST 13 – one of their final shows – pretty much consisted of frontman Brandon Gepfer playing acoustic in a courtyard, it seemed that a turning of the tide was in motion.

Enter Spill, which emerged in March with an incredible track called “Sucks Either Way.” It took a more melodic, fuzz-rock direction in the vein of Pavement, Nirvana and Weezer. Thanks to strong support from the Brooklyn Vegan crew right out the gate, the new band got their name out there in a big way, following it up with a lively music video. Lyrically, though, the song explores the flipside of creative life versus nine-to-five live in grim detail. Continue reading →


Watch Philly-native Joseph Robert Krauss perform “Around Here Anymore” live in Nashville

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Joseph Robert Krauss, a Philly native and current Nashville resident, is a man who has been honing his craft for years and has arrived at a sound that is arresting in its sincerity and deft in its delivery. Krauss recently teamed up with Nashville based video production company, GemsOnVHS to record a superb live version of his song “Around Here Anymore.” Continue reading →


Download “Hating Nothing” by new Philly project Heart Harbor

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Heart Harbor is the new project from Kerry Hallett, a long-time Philly / Portland singer-songwriter who has worked with Ali Wadsworth and members of Northern Arms. “Hating Nothing” comes to us from Heart Harbor’s debut Tender Trap EP, a collection of songs produced by Erin McKeown and recorded at Miner Street. Continue reading →

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The Dans give thanks on this week’s Dan and Dan Music Podcast

TurkeyDDMeet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC on the Dan and Dan Music Podcast!

The holiday season is upon us, and both Dans are in the spirit of giving thanks! This week, Dan and Dan tell us what they’re musically thankful for on this Thanksgiving edition of the podcast. In addition, the guys offer up their thoughts on two big festival announcements during our two minute drill and per usual, Dan and Dan have some great suggestions for their Songs of the Week! Continue reading →


Philly’s Us Natives Records teams with local charity for a benefit beat compilation


Philly record label Us Natives Records is teaming up with Ambler-based nonprofit Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard to raise money for families in need this holiday season.

Aside from obviously awesome idea of raising money, gifts and food those less fortunate, Us Natives – a locally-based production collective – also put together a rad collection of beats which you can get for yourself with only a small donation. The proceeds for the mixtape will buy food and presents this holiday season for a family in the Philadelphia area that Us Natives co-founder Ill Clinton is sponsoring via the nonprofit. Continue reading →