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Season Two of CoverClub wraps up with Ali Wadsworth, Tutlie and Vita and the Woolf

Vita And The Woolf records at Cambridge Sound | Photo by Bob Sweeney
Vita And The Woolf records at Cambridge Sound | Photo by Bob Sweeney

Root Down in the Shadow‘s excellent CoverClub series now boasts its own fancy website, and today released a slew of videos to wrap up a productive second season.

The video blowout started around 10 this morning and continued hourly until the final video from Vita and the Woolf was released at 2. Along the way we heard Ali Wadsworth’s power-packed vocals covering The Districts’ “Stay Open,” with local rockers Satellite Hearts acting as her backing trio. Her own take is just as driven and distinct as The Districts’ singer, Rob Grote, and Sattelite Hearts accompanies with their own harmonies as well. Continue reading →

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Heyward Howkins releases new songs “Forecasting” and “Midway”

Heyward Howkins
Heyward Howkins | photo by Kate Harrold | kateharrold.com

Heyward Howkins has released a double A-side single featuring new songs “Forecasting” and “Midway,” his first studio offering since December 2013′s Be Frank, Furness LP. Weaving together aspects of different genres and styles, the songs have a timeless and classic feel with moments of jazz, indie rock and pop.

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Listen to Screaming Females’ hard-hitting Rose Mountain via NPR Music

Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

In a nearly decade-long career, New Brunswick’s Screaming Females have released six studio albums and have not once shyed away from their hard-hitting rock ‘n roll influences.

With the release of Rose Mountain through their hometown label, Don Giovanni Records, the three-piece punk trio stay true to their sound while expanding into much more with complex riffs and barreling basslines. The ten-track album has been streaming at NPR Music in advance of its release tomorrow, and the band plays a Philly show on Friday night. Continue reading →

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Watch DRGN King’s black-and-white video for “Undertow”

DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack
DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack

With an opening shout of “Music!”, Philly’s DRGN King launches into the driving bassline of “Undertow” in their new video for the song from their sophomore album, Baltimore Crush. Directed by Dan King, it features black-and-white footage of the band playing under Bokeh lighting. Frontman Dominic Angelella voice is soothing the band performs for a group of what appears to be well-dressed dead (possibly zombie) indie rock fans. Continue reading →

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Temple jazz performance major Ethan Fisher combines influences to make hip-hop beats

via ethanfisher.bandcamp.com
via ethanfisher.bandcamp.com

As a freshman jazz performance major, Ethan Fisher is focused on making music. That is why he self-produced his debut six-track EP, Beat Tape in his dorm room, using his Macbook, speakers, keyboard, and a mic.

It’s basically an experimental hip hop album and the intro sets a post-apocalyptic world ambiance, accompanied by rhythmic drum beats and jazz-influenced guitar. “Bass Jams” opens with a minimal drum pattern and features Fisher’s twin brother on bass, who is also a music major at Temple. Continue reading →

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Lewis & Clarke play tracks from Triumvirate for Castle Inn Sessions

Lewis & Clarke
Lewis & Clarke | photo via Shaking Through

With their avant-folk influences, Delaware Water Gap-based Lewis & Clarke take you on a instrumental adventure in their Castle Inn Session. The black-and-white recording showcased tracks from Lewis & Clarke’s latest release, Triumvirate. The half-hour session opens with the eight-minute “Black Cloud,” blending the clear-cut vocals of Lou Rogai and classic, jazz percussion influences.  Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Melaena Cadiz, Colleen Green and more

Melaena Cadiz
Melaena Cadiz | photo courtesy of Folkadelphia

Folkadelphia debuted a session with musician Melaena Cadiz this week. The Michigan native performed six stripped-down songs, pulling from her 2014 Deep Below Heaven and including one track from her recent song-a-month singles project called “Motel Evangeline.” Take a listen to that song below and download the full session here.

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Watch a teaser vid for Ill Fated Natives’ Savages EP

Ill Fated Natives | via facebook.com/illfatednatives
Ill Fated Natives | via facebook.com/illfatednatives

At the end of 2014, ill Fated Natives warmed our hearts with a Facebook post, opening it with,

We are blessed. A little more than a year ago, we were just starting out, three young, black musicians with one blues song and unstoppable ambition.

That blues song, “That Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You,” set the stage for the trio as one of Philly’s up-and-coming rock groups. The track is filled with the sound we’ve come to love from them: one that can help you relax, unwind and want to party at the same time. Continue reading →