This week’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week is “Saturday Song” by singer-songwriter Hiss Golden Messenger, a folk and country flavored band fronted by M.C. Taylor. His forthcoming album, Lateness of Dancers, is being released on September 9th (Merge Records). The album is HGM’s fifth release, takes its name from a story by acclaimed Southern author Eudora Welty. Joining Taylor on the album are It Megafaun’s Phil and Brad Cook, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man, guitarist William Tyler (The Lambchop, Silver Jews), and longtime member Scott Hirsch. Continue reading →
Local five-piece Roof Doctor stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session, recording four songs taken from their new Mobile Freedom Home LP. Get a free download of “Bulldog” below and check out the full set here, along with upcoming show dates.
A few weeks ago, we shared Ryan Adams’ newest single “Gimme Something Good.” A few nights ago in Portland, Maine at his first live show of the year, Ryan shared another new track from his self-titled album, “Stay With Me.” The song steers away from his softer “Come Pick Me Up” days and sounds more like an 80′s rock anthem. Continue reading →
What continues to make West Chester, PA’s Mason Porter a force to be reckoned with in the Americana and roots community, especially regionally, is the intimacy that they bring to each song. Whether it is in live performance, on record (like their latest Home For The Harvest), or, now, with their Folkadelphia Session, the trio of Joe D’Amico, Tim Celfo, and Paul Wilkinson have an uncanny ability to draw the listener in and keep them close. I can only think that this magical power is the result of a strong and long-standing chemistry between the members. Heck, we know they can all play their instruments and yes, that’s terribly important. They harmonize like the bee’s knees too. But it’s that extra something something that only comes about after years of meshing together that pushes their”good” to “great.” Can we also talk about how tight these guys are when they perform? Beyond chemistry, Mason Porter comes prepared. Folks like to throw around the word “simplistic” to classify MP’s brand of stripped back Americana. Do not fool yourself into thinking that simplicity implies a lack of imagination, passion, energy, or playing chops. Simplicity mean preparedness; this music only works because the trio is locked in the groove, dialed in, and firing on all cylinders – but, you know, simplistically, acoustically, and intimately.
Mason Porter recorded this Folkadelphia Session back in February when they were fresh off the release of their newest album Home For The Harvest. For more Mason Porter reading and listening, check out The Key’s Unlocked coverage. Mason Porter performs at Underground Arts supporting Spirit Family Reunion on Saturday, August 9th.
One of the bands we’re super psyched to see this weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival is Philly’s Strand Of Oaks, fronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Tim Showalter. Tim’s new album, HEAL, has been getting universal acclaim for its strong narrative, songs that are biographical in nature, and the albums’ stylistic nod to classic rock and postpunk. Continue reading →
If you just went by Roof Doctor‘s irreverent personalities, their tongue-deep-in-cheek social media presence (Twitter handle: @roof_deezy), the fact that they once tried to start a beef with Conor Oberst, you’d have no reason to take them seriously. But consider their chops and multi-instrumental prowess. Chet Williams has a knack for juggling sax, keyboard, percussion, bass and vocals; Kevin Paschall delivers intricate rhythmic accompaniment from behind the drumkit (I’m still wrapping my brain around the beat at the beginning of “Bulldog,” which they played in their Key Studio Session); Mark Harper reigns in everything that’s going on and arranges it into ultra catchy tunes. These dudes are so serious. Continue reading →
This week’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week is “Rise Up Singing,” by Trigger Hippy. The band features Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene, Tom Bukovac, Nick Govrik, and Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman. They’ve previously released an EP, however on September 30th they are releasing their self-titled debut album. Continue reading →
Alt-country rockers Old 97′s return to town this weekend, playing WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival on Sunday, July 27th. Rhett Miller and the 97′s have a long standing history with XPN and the festival. The band first appeared at the festival in 1999, when the festival was called “Singer-Songwriter Weekend.” Always a crowd favorite, the 97′s recent release is Most Messed Up, and they made a stop at WXPN to record a session for World Cafe. Listen to their full session (interview and performance) here. Below, download a Cafe version of “Indefinitely.” Hope to see you this weekend at #XPNfest. Go here for tickets.