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. Trigger Hippy are playing the XPoNential Music Festival this weekend, Sunday, July 27th at Wiggins Park. They’ll also be performing at the Ardmore Music Hall on Saturday, August 16th.
Below, listen to the first single from the band’s new album, a soulful rock and roller, “Rise Up Singing.”
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.
Oakland quartet Trails and Ways are causing quite a stir. Two years ago, the band released their debut EP Trilingual, which had multilingual lyrics, political themes and an eclectic blend of 90s shoegaze and modern beats. For example, “Border Crosser” is in support of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. When they’re not making great, politically active music, the band also does dope covers, like their trilingual take on Frank Ocean’s “Lost”. Watch their video for “Tereza” below. The band will make its Philly debut tonight with another talented band, PHOX. Get more details at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Los Angeles Police Department is the work of Ryan Pollie. LAPD has got a hint of Neutral Milk Hotel in the sound of this song, however, there’s also a delicate hint of Beach Boys harmonies. Former Philadelphian Ryan Pollie’s new project, Los Angeles Police Department, is releasing their self-titled debut album on September 5th on tape from Chill Mega Chill and on vinyl on Forged Artifacts. Before he moved West to chase his rock and roll dreams, Pollie was in a local band in Philly called Cereal Heroes. Below, download the catchy indie-pop song, “She Came Through (Again).”
Jenny Lewis releases her new albun, The Voyager, next Tuesday, however you listen to the album in its entirety via NPR Music here. Lewis will likely be playing some of her new material this coming Saturday night, July 26th at the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. Lewis is performing with Dawes and Ryan Adams at the Susquehanna Bank Center.
Writing about the new album Ann Powers from NPR Music says:
Like Lewis’ great 2006 album with The Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat, The Voyager plays the way a short-story collection reads, its disparate narratives united by musical and lyrical undertones. This time, Lewis goes not for country-music references, but for a wider palette that pays tribute to the history of studio rock. She chose to make The Voyager with Ryan Adams as producer because she loved his Pax Am studio, which is tricked out with gear that dates from the 1960s to the present. Lewis and Adams took full advantage; their arrangements move through time without ever getting stuck in one era. “Head Underwater” recalls the New Wave sounds of The Motels and Aimee Mann’s first band, Til Tuesday; “Slippery Slopes” rides a Tom Petty-worthy chord progression. “You Can’t Outrun ‘Em” cultivates the surf sound Lewis touched on in her duo with Johnathan Rice, Jenny and Johnny. “Love U Forever” steals its opening riff from classic rock’s ultimate studio band, Cream. “Searching for LB” connects Lewis to her own past; it would fit on her former band Rilo Kiley’s finest album, More Adventurous.
Desert rock legends Queens of the Stone Age return to play the Skyline Stage at the Mann Center tonight. Last year, the veteran rockers played a fantastic show at Made in America. The group just released their latest LP …Like Clockwork. Bassist Josh Homme recently appeared in an episode of Portlandia. The band also released an action-filled, drunken adventure for “Smooth Sailing”. Watch the video below. Get more information about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
California indie pop quartet Cold War Kids have just released their newest single, a ringing anthem “All This Could Be Yours”. The track is a follow up to 2013′s Dear Miss Lonely Hearts. The band also stated that a new LP is in the works. Compared to the exuberant pop in Dear Miss Lonely Hearts, this is more of a rock anthem. As usual, frontman Nathan Willet’s powerful cries lead the music and and are accompanied by strong guitars and piano. The taunting chorus of “Could be yours” make this another head-bobbing sing-a-long. Overall, the track just points to another great album in the works. Watch Cold War Kids play with Avid Dancer at Union Transfer October 25th. Get more details here. Listen to “All This Could Be Yours” below.