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The Key Studio Sessions: Jesse Hale Moore

The thing about the retro R&B aesthetic that’s surfaced in the indie rock universe over the past five or so years: so many people do it at a merely superficial level. They do it out of irony, they do it to look cool, they do it for funsies. I won’t name names, but if you know what I mean, you probably know who I mean. And you know that Philadelphia’s Jesse Hale Moore is not one of those people.

This singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has a deep appreciation of not only the smooth and suave style of late 80s / early 90s pop, but also the songcraft that lies beneath. Whether your reference points are Sade and Luther Vandross or the more contemporary James Blake, Moore genuinely loves this music, and it shows in Green End, the record he’ll release on April 7th.
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Download the audio for Pink Floyd’s flawless performance at The Spectrum in 1973

The Dark Side of the Moon is  Pink Floyd’s greatest commercial success. This is the LP with the famous cover art of light refracting through a triangular prism, an image so iconic it is almost universally recognizable due to the massive reach of the album. The record focused on correlating themes of mental health, greed, death and conflict, among others. These were topics that had been previously explored by the psych-rockers, but were never incorporated in such a direct manner as was used in this 1973 release. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Maitland

Last time we caught up with Central Pennsylvania’s Josh Hines, he was deep in the minimalist folk era of his ongoing songwriting outlet Maitland. The project has always existed in two forms, as I noted at the time: the multi-instrumental configuration Hines records with and brings out for shows on occasion, and the solo SoHo-inspired folkie that was making the rounds much more frequently in 2014.

As I wrote of the latter approach, which recorded Maitland’s first Key Studio Session: “It’s music that, in this most minimal of arrangements, sounds complete, but at the same time you’ll hear how Maitland the band might build on this foundation.”

Flash forward two and a half years, and the band does just that in Maitland’s return to the Key Studio Sessions.
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Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Desoto Jones’ posthumous Orb Weaver ends the band’s livelihood with a bang and a tear

Desoto Jones | photo courtesy of the artist

Desoto Jones fans rejoice! The alternative rock band now known as KISKA released a collection of unreleased tracks from the recording days of Shapeshifter to form the 5-track Orb Weaver EP. While the band still has no plans of returning, it’s fitting to put the final musical cap on the legacy of another fantastic local group.

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Low Cut Connie announces new LP Dirty Pictures (part 1) with video for “Revolution Rock n Roll” and US tour

Low Cut Connie | courtesy of the artist
Low Cut Connie | courtesy of the artist

Marquee rock n’ rollers Low Cut Connie have a hell of a 2017 planned. Earlier this week, the band announced plans to release their fourth studio album Dirty Pictures (part 1) on May 19th via Contender Records. But wait! The band also announced a plethora of US dates for this year, including a gig at Union Transfer on September 8th.

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