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The Key Studio Sessions: Madalean Gauze

Philadelphia singer and songwriter and badass rocker Madalean Gauze has been quietly making a name for herself for the past couple years. Last spring, she released the American War EP on Bandcamp. It was her first, but had quite a team behind it: recorded with Brian McTear at Miner Street Studio, it featured instrumental contributions from Dean Sabatino and Dandrew Stevens from Dead Milkmen; Pat Berkery from more bands than you can shake a stick at (most prominently The Bigger Lovers, Danielson and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah); and Dave Hartley from The War on Drugs. Let’s stop right there, though, and point out that while she had some heavy hitters working with her, Gauze could have made that EP with anybody and it would have been just as great – the strength is in the songs and the singing, and she’s a remarkable writer with a voice full of power and emotion. Continue reading →

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Get to know Tallahassee rockers Surface To Air Missive

Surface To Air Missive | Photo via http://adhoc.fm/post/surface-air-missive-everyones-nobody/
Surface To Air Missive | Photo via http://adhoc.fm/post/surface-air-missive-everyones-nobody/

Surface To Air Missive is Southern rock, psychedelic flavored project of Tallahassee musician Taylor Ross. As Surface, the multi-instrumentalist released a self-titled album on Leaving Records/Stones Throw Record in 2013. Ross has returned with a new two song single on the New York based indie label, Olde English Spelling Bee, and a new full length to follow in the Fall. Continue reading →

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Download “Wildfire” by the Mynabirds

Laura Burhenn | The Mynabirds | Photo via http://www.themynabirds.com/new-page-3/
Laura Burhenn | The Mynabirds | Photo via http://www.themynabirds.com/new-page-3/

After touring with the Postal Service (Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, producer Jimmy Tamborello, and Jenny Lewis) on their tenth anniversary in 2013, Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds travelled across the United States twice, went to South Africa and London, and wound up with a new album, Lovers Know. Continue reading →

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Listen to Ghost Light’s long-lost ¯​\​_​(​ツ​)​_​/​¯ EP

Ghost Light | via ghostlight.bandcamp.com
Ghost Light | via ghostlight.bandcamp.com

Philly four-piece Ghost Light came from a very specific time and a place – West Philly, three to four years ago – and like so many great things in music and culture and life, that time and place is now behind us. Front dude Barrett Lindgren moved on to his current gig as a show promoter at Johnny Brenda’s; bassist and singer Candice Martello is doing pretty well for herself in Hemming right now; the house show landscape they cut their teeth in is vastly different.

But absent the band itself, the music survives, and if you ever saw Ghost LIght live back in the day, you know it was was electric and ecstatic, a spazzy psych / punk / indierock force of nature that with bits and pieces that reminded me of Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Appleseed Cast, early Minus the Bear, I could go on and on. Suffice it to say they were a damn good band. Lindgren recently unearthed their final recordings that never got a proper release and posted them to Bandcamp as an EP with the funny / self-depricating title ¯​\​_​(​ツ​)​_​/​¯. Give it a listen below. Continue reading →

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Download “It’s A Drag,” the new single from Philly’s Purples

Purples | via purplesmusic.bandcamp.com
Purples | via purplesmusic.bandcamp.com

It’s always a good day when there’s new music from Philly indie rock four-piece Purples. These dudes, who just rocked LAVA Space over the weekend with Laser Background, dropped a new song called “It’s A Drag” that has a speeding beat, a lively tambourine, a fat bassline, some sick echoing vocals, guitar funkiness and a general sense of Talking Heads-y observational rock and roll. Give it a listen below and grab a free download at BandcampContinue reading →

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Meet singer-songwriter Jake McMullen

Jake McMullen | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Jake McMullen | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jake McMullen moved to Nashville a little over a year ago, to continue his career. He releases his new EP, Always, on October 16th. A self-proclaimed fan of Bob Dylan, The National, Bruce Springsteen, and Ryan Adams, McMullen released his first EP in 2010. Continue reading →

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It’s the return of The Selecter

The Selecter | Photo credit Jules Annan
The Selecter | Photo credit Jules Annan

Look out ska fans, The Selecter are back! The Legendary 2 tone artists are releasing their new studio album, Subculture, on October 2nd.

Fronted by Pauline Black and Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson, The Selector formed in 1979 and released their now classic debut Too Much Pressure, including the hit songs “On My Radio,” and the upbeat title track. It was the height of the 2 Tone music movement – the ska revival – formed mostly in Coventry, England by musicians from England who were influenced by reggae and ska. The Selecter were in good company alongside bands like The Specials, Madness, and The English Beat, and along with each of those bands, became worldwide superstars. Continue reading →

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Worlds Collide: Ron Gallo covers Pissed Jeans

Ron Gallo | Photo via soundcloud.com/rongallo
Ron Gallo | Photo via soundcloud.com/rongallo

Philly’s Ron Gallo has taken his career on some bizarre twists and turns since his roots-rock outfit Toy Soldiers disbanded last year. He’s landed residencies in New York hotel lobbies in the style of the jazz greats he admires. He’s made nervy and somewhat trippy music videos. He slapped a slice of pizza on his face for an album cover.

But here’s one we didn’t see coming at all. Continue reading →