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The Key Studio Sessions: Son Little

One of the first things you’re likely to hear about Philly’s Son Little is its pedigree. The trio is primarily the songwriting project of singer-guitarist Aaron Livingston, who in the past has collaborated with The Roots and RJD2. Musical adventurers both, for certain, but those names as a point of reference doesn’t really clue you in to how expressive and eclectic his own songwriting is. Continue reading →

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Unlocked: Why Jersey’s Young Statues took measures to make “Flatlands” feel like a home away from home

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Young Statues | Photo by Shervin Lainez

Carmen Cirignano hopes putting on his band’s new record can provide a very certain kind of feeling.

He relates it to taking a trip to his grandmother’s house. Whenever he visited her, he’d feel a certain way and have very distinct memories. It’s an idea of being somewhere familiar that’s not exactly home.

“I wanted a cohesive, kind of flowing record that made sense from the beginning to the end and felt like a tangible thing, in a way,” Cirignano says. “I wanted people, when they listened to it or put it on, to be able to go somewhere, go to a place, wherever that place is to whoever listens to it. It could be different for everybody. I wanted it to have that feeling, like it was something as a whole rather than just a collection of songs.”

Cirignano, frontman for Young Statues, is sitting at an outside table at Old City’s Ole Café, having just driven downtown from his home in Prospect Park. He’s joined by bassist Tom Ryan, who has just driven in from across the bridge in New Jersey. They’re both joined by Ryan’s sister’s small dog, who remains mostly quiet as the two discuss the past and present history of the band. Continue reading →

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Newark newcomers Fiance engage listeners’ souls on “Era”

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via facebook.com/fianceDE

Hailing from Newark, Delaware, Fiancé is an indie pop four-piece with a positive energy. They recently released their debut, EP1, earlier this month, and it caught the attention of Stereogum, which premiered the track “Era” and raved “The track is bookended by a colossal vocal loop of a hook written by Fusca…and sung by his sister, manipulated until the words can’t quite be made out, but the raw emotion shines through.” Continue reading →

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#Selfies4Ebola: Forbes 30 Under 30 party was fun, and that’s about it

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photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

What does “Young Professional” even mean? It’s such a nebulous term that gets bandied about with no concrete definition, and until Sunday night I had never really seen how actually strange the young professional crowd can be. Forbes 30 Under 30 summit is taking over Philadelphia this week, for better or worse, and kicked off Sunday with a one-day music festival at NoLibs social engineering space The Piazza at Schmidts.

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Local young rap-fessionals OCD Moosh & Twist got the brisk Fall night off to a fun start. Even though it’s fair to say most of the twenty-going-on-fifty-something crowd didn’t know any of their music, it didn’t keep hands from being thrown in the air, and plenty of smiles from showing as the trio bounced its way through a tragically short and sweet opening set. The group has been steadily climbing in popularity over the past year or so, and it’s really great to see them getting on bills like this one, and Made in America earlier this year. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Underground Arts, The Stray Birds at World Cafe Live, and Marsha Ambrosius at The TLA

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Creepoid | Photo by Adam Wallacavage

Heavy psychedelic foursome Creepoid return to their hometown of Philadelphia to headline Underground Arts tonight. The band made a name for itself after producing a unique blend of psych, grunge-induced sound reminiscent, echoing Bardo Pond and Dinosaur Jr. This year has been a productive one for them: they produced their self-titled second LP in March, followed it up with their EP Wet in April, relocated to Savannah and went on tour with Against Me!, Balance and Composure and more. Welcome them back to town for a headlining slot tonight. You can find more information on tonight’s show here. Check out their video for “Yellow Wallpaper” below. Continue reading →

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Download “H.S.K.T.” by Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Sylvan Esso | Photo courtesy of the artist.

One of our favorite new bands of the year is Sylvan Esso, the duo of singer Amelia Meath & electronic musician Nick Sanborn, Their self-titled album on Partisan is undeniably seductive and filled with fresh sounding, intimate songs. What began as a one-song collaboration between Meath and Sanborn ultimately turned into a full blown recording project. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: James Brown documentary debuts Monday on HBO, DEVO releases live album, and Led Zeppelin shares remix of “Stairway to Heaven”

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via mickjagger.com

A new documentary on the late, great “Godfather of Soul”, James Brown- “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown”, will debut on HBO this Monday, October 27th @ 9pm. It was produced by Mick Jagger. Read more and watch the trailer after the jump. Continue reading →

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Beano and Chill Moody come together for “Let It Go (Remix)”

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Photo by Ricky Codio | rickycodio.com

If you’re from Philly, you’re used to hearing R&B singer Beano featured on Chill Moody‘s songs and seeing him at his live shows. Well yesterday the talented duo decided that it was time for a change. Last night at the TLA, Beano played a solo set opening for Ty Dolla $ign, and Chill was the guest, joining him on the remix of his debut single “Let It Go.” Continue reading →

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Unlocked: Follow Young Statues into the studio in a new documentary (PREMIERE)

Matt Weber and Tom Ryan of Young Statues in the studio | via Instagram
Producer Drew Vandenberg and Tom Ryan of Young Statues in the studio | via Instagram

To the non-musician, the process a band goes through to make an album may not seem like hard work.

Those unfamiliar recording may think that the songs are always fully realized before the band enters the studio — that musicians can just go in, nail their various parts in a few takes, then move onto the next song. It seems like making an album should come easily and naturally.

But talk to any musician about recording for more than a few minutes, and you’ll know this isn’t the case in the least bit. You’ll hear stories about spending a whole day recording one guitar solo or drum fill, or singers scribbling down lyrics just minutes before the song they’re writing is to be recorded.

Making music isn’t easy. That’s why Young Statues knew that, to record their sophomore LP The Flatlands Are Your Friends, they wanted to travel somewhere to both limit distractions and feel more inspired. So the band spent three weeks recording in Athens, Georgia at Chase Park Transduction Studios, where frontman Carmen Cirignano had also retreated to years prior and wrote Young Statues’ debut album. Continue reading →