Meet Annachristie Sadler’s new project Murchant on the G Line of the NYC Metro (she plays Puck on 3/22)

MurchantWith her old family band Sisters 3 somewhat in a state of dormancy, singer and songwriter Annachristie Sadler launched a new solo project this year that she’s calling Murchant. With a recent appearance at The Tin Angel under her belt the other week – and an upcoming show on Marc 22 at Puck in Doylestown with Rev. T.J. McGlilnchey – today we find Murchant in the Metropolitan Avenue-Grand Street stop of the G Line on New York City’s Metro system. Videographer Luciana Botelho stumbled upon Sadler busking, strumming in a fervent manner and singing in her distinctivly elastic voice, and shot a video of her performing a song; check it out here, and find more information on Murchant’s Puck date here.


Annachristie Sapphire returns with ethereal folk gem “Bonsai”

Annachristie Sapphire | photo courtesy of the artist

Nomadic singer-songwriter Annachristie Sapphire seems to be in a different city every time I hear from her. Usually it’s some art and cultural haven — Asheville, NC, or Portland, OR, or somewhere along the California coast — but she got her start here in the Philadelphia scene as the lead vocalist of the indie folk ensemble Sisters 3 with her siblings Beatrice and Cas. Since moving away from the city about four years ago, she’s released tracks under her own name (replace the “Sapphire” with “Sadler” and you’ve got it) and under the name Murchant, but the first full-length under her newly rechristened Annachristie Sapphire banner is on the horizon for next year.

The project is tentatively titled Desert Car, and today Sadler released the first song from it, “Bonsai,” a magical echo-bathed number with an ethereal melody that soars and descends. Annachristie calls it her favorite song on the record, and tells us it is a means of making sense of heartbreak. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Arcade Fire at Wells Fargo Center, Willie Nelson at BB&T Pavilion, Annachristie Sapphire at Bourbon and Branch

Arcade Fire | Photo by Michelle Montgomery |

Following the release of Arcade Fire‘s highly anticipated new album Everything Now, the widely-loved indie-rockers-turned-mega-superstars return to play the Wells Fargo Center. Arcade Fire last played the Wells Fargo a little over three years ago — it was their first arena show in Philly and the band’s ambition has only grown since. Read The Key’s review of that show here, arrive early to see XPN Fest alums Preservation Hall Jazz Band open tonight’s show, and get ready for what’s sure to be a memorable experience. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Madalean Gauze at Boot & Saddle, Motherwhore at Ortlieb’s, Lou at PhilaMOCA and more

Madalean Gauze | Photo by John Vettese
Madalean Gauze | Photo by John Vettese

Philly singer-songwriter Madalean Gauze caught a lot of people’s attention last weekend when she delivered a kickass performance of “Gloria” in our tribute to Patti Smith’s Horses. Obviously, there’s a reason we asked her to take that lead-off spot: her debut album Sing was one that demanded attention.  A collection of eleven emotionally raw and beautifully arranged tracks came together to create one our favorite albums of the year. You can hear her play many of the songs tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with fellow local rockers Woven In, making for one hell of a lineup. For more information on the show go to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Murchant at Puck, Les Professionnels with Telequanta at MilkBoy, Lockets with Turning Violet Violet at Safety Meeting, Sara Watkins with Field Report at the New Hope Winery, Chill Moody at Hard Rock Cafe

MurchantAnnachristie Sadler brings her new project Murchant to Puck Live in Doylestown tonight.  Formerly one third of local folk collaborators Sisters 3, Sadler’s musical history includes backing up Hoots & Hellmouth and Hezekiah Jones, as well as recording a handful of full-lengths with her sibling bandmates.  With Murchant, though, Sadler takes a turn from the three-part indie pop/folk harmonies of Sisters 3 and instead lends her soaring vocals to more mystical, acoustic arrangements.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Reverend TJ McGlinchey can be found here.  Watch Murchant perform in the NYC metro below.

Murchant – AnnaChristie Sadler from Luciana Botelho on Vimeo.

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The Key Studio VIDEO Sessions: Sisters 3

Key Studio Video Session: Sisters 3 from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

For our inaugural Key Studio Video Session, we profiled longtime XPN favorites Sisters 3. The Sadler siblings—Annachristie, Beatrice and Cassandra—are known largely for their collaborative work among the Philadelphia folk community, backing up Hoots And Hellmouth, Hezekiah Jones, and more with their three-part harmonies. But their second full-length album, Coruscate At The Meadow Gate, showcases a range stretching from driving indie-rock to pure pop. Above, you can stream the video; below, download the full performance, recorded with the tight rhythm section of Todd Erk on bass and Mike Bardzik (formerly of Philly punks The Boils) on drums.


New Shaking Through with Hezekiah Jones

WXPN and Weathervane Music’s newest Shaking Through artist is Philly’s Hezekiah Jones. On March 11th and 12th, Raphael Cutrufello—lead singer and songwriter in the band—assembled a group of 10 local Philly musicians and singers and recorded a new song, “Borrowed Heart.” It’s a song that Cutrufello wrote as part of a work-in-progress “soundtrack” to one of his favorite monster movies, The Bride Of Frankenstein. I had the pleasure of watching much of the recording of the song at Miner Street Studios in Fishtown. I was at the studio because I curated the session. Each artist that is featured in an episode of Shaking Through is selected by a curator; past curators have included Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog, music blogger Mark Schoneveld of YVYNYL, and Peter Silberman of The Antlers. My role as curator was to make the suggestion to the folks at Weathervane for an artist to feature. Hezekiah Jones was one of the first artists I thought of.

As I say in the video below, I think Cutrufello is one of the most original and unique musicians in the local scene. When he, bassist Phil D’Agostino, and I initially met to talk about the project, Cutrufello suggested doing a song from his Bride Of Frankenstein project. I immediately knew this was going to be something pretty special. Other players were added to the mix as we moved forward. Andrew Lipke, himself a talented songwriter, guitarist and producer was added to the mix. (Lipke and Cutrufello worked together on Hezekiah Jones’s new album Have You Seen Our New Fort.) Filling out the recording are musicians Tom Bendel on drums, D’Agostino on bass/vibraphone/brake drum, Brad Hinton on acoustic/lap steel/banjo/vocals, Kiley Ryan on violin/vocals, Alison Wadsworth on vocals, and Sisters 3 (Annachristie, Beatrice, and Cassandra Sadler) on vocals. Check out the video and download the song below and for more information, pictures and videos from the session go here to Shaking Through.