Bucks county five-piece The Lawsuits cut their hair and released Moon Son, a new LP gathering all their disparate influences – pop, rock, country, soul – underneath one umbrella.
A veteran singer-songwriter of the Philadelphia folk scene, Birdie Busch returns with the subdued Thunder Bridge, a collection of songs imagined initially as a set of children’s lullabys that grew into something more.
Another scene vet, Ben Arnold draws on 20+ years of experience to make Lost Keys one of his finest outings to date.
One of the biggest success stories from 2014’s inaugural First Time’s The Charm festival was Littler, which released the hooky LP Of Wandering earlier this year and got a fair amount of buzz for their seltzer-enthusing video for “Slippery.”
A punk rock dude with an acoustic guitar, Curtis Cooper‘s Laughing in Line is a solid introduction to this fierce and fun singer-songwriter making the rounds in the scene.
Charismatic rap duo No Headliner emerged in January with Lingerie & Bottles: Chaptre 1.
Them That Do
A visionary collab from Lancaster’s Phat Hentoff and Philly’s Small Professor, Them That Do is rounded out by Chuck Daly and Jasper Brown. Their self-titled debut sounds instantly classic.
Dwellers on the Threshold
Speaking of visionary, check out Dwellers on the Threshold‘s Twin Peaks-themed project Live from the Black Lodge.
After a year-long single-a-month project that we totally loved following, modern rock four-piece Sonnder puts it all out on the table with Entanglement – and a set ranging from Circa Survive-esque anthems to Explosions in the Sky soundscapes.
Introspective, emo-infused punk four-piece CLIQUE released its sophomore album Burden Piece on Topshelf in late May. It digs deep but chases a beacon of hope on the horizon.
Young and Heartless
Lancaster post-emo craftsmen Young and Heartless got postiviely spectral on their new LP for Hopeless Records, mixing pop melodies with heavy guitars – production trademarks of Conshy mastermind Will Yip.
Call Nick Millevoi‘s Desertion LP his audition tape for Crazy Horse – or maybe just call it a searing collection of overdriven guitar jams of the highest power. Either way, give it some of your time – dude can shred.
Bucks County bred four-piece Church Girls made their proper LP debut with Thousand Lives – establishing Mariel Beaumont as a singer and songwriter the Philly music community should keep their sights on.
Free Cake for Every Creature
Charming New England transplants Free Cake for Every Creature released their talking quietly of anything with you LP this spring, dialing up the tone from their super lo-fi origins but still keeping the vibe homemade and honest.
Darko the Super
Carve a Happy Face on my Tombstone is the latest set of dark and quirky psychedelic comedy rap from Philadelphia’s Darko the Super.
Tones and textures that thankfully have nothing to do with 90s bombers Candlebox, Harsh Vibes‘ You Left Me Far Behind is the latest installment in an increasingly strong catalog.
Before, they were beautiful-loud. Now, Philly’s Nothing is simply beautiful. Tired of Tomorrow, out on Relapse, is awash in the bright colors and optimistic melodies of the “Vertigo Flowers” video.
Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band
Speaking of increasingly strong catalogs, Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band released their latest set of textured guitar escapades, The Rarity of Experience, on No Quarter this March.
Also of the soundscape universe, longtime Philly harpist Mary Lattimore released her LP At The Dam via Ghostly this spring before leaving Philly for points west.
Heartfelt rockers Rosu Lup show their fondness for Springsteen, Dylan and fellow Philadelphians The War on Drugs with their debut LP Is Anything Real.