With a big band mentality and a passion for extending into a huge range of genres, The Suffers are back with a contagious new jam “I Think I Love You.” The single is the ten-piece Houston multi-instrumentalist collective’s first release since their impressive self titled debut in 2016. There are very few groups today that boast such a large spectrum of instruments while still being able to adequately cover genres all the way from reggae to trap, and The Suffers nail it across the board. Continue reading →
Starting with a team huddle, the energy at the Marina Stage was electric even before the sweet, sweet tunes of The Suffers began. Having played XPN Fest last year, the crowd knew exactly what was in store for them. And they were ready to party. Someone even brought a beach ball, folks — it was that level of ready.
Kicking the shindig off was hit “Make Some Room,” in which the group’s uberly charismatic frontwoman, Kam Franklin, began by explaining the meaning behind making food for someone you love — then asking the crowd if she could make us a sandwich. Sadly, our initial less-than-thunderous response was not up to her standards, but it was okay though because she graciously bestowed upon us another opportunity, saying she believes in “second chances and second helpings.” Continue reading →
This just in — Austin indie rock favorites Spoon will light up the BB&T Pavilion stage on night two of this year’s XPoNential Music Festival. Co-headlining alongside Britt Daniel and co. are Amos Lee and Friends, featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with The Suffers and Chicano Batman kicking off the show; seated tickets for the concert on July 29th go on sale this Friday, March 10th, at 10 a.m. Continue reading →
With a spirited intro by Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin, and, of course, an Eagles chant, The Suffers joined us on the Jerseyarts.com Marina Stage for XPoNential Fest. The Houston, TX (remember that!) ten piece was as big, bright and beautiful as their music. Lead vocalist Kam Franklin wanted all first time concertgoers to take two things from the show — the band’s name and the city where they’re from. As their set progressed though, there was much more that the crowd would be able to take with them from the band’s performance. Continue reading →
The Chimeras were one of the best things we’ve seen locally this millennium, so it wasn’t easy to have them slowly fade out of the scene a few years back. Thankfully though, Dan Ferry of The Chimeras returned last year with a new band called Ridge Summit — and they play Bourbon and Branch tonight. The project has kept alive the hard rock spirit of The Chimeras, and with plenty of guitar solos, howling vocals, and even a hint of blues, this EP from Ridge Summit, released nearly a year ago, is just what we all need right now. Take a listen below, and head to the XPN Concert Calendar to snag tickets to tonight’s gig. Continue reading →
Oh how we love Kam Franklin and The Suffers. Ever since they hit our radar back in early 2015, the Houston soul band have been on the move.
Last time we saw The Suffers, they opened for Lake Street Dive and brought the house down. Actually, they brought the house to their feet, which is what happens everytime the charismatic Franklin and her band take to the stage. Continue reading →
Friday night’s show at The Fillmore was all about tons of dancing and stellar front-women. The sold-out event began with The Suffers, from Houston, Texas, rocking the stage, as lead vocalist Kam Franklin strutted the stage in a green sequined dress. Franklin really warmed the crowd up with her soulful voice, big stage presence, and inspirational story of finding a second career in music. The ten-piece band is touring behind a couple EPs and their self-titled LP, and has gained a strong following for a band whose debut album is only a month old.
By the time Lake Street Dive arrived, the crowd was ready to keep dancing after chugging a few more cocktails at one of the many bars. Singer / frontwoman Rachael Price began their set with a similar enthusiasm as Franklin, as she danced and smiled with each sultry lyric. The band just released their fifth LP, Side Pony, with Nonesuch Records, and with it came a new energy and a clean look; Price donning high heels and a skirt as she stands at center stage. By the middle of the set, Price pulled a scrunchy out of her hair, shot it into the audience and the band went into the title track “Side Pony,” which really got the audience boogying. Continue reading →
Houston funk-soul faves The Suffers are releasing their debut LP on February 12th, and this week we got a first taste of it with the song “Peanuts.” The song swings in a classic Stax style, with Kam Franklin’s vocal taking center stage. Check it out below (along with The Suffers’ Tiny Desk concert) and see the band when they open for Lake Street Dive at The Fillmore on March 18th. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
This week’s Key Studio Session features the ambitious music of Hezekiah Jones. The outfit’s new record In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw was just released yesterday, and they treated us to live performances of several album tracks in this session. Listen to “Strange Dream” below and download the full set here. Continue reading →