Three words that describe a country lover’s dream: Outlaw Music Festival. From legends in country and roots music to current top charters, the touring festival rooted has it all. Curated and headlined by Willie Nelson, the local stop of the event comes to Camden’s BB&T Pavillion on September 15th. Continue reading →
Divers open for Auctioneer at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The brainchild of local musicians Emily Ann Zeitlyn and Ross Bellenoit, Divers are a new quartet filled out by Tom Bendel (Buried Beds) and Todd Erk (The Weeds). Alternating between wailing, dynamic flourishes and upbeat rock-outs, the Philly band’s still-growing discography of three tracks is an enticing preview of what’s to come. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Auctioneer and Anna Vogelzang can be found at the WXPN Concert Calendar. Stream “Wild Things” below and right-click here to download it for free.
Backyard Bxss Season 1, a 10-track compilation featuring experimental electronic artists from around the city, is the first tape to be released in a quarterly series by local collective smth savant (pro. sum’thing/ suhˈvant). The collective is most known for throwing their monthly Backyard Bxss live sessions held around the city. Founded in 2017 by Kilamanzego and Madam Data, the collective has grown to 5 members and have held monthly gatherings since May of that year to create and share beats and songs during the Backyard Bxss sessions. Continue reading →
Texan trio Khruangbin has recently been gaining a lot of attention for their newest music video “Evan Finds The Third Room.” The three-piece is well known for their deeply psychedelic and 1960’s thai disco-funk inspired style. Off their sophomore album Con Todo El Mundo, “Evan Finds The Third Room” can be described as the stand-out track. The best part, though, is the music video directed by Felix Heyes, Josh King and Mi Tian; it is a perfect representation of the euphoric funk driven piece. It honestly makes the song ten times more enjoyable.
The video opens up with a cute old Chinese lady, who I swear looks like my 68-year-old grandma, taking out the trash. All of sudden, things start getting weird, in a good way. The whole video is basically just the camera crew following this lady all over the city while she happily pretends to hula her heart away with an invisible hula hoop. The whole concept is so cheesy but enthrallingly hilarious. Continue reading →
There is so much oddity to the trade of Rene Marie that it’s made her a hot commodity. Rather than move through the womb as a mini Sarah Vaughn, Marie walked out of a job as a bank telling mom in her 40s and began a new career. Rather than solely vocalizing the jazz canon with deep reverence and nuanced expressiveness, she’s got an affection for soul and a proud R&B lean in her step, to say nothing of the occasional psychedelic rock cover (she likes Jefferson Airplane) and folk tune (as on 2011’s Black Lace Freudian Slip). The same goes for her songwriting in that Marie writes the lion’s share of her album’s tracks – lyrics and music – with 2016’s Sound of Red being her first album of all-original material. How many jazz vocalists can you name that write their own material? Continue reading →