Watching Philly’s Abi Reimold perform can mean any number of things — a subdued solo electric show, perhaps, or a raucous full band rock show. Or, her preferred touring method of late: solo electric with looper. It’s a craft she’s been perfecting for the past several years, allowing her to balance the best elements of both worlds in a portable setup, and it shines in a recent appearance on Toledo, Ohio’s Little Elephant sessions, which is quickly becoming the internet’s premiere studio sessions series for DIY artists on the road.
Released today, the session includes performances of two songs from Reimold’s outstanding 2016 LP Wriggling – one ofThe Key’s best albums of 2016. Aided by a floor tom, her pedal setup and her voice, “Won’t Clot” opens the set tremendously, establishing a pattern that builds and flourishes with beats and voices. “Feed” is incredible and intense on the solo electric tip, with Reimold’s powerful vocal delivery giving way to a dissolving choir of harmonies.
But the treat is a new jam called “Workshop,” which is the poppiest of the bunch. Continue reading →
Musicians from across the country have coming together for Don’t stop now: a collection of covers. The thirty-eight track set, which benefits the ACLU, is stacked with Philly acts the likes of Abi Reimold, The Menzingers, Cave People, and more performing lo-fi covers of some of their favorite tracks. The creators of the project elaborated on its timely release and title in a quote on their Bandcamp page. Continue reading →
As an end-of-semester-send off, Villanova University’s student-run radio station WXVU and the Campus Activities Team have announced the line-up for their Philly Underground Music Festival. Open to all ID-carrying college students in the Philadelphia area, the December 8th event will take place on Villanova’s campus and feature a solo headlining slot by Alex G, supported by Weekender, Abi Reimold, and Curtis Cooper.
Philly DIY scene favorite Abi Reimold kicks off a late fall tour tonight at Everybody Hits with Slaughter Beach, Dog — the solo project of Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald. Both artists released excellent records this year, and they’re joined on the bill by newcomer Harmony Woods, who impressed us this year with a haunting Bandcamp demo and a moving cover of Mitski’s “I Don’t Smoke.” Tickets to the all-ages show are $10, more information can be found at Facebook. Below, listen to Reimold’s Wriggling. Continue reading →
Back during the first half of 2015, we only knew Friendship as a social concept that we were bad at participating in. We ended 2015 with a new favorite band. Thanks to a “mysterious EP” (as posted by The Key) and a Folkadelphia house concert with Maine’s Jacob Augustine, Friendship really held our attention as we greatly anticipated their eventual debut full length, You’re Going to Have to Trust Me. With its somber country sound somewhere between Jason Molina and Gram Parsons (as WXPN’s John Vettese nicely describes it), Friendship hits that sweet spot where our interests in existentialism and pedal steel guitar converge. Continue reading →
Rapper Mykki Blanco releases her debut LP Mykki this week, and kicks off tour tonight at PhilaMOCA. The Harlem native has a background in punk and performance art, and came to rap about five years ago, challenging norms and conventions over a string of mixtapes and EPs. Below, listen to the Zane Lowe premiere of Blanco’s “My Nene,” a blend of driving dancefloor beats, hard rhymes and emotive singing. Get tickets and more information on tonight’s all ages show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Before she had a band, Abi Reimold was a singer-guitarist who sometimes performed with a loop station. And even with the acclaim her debut LP Wriggling has racked up since its January release on Sad Cactus Records, Reimold still frequently hits the road lone wolf style.
Her band rules, make no mistake, but this live video of a new song called “Stars” is a reminder how much she rules on her own as well. The song is aching and expressive, weaving in harmony vocals from multiple Abis floating in the ether and then cutting them all way at a breathless crescendo. It’s a meditation on the roles we play for love, and the way those roles can change you: “baby we could be a picture we could be a movie scene / but will I wake up one morning and find that girl was never me?” Continue reading →
Since the January release of her LP Wriggling, Philly’s own Abi Reimold has been getting a lot of attention, including stopping by for one of The Key Studio Sessions in April. More recently, the Havertown native sat down with Dan Drago on the latest episode of his 25 O’Clock Podcast.
The two chatted for over an hour, and the range of their conversation was all over the place. They addressed what music journalism is at the moment, considering Reimold studied journalism at Temple. They talked about Wriggling and the sad state that it conveys, even though Reimold doesn’t see herself as the same person now. Drago shared his thoughts on the record as a listener, saying he hears different voices from Reimold at different points. Reimold discussed what she’s been doing off the stage, like photography and a follow up album, to what she does on it, such as making use of looping pedals. Continue reading →
Four months can be a long time, but it totally flies by — it seems like only yesterday that we were coming at you with our last free-downloadable compilation of songs by regional artists recorded for us live in the studio for The Key Studio Sessions. And here we are, 94 days and 20 songs later. Continue reading →