Through her transition from folk to self-made genre “schizodrift” (a self-styled blend of surf rock, country and folk), Caroline Rose has created a name for herself in recent years, attracting the attention of The New York Times Magazine, NPR, Pitchfork as well as us here at WXPN, who named Rose “Artist To Watch” for May. The NYC-based songwriter’s latest record LONER’s success is attributed to taking a more pop approach, but at the same time still staying true to her aesthetic self. Continue reading →
Caroline Rose has just a few favorite songs — her own songs, that is. During her Free at Noon performance today, the NYC-based songwriter enthusiastically introduced more than one of her tunes as her “favorite” — and with an enthralling performance like Rose’s, it’s hard to disagree.
Rose’s set may have been on the shorter side to allow time for the doubleheader, but she packed it full of infectious energy and her signature offbeat touches — from the fake flowers (and…vegetables?) decorating the stage to her beloved stuff cat Chelsea perched on the keyboard, which was labeled Key Bore-d. But Rose’s set was anything but boring. Rather, the band was so upbeat that you could hardly tell it was their third Philly show in 24 hours — they played Johnny Brenda’s last night and an in-store at Main Street Music before that, and somehow they have to get to their Connecticut show tonight. Continue reading →
Okay, so you slept on tickets for Hop Along at Johnny Brenda’s, and Yo La Tengo at Union Transfer, and Khruangbin at Underground Arts, and now all those shows are sold out. It’s tough, we feel that. But thankfully there are no shortage of gigs this week, starting tonight with Supercunk and Swearin’ art Union Transfer and Mirah at JBs and going all the way through the road-trip-worthy Broken Social Scene show Sunday at Montclair, NJ’s Wellmont Theater. Read on for our picks of 19 concerts to see in and around Philly this week. Continue reading →
Every month, noted song expert K. Ross Hoffman presents Now Hear This, a sampling of fresh specimens for your consideration.
Another month, another haphazard assemblage of sounds, culled from near and far, old and new, this and that, recent recordings and forthcoming performances (another solid line-up of the latter!) Somehow, unpredictably, through-lines tend to emerge, and I try to take them for what they’re worth without overstating the point. For whatever reason, in compiling this second monthly batch of new 2018 tunes – jazz, ambient, country, folk, pop and rock, and very little of it on quite square – I kept encountering forms and notions of duality: binaries, opposites, mirrors, twins. Below you’ll find pairings as superficial and arbitrary as similar-sounding artist names, as specific and deliberate as conceptually conjoined album projects, as intriguing if incidental as strikingly parallel career arcs. Well, we’ve gotta find something to talk about. First, though, let’s have some fun. Continue reading →
The day is finally here, folks. It’s time to cry our eyes out to Julien Baker at Union Transfer. The Tennessee songwriter released her second LP Turn Out The Lights a few days ago, and if you haven’t had it’s stunningly sad songs on repeat, you’re missing out. Baker has enlisted an incredibly talent-filled lineup of supporting acts for this tour; you’ll want to arrive early to catch Half Waif and Petal. Watch the video for “Appointments” below, and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
After making a splash in 2013 with her pop-and-country infused album America Religious, New Jersey’s Caroline Rose returned last fall with an album that expanded her sound into realms of gospel and blues with I Will Not Be Afraid. Tonight she plays World Cafe Live opening for Pokey La Farge. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Alvvays recorded a special live session for this week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade. The Toronto outfit was in town a couple of weeks ago to support its self-titled debut and performed two cuts from the LP along with an unreleased new one called “New Haircut.” Stream and download the session below.
The already packed 53rd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival lineup is getting four more additions, including singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, who will be a headliner on Sunday night of the festival. A former member of the band Drive-By Truckers, singer-songwriter Isbell has a southern rock, alternative country influenced sound. The festival also added a bonus concert exclusively for All-Festival Camping Ticket holders on Thursday, August 14 — the night before the festival official starts. The concert will be held in the campgrounds and hosted by World Cafe host David Dye. The night will feature bluegrass and country music singer Sturgill Simpson, vintage country songstress Caroline Rose and roots band Parsonfield. For more information about the festival and tickets, go to the Philadelphia Folk Festival website here. Below, listen to Isbell perform “Live Oak” from his Free at Noon concert from August 2013.