Miner Street Recordings’ music production web series Shaking Throughwelcomed the Philly-by-way-of-Minneapolis psych-rockers of Carroll to its most recent episode. In a way, it was a welcome home for the group since their 2014 single “Bad Water” was recordedwith Miner Street’s Jon Low. Continue reading →
Fishtown, Friday night, November 11th. The wind’s got a sharp bite that makes it feel like fall in Philadelphia, finally. It’s record release day for Philly-via-Minneapolis indie rockers Carroll. Their sophomore LP, As Far As Gardens Go, offers listeners a glimpse into their move, recorded in remote waterside cabins and gracious friends’ living rooms, or so the liners suggest — they’re also due to appear on the Shaking Through series on December 14th. But tonight, at the Barbary, the city feels like home. Continue reading →
When the band pulls up in their van, still donning Minnesota plates, the venue is nearly empty. The artists unload their gear, much of which is packed in vintage suitcases and toolboxes — one of which is emblazoned with a sticker repping influential Twin Cities station The Current.
Gear inside and van parked, the band unpack their instruments and set up for soundcheck.
During soundcheck, I get a taste of the new record’s live sound.
With great singles like “Talking To My Own Mirage” and “Red Giant” leading up to this album’s release, it was a pretty safe bet that Carroll had cooked up something special. If those songs weren’t enough to convince you, you could have just looked at their producer’s fantastic track record, but let’s not dwell on the past. The Philadelphia-via-Minneapolis psych rockers have put together a stellar ten song set that feels as modern as it does timeless, and they’re calling it As Far As Gardens Go.Continue reading →
With an 11/11 release date right around the corner, psychedelic pop rockers Carroll have shared the second single from their upcoming sophomore LP, As Far As Gardens Grow. It’s called “Red Giant”, and it’s every bit as lush as the previously released “Talking To My Own Mirage”. As a child, I thought ear candy was actual candy that you put in your ears, but then I realized people were just talking about music like the kind Carroll makes. If you don’t want to wind up like me, sitting in the emergency room with a half-melted Jolly Rancher in you aural canal, I suggest you stream “Red Giant” below. Continue reading →
When the indie-rockers of Minneapolis four-piece Carroll caught the ear of producer Jon Low of Miner Street Recordings, they knew they couldn’t ignore his call for them to come to Philadelphia.
Fast forward a few months and the quartet has relocated east, and is gearing up to release their first full-length LP as Philadelphians, As Far as Gardens Go, due to drop on November 11th. They gave us our first taste of the record with their recently released single “Talking to my Own Mirage.” Continue reading →
New York rapper Talib Kweli will headline the TLA tonight as part of his The Seven Tour with Styles P and K’Valentine. He’ll be joined by Philly artists Reef the Lost Cauze and Hardwork Movement. Stream Kweli’s single “Get By” below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more info on the show. Continue reading →
Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2016 incredible. Today, our Chad Snyder takes a look at some of the most eye-catching promo photos from Philly artists we’ve seen this year..
For a lot of people, a musician’s image is just about as important as the music itself. The release of a new album usually signals a deluge of photos, videos, and artwork, providing context to the themes and sounds the project explores. It’s a visual side dish to the aural main course, and one of the required components to this feast is usually a new portrait of the artist. Usually, they’re just simple shots of cool people looking cool, but sometimes, the photos transcend mere documentation and stand on their own. Take the photo of Spill above, which actually features members of the band spilling champagne on each other (classic). Since I’ve started writing for The Key, I’ve seen a lot of promotional photos from Philly artists, but here are just a few that stood out from the pack. Continue reading →