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PREMIERE: Grandchildren close the emotional gap and introduce a new voice on “Phantom Pains”

Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist
Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist

As Philadelphia art rock ensemble Grandchildren puts the finishing touches on their as-yet untitled fourth LP, they’re also introducing a new member to their ranks. Vocalist Shari came on board this year — though she’s been close with the band for six years — and is showcased in Grandchildren’s latest single “Phantom Pains,” which we’re excited to debut for you today.

They met when the band was on tour in 2011 and played a gig in Shari’s hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. She’s stayed in touch with frontman and songwriter Aleks Martray in the time since, developing a friendship over a wide range of musical tastes — classic Motown, modern EDM, Broadway and more. They collaborated in the past on the acoustic project Baby & Shylow, and with Shari’s move to Philadelphia this year, she’s now fully involved in the writing and recording of the band’s next phase.

Over email, Martray tells us that Shari brings a new energy and dynamic to Grandchildren’s process. “She grew up singing in church and harmonizing with family on long drives, so music for her is very intuitive,” he says. “I’ve always been a much more cerebral composer, but collaborating together has brought out a whole new side of us both. It really comes through naturally in the new music, in our harmonies and in our live performances. We’re writing and playing more from the heart, and you can hear it.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Peach Kings at World Cafe Live, Deftones at Sands Bethlehem, Grandchildren at Boot & Saddle

The Peach Kings | via facebook.com/peachkings

The Los Angeles duo The Peach Kings bring The Night Sweat tour to World Cafe Live tonight, featuring Mobley and Bett. Comprised of couple Paige Wood and Steven Dies, the band’s sultry sound pairs well with the lyrical detailing of their life and love story. Tickets and more information can be found over at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out the track “Say What” below. Continue reading →

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Watch Grandchildren’s new video for “Things They Buried”

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Grandchildren | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philly indie rock band Grandchildren embrace a darker yet playful energy on their song, “Things They Buried”, from their recent LP ZUNI, and you can feel it in the new music video the band released for it this week.

Directed by vocalist Aleks Martray, the video depicts a small child’s journey from the backseat of a car into a world of surprises and imagination. The kid’s perspectives of imaginary friends and blanket forts are taken from the carseat to the extraordinary. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ernest Stuart at City Tap House, Grandchildren at Goldilocks Gallery, Drums Like Machine Guns at Boot and Saddle

Ernest Stuart trio | photo by John Vettese

Okay, people, I know it’s New Year’s Day, but it’s also a Friday, and there are actually non-Mummers-related options for those of you who looking to start off 2016 with live music. Let’s begin at City Tap House – not a spot normally known for its gigs – but hey, they’ve got Ernest Stuart rocking their Open House from 1 to 6 p.m. The Center City Jazz Fest founder released the Same Walking Animals EP last year and recorded a sweet Key Studio Session in September. The show is free, more information can be found at its Facebook event page.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grandchildren at Bourbon and Branch, You Do You at World Cafe Live at the Queen, Questlove Supreme at The Foundry and more

Grandchildren | Photo by Megan Lynch
Grandchildren | Photo by Megan Lynch

Philly art-rock ensemble Grandchildren plays one of their final shows of 2015 in the intimate confines of Northern Liberties’ Bourbon and Branch. The band’s eagerly-anticipated third LP Zuni came out earlier this year; watch their performance from The Key Studio Sessions below and get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eddy Sids of Grandchildren at The Fire, Lucero at Union Transfer, Tall Heights at Milkboy and more

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Grandchildren | photo via Facebook

Eddy Sids of Philadelphia orchestral pop-band Grandchildren will be performing a rare solo set tonight at The Fire. His band released its third LP, Zuni, back in August – we got a taste of it in their appearance on The Key Studio Sessions back in the spring. Get tickets and info at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to Zuni below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grandchildren at Johnny Brenda’s, Citizen Cope at The TLA, Lou at Bourbon & Branch and more…

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Grandchildren | photo via Facebook

Grandchildren release their new album Zuni at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The cinematic rockers stopped by for a Key Studio Session earlier this summer, giving us a sneak peek of some of the new songs and proving that band is still locked into the textures and sounds that made their earlier releases so captivating. Watch them perform “Walking Dead” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ release show with Spaceship Aloha and White Bike here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Grandchildren

When The Key launched just about five years ago, we had our sights pretty strongly locked on the West Philly avant-pop six-piece Grandchildren. They were the fearless sonic adventurers of Baltimore Avenue, a band that blended the audio collage sensibilities of Animal Collective with the live intensity of a really tight punk band. We’ve checked in several times in the years since, at shows, at SXSW and when they followed up their debut LP Everlasting with an excellent EP called The Golden Age.

But things have been a little quiet over in camp Grandchildren for a little while now, so we’re extremely psyched to have them breaking the silence this week with a Key Studio Sessions performance of two brand new songs, along with the first news about their third record and a show where you can hear the entire thing live. Continue reading →

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Grandchildren, West Philadelphia Orchestra and Gliss to perform at End-of-Beer-Week free music fest

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Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist

Beer Week is coming to an end, but its not over yet. The week will close out with the Dock Street 6th Annual End-of-Beer-Week Free Music Fest and Scavenger Run. This year, the fest lineup includes Philly artists Grandchildren, West Philadelphia Orchestra and Gliss. The three performers bring an array of musical genres to the festival stage. Orchestral pop band Grandchildren will craft soundscapes with tons of synth, while West Philadelphia Orchestra is rooted in Eastern European folk and brings the traditions to life. Rapper Gliss rounds out the bill, bringing the heart and soul of hip-hop in his music. Catch the three performers this Sunday, June 8 outside Dock Street Brewery. The music fest is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Philly Beer Week website. Listen to all three of the artists’ music below.

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