Dan Drago’s 25 O’Clock podcast has nabbed many of Philadelphia’s key players over the past few years, and the most recent episode featuring James, Jake, and Samoeun of Jersey’s Ju-Taun is no exception. The massive hour and a half talk goes into James and Jake’s upbringing with their promoter and producer father and Samoeun’s coming to America, capped off with a performance from the genre-bending three piece.
Philly rock six-piece Ju-Taun has roots that stretch back to childhood. Brothers Jake and James Evans learned to sing from their father, who schooled them on the classic harmonies of soul and Motown. In the late 90s, their friend Samoeun Cheng joined them for a high school competition, and some variation on the band has been in in place ever since. Continue reading →
Philly by way of South Jersey six-piece Ju-Taun released a brand new single this week, and it rocks hard. The band’s sound blends soul, R&B, folk, 80’s rock and pop, and reggae, and their new single, “Let It Die,” hits them all. With a bluesy groove, arena rock feel, and soulful vocals akin to The Black Keys, “Let It Die” will make you reflexively rock back and forth to its beat. These six musicians are incredibly talented, and they bring all their power to the song. Catch Ju-Taun this Friday at the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia, and listen to “Let It Die” here. Continue reading →
South Jersey “band of brothers” Ju-Taun rocked SXSW in Austin last week, and their latest offering is a cover of London Grammar’s “Strong.”
British electro-pop trio London Grammar wowed Philly back in January at the Electric Factory, which marked their third time joining us in the past two years, so you may be well-acquainted with their sound.
Ju-Taun’s take on “Strong” is as ethereal as London Grammar’s, with just enough members to harmonize and bring a bluesy/folksy ambiance to the track. Continue reading →
South Jersey’s Ju-Taun open the show at Milkboy tonight. The roots rock trio of brothers are working on a record to follow up a pair of singles released over the last couple of years. “By the River” has a dark Southern rock vibe with bluesy guitar riffs and a sing-along chorus that would make fans of Delta Ray and Son Little feel at home. Watch the video for the single below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show with Ewert and The Two Dragons here.
On the first 2017 collection of standout performances from The Key Studio Sessions, Philly artists stretch out.
Three Man Cannon explores measured avenues and alleys of indie rock groove for six minutes on “Pushing People.” Mars Parker runs a five minute sprint to the trancey hip-hop / R&B tones of “Little Red Corvette.” Long-running Philly / Brooklyn experimental pop outfit Cuddle Magic delivers a vibrant epic in “The First Hippie on the Moon, Parts 1 & 2.” And far-reaching instrumentals are rocked by raw power metal trio Stinking Lizaveta and forward-thing jazz ensemble Vince Tampio Quintet.
That’s not to say The Key Studio Sessions Volume 19, available for streaming and free downloading today, consists solely of slow burners. You’ll hear spirited retro rock by Louie Louie, hooky punk from Eight and swift electropop care of Camp Candle. Long running Philly faves Creepoid check in with a searing new heavy psych jam, PINKWASH rages for three minutes of cathartic thrash and Shannen Moser closes the set with a elegant and direct folk song.
South Jersey six-piece JuTaun have had an interesting journey over the years. What began as a vocal R&B project in 1999 founded by brothers Jake and James Evans and Samoeun Cheng has since flowered into a full-fledged rock band. The group members quit their day jobs in 2003 to dedicate themselves to music, and it shows. Their newest video for the track “Let It Die” is an incredibly tight live performance that showcases the group’s virtuosity.
Jersey trio JuTaun will be releasing their next EP Back To Life on July 8th. Gaining a favorable reputation from their single “By The River,” the band follows up on that momentum with their new song and video, “Who Am I.” Drawing inspiration from artist like The Temptations and Earth, Wind, and Fire, JuTaun’s sound in this song is both familiar and unique in its own right. Continue reading →
Psychedelic folk guitar instrumentalist Don Bikoff released his most recognized album, Celestial Explosion, back in 1968, but don’t think that that’s the end-all of his career. Bikoff re-emerged in recent years, self-releasing his album HallowedGround and playing a handful of live appearances around the country, including tonight at Little Berlin for the last Folkadelphia show of the 2014 season. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to (and download) Bikoff’s 2013 Folkadelphia session. Continue reading →