Tonight’s Concert Picks: Caveman at Johnny Brenda’s, Julia Hudak at Bourbon & Branch

Caveman | photo via Facebook

NYC outfit Caveman have hit the road for a quick east coast tour, making a stop at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. It’s their final show of 2016 in support of this year’s expansive, cinematic record Otero War, the band’s third LP that fans of The War on Drugs or Dawes would easily love. Watch “Never Going Back” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Field Mouse at Johnny Brenda’s, Allen Stone at World Cafe Wilmington and Julia Hudak at Kung Fu Necktie

Field Mouse | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Field Mouse | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

If you haven’t listened to the new album Episodic put out my Brooklyn/Philly shoegazers Field Mouse, then take a trip to Johnny Brenda’s tonight to hear it in person. The dreamy indie-rock quintet did a Studio Session with The Key early on in September and blew us away with the uncharacteristically direct nature of their new album. Field Mouse will be sharing the stage at this 21+ show with fellow dream-poppers Lockets and the New Jersey fuzz-rock duo, Slow Animal. For more information go to the WXPN Concert Calendar...and while you’re at it check out Field Mouse’s video for their song “Tomorrow is Yesterday.” Continue reading →


Cloak yourself in the eerie shadows of Julia Hudak’s new demo “Bone Feast”

Julia Hudak
Julia Hudak | Photo by Michelle Goodwin | | courtesy of the artist

The latest from Bucks County singer-songwriter Julia Hudak has all of the best pieces of her music that we love: haunting vocals, measured acoustic guitar, and ever-present soul.

The tempo remains deliberate throughout “Bone Feast,” and is carried by the ominous notes of Hudak’s acoustic guitar and the few lyrics present are formatted like free verse poetry: they paint vivid images but aren’t obvious about it, leaving much to the imagination. Lyrics like “Broke to ash, charcoal, stone / Dirt to sand, I am alive” cast an eerie metaphorical shadow that is far too intriguing to walk away from. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Field Mouse at Boot and Saddle, Erykah Badu at The Tower Theatre, Julia Hudak at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

field mouse
Field Mouse | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

We’ve been loving the new Field Mouse LP Episodic since its full stream became available before its official release this Friday. Hearing the bands rockin’ new material makes tonight’s show at Boot & Saddle an absolute must-see of the week. The band has come a long way since its debut and we’re excited to see how that evolution translates on stage. Check out songs off the new album below, and find tickets and more information about the show over on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Bucks County singer-songwriter Julia Hudak returns with the stunning “Helambu”

Julia Hudak
Julia Hudak | Photo by Michelle Goodwin | | courtesy of the artist

We first encountered Julia Hudak this winter when she turned in a remarkable performance for the Random Tea Sessions. The song, “Helambu,” was a gripping blend of measured acoustic guitar lines and Hudak’s soulful voice, which reminded us a lot of Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten. Today, Hudak unveiled the studio rendition of the song – the opening track on her debut EP, Careful of the Nettles – and we’re bowled over once again. Continue reading →


Meet soulful Bucks County indie rocker Julia Hudak in her Random Tea Session

Julia Hudak | Photo by Michelle Goodwin | | courtesy of the artist
Julia Hudak | Photo by Michelle Goodwin | | courtesy of the artist

Bucks County singer-songwriter Julia Hudak makes a striking appearance in the latest episode of the Random Tea Sessions. Surrounded by ornate pottery mugs hanging from the walls of the Northern Liberties cafe, Hudak performs the brooding, bluesy “Helambu” on an acoustic guitar, backed by cellist Miguel Ballesteros.

Her vocals recall any number of deeply emotional, soulful women of indie rock – Angel Olsen, PJ Harvey, Sharon van Etten, or Philly’s own Abi Reimold – and this song is reportedly just the tip of the iceberg. Hudak just wrapped up production on her debut LP with a full band, and is planning to release it later this spring. Explore more of her music at Soundcloud and watch the Random Tea Sessions video below. Continue reading →


Tiny Desk Philly – 2017 – Page Two

Buck Daniel Reed writes and performs “Pretty Does” at his tiny desk.

Daria dedicated her Tiny Desk performance of “This Is a New Day” to the protesters at Standing Rock.

Willing Tibet take us into the basement scene for their downtempo “Rancid Wine & Dirty Diapers” video.

Andrea Carlson and the Love Police turn in a theatrical clip for their “Let Me Cook For You.”

Folk rockers No Sailor recorded “21 Rules” in a beautiful barn loft and decked their desk out with a pink haired troll.


Julia Hudak and her band performed their new and haunting song “Bone Feast.”

Purple Dialect hooked up his Roland SP303 and submitted the aptly named “Underground Forest Pt. 2” to the contest.

Collin Rice sat next to a desk with a painting on it for his social observational song “A Place Where People Live.”


Turner Adams turns things a little country in his video for “Sun’s Still Out.”

Dressed in a sheep (?) costume in a cluttered back room, Rick Sabatini shares his thoughts in “Tax Return.”

The candlelit duo of Almshouse recorded a sultry take of “Blood & Wine” in black and white.

Indie rockers The Retinas toned things down for an intimate recording of “Heavy Head.”

A Day Without Love‘s Brian Walker shared an unreleased track called “Nonsense.”

Bandleader Miss Mandy goes solo for her new song (currently) titled “One More Hour.”

Singer-songwriter Isaac LeSage shared the title track from his forthcoming LP Doldrums.

Emo rock trio WeakKnees performed their song “Raygunn Jones.”

Jason McGovern fingerpicked his way through an original song called “Human.”

Situated around a campfire desk, Who What When Why & Werewolves shared their banjo-led song “Wilma.”

Katie Barbato recorded a late night take of her song “Shooting Star.”

Electronic rap duo The Hell Hole Store filmed a live version of “Mellow Yellow 2” from their forthcoming album.

Butter Queen Sister strike some vintage country tones on “Only Be You.”

Crammed behind a single desk, the five-piece Dracula’s Miniskirt performed a fun track called “All Made Up.”

Found Wandering used put a tiny xylophone on their tiny desk for the twangy “No More Sorrow.”

Guitarist Tom Monari shared his original song called “I’ll Be Fine.”

The acoustics were on point in Old Tyro‘s Tiny Desk Submission called “Still Now.”

Master of aching nostalgia The Ghost in You performed “Haunt You” from last year’s Heaven Help Us behind an outdoor desk.



Tonight’s Concert Picks: Plaid at Underground Arts, Queen of Jeans at Siren Records

Plaid | photo via Facebook

British electronic group Plaid headline Underground Arts tonight. The duo is touring behind last year’s The Digging Remedy LP and will be joined by The Bee, a fellow electronic artist who contributed some instrumentation to the record. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch “Do Matter” below.

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Queen of Jeans, Lily Mae and more will benefit A Woman’s Place at Siren Records’ Women’s Showcase

Queen of Jeans | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
Queen of Jeans | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

This Sunday, January 22nd, Doylestown’s Siren Records will host a Women’s Benefit with live performances from Queen of Jeans, Lily Mae, and Julia Hudak. The event will also feature food and drink from local vendors Perfect Day Coffee, Manoff Market Gardens and Small Batch Kitchen — the proprietors of which all happen to be women as well. The event is free to the public, but that doesn’t mean you should come with an empty wallet. If you donate $5 or more, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a $100 Siren Records Gift Card and t-shirt — and all funds from the raffle will go to A Woman’s Place, an organization that combats intimate and domestic abuse. For more information, consult the Facebook event page. Continue reading →


Philly Progress Report 2016: What’s new, what’s next in the music scene – (page 3)

EPs and more!

Okay, so that’s a pretty heavy list already…and all of that’s not even to mention the world of EP and single releases, of which we’ve got a few standouts worth noting.

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties
Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties | photo by Mitch Wojcik | courtesy of the artist

Dan Campbell’s storytelling folk project Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties delivers an interlude EP called Bittersweet, picking up where his title character left off after 2014’s We Don’t Have Each Other and setting him up for the next stage in his journey. Campbell takes cues from the narrative songwriting approach of The Mountain Goats, and with this set – and a followup LP he expects to drop in the next year – Campbell is nicely carving out a role for himself in addition to leading the charge for pop-punk heroes The Wonder Years. Bittersweet came out in May on Hopeless Records on tri-color vinyl, themed after the song names: Cherry Red, Carolina Blue and Seafoam Green.

With spirited hooks and lively playing, Philly’s Queen of Jeans charmed their way into the city’s collective heart following the January release of their self-titled debut; their XPNFest set this summer is one not to miss.

Singer-guitarist Cynthia Schemmer took some time off of Radiator Hospital to introduce the world to her solo outfit Swanning; their EP Drawing Down the Moon is a fierce collection of indie rock anthems.

The globally-oriented Worldtown Soundsystem made its long-awaited tried from rocking club nights to hitting the recording studio on their vibrant debut.

Bucks County’s Julia Hudak proves to be a local answer to Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten with her moving Careful of the Nettles EP.

Following his long stint with punk rockers Kite Party, singer-guitarist Russell Edling gets positively dreampoppy with Cherry.

Rapper MH the Verb steps out with witty rhymes and revved up beats on the ArtHouse95: Owl EP.

Modern rockers Those People level up with the focused and energized Human Robot set, led by the powerful vocals of Assad Kharfe – another XPN intern alum.

Swaggery retro-rockers RFA deliver catchy songs about young love, young lust and staying out late partying on Something New from RFA.

Heady indie rock gentlemen Roof Doctor blend their love of Pinback with their love of Phish on the new My Band EP – smart, sharp, catchy, weird.

Party-rocking brass band Darla delivered the instantly digable live set Darla Comes Alive! Vol. 2, featuring a version of “Dallas Morning News” from their Key Studio Session.

I guess this makes Abi Reimold the only artist to make this list twice (here as a drummer), but her punk trio (along with guitarist Ashley Tryba and bassist Sarah Myers) Fake Boyfriend released a solid EP called Mercy back in February. It’s a fuzzed-out and fun trip into bumtown through the eyes of three awesome ladies.

Founded in France and relocated to Philly to record at Miner Street with Nightlands’ Dave Hartley, The Dove and The Wolf dug the city so much they stuck around for a while. Their I Don’t Know What To Feel is haunting and magnificent.

An alum of The Gathering and collaborator of Truck North, local rapper Ai-Que the M.C. got back in the game this spring with the Hai Ai-Que! EP.