“Fear is a powerful enemy — it put a bigot in the White House,” warns Julia Rainer. Her new track “I’m Not Like You” was born out of anger, frustration and fear. “I’m afraid all the time,” she repeats, describing and in some ways satirizing the hatred and intolerance between clashing belief systems. Continue reading →
“I wrote the song a few days after arriving in treatment for addiction,” says Philly singer-songwriter Julia Rainer of her moving single “Blood Run.” “But I think it is emotionally relatable to the experiences of anyone who’s lost their mind for a period.”
The song comes from Rainer’s 2017 album Spirits, and the music matches the mood, with intertwining electric guitars strumming chords and bending notes in a forlorn twang. Beyond that, it’s just Rainier’s vocal in our ears — no backing band, no bombastic production — just a person relating their trauma and trials, their self-doubt and insecurities, and their determination to overcome.
“My thoughts they tried to kill me, heavy with their blows,” Rainer sings. “So now I must defend them, my sanity, my soul.”
Last month, the song got a powerful visual component care of director Alex Blaszczuk, cinematographer Chris McKee and actor Shelby Marne, where a lonely day wandering in the autumn woods helps the central character find release in a blood-soaked catharsis
South Philadelphia’s Julia Rainer has graced us with some hauntingly serene songwriting over the last few years. The singer and guitarist first appeared on the scene with 2011’s EP Noise & Smoke, followed by Now, I’ll Be Free in 2015. Her simple yet sweeping folk-influenced songs have found an interesting home among the widely diverse Philly music scene, a niche but resonant kind of music that has often proven to be just what we needed. Continue reading →
Recording under the name Heart Harbor, local musician Kerry Hallett is well-positioned to provide songs that heal and comfort. Her newest single “A Million Years” does just that, written in response to the tragic shooting in Orlando earlier this year and benefitting GALAEI Philadelphia, a queer/Latinx social justice organization.
Philly’s Spacin’, whose frontman is Jason Killinger of Birds of Maya, are ready to take 2016 by storm with a new album titled Total Freedom. The band will debut the record tonight at Everybody Hits! They have released their first single off the album “Titchy” — which you can listen to below. For more information on tonight’s show, go to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Not many blue-collar artists made it onto the White House’s summer playlists curated by POTUS himself. In fact, only one DIY style artist, Low Cut Connie, made the cut of the two twenty-song playlists. The Philly rock band’s frontman Adam Weiner told Digital Music News that he wrote the song, “Boozophilia,” about “all these lunatics and weird-balls and gorgeous individuals who populate dank barrooms all over the USA. People with big hearts and busted up dreams and dirty jokes and so much love.” Low Cut Connie released their third studio record, Hi Honey, in April of this year. You won’t want to miss their wild performance tonight at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. Images and videos of the band’s performances show Weiner standing on his piano bench while he slams the keys and sings. Get tickets and more show information here. And watch Low Cut Connie’s video for “Boozophilia” below. Continue reading →
This spring, Philly singer-songwriter Julia Rainer released her latest album, Now I’ll Be Free. It’s a catchy and emotional blend of poppy melodies and heart-wrenching delivery – reminiscent at turns of The Cranberries, Cowboy Junkies and Sixteen Horsepower. Today, Rainer released a music video for the lead single “One Of Us Is Dead.” Continue reading →
Do not tell us there’s nothing to do. Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t see all the great live music that’s going on in the next seven days — though we encourage you to try. Here are 28 (count ’em!) concerts to see in and around Philadelphia this week. Continue reading →
Dream pop trio Pritty Gritty just released its debut single, “Let It Ring”; it’s about the length of a ringtone and just as incessantly catchy. Vocalists Amy and Alex share harmonies, their voices intertwining over arpeggiating guitar riffs. The lyrics invite twinges of melancholy, capturing the desire to be left alone, begging, “just let me a little vulnerable / let it ring, let it ring, let it ring.” The song was recorded at Miner Street Studio by Julia Rainer, and is a collaboration between Julia Rainer and Girls Rock Philly. Listen below.Continue reading →
Fishtown studio Miner Street Recordings and non-profit Weathervane Music have been collaborating to produce some of the most exciting musical projects in Philadelphia for awhile now — you may recognize them from the Shaking Through documentary series (which just released its latest episode with Jesse Hale Moore this morning). Now, the two organizations have announced their latest endeavor: a compilation album to benefit Philadelphia Public Schools.
Called Equal Loudness, the album will feature music from various Philly-based artists, including Cayetana, American Trappist, Square Peg Round Hole, Hemming and more, who have each donated a song to the compilation with the goal of raising awareness and bringing about change to schools in need. Continue reading →