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PHOTOS: Hardwork Movement, Aphra, ILL Doots and Maitland threw down at NPR’s Tiny Desk Philly concert

Hardwork Movement | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | <a href="http://racheldelsordophotography.com" target="_blank">racheldelsordophotography.com</a>
Hardwork Movement | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

To kick off the month of May, the folks at NPR Music brought their #TinyDeskContest tour to Philadelphia for a terrific night of music for a sold out crowd at World Cafe Live upstairs featuring some of our favorite artists from the city: high-energy hip-hop bands Hardwork Movement and ILL DOOTS, ethereal electronic singer and songwriter Aphra and expressive rockers Maitland. Check out scenes from the night below, care of our photographer Rachel Del Sordo.
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Maitland unveil Glimpse, announce release show at Johnny Brenda’s on 6/9

Maitland | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | spotlightviews.com
Maitland | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | spotlightviews.com

With the Tiny Desk Contest showcase sold-out, Maitland have announced their follow-up performance and boy is it a biggie. Josh Hines’ project, which is currently a quartet, will release their new album called Glimpse at Johnny Brenda’s on June 9th, with Former Belle and Dirty Dollhouse in the opening slots.

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Aphra, Maitland added to NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Philly concert

Aphra | photo by John Groome for WXPN
Aphra | photo by John Groome for WXPN

Earlier this month, the team at NPR Music announced the return of its Tiny Desk Concert to Philadelphia. Set for Tuesday, May 2nd at World Cafe Live upstairs, it showcases standout local participants in the 2017 contest: hip hop big band Hardwork Movement as well as the like-minded ILL DOOTS, and today we bring you news of two additional artists.

Joining the bill is Aphra, the emotive electropop project of singer/songwriter/producer Rebecca Way, which released its debut LP Sadness is a Gesture this winter via startup Bay Area label Inherent Sounds. Also performing is Maitland, the anthemic rock outfit of singer and songwriter Josh Hines; they have a new album en route this summer, and just recorded an impressive Key Studio Session.
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The Key Studio Sessions: Maitland

Last time we caught up with Central Pennsylvania’s Josh Hines, he was deep in the minimalist folk era of his ongoing songwriting outlet Maitland. The project has always existed in two forms, as I noted at the time: the multi-instrumental configuration Hines records with and brings out for shows on occasion, and the solo SoHo-inspired folkie that was making the rounds much more frequently in 2014.

As I wrote of the latter approach, which recorded Maitland’s first Key Studio Session: “It’s music that, in this most minimal of arrangements, sounds complete, but at the same time you’ll hear how Maitland the band might build on this foundation.”

Flash forward two and a half years, and the band does just that in Maitland’s return to the Key Studio Sessions.
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Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kississippi at Everybody Hits, EIGHT at PhilaMOCA, Maitland at The Pharmacy, and more

Kississippi | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Philly fave Kississippi brings dreamy indie-pop to Everybody Hits tonight. Fresh off a tour supporting Young and Heartless, tonight’s show will kick off Kississippi’s headlining tour with Fern Mayo. Don’t miss Zoe Reynolds’ folky vocals layered with shoegazey, bedroom pop vibes before they set out. More info can be found here; watch Kississippi wow the crowd with their performance of “Indigo” at last year’s XPoNential Fest below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells at Johnny Brenda’s, Maitland at Kung Fu Necktie

We start #recording 4 new tracks next weekend. Channelin #charliepatton and #hawkwind

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Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells open the show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The local blues-inspired / psych-rock band stopped by for a Key Studio Session this week, recording some new material that will hopefully appear on a follow-up to last year’s self-titled LP. Stay tuned for that session, and in the meantime check out “On the Way to Neptune” below. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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Download “Mother’s Touch” by Maitland from a Key Studio Session

Maitland | Photo by John Vettese
Maitland | Photo by John Vettese

Maitland is singer, songwriter and guitarist Josh Hines. Originally from Williamsport, PA, Hines now calls Philly home. Maitland plays atmospheric indie folk rock; Bon Iver, Jose Gonzales, and Elliot Smith are a few familiar touchpoints. The band has released two EP’s, (from a cabin in the woods), and Take My Sins, both released in 2012. In the last year, the band has been recording new music, playing live and winning over a lot of new fans. Continue reading →

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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The Key Studio Sessions: Maitland

Central PA’s Maitland is a band, but it is also Josh Hines – a cheerful guy with long blond hair, an outgoing demeanor, an acoustic guitar and a knockout voice. Since debuting in 2012, Hines has fluctuated between being a solo performer and working with a band. When he’s in the group setting, they do the dramatic atmospheric slow burn thing; alone, Hines pares it back to Elliott Smith style simplicity and intimacy. That’s the version of Maitland we got when the barefooted troubadour visited XPN studios this past weekend to roll out four songs that, as yet, are unreleased, but if you’ve seen the band live in the past year or so, chances are they’re familiar. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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FeedbackLoop celebrates its first year with a new track from Maitland

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Maitland | Photo by Rachel Barrish | facebook.com/rachelbarrishtakesphotos

We’re used to PA natives Maitland providing us with chillingly ethereal and beautiful tracks, but there’s something about the raw power of an acoustic session that manages to delve even deeper into the soul. Josh Hines of Maitland performed a stripped down version of a new track, “Luna”, for the latest FeedbackLoop session, and the track is soft and poignant as ever. The band also states that they’ve recently “graduated from a two-piece to a full band.” The track was recorded at Kawari Sound Studios, and you can get the full band version of the track as well as other indie jams with a subscription to FeedbackLoop – a Philly-based digital music discovery service that celebrates its first year and 21st session with Maitland’s episode. Croon with Hines via the video below.

Maitland – “Luna” – FeedbackLoop Sessions from FeedbackLoop on Vimeo.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Districts at North Star Bar, Commonwealth Choir at The Fire, The Sun Flights and Maitland at Melodies Cafe

Photo by Eric Ashleigh
Photo by Eric Ashleigh

The Districts return home for a show at North Star Bar tonight.  The Lancaster outfit spent the time since their knock-out XPoNential Music Fest appearance touring from Detroit down to New Orleans, even stopping in Rock Island, IL to record a Daytrotter Session.  Tonight the young roots rock band will play alongside Rosu Lup, Coronado and Pine Barons – tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Watch The Districts’ recent Out of Town Films video below.

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