After releasing her new record I’ll Sing in the fall, Shannen Moser has kept a steady touring schedule throughout the last few months. When she was in Chicago a while back, Moser and her bandmates stopped by Audiotree Live to record a session, which is out now. Accompanied by Julia Peters on cello and PJ Carrol on guitar, the Philly-based singer-songwriter fits a full eight songs into the 37-minute session, mostly playing tracks off the new album but adding in a few old ones, like “Alex (282)” and “Yr Undertaker.” Continue reading →
As 2019 gets into full swing, Boot & Saddle will continue what’s become an annual tradition for the venue. Throughout the month of January, local bands will take the stage for two series of shows benefitting various local charities.
The third annual Peace & Noise series kicks off this weekend, with a show featuring The Guests on Saturday, Jan. 5, and continues later in the month with Radiator Hospital. The Peace & Noise shows will benefit charities including the Philadelphia Tenants Union and Decarcerate PA. Continue reading →
Some people move to places like Philadelphia for the appeal of city life — to leave the rural or suburban communities they came from far behind. That’s not the case for Shannen Moser. When the songwriter talks about growing up in the mountains of Berks County, Pennsylvania, her words spill out of her. Both her love for her hometown and the influence it’s had on her music are immediately evident; she speaks as passionately about the details of her rural former home as she does about her career as a musician. So if Moser’s songs make you think of back country roads, looming mountain ranges, and crisp fall days, then you’re on the right track.
After five years in the city — years spent becoming a key figure in a music scene that is full of heavier, louder music than her own — Moser still returns to the kind of music that has always come the most naturally to her. She’s back with her latest record, I’ll Sing, out now. It’s 15 tracks of what you could call folk, even country (though Moser herself prefers to just call it storytelling), but either way, it’s music that transports you to a different time, a different place. And yet it’s incredibly real — and proof that Philly music doesn’t have to sound like it comes from Philly. Continue reading →
Berks Co. native Shannen Moser released the second single to her sophomore album. The track, “Haircut Song” follows up the previously released “Arizona (I Wanna Be Your Man),” a continues to draw on her folk and country influences.
“Haircut Song” paints a painstakingly beautiful narrative split into two parts, “before i cut your hair, and when I gave you haircuts,” from the song’s opening lines. Distant, trodding drums anchor the song through its two minutes and change, while twangy guitars accompany Moser in her register. The space between is filled with atmospheric, emotional keys, care of guest Cameron Konner on the track. The vignette painted on this single, along with the previously released “Arizona,” highlights Moser’s penchant for narrative-style songwriting and builds anticipation for the upcoming album even further. Continue reading →
Fixtures of the Philly scene Thin Lipsand Shannen Moser have a few things in common — not only are they Lame-O Records labelmates, but they both have new records either just-released or forthcoming.
To celebrate the new tunes, the two bands have joined forces for a double record release show at the First Unitarian Church on September 22, with fellow Philadelphians So Totally and Cheer Up lined up as support. Continue reading →
Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Shannen Moser will release her sophomore album, I’ll Sing, this September on Lame-O Records, and today released the first single off the record, “Arizona (I Wanna Be Your Man).”
Diverging from her typically acoustic-based format, this song takes on a sharper edge with the addition of an electric guitar and bass, while Moser expresses an interest in the Southwest, breaking out from the typical confines of navigating relationships. Continue reading →
“High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.
A little over a year ago, Philly folk singer Shannen Moser released a debut studio full-length, Oh My Heart, on Philly-based indie record label Lame-O.
Moser is open about how emotional attachment affected everything from the approach to recording it to stagecraft. While her first tour in support of the material last summer was with a full band, her set at last fall’s Philly Music Fest — where we conducted this interview — was stripped down to herself and cellist Julia Peters, who’s worked closely with Moser since Peters moved to the area a few years ago. Continue reading →
Welcome to 2018, and welcome to our new concert picks! To aid in your advance planning, we’ll be coming at you weekly with a roundup of shows not to miss for the next seven days — hence, The Week Ahead. This week, indie folksinger Shannen Moser kicks off the Lame-O Records residency at Boot & Saddle, while string-laden new music ensemble Stratus Quartet plays World Cafe Live, bluesman Greg Sover hits The Twisted Tail, plus six other shows. Dig in below. Continue reading →
This past weekend, the inaugural Philly Music Fest touched down at World Cafe Live, filling the venue’s upstairs and downstairs stages with two nights of performances by local artists. Highlights included dazzling late-night performances by headliners Cayetana and Strand of Oaks, packed-floor upstairs sets by Harmony Woods and Ivy Sole, the live debut of Skull Eclipses — the experimental hiphop project of Lushlife and Botany — and much more.
In the mix were foodies, artists and crafters, musicians in the audience watching the musicians onstage, and a couple top-secret stripped down performances for VIP ticket holders. 26 artists performed in total, money was raised for LiveConnections, and you can take a look at scenes from the weekend care of ace Key photographer Rachel Del Sordo.To see more of her work, check out her website, and give her Instagram a follow. Continue reading →
Local favorites Strand of Oaks blew us away at Philly Music Fest this weekend, but if you missed the show or just couldn’t get enough, we have some good news. Tim Showalter just announced this year’s Winter Classic, an annual year-end event that’s become a tradition for the band and fans alike. It’s all happening over three nights this December at Boot & Saddle, and Oaks have enlisted a terrific roster of locals to open the stripped-down shows. Continue reading →