1962 – The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein meets with EMI producer George Martin, who eventually signs the band to record demos on June 4, 1962. It is their first recording contract.
Dead & Company made their television debut on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Dead & Company is the next iteration of the Dead including Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and John Mayer, with Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti. Continue reading →
1955 – Little Richard sends his first audition tape to Specialty Records.
1960 – The Everly Brothers sign a 10 year contract with Warner Brothers worth $1 million.
1966 – Brian Wilson begins recording the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations.” Continue reading →
Philly’s Marian Hill made its late night television debut this week on The Late Late Show with James Corden. The electro-pop trio, who are currently putting the finishing touches on their full length debut, played their single “One Time” (which you first heard here at The Key a year and a half ago). Continue reading →
Son Little is perhaps one of the most interesting and captivating artists to emerge from Philadelphia in recent years. With an ability to appeal to a wide spectrum of listeners, his songs can range from soul and folk to hip-hop and blues. Recent singles even come across as a driving force for social change, showcasing his thoughts on Ferguson and other injustices that plague society. Continue reading →
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, comes to Verizon Hall tonight with her latest record in tow. Released in October, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics sees her taking on classics from Etta James’ “At Last” and Diana Ross’ “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to modern classics like Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep.” Here’s hoping some of her own signature songs wind up in the mix as well. Tickets are still available, and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Angel Olsen, the Chicago-based singer-songwriter, released a gorgeous and haunted and joyous album last year titled Half Way Home (Bathetic). And when she was in Philly last winter, she stopped by the WXPN studio to record a Folkadelphia Session, where she performed three songs from it. One of them was an extended version of “Lonely Universe,” where Olsen tries to make sense of a tragic world where the source of life has just died. It’ll bring you to your knees, and then lift you back up on your feet. “You won’t always be walking the safest streets,” she sings. “But you can find your way home.”
Olsen has since signed with the Jagjaguwar label. A release date for her upcoming album has not yet been announced. But, she says, “I’m working on some new things. I don’t want to force them, though. I have some vague idea of when I might record, but we’ll see. It will be sooner than later because I don’t want to wait too long. It has to come naturally.”
In the meantime, you can catch Olsen live in Philadelphia as she performs an opening set for Kurt Vile on May 18 at Union Transfer. We recently caught up with Olsen while she was touring the West Coast, and we spoke to her about television shows, books, painters, movies, and some other stuff. Here’s what she said.
The Key: Hi Angel. What’s up?
Angel Olsen: Not much. I just played Phoenix. It was really fun. Now we’re in Tempe, Arizona. We’re looking for a swimming hole. We’re going to a place called Kenyon Lake. And now I’m drinking some coffee. I just woke up like 30 minutes ago, so I feel like I’m going to be very experimental with answering these questions.
TK: Good. It’s Friday, and everyone’s over everything. So I won’t ask you all the dumb questions interviewers usually ask like, “How did you get the name Angel Olsen?” I’ll just ask you some random questions like this one: Do you watch television?
AO: Not really. But I got really into Downton Abbey over the winter. Me and my friends did. It was pretty ridiculous. I don’t know what’s so good about it—I couldn’t tell you. I’ve never been a television person, but I watched a lot of that. And I always go back to Freaks & Geeks. Every episode is so perfect. But I only really watch television in the winter because there’s nothing to do in Chicago and I get tired of going out and forcing myself to do things. But, in the summer, I’m normally out riding my bike, or getting some tacos, or running around outside. You know, living. Continue reading →
You Won’t are the Cambridge, Massachusetts duo of singer/guitarist Josh Arnoudse and drummer Raky Sastri. Making music together for the last couple of years, You Won’t describe themselves as playing “strummy melodic eclectic lyrical folky rock n roll,” which pretty much sums up what they do. They have a penchant for some seriously melodic hooks and they have a commanding sense of dynamics. The songs on their debut album, Skeptic Goodbye – on Old Flame Records – often recall those first few Police albums for their sharpness and their to-the-point quirkiness. At the same time they’re capable of delivering gems like “Television,” (download it below) that would sound perfect at an indie rock hootenanny. You Won’t play at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, November 30th with Lucius and Pearl and the Beard. Go here for tickets for the show.