Walla Fest continues at the Centre Theater in Norristown today with a dozen more acts, capped off by a performance from Alex G. The Philadelphia bandleader / songwriter, who has been an Internet sensation for several years, released a brand new LP called DSU just a few weeks ago that caught the attention of Pitchfork and Rolling Stone. His instantly memorable guitar melodies are paired with relatable lyrics that fans scream back at him from the crowd, whether he’s playing in a basement or on a stage. More information for Walla Fest can be found here. Listen to “After Ur Gone” below.
Finally! The moment we’ve all been waiting for. This year’s Walla Fest lineup has been released, and it features some of the best local musicians the Philadelphia and surrounding metropolitan area has to offer including reggae group The Snails (who are back for their second year in a row), bedroom pop musician Alex G, folkish alt-rockers Pine Barons, cathartic singer-songwriter Abi Reimold mellow rock band Free Cake for Every Creature. The festival will be held inside of Norristown’s Centre Theater. If you’re looking for more information about the fest, including the full lineup and ticket information, you can head right here to the festival’s website. Also, you can check out some tunes by Alex G below.
Philadelphia artist Alex G has released a new single from his upcoming full-length album DSU. The track called “Harvey” has a wistful sound with hypnotizing harmonies and blissful music. It puts the listener in a euphoric state, but as quickly as “Harvey” starts, it ends. The listener falls down the rabbit hole and is left to struggle alone coming down from the high. Like a drug, the song becomes addictive — it’s hard to take it off repeat. Listen to “Harvey” below, and catch Alex G tomorrow night at West Philly show house Michael Jordan; information on the show can be found at its Facebook event page.
Folky Philly indie rock outfit The Hundred Acre Woods recently visited Space Jam Sessions – the new video project of local photographer (and Key contributor) Allison Newbold – where frontman Winthrop Stevens performed the gut-wrenching “Base of My Heart.” Totally stripped down to an acoustic and his voice, the music thrives with its simply heavenly melody. The band throws a release party for its new EP Cold In the Morning tonight at Golden Tea House alongside Alex G, I Kill Giants, Au Revoir, and SHMNS. For more info, check out the Facebook event.
New York based Palehound released the six song Bent Nail EP back in October, and I have to say I’m disappointed I did not hear about them until now. A lot of potential is wrapped up in this band, from the songwriting and lo-fi tunes, to singer Ellen Kempner’s striking voice.
Similarities can definitely be drawn to Philly’s own Hop Along - both feature passionate and aggressive front women backed by calculated hooks that result in something that is heartfelt and catchy.
“Drooler” contains a softly trudging verse that leads into a blown-up chorus where Kempner exclaims “Vandalize my body / If it helps you sleep soundly.” This song definitely grows on you. “Psycho Speak” is a trip through stories of rich lovers, bad neighbors, and laziness that flows with a non-stop upbeat guitar riff.
The band’s most notable song comes with “Pet Carrot,” with a great amount of humor and honesty intertwined throughout. Kempner takes us through this song as her voice dips and dives across her vocal range, but the guitar and bass also also pop. The EP finishes strong with “I Get Clean,” which focuses on the inability to clear your mind and “Flytrap,” which is a powerful humming ballad.
Philly alterna-indie mainstays Goodnight Lights must have cranked up the “epic” knob on their amps since we heard from them last. Yesterday, the five-piece band quietly unleashed a new track called “Convinced,” a selection from their recent recording stint with Bill Moriarty over at Waking Studio in East Falls, and it’s thundering drums and soaring guitar licks sound massive in a Siamese Dream via Synthetica kind of way. The song is a teaser for a five-song EP the band plans to release in 2014, but tonight, they open up the show at MilkBoy alongside Born Cages and NGHBRS; tickets and information can be found here. Listen to “Convinced” below.