Folkadelphia welcomed Basia Bulat into the studio for a live session last fall and premiered it this week on XPN. The singer-songwriter performed poignant songs from both her recent Tall Tall Shadow release and her debut Oh, My Darling. Stream and download the stripped-down performance below.
Trophy Wife stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session. The local genre chameleons recorded raw takes of songs that will appear on their upcoming third LP, expected later this year. Check out the “metaphysical pondering” of “Transition” below and get the full set here.
Brooklyn indie pop quintet Snowmine and Philadelphia favorites Norwegian Arms team up for a show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The former are celebrating the release of their new record Dialects, a cinematic and textural experience that the band pulls off exquisitely in a live setting. Bright alt-folk trio Norwegian Arms released their impressive and immersive Wolf Like a Stray Dog LP in 2012, following it up last year with a 7″ single for “Jitterbug,” which you can listen to below. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Dream Safari can be found here.
If you yearn for the glory days of Eighties New Jack Swing, then look no further than the new album from Philly soul patrol including rapper Chill Moody, producer and songwriter Hank McCoy and R&B singer Beano.
The three have collaborated together over the last several years on a series of Valentine’s Day related releases and they have just released their latest, Who Do You Love…More?. It’s confident, well produced, well sung and well rapped and points to huge potential for this combination.
Back to the New Jack Swing thing, this new collection of songs is definitely rooted in the crossover world of R&B, pop and hip-hop. Highlights on the album include “StillYoung,” which nods to Keith Sweat’s “Nothing Lasts Forever, “WhatsForBreakfast,” and the sultry “KelisThing.” McCoy works in some pretty smart samples including the Paul Mauriat version of the Tom Jones classic, “It’s Not Unusual.” If you want to bridge the gap between 80′s New Jackers like Keith Sweat, Guy, Teddy Riley and New Edition and the latest interpretation of R&B and hip-hop, then McCoy, Moody and Beano’s new release is right on time.
The Chill Moody x Beano x Hank McCoy Who Do You Love…More? record release show is this Friday evening, February 7th at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Below, listen to “LastNightInTown” from Who Do You Love…More?
Indie rockers Little Big League are releasing their first full-length album These Are Good People on August 6, and are celebrating with a record release show at The Fire tonight. They’ll be playing with Cruiser, Slow Animal, and Gunk – find more information here. Check out their melodic, lightly punk tune “My Very Own You” below.
Annachristie Sadler brings her new project Murchant to Puck Live in Doylestown tonight. Formerly one third of local folk collaborators Sisters 3, Sadler’s musical history includes backing up Hoots & Hellmouth and Hezekiah Jones, as well as recording a handful of full-lengths with her sibling bandmates. With Murchant, though, Sadler takes a turn from the three-part indie pop/folk harmonies of Sisters 3 and instead lends her soaring vocals to more mystical, acoustic arrangements. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Reverend TJ McGlinchey can be found here. Watch Murchant perform in the NYC metro below.
It kind of makes you wonder if Philly rapper Chill Moody is like this during his “guest bartending” sessions at Mikey’s American Grill & Sports Bar. The sage, all-knowing character dispensing wisdom to the brokenhearted with towel over his shoulder, bottle at his hand. In the new music video for this track from Chill’s RFM, that’s what we get – hook-master Beano arrives at an unidentified pub, proclaiming to our man serving drinks that “Today has been the worst day of my life.” He then goes on to drown his sorrows in Jameson while Chill provides him with some much-needed perspective. Check it out below; on Friday, Chill will be at Hard Rock Cafe in his performing (not serving) capacity. Tickets and information on the show can be found here.
After celebrating the release of his RFM LP with a sold-out crowd at The TLA a couple of months ago, local hip hop artist Chill Moody comes to The Blockley for another celebration – this time a celebration of love. Moody will team up once again with Beano and Hank McCoy to perform the last installment in their Valentine’s Day mixtape Who Do You Love?in its entirety. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Below, watch them perform a track from the mixtape live in Love Park.
West Philly rapper Chill Moody announced today that he and his crew of collaborators – singer Beano, production guru Hank McCoy – would perform their entire Who Do You Love? collaboration in its entirety (and backed by a live band, Band for Higher) at Love Park in Philadelphia on Friday Sept. 28 at noon. “Think MTV Unplugged meets VH1 storytellers meets #nicethingsTV,” wrote Chill in a blog post today.
yesterday we went uptown for the first rehearsal. this is the first time any of us has heard this band play any of these songs. we weren’t like nervous, cuz we are familiar with Band For Higher they play for like everybody, but we were def anxious to see how things would turn out. needless to say we were pleased.
the show is going to be amazing. figuring out all the transitions is going to be the most difficult part, but i think we got it.
Check out footage from the rehearsal below. The show on Sept. 28 is free, open to the public, and will be followed by a 1 p.m. set.
Last week, West Philadelphia rapper Chill Moody released Who Do You Love?, his third annual Valentine’s Day collaboration with producer Hank McCoy. This time, R&B vocalist Beano was recruited to add some melodic hooks to the mix. You can download the entire mixtape at Chill’s website, and get a taste in today’s Philly Local Phile with “What Took You So Long.” Its soul sample, sharp raps and romantic refrain are a trip back to the days of the Boomerang Soundtrack. Listen below, and catch Chill in concert at Silk City next Tuesday Feb. 28.