The folk/rock band – comprised of Arnold, Joseph Parsons, Scott Bricklin, Tom Gilliam, and Matt Muir – play a trio of tracks in a simple and intimate basement venue for the On the Hill series; an appropriate setting for their low-down grass-roots sound. Acoustically driven, the session is a personal look into this seasoned group of players in the local roots scene.
Catch everything from the session here. US Rail’s latest album Heartbreak Superstar is available now via Blue Rose Records. Watch two videos from the On The Hill Session below.
Philly acoustic folk soul project Up The Chain is celebrating the release of their anticipated new album Seeds & Thorns with a party at Ardmore Music Hall tonight. Produced by Bill Moriarty (who has recently worked with The Lawsuits and Toy Soldiers) and inspired by some of front man’s Reed Kendall’s musical heroes, such as Neil Young, Paul Simon, and Amos Lee, the sophomore release is expected to be simply intimate with an energized Americana swing. Check out the details and tickets for tonight’s show here. Get ready for the show by listening to what the whole band has to say about the new release below.
That’s So Philly, a web site that showcases the musical talents of teens, has launched a new project called “Sing With A Philly Teen,” where musicians and musical adults are paired with teens to sing a cover, an original, or play a musical instrument. The first Sing With A Teen segment features long time local favorite, singer-songwriter Ben Arnold, with singer-songwriter and guitarist Arin Edelstein. According to the That’s So Philly Facebook page:
Arin Edelstein is a sophomore in high school where she performs with the Touring Ensemble (show choir), Up the Octave (girls’ a cappella group), and Select Choir. She has been playing piano since age 5, and guitar since age 8. She plays guitar and sings with the all-girl band Melrose Q. She also enjoys acting, and she currently performs with the Anne Frank Theater Project at The Holocaust Awareness Museum, where she plays Anne Frank. She is planning a career in music and the arts.
Below, listen to Arin and Ben’s original song, “Lonesome Song.”
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Ben performs at the Tin Angel on Friday, November 1st. Go here for tickets and more information.
Oxfordian Oxonian folk / pop group Stornoway headline Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Following up their 2010 debut Beachcomber’s Windowsill, the academically-minded quartet (led by an ornithologist) released Tales from Terra Firma earlier this month. Field Report continue to tour in support of last year’s self-titled debut. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here. Watch Stornoway’s video for “Knock Me On the Head” below.
Divers open for Auctioneer at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The brainchild of local musicians Emily Ann Zeitlyn and Ross Bellenoit, Divers are a new quartet filled out by Tom Bendel (Buried Beds) and Todd Erk (The Weeds). Alternating between wailing, dynamic flourishes and upbeat rock-outs, the Philly band’s still-growing discography of three tracks is an enticing preview of what’s to come. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Auctioneer and Anna Vogelzang can be found at the WXPN Concert Calendar. Stream “Wild Things” below and right-click here to download it for free.
Singer-songwriter Ben Arnold recently released his new album, Circle ‘Round The Sun, and has a new video for the song “The More Things Change.” Watch it below. Ben plays Tin Angel on Saturday, February 16th.
XPN Welcomes Philly-area roots band Hoots & Hellmouth to the Sellersville Theater tonight. The Philadelphia-based folk quartet released their latest album Saltin April and with it displayed a knack for blending sweeping sonic landscapes with their signature stomping and swinging. Folk singer-songwriter Mason Porter opens the all-ages concert. Tickets are $19.50 for the 8:00 p.m. show; for more information, go here. Below, check out Hoots & Hellmouth’s video for “Why Would You Not Want to Go There.”
It’s Friday and what better way to kick off the weekend than with some good old-fashioned live music. First off, local bands Work Drugs, City Rain, and Cold Fronts are sharing a bill at Johnny Brenda’s for a night of indie vibes. The doors for the 21+ show open at 8 p.m. and the bands start at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 in advance here. Listen to Work Drugs’ song “Pluto” in the player below.
Finally, if you’re looking for some free outdoor music, check out Johnny Miles and Ben Arnold playing at FDR Park tonight. The show is part of the FDR Park Summer Concert Series and also features performances by hosts Dani Mari and Reverend T.J. McGlinchey. Check out an interview the Key did with Dani Mari and Reverend T.J. McGlinchey about the FDR Park Summer Concert Series here.
UPDATE: The show has been postponed due to the potential rain, rescheduled date TBA.
Local singer-songwriters Dani Mari and Reverend TJ McGlinchey have teamed up to host a monthly concert series in a popular South Philly park this summer. The FDR Park Summer Series kicked off on June 8th with performances by Griz and Kevin Killen, as well as sets from the hosts. The next concert in the series is this Friday featuring Toy Soldiers and Thom McCarthy. I sat down with Dani Mari and Reverend TJ McGlinchey to chat about the FDR Park Summer Series, what they’ve been up to, their new band, Lovers League, and the pair recorded a couple of acoustic songs for us.
McGlinchey and Mari first met about seven years ago through the local open mic scene and reconnected in 2010 when Mari was the featured artist for Hezekiah Jones‘ open mic at JD Mc Gillicuddy’s in Ardmore. Since then, the pair have collaborated on recordings and performances: McGlinchey had Mari open for his CD release show at World Cafe Live in January. Now, in addition to hosting the FDR Park Summer Series, they are getting ready to record an album for their band, Lovers League.
Mari explains how the FDR Park Summer Series came about when she met Greg Jacovini, a member of the FDR Park Board. “He mentioned that they’re looking to have more live music there. I told him I had hosted a couple of festivals on the roof of Whole Foods a couple years ago. We were talking about it back and forth and finally decided to move forward and try to put something together for the summer.” They decided to put on a show once a month in the park. Mari contacted McGlinchey to co-host the concert series with her and he brought in his connections.
“Both my brothers are audio engineers,” he explained. “So it was easy to get sound. My little brother is doing the sound for it and bringing the PA. And just hanging out in the Philly scene I got to know some of the better musicians and had some connections to use there to get some good headliners.”
When asked about the vibe they were going for, McGlinchey laughed and responded, “Not heavy metal.” Continue reading →
Editor’s note: The stream of “Change Reaction” was only available for 24 hours.
The newest song from David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket is a cover of the 1981 Robert Hazard And The Heroes song, “Change Reaction” featuring Ben Arnold on lead vocals. “Change Reaction” is the fifth song in the Essential Songs Of Philadelphia series. It features members of The Hooters including David Uosikkinen on drums along with Rob Hyman (keyboards and vocals) and John Lilley (guitar), Steve Butler from Smash Palace on guitar, bassist William Wittman and Ben Arnold on lead vocals. All five of the songs recorded by In The Pocket, including “Change Reaction” can be purchased here. Portions of the proceeds go to the Settlement Music School. WXPN welcomes David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket: Essential Songs Of Philadelphia to World Cafe Live on Tuesday, March 13th. Tickets and more information here. Go here to watch a video of the making of “Change Reaction.” Below be sure you watch the video of Robert Hazard and The Heroes performing “Change Reaction” at a live show at the London Victory Club from 1981.