Tonight at Underground Arts, local experimental pop band Grandchildren will kick off their spring tour and give fans a taste of their new album Golden Age, which is slated for a May release. Yesterday, The Key’s Adam Gould talked to Grandchildren about five things that have changed about the band since their 2010 debut Everlasting; read the interview here. Opening the 21+ show are Buried Beds and Son Step, more information is available at the WXPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch Grandchildren performing “Sunrise” for The Deli and Hot Box Studios’ Choice/Cuts session series.
Black Horse Motel
Black Horse Motel is a Philadelphia-based five-piece doing their best to make catchy and heartfelt Americana-Folk tunes in the spirit of popular acts like Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers. This new track, apparently written on banjo, boasts a lovely arrangement of strings and super-pretty vocal harmonies. The track is intended as a preview for fans until the release of Red Summer Spirit, their debut full-length, on March 1st – which is also the date of their release show at Kung Fu Necktie with Hezekiah Jones and The Bailey Hounds (they also play Tin Angel on April 14th). If this track is any indication, this is sure to be a lovely record with pop potential.
Celebrate the-maybe-last-night on Earth with Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang tonight at Kung Fu Necktie! In case all of this apocalyptic nonsense turns out not to be true, though, get pumped for Stens and his crew’s upcoming Key Session in 2013. The NJ nostalgia-rock group, fronted by Juston “Turbo” Stens formerly of Dr. Dog, released their album, Trash or Treasure, last March (pick it up on their Bandcamp page here). Tonight’s 21+ show starts at 7:30; go here for tickets and information. Below, watch Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang’s cover of Paul McCartney’s “Let Me Roll It.”
Congrats to Philly / South Jersey folk-rock five-piece Black Horse Motel on the release of their brand new EP, which has been in the works for the better part of this past year. The four-song set contains hooky harmonies and uber-catchy refrains in the Mumford and Sons poppy folk tradition; “Follow Me Down” and “The Devil That You Know” both killed it when they appeared live on the air for a Folkadelphia session earlier this year. Continue reading
Happy Thursday everyone! Tonight there are some top notch choices for local shows:
Firstly, WXPN welcomes Tennessee singer/songwriter Gillian Welch to the Grand Opera House at Wilmington. Over the past fifteen years she has come out with five studio albums along with her musical partner, David Rawlings. She also recorded two songs for the O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002. Tickets to the 8 PM show are $39, grab yours here.
FRIDAY, MARCH 16th
Local band Black Horse Motel has all the banjo and tambourine you could ever hope for from a folk group. Despite playing all over Philly this past year, however, the band has yet to release an album. Thankfully, the band is currently running a kickstarter campaign to help fund the recording its first full length album this summer. Until then, the live tracks and rehearsal tapes available on the band’s website will have to do. Black Horse Motel performs with James Suit Friday at 8 p.m. at Milkboy Ardmore; tickets to the all-ages show are $8-10. —Nicole Soll
Megafaun performs with William Tyler at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.
Also Playing: Bomb The Music Industry! + Classics Of Love, Mike Park, Spraynard, Captain We’re Sinking at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, $10); The Heat Run + Sunshine Superman, Dave Karaban at The Fire (9 p.m., 21+, $8); Brown Recluse + We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves, Resistor at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $8); Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad + Tweed at North Star Bar (9 p.m., 21+, $12–$15); Drew Holcomb + Nathan Angelo at World Cafe Live (9 p.m., all ages, $15)
SATURDAY, MARCH 17th
Shorty Boy Boy + Langor, Mount Joy at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10); Lightninging + New Motels, Left Of Logic at Milkboy Philly (9:30 p.m., 21+, $8–$10); Mischief Brew + Far From Finished, The Brood at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $10); Brit Floyd: The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show at Tower Theatre (8 p.m., all ages, $29.50–$55); I Am The Avalanche + Hostage Clam, Banquets, Major League at First Unitarian Church (4 p.m., all ages, $12);
SUNDAY, March 18th
The Big Jangle / Kenn Kweder at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., all ages, $12); Forest Fools + The Loverboy Wanderers, Anchorhead, Dot Square at The Fire (9 p.m., 21+, $7)
Everything you need to know about local folk-rock quartet Black Horse Motel can be found in the “About” section of the band’s website, which states, “bio needed.” OK, so that’s not much to work with, but in the photo section, you’ll find…uh, a line that says, “photos coming soon!” Well, at least they have a music section, which contains everything you could ask for—assuming that you’re only asking for a note that states, “we are writing new music…we need to write something else here,” and points you in the direction of a few “poor quality rehearsal tapes.” (To be fair, there are two for-real songs available as well.) So, basically, Black Horse Motel is still in the process of getting its act together. But, even if the information is a bit vague, the music features the kind of plucky banjos, harmonicas, and general front-porch indie-folk vibe you’ve likely grown comfortably familiar with by now. Black Horse Motel performs with The Sea Around Us and Lion Versus at 9 p.m. at North Star Bar; tickets to the 21+ show are $8.