In conjunction with Philly Tech Week, WXPN and Little Giant Media present The Intersection of Music and Technology at Underground Arts. The free event will feature live performances by Lushlife (pictured), Khari Mateen and POW POW (Chris Powell of Man Man), DJ sets by DJ PHSH and Making Time’s Dave Pianka and a panel discussion / Q&A with Questlove and XPN’s Bruce Warren. More information for free 21+ event can be found here. Below, watch Lushlife’s video for “Magnolia.”
At World Cafe Live, it’s An Evening with Kaki King. The guitar virtuoso has embarked on a retrospective tour, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the release of her debut album Everybody Loves You. Recently, King released Glow, an instrumental record on which she collaborated with string quartet ETHEL. Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here. Below, watch her video for “Glow” and revisit her set at the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival via Archive.org here.
Buried Beds headline Kung Fu Necktie tonight with support from Auctioneer and Great American Canyon Band. Bridging the gap between their most recent release Small Stories and an upcoming as-yet untitled release, local indie pop band Buried Beds have been detailing their recording experience with video clips and updates, including this one in which the members filmed a “huge drums” session. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here. Below, watch Auctioneer’s Shaking Through episode.
XPN welcomes The Spinto Band and Buried Beds to the Arden Gild Hall tonight. Taking album-release celebrations back to their home state of Delaware, The Spinto Band will perform new favorites from this year’s Cool Cocoon LP. The peppy-but-deep five-piece will be joined by Philadelphia favorites Buried Beds, a local five-piece indie pop outfit whose most recent release was a film/EP called Small Stories. Tickets and information for the all-ages show in Arden, DE can be found here. Watch The Spinto Band’s video for “What I Love” below.
With a new LP and tour on the way, all eyes are on Philly’s Grandchildren. This week the expansive orchestral-pop outfit shared the first track off of the album Golden Age, a majestic and soaring piece called “Sunrise.” Golden Age was produced by Man Man drummer Chris Powell and engineer Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog) and will be released on May 7th. From record label Ernest Jenning Record Co.:
Golden Age reads like a scrapbook in homage to that elusive era that serves as a reference point for how we’d like to remember “the way things used to be”, how they “ought to be”, but probably never really were. The recordings stem from this concept musically, pulling from a vast array of influences, and thematically, swirling around it from all angles with songs of hope and disillusionment, optimism and doubt, nostalgia and anticipation, caution and regret.
Gearing up for a showcase at the music industry’s most talked about festival and conference, local experimental pop outfit Grandchildren will perform at Underground Arts on March 1st before heading to Austin, Texas for SXSW. They’ll be joining the likes of local guys Cheers Elephant, Bleeding Rainbow, and recent Philly resident Daniel Bachman. Grandchildren announced last week that their next record Golden Age is mastered and will be released by Brooklyn’s Ernest Jenning Records, following up 2010′s debut Everlasting. Though the indie band has swelled into a small orchestra with multi-instrumentalists swapping tools both on stage and in the studio, the six-piece has stayed true to its roots as an acoustic folk / electronic pop based project. More information for the 21+ show with Buried Beds and Son Step can be found here. Watch a video of Grandchildren performing “Into Gold” from Golden Age below, filmed by Out of Town Films at SXSW 2012.
XPN welcomes Strand of Oaks to Johnny Brenda’s tonight for his first headlining Philadelphia show. The stage name of local bearded guy Tim Showalter, Strand of Oaks is a vehicle for storytelling and yarn-spinning that has taken Showalter through the darker days of his life and into the better-lit year of 2012; this year saw the release of Strand of Oaks’ third full-length Dark Shores and a tour with Swedish one-man-show The Tallest Man on Earth. Also playing tonight are local acts Buried Beds and Little Big League. Tickets and information for the 21+ show are available here. Below, watch a live video of Showalter and band performing the title track from Dark Shores.
Savoir Adore release its new album, Our Nature, on October 16th. The indie-pop duo (Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro) have released a new video for “Empire Of Light,” that you can watch below. They play Ortlieb’s Lounge on Friday, October 19th along with Philly’s Buried Beds. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. In addition to the new video, stream the Bananarama meets Blondie (circa “Rapture”)-esque jam, “Regalia.”
Not only is it exciting to hear that Strand of Oaks is headlining a show in Philadelphia for the first time – December 15 at Johnny Brenda’s – the killer lineup just cannot be denied. Opening acts include Buried Beds (whose singer, Eliza Hardy-Jones, collaborated with Strand of Oaks on the Shaking Through track “Spacestations”) and Little Big League (whose bassist, Deven Craige, is a sometimes-member of Oaks). The coolest thing of all, for us, is that all of these bands have been in our studio at one time or another; it’s a lineup of Key Studio Sessions alums! Download Strand of Oaks’ cover of “Wolves” by Phosphorescent and Little Big League’s “Saint John’s” below, and watch the Buried Beds Key Studio Session video.