The California folk duo The Milk Carton Kids bring their heartfelt, contemplative story songs to the stage of World Cafe Live tonight. They recently released their new album,The Ash & Clay, in March. Within a word, their music is exquisite. The melodies lightly flutter over the senses, fading into an out of body dream like state, and their elegance is clear throughout the overall composition. The Ash & Clay is their third album on Anti-Records, while the previous two albums, Prologueand Retrospectare available for free download through their website. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Aofie O’Donovan can be found here. Below, watch The Milk Carton Kids play a delightful three song set (the songs they play are: “Michigan”, “Stealing Romance”, and “I Still Want a Little More”) for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.
Photo by Shervin Lainez
Liz Longley performs at Burlap and Bean tonight. Although now living in Nashville, Tennessee, the singer/songwriter is a Philadelphia native and will be coming home to play some of her songs in anticipation of her upcoming album entitled Liz Longley, and her new single “This Is Not The End” released on April 16th available through iTunes. She has also been The Local Pick Of The Day back in October 2010 with her song “Free”. Longley will be touring steadily through April, May, and June throughout the US. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Seth Glier can be found here. Below, watch an acoustic session with Liz Longley playing her new single “This Is Not The End” from her upcoming album Liz Longley.
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Kyle Swartzwelder writes low-key country tunes that simmer with an intensity just beneath the surface. His newest record Canadian Pacific is a pleasure to listen to straight through and, as it ends, you feel like you’ve gained something meaningful for having spent the time. This does not speak to how Swartzwelder and his band – who hail from Delaware and Pennsylvania – perform in a live setting, but from minute one of setting up, you could tell these guys were a well-oiled machine. We ended up recording seven songs (usually we record three or four), including one in which the band worked out parts to during the session. Yeah, they’re good. We love recording sessions like this because it allows us to focus on making the best recordings that we can. Here’s the result, a few of the tracks now available for your streaming and download pleasure!
Catch Kyle at Burlap and Bean Coffee in Newtown Square, PA as he runs production and other duties at the venue/café. He also performs there on Friday, May 3rd opening for Malcolm Holcombe which begs the question- who will do sound?!
Light Heat, the latest project of Quentin Stoltzfus, sounds the way its name suggests. The track “And the Birds,” which streams on the Light Heat website, is warm and delicately ornamented with piano notes. “The Mirror” has been described by Spin as a “simmering slow-burner.” A few months ago, we posted Light Heat’s “Elevation” recording for Bands in the Backyard and it was clear, even then, that Stolzfus’ new project was something to keep an eye on. A Light Heat album isn’t due out until June, but tonight Light Heat will perform at Johnny Brenda’s, offering a few more gorgeous songs than what’s currently available for streaming. Tickets and information for the 21+ show are available here. Below, listen to Light Heat’s “The Mirror.”
With an album release a mere two weeks away, The National Rifle headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Almost Endlesswill be the Philly band’s first full-length, following up four EPs that span a seven year career. With glam rock vocals, spacey synths and a pulsing bass line, The Nationals Rifle’s new recordings move the quartet away from the punk vibes of their previous releases and into the world of Bowie and M83 dipped in dream pop. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with The New Connection and Crills Wilson can be found here. Below, stream “Glass Line” from Almost Endless.
Plainly stated and in my humble opinion, Sera Cahoone, formerly a member of Carissa’s Wierd and Band of Horses, released one of the most compelling albums of last year. The collection of songs that make up Deer Creek Canyon, her long-awaited third solo effort after 2008′s acclaimed Only as the Day is Long, are a perfect distillation of the Northwest Pacific in sound, feel, and aesthetic. The country-tinged Americana songs are influenced, tempered, and affected by the geography and atmosphere of her home state Washington.
Before her stop at Newtown Square, PA’s Burlap & Bean on Friday, February 1st, Cahoone will be appearing for an in-store performance on Monday, January 28th at 7 PM at Main Street Music, located in Manayunk. Below, you can download the title track to Deer Creek Canyon.
Jason Myles Goss is the kind of musician that I want to keep tabs on. His songs — well, you just relate to them — the honesty, the compassion, the work he’s put into them and into his craft, into his artistry. It’s simply good, like chicken soup is good, like the morning light is good. I’ll keep tabs on him because he’s a litmus test for what should remain constant in music against the fizzling fads and temporary trends. He’s a storyteller, a songwriter, and a creator; these are occupations that don’t go out of style and they don’t fade away. After the age of sheen, of slick, of fabrication, what will be left standing is the realness of the salt of life. What will be left standing is Jason Myles Goss, just being who he is, writing what he knows, and sharing his thoughts and melodies with us.
Jason Myles Goss was kind enough to stop into the WXPN Studios on January 6th, 2013 the morning after his show in Newtown Square, PA at Burlap & Bean Coffee. He recently released the album Radio Dial. Enjoy the results of the visit in this latest Folkadelphia Session.
Adam Arcuragi will be performing tonight at Kennett Flash. The death gospel singer will be returning to Philadelphia on his tour supporting the January release of his third full-length album, Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It…, which you can stream here. Tickets and information for the all-ages show are available here; doors open at 7. Below, watch Arcuragi and the Lupine Chorale Society perform “You’d Think This Was Easy,” the first single from Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It….