Onetime local singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton has been hiding out in New Orleans for the past five years, but she made a return to the Philly area this week on a run of shows in support of her latest LP, So Ferocious. The new record, her sixth, made up the bulk of today’s setlist, with the groovy “Hot Night” giving way to the playful “So Ferocious” and Blanton’s quirky yet controlled voice sitting in the center amid dulcet tones. Continue reading →
Onetime Philadelphian Carsie Blanton returns north from New Orleans this weekend with a new album, So Ferocious, in tow. Tonight she headlines Boot and Saddle; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch a music video for “Vim and Vigor” below and read K. Ross Hoffman’s interview with Carsie here. Continue reading →
Carsie Blanton spent eight years in Philadelphia – the longest, the Virginia-born songwriter says, that she’s lived in one place as an adult. She arrived here as a teenager, forged strong and lasting connections with the local songwriting community, played a key role in developing the city’s swing & blues dancing scene, and just generally won our hearts with her captivating warble, her sprightly metaphors and her signature flower-adorned curls. Continue reading →
If you look at her Patrean page, she is a self-described “songwriter, performer, jazz geek, pop enthusiast, and thoughtful hedonist.” Read her bio to learn that she is “an unschooler, a sex blogger, and a Lindy Hopper.” Check out her blog to find her “thoughts on love, sex, music and ferocity.” She lives in a pink house just outside the French quarter of New Orleans with a studio out back called The Watermelon. Her genre on Facebook is “the good kind,” and has been praised by reputable sources like Washington Post, USA Today, OffBeat Magazine, and even John Oates…just to name a few.
There’s no denying that chic singer songwriter Carsie Blanton has a flare of all her own. And the amount of purity and musical depth she brings to a stage is nothing short of entrancing. Thursday evening, Blanton and her touring entourage brought some New Orleanian warmth to a bitter Lancaster winter at the wood trimmed Irish pub Tellus 360. Continue reading →
English rockers Noah and the Whale will rock the TLA stage tonight. The band released its fourth album, Heart of Nowhere, last month via Caroline Records (it came out in the UK back in May). Their melodic alt-rock anthems are memorable and easy to enjoy. Get a taste of what to expect at tonight’s show below and get tickets here.
Local rock n’ roll trio Lantern will bring the noise to Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The amount of music the band has is immense, with nine releases available on their Bandcamp; the latest, Dream Mine, was released in May 2012. The band delves into both the psychedelic realm of rock, as well as its ripping and visceral nature with their heavy feedback and raw vocals. Dream Mine even goes as far as exploring the depth and haunting nature of ambient noise, and the crowd will surely be bobbing their heads furiously, as well as discovering a side of rock they may not have heard before. Tickets and information with Adult Content and Split Red can be found here. Below, check out the song “Out Of Our Heads” from Dream Mine.
As we near that time of year when everyone gets into “Best Of…” mode, let’s ease into the list-making with a look at the most-played tracks from Volume 5 of our Key Studio Session compilations. From quirky indie pop to big-band funk, these tracks have been racking up play counts and, hopefully, inspiring you to become fans of some great local musicians. Take a look at the list below (with play counts at time of publication) to see if your favorite artist featured in Volume 5 made it, and then listen to the full compilation here. Check out all of the Key Studio Sessions here. Continue reading →
Bi-coastal outfit Port St. Willow sails into Union Transfer tonight for a show with The Antlers. Excelling in ethereal, ambient music, Port St. Willow’s Nick Principe has recorded two albums – 2010’s Even//Wasteland and 2011’s full-length Holiday. Each record traces Principe’s memories of childhood and cloaks them in a heavy fog of white noise and dreamy vocals. Port St. Willow performs ahead of The Antlers at tonight’s all ages show. Doors are at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $17 here. Below, watch Port St. Willow’s Shaking Through episode, recorded in 2011 (and then download the song for free here).
Today’s My Morning Download comes from Carsie Blanton, a Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter with her sights set on New Orleans. Her latest album, Idiot Heart, was inspired by the soul and spirit of the Big Easy, and this version of her poppy song “Smoke Alarm” was recorded with her peppy jazz-trio band for The Key Studio Sessions. It can be found on The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5, our latest compilation of performances from Philadelphia-area artists we’ve showcased here at The Key. You can download the album for free here. (And if you’re looking for more, volumes 1 through 4 can be found here.) For more Carsie, XPN welcomes her to the Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville on October 7.
The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Dig into the best of what we’ve been doing since May with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5, including some sprightly indie pop from The Spinto Band, driving country-folk from Carsie Blanton, funk jams by Swift Technique and hip-hop from Ground Up. Special thanks to guest engineer Jeff White and production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Kate Bracaglia, Eric Ashleigh, David Kain, Michael Passanante, Kevin Kennedy, Rachel Barrish and Bryan Shreck for sharing their work. Continue reading →