Download “Vaya Con Dios” by Wilkes Barre’s Cherokee Red (playing J.R.’s Bar on 4/18)

cherokee red dec 2012 7Wilkes-Barre folk-pop five-piece Cherokee Red will bring their quaint and dreamy sound down the Pennsylvania Turnpike this week for an appearance at South Philly venue J.R.’s Bar. The band has been around since 2011, and at points is smooth, jazzy and playful – not unlike Regina Spektor or The Ditty Bops – but also has a contemplative side more in line with bands like The Innocence Mission and Mazzy Star. Their song “Cherokee Red” was featured as a My Morning Download a few weeks back – download it again in the player below, and get information on Thursday night’s show here.


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Local rapper Mic Stewart releasing PEACEWORLD on April 23rd, shares his new video for “I’m Not From Brooklyn” [link]

Moon Palace takes part in this week’s Folkadelphia Session, recording a selection of songs with a full band [link]

Dar Williams, Steve Forbert, Stephen Kellogg and more have been scheduled for this summer’s Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert series [link]

Wilkes Barre, PA’s Cherokee Red and their song “Vaya Con Dios” were Monday’s My Morning Download [link]

Sensual soul duo Rhye and their beautiful track “Open” were featured on this week’s XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week [link]

Download a free remix EP from Mock Suns, a local alt-psych trio that opened for Hey Marseilles at Johnny Brenda’s Wednesday night [link]

Weathervane Music shared this month’s Shaking Through episode with Night Panther; get a free download of “Fire” and watch the session video [link]

Anjuli Jospehine stopped by for a Key Studio Session and plays The Tin Angel this Saturday [link]

A student-produced documentary takes a look at the basement and DIY show scene in Philadelphia [link]

The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts kicks-off tonight and will run through April 27th with performances, lectures and exhibitions looking back at historic events in time [link]

Kurt Vile is throwing a parade this Saturday and wants you to be there [link]

Check out photos and a review of Kate Nash‘s appearance at Johnny Brenda’s [link]


My Morning Download: “Vaya Con Dios” by Cherokee Red (playing JR’s Bar on April 18th)

Cherokee-Red-Dec-2012-copy Cherokee Red are a five piece from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, fronted by Christiana Bartolini who formed the five piece in 2011 with guitarist and pianist Charles Davis. Cherokee Red’s songs are hazy and dreamy, sort of like Beach House with a little more clarity, and also reminiscent of the late 80’s Paisley Underground psychedelic dream pop band, Opal. The band releases its debut self-titled album on April 16th. The band play at JR’s Bar on Thursday, April 18th.


Check out Shorty Boy Boy’s “Caravan Kickoff” tonight at Silk City

The other week we told you about the annual Caravan Tour: a group of Philadelphia bands that hustle up to Maine for a weekend of live music and good times. One of the acts heading north this year is Josh Pannepacker’s project, Shorty Boy Boy. He will be performing a live set tonight at Silk City. And if you’re sad to leave after having such an awesome time, fear not. Shorty’s fun, rockin’ candy-pop music can go home with you; the first 25 people to arrive tonight will receive a free copy of his recent Candy Man 7″. Other performing acts tonight include Sweatheart and Cherokee Red. Also, Bands in the Backyard will be screening their latest monthly episode, featuring Psychic Teens. Doors open at 8PM, show starts at 9. This 21+ event is only $8, for more info check out the event page. Check out the tunes from Candy Man below.