Folkadelphia Session: T. Hardy Morris


Known more for his brand of psych-drenched grunge rock with Dead Confederate and Diamond Rugs, T. Hardy Morris pleasantly surprised us last year with Audition Tapes, a solo debut album that explores varied conceptions of Americana rock-and-twang through Morris’s prismatic imagination. On his biographical website page, he lists a fellow Georgian, the late, great, missed Vic Chesnutt as an inspiration and influence. With Morris, I hear Chestnutt as a kindred musical spirit – idiosyncratic, quirky at times, and highly thoughtful. Audition Tapes is right up our Folkadelphia alley; it’s raw, tracked mostly live, and carries much more heart and emotion because of it.

Our Folkadelphia Session, recorded at the tail end of Morris’s tour in late September 2013, strips away the amps and favors acoustic and steel guitar instead. It’s about as close to straight country as Morris gets.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Neighborhood Choir with Avery Rosewater at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune-Out, Dead Confederate with Penrose at MilkBoy

Neighborhood Choir

Local tastemaker blog Yvynyl is this month’s Tuesday Tune-Out curator at PhilaMOCA and they’re bringing Philly bands Neighborhood Choir and Avery Rosewater to the stage.  Neighborhood Choir is a dream-pop project from Bennett Daniels; you can learn more about him in an interview with The Key here.  Avery Rosewater is newish project from seasoned city musicians – check out their interview here.  Following the music, Daniels will screen a film to close out the night.  Information can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Below, watch Avery Rosewater perform “Wright” for Out of Town Films and stream Neighborhood Choir’s “Seafoam Green.”

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Photo Recap: Popped! Music Festival featuring The Shins, Cage The Elephant, Panda Bear, Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, + more

All photos courtesy of Kevin Kennedy over at The Swollen Fox. From The Swollen Fox’s review of Popped! Music Festival, Day One:

Even before a single band had hit the stage, this year’s Popped! Music Festival was not off to a good start. Just a few days before the festival, organizers had to make the gut-wrenching decision to move the festival indoors due to the forecasted weather. No one can blame them for the move; they can’t control the weather and it’s certainly not their fault FDR Park wouldn’t be able to survive both the rain and thousands of people pounding its grounds. Nevertheless, no one seemed to be all that happy about the unfortunate move.

For the full review of the entire festival (including a ton of additional photos of each performing act), as well as a comprehensive calendar of upcoming shows in Philadelphia, visit The Swollen Fox. (Thanks to Kevin for sharing his photos with us.)