I was hungover the first time I saw Dirty Dollhouse, but thankfully, so were they. It was a Saturday afternoon this spring, I had been out late at a show the night before. Sluggish and disoriented, I made my way to Bucks County’s East Coast Recording with my buddy Dan McGurk from Root Down in the Shadow to watch singer-songwriters Chelsea Mitchell, Amber Twait and Vanessa Winters perform during the studio’s short-lived afternoon concert series; one of the first things Mitchell did was apologize if they sounded off, as the band was also reeling from a whiskey and beer-fueled photo shoot, and were fending off colds to boot. Nonsense: they sounded remarkable, and their resounding Nashville-style harmonies worked wonders on my throbbing head. It was one of those rare perfect musical afternoons, and as the setlist wound into a country-folk spin on Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag,” I found myself an instantly-converted fan. Continue reading →
Catfish and the Bottlemen, a Welsh indie rock band, headline Communion Philly this month. Earlier this year, the group released their first single, “Kathleen and the Other Three.” The band has recently gotten the seal of approval from BBC 1’s Zane Lowe (the same Zane Lowe who first introduced the Arctic Monkeys). Communion is held the first Thursday of every month at Underground Arts and serves to bring international and local artists together. Other bands performing include Philly locals Katie Frank and the Pheromones, Tutlie and XPN’s Communion artist for June, Dirty Dollhouse. Get more information at the XPN Concert Calender.
Communion has announced the line-up for their June showcase, taking place at Underground Arts on June 5th. Headlining will be UK group Catfish and the Bottlemen, who just released a new single called “Kathleen.” Representing Philadelphia will be Katie Frank & The Pheromones, Tutlie and the Key-curated artist for the June lineup, Dirty Dollhouse, with more special guests to be announced. Tickets are now available and can be found here; check out the bands below.
Delaware five-piece Innoko have released a debut EP called First Light, available as a free download on their Bandcamp. The release bridges the mellow form of psych rock with a “beachy and serene vibe” perfect for the warm days ahead. Stream and download the EP below.
Modern Baseball brought its basement-bred pop punk to the Key Studio Sessions this week, performing songs off of this year’s You’re Gonna Miss It All. Along with the six live tracks, including “The Weekend,” which you can stream and download below, the KSS crew recorded a video of the band playing “Your Graduation.” Check out the full session here.
Fourteen year old Charlie Hickey was featured in Tuesday’s My Morning Download with his song “Odds.” The track comes from singer’s new EP, which also includes a cover of Smashing Pumpkins’ “Disarm.”
Chris Kasper brought friends Phil D’Agostino and Kiley Ryan along to his Folkadelphia Session, premiered this week and posted as a free download. The local collaborator extraordinnaire performed cuts off of his latest Bagabones LP, as well as a few older numbers. Stream and download the full set below.
Dirty Dollhouse have released a live session performed at East Coast Recording as a free download. The six-track EP features vocalist Chelsea Mitchell with backup singers Vanessa Winters and Amber Twait singing beautifully harmonized and lyrically descriptive songs. Download a copy below.
Local three-piece Dirty Dollhouse went to Warminster’s East Coast Recording in February to record an intimate live session in front of a small audience and the resulting six songs are now available for streaming and downloading.
Built around vocalist and ukulele player Chelsea Mitchell, with Amber Twait and Vanessa Winters providing backing support, Dirty Dollhouse’s sparse but soaring compositions cut through the air with soft harmonies and undeniable talent. The EP’s opening track “Married in the Aviary” is a beautiful introduction to the captivating voice of Mitchell and her tightly crafted lyrics, with its narrative about a dream wedding and the subsequent building of a life together.
But the trio isn’t all quaint countryside notions of perfect love and romance. Towards the end of the EP we reach back-to-back performances of “Ain’t Got No Blues” and “Shake All Over” that show a spunkier, swaggier and “independent woman” side to Mitchell.
Stream and download the premiere of Dirty Dollhouse’s live EP below, and learn more about ECR Live Sessions here.
Tonight at The Fire, day two of Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival is in full swing with slated performances by a bunch of local acts including Pine Barons, Family Vacation, Rosu Lup, Keepers, Chelsea Mitchell (of Dirty Dollhouse). Hailing from New Jersey, experimental indie-rockers Pine Barons released their self-titled debut album last year. Last month, the four-piece joined us for a Key Studio Session where their signature harmonies stole the show. Listen to “Smile America” below. North Philly’s Family Vacation released their indie pop album Trails last year. Watch “Mountain Dreams” below and get more details on the event here.
Philly folk trio Dirty Dollhouse are all dolled up and waiting for love in their new holiday track “Party Dress”. Lead singer-songwriter Chelsea Mitchell has a voice that soft and dainty as she yearns: “All I want for Christmas is to win your heart” in the song that features her lovely harmonies with vocalists Vanessa Winters (of The Lawsuits) and Amber Twait who complete the trio. See them perform live when they open for Kalob Griffin Band at World Cafe Live on December 21st. Get tickets here and listen to “Party Dress” below.