Listening to DRGN KING’s Baltimore Crush is a bit like remembering what you might have written in your journal when you were seventeen. Well, not even a journal, because that would indicate you strived for consistency. Who had time to be consistent at seventeen? It’s like finding a “really important” piece of looseleaf on which you frantically mapped your ten-year-plan during a study hall, convinced that following this agenda, of course, was key to Making It Big.
Because in ten years, you were supposed to have it All Figured Out.
If you followed all these things and nothing happened, If you didn’t follow this list, If you didn’t make it by then, you weren’t doing it right.
But growing up and realizing happiness lies in finding something worthwhile, something you care about, is one of those things you don’t really believe until you realize your own happiness. Continue reading →
Created to explore the music, past and present, and the storied legacy of the City of Brotherly Love, the 4th Annual Philly Sings Philly event returns to The Fire during the month of November. Across four Tuesdays, local musicians will pay homage to their idols, adding a personal touch to their favorite songs by Philly-born artists. Each week is curated by a different local music organization. Continue reading →
Get excited because we just got word our homies in DRGN KING that their sophomore album, Baltimore Crush, is coming out October 28th via Bar/None Records! It has a rad album cover by Philly artist Perry Shall (check it out above) and comes with a fall tour, which includes a hometown show at Johnny Brenda’s on September 26th, as well as a show at City Hall’s new Dilworth Park on October 18th. Continue reading →
Brit DJ Quantic (aka Will Holland) returns with his latest album Magentica to Union Transfer. Over the years, Holland has led a series of different side projects in a variety of genres including Quantic Soul Orchestra and Quantic Flowering Inferno. Magentica, his first solo album in seven years, mixes multiple genres for an intriguing sound. One of the tracks, “You Will Return”, featuring Alice Russell, was released as a part of Record Store Day earlier this year. Listen to “You Will Return” below. Get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calender.
Up the Chain stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session. The laidback five-piece tossed three new songs into the set list, along with tracks taken from last year’s Seeds and Thorns. The session is a showcase of the band’s chameleon-like sound, moving from rockabilly to rootsy pop and even including a song you could tango to. Take a listen to “Seasick Sailors” below and get the full set here. Up the Chain play The Ardmore Music Hall on April 26th; tickets and information can be found here.
Philly outfit Roof Doctor released their sophomore effort Mobile Freedom Home this week, posting it on Bandcamp as a name-your-own-price download. As Patricia Madej described in her review, it’s the kind of album “you’ll find yourself humming” as you “notice the small jangly, irresistible details” of each song. Stream and download “Bulldog” below and get the full album here. Roof Doctor plays a record release show at PhilaMOCA tonight; information can be found here.
Folkadelphia brought in Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors for a live session back in October, and fittingly chose the early days of spring to share the resulting outdoorsy recordings. Found via word-of-mouth, the band proved why their fans are so supportive of and excited by the “honest, down-to-earth, and catchy pop & rootsy Americana music” the Tennessee natives create. Stream and download the full session below.
Local favorites DRGN King have returned with a new single called “Solo Harp” this week. Following last year’s Paragraph Nights full-length, the new track moves in a different direction with swirling guitars, a distorted found-audio clip and sun-bathed vocals not unlike Dr. Dog’s mellower tunes. Stream and download the song below and stay tuned for more from the band’s forthcoming second LP. DRGN King play Boot & Saddle on April 20th; tickets and information can be found here.
Recent World Cafe subjects Lake Street Dive performed a version of “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5 during their session with host David Dye. Featured as a My Morning Download, the song opts for a dimly-lit jazz club vibe with heavy stand-up bass notes accompanied by soulful vocal harmonies and steamy horns. Stream and download the song here. Lake Street Dive returns to Philly on April 2nd for a sold out show at Union Transfer.
DRGN King have followed up last year’s Paragraph Nights LP with a new single called “Solo Harp.” Premiered over on No Fear of Pop, the “mood setting track” is a bit more languid than those on its predecessor, opening with a swirling guitar line and blooming reverb before cutting down to a warm bass track that holds up relaxed vocals from front man Dom Angelella. The song is taken from a forthcoming sophomore effort from the band, expected to be released this summer on Bar None Records. Take a listen (and get a free download) below, and catch DRGN King live at Boot & Saddle on April 20th.
Like a punkier Philly version of TV On the Radio, indie-rock quartet DRGN King headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Though the group hasn’t released anything new since 2013′s Paragraph Nights, they’ve been more than active playing at festivals, recording a Daytrotter session, recording videos (i.e. this cover of The Dead Milkmen’s “Punk Rock Girl”) and more. Oh, and they’ve been playing a ton of shows. Come hang out with them tonight at 9:00 along with local rockers Mumblr and New York-based band Porches. Tickets for the 21+ show are $10 and can be purchased here.
Dominic Angelella of Philly indie-pop quartet Drgn King revived an old local favorite when he played for Root Down in the Shadow‘s “Cover Club” series recently at Nomad Recording Studios. With his electric guitar in tow, Angelella took on The Dead Milkmen’s 1988 hit single “Punk Rock Girl,” and delivered it just as endearingly as the original. This Friday, Angelella joins his Drgn King bandmates, who released their debut album Paragraph Nights a little over a year ago, for a show at Johnny Brenda’s. Get tickets here and check out the “Punk Rock Girl” clips below.