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.
Drexel University’s Flux will throw their first show of the year on Friday, January 24th featuring DRGN King and SHMNS. DRGN King had a big 2013, playing a much-loved set at the XPoNential Music Festival in July, recording Daytrotter, Brighton Sound and Out of Town Film sessions and releasing its debut full-length Paragraph Nights on Bar-None Records. SHMNS are a new electro / pop outfit from Philadelphia that released their glimmering debut EP Somewhere Between Here and There in May of last year. Also playing are Mammoth Indigo from Virginia and Boston’s Sparhawks. More information about the show can be found on the Facebook event page here. Watch DRGN King perform “Undertow” below, followed by SHMNS track “Oh! Hallelujah!”
The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m., tickets are $8 and available here. Attendees are asked to bring canned non-perishable food items to donate to Philabundance. Below, watch The Districts paying tribute to Reed at a recent festival with a cover of “I’m Waiting For The Man” by The Velvet Underground.
DRGN King‘s “Holy Ghost,” a track featured on their full length album Paragraph Nights, was recently remixed by Alex Kimble, a rapper and producer from Oxford, Mississippi. The electronic remix bumps like a pop rager while still maintaining the chill vibe and catchy melodic hooks, making it as intoxicating as the original. A good vibe to zone out to, the Alex Kimble remix offers a unique take on a Philadelphia psychedelic / indie band. However, the original version’s chorus still comes out on top in terms of grandioseness. Listen to both versions of “Holy Ghost” below. Also, be sure to check out DRGN King on December 12th at PhilaMOCA with The Districts and Triathalon. You can pick up the full length album Paragraph Nights here.
Philly duo Pattern is Movement brings their high-pitched vocals and dynamic blend of keyboards, vocals and drums to Union Transfer tonight. Gaining notable recognition for their recent cover of D’Angelo’s “Unititled (How Does it Feel),” the group is getting ready to release its fourth album (and first since 2008). Their single “Suckling” is reminiscent of what James Blake would sound like blended with organ-like keyboard vamps and drums. Their music is like nothing out there, and the show is sure to be a treat. Get tickets here. Below, listen to “Suckling.”
Red Bull Sound Select is presenting a night of indie pop at Boot & Saddle on October 24th. The line-up was curated by Making Time and features DRGN King, Cruiser and The Downtown Club supporting West Coast electro-pop group YACHT. Operating as a monthly showcase, Red Bull Sound Select pairs up and coming local acts with established bands chosen by local curators. This month’s event is free with an RVSP, which you can do here. Check out videos of the bands below. Revisit DRGN King’s Key Studio Session here, and The Downtown Club’s Key Studio Session here.