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Indie folk artist Former Belle will be playing at Clark Park Music and Arts Festival from 5:45 to 6:15 pm. Project of singer-songwriter, Bruno Catrambone, the music is chilly while still emotional. In May, the band released “Old Ghost”, a haunting song that parallels the band’s music style. Compared to the previous release, The Cathedral, “Old Ghost” seems more haunted and sparse. On June 23rd, the band will be releasing their newest EP Old Ghost, full of B-sides and other previously unreleased music. Listen to the title track “Old Ghost” below. Get more information about the event here.
Philadelphia folk singer-songwriter Former Belle‘s newest track, “Old Ghost,” has a name that fits its sound. The track definitely has a haunting air to it that leaves the listener with a chill. It’s smooth and easy to listen to, but that’s what makes it even more evocative. That consonant melody with Bruno Catrambone’s breathy vocals is an eerie combination; listening, it feels like someone is watching you. It’s a creeping sensation that will make you shudder when Catrambone voice says the final word and the track drops into silence. The beautiful track is the first to premiere off of Former Belle’s new B-Sides EP, Old Ghost. The EP will be full of previously-unreleased songs, recorded with Catrambone’s backing band, and it is set for release in its entirety on June 23rd. Listen to “Old Ghost” below and see Former Belle perform on June 27th at Bourbon & Branch with Our Griffins, Maitland and Jeremiah Tall.
Jazz-tinged Philly four-piece Liz and the Lost Boys headlines Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Fronted by singer, songwriter and harpist Liz Ciavolino, the band just released a digital single for the songs “February” and “The Forest and the Farmer,” and the new compositions are their most expansive to date. Moving far from the folk-pop of their earliest EP, both new songs are steeped in metaphor and mythology, and harness complex structures for an almost prog vibe. Listen below, and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Brian Walker, the singer and songwriter behind Philly’s A Day Without Love, is more than just a musician. He’s on a mission, and a quite noble one at that, “to bring communities together, and to help them grow” though music. His ideals are taking shape with The Quarterly Project, a digital charity label that aims to “unify the diversity of the Philadelphia music scene while being able to help the youth of the community.” In other words, like several other Philly music musicians of late, Walker wants to support music education for Philly youth, despite state budget cuts.
Walker rounded up 25 local musicians, among them Toy Soldiers, Amanda X, City Rain, and Former Belle, each of whom contributed a song to a compilation called Summer 13. The heavily collaborative effort was released last Thursday, August 2nd via Bandcamp, and all of the proceeds will be donated to the local nonprofit, Rock to the Future – a North Philly-based organization dedicated to providing free music education for undeserved Philadelphia youth.
When discussing the project Walker says that “It is important that musicians from the Philadelphia community do their best to not only network with each other, but also help their own community to keep the music growing.” The Summer 13 compilation became available to purchase via Bandcamp last week, and at the end of this month, on August 29th, there will be a an all-ages listening party/benefit concert held at PhilaMOCA, the lineup of which includes Philly artists such as City Rain, Minka, Song Dogs, and Josh Miller. Stream The Quarterly’s Summer 13 comp below; for more on music education in Philly, read our article about Rock to the Future here, read about the H.O.M.E. project at Andrew Jackson school here, and find out about a rally for music education at Liberty Lands Park starring The Dead Milkmen here.
The excitement is in the air for local harmony-pop group Market East‘s latest album Children of Summer, which drops May 27th. Last week we debuted the new single “To Walk With You.” Today it’s another selection from the new album called “Evergreen”; download the song below, and watch a video of the band performing it in the studio.
We’ve also got the details of the aforementioned special guests of the June 8 release show at MilkBoy, and it’s quite the lineup. Joining Market East will be Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra, Night Panther, Mohican and Former Belle. Tickets and information can be found here, and you can check out the rather pretty show flyer after the jump.
Local singer-songwriter Lucy Stone performs at PhilaMOCA tonight. The Drexel University student has had busy year, recording and touring with Rusted Root last fall, working on her own new full-length currently and accepting accolades like The Deli’s Artist of the Month last year and and an Independent Music Awards nomination for her Would You? EP earlier this year. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Cruiser and Former Belle can be found here. Below, watch an acoustic performance of “Out of Time.”
Matt Marchinowski of Big School Records is moving out of Philadelphia. To celebrate his time here, Marchinowski has pieced together a snapshot of the local music scene with a 27-track mixtape called Philamixington II, available as a free download via his Tumblr. The second installment in the local music mixtape series, this collection samples various genres, circles and side projects with tracks from radio favorites like Cheers Elephant (pictured), basement staples Roof Doctor and The Hundred Acre Woods and new-projects-from-old-buddies like Avery Rosewater. From Marchinowski:
Although April will see my moving out of Philadelphia for the peaceful confines of the sticks I will still consider its scene ‘home’. It wasn’t easy narrowing this collection down to 27 jawns but I can assure you it won’t be the last notch in the Philamixington series.
BEAK>’s sound isn’t far from that of its British contemporaries Hot Chip. Dark melodies and lyrics are delivered with electronic flourishes. The band’s first two albums could be described as dance-ably sad. Fortunately, the reverse (being sadly danceable) isn’t true. Their success is due in part to BEAK> being something of a super group. The trio is comprised of Geoff Barrow (producer of Portishead), Billy Fuller (of Fuzz Against Junk) and Matt Williams (of Team Brick). The group came together officially in 2009 and has released two albums and an EP to date. BEAK> has also had a chance to sharpen its (…beak?) live show with recent international tours. They’re currently on the road again and playing our own Underground Arts tonight with Instamatic. Tickets and information for the 21+ show are available here. Below, stream BEAK>’s track “Mono.”
Bucks County-bred singer-songwriter Bruno Joseph sounds like he spent more than a little bit of time with Bright Eyes’ LP I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning lately. His new release as Former Belle, Cathedral, came out yesterday, and it’s awash in the same rustic-yet-sensitive Americana that Conor Oberst was exploring in the mid-aughties. The music video for “I Was Waiting For You,” released today, is a montage of photos following Joseph out his front door and into the Bucks County pastoral wintery wilderness for a walk. Check it out below, and catch Former Belle at MilkBoy this Friday for the Cathedral album release show. Tickets and more information can be found at the WXPN concert calendar.