Local feel-good dance rockers Free Energy have premiered a new track called “Wild Life” on their Soundcloud. The hooky, guitar and piano driven song comes as a b-side to Love Sign single “Girls Want Rock“; 500 copies will be released on vinyl for Record Store Day (Saturday, April 20th). XPN welcomes Free Energy to North Star Bar with Deap Vally on May 4th. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Free Energy will also take part in WXPN’s Non-COMMvention at World Cafe Live the following week. Stream “Wild Life” below and get more information about Record Store Day here.
Philly pop-rock good ol’ boys Free Energy are wrapping up their winter tour in support of the new Love Sign LP, and just announced a new local show – Saturday, May 4th, playing the North Star Bar with L.A.’s Deep Vally. Tickets for the 21+ show are $12 and on sale now. Free Energy will also be playing WXPN’s NonCOMMvention the following week at World Cafe Live. Below, watch the color-splattered video for “Electric Fever” from Love Sign.
The SXSW PHL showcase wasn’t the only place to see musicians from the Delaware Valley last week. A wide variety of musicians from the region made the trek, with a wide variety of approaches. For instance, Wilmington’s New Sweden took the barn-burning powerhouse approach, not only playing a packed tour on the way down, but jamming in an impressive (and as yet unquantified) number of SXSW showcases into its itinerary between Monday and Saturday. Other artists took it light, by comparison.
We caught Kenny Vasoli’s Vacationer in their last show of South By Southwest on Saturday night at the infamous Hype Hotel venue, sponsored by The Hype Machine. It was the breezy electronic pop band’s second of two shows, and the relaxed pace left Vasoli in the most exuberant of exuberant moods during their set.
“This has been the best experience I’ve ever had at South by Southwest,” he reminded the crowd at uber-frequent intervals. Like, seriously, in between every song of their 30-minute set. “It’s been such a great few days, and I’ve got all of you to thank for that.” Back in his old pop-punk band The Starting Line, Vasoli probably got swept awat in the hammering gauntlet that the industry festival can be – hence the easygoing approach this time. He’s not alone. Continue reading →
The Hot Philly 15 is a completely subjective list of Philly-made and Philly Local music happenings we love this week. It’s somewhat informed by what we’re playing on the radio, what we’re blogging about and what you’re talking about.
2 – The Delfonics – Who would have thought 45 years after the release of “La La Means I Love You,” William Hart would still be kickin’ it? Listen to Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics here. Download the new song, “Enemies” here.
3 – Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel: Philly Bands heading to SXSW include: DRGN KNG, Blayer Pointdujour and The Rockers Galore, Creepoid, Lantern, Bleeding Rainbow, Norwegian Arms, A Life Once Lost, Dangerous Ponies, The Fleeting Ends, Lushlife, The Kalob Griffin Band, Katie Frank & The Pheromones, Nothing, Cold Fronts, Free Energy, Thee Idea Men. If we forgot you, sorry. We never got your press release.
4 – Chill Moody: We want him to be the mtvU Freshmen Video of the Week. Vote for him here.
Life-affirming Philly popsters Free Energy contributed a new song to the soundtrack of Crap Kingdom, a new young adult novel by comedian DC Pierson. The book tells the story of a teenager who, per the Crap Kingdom website, “learns he’s the Chosen One in a magical kingdom, and then learns that the magical kingdom he’s the Chosen One in… SUCKS.” Free Energy singer Paul Sprangers wrote a review of the book for Stereogum, and he says that not only is it a lively read, it’s a covert slam on consumerism in 21st century America.
This story is wonderfully entertaining and written at a level appropriate for young readers, however there is a darkness in the content that will the sting the hearts of older, more cynical readers who might realize that they’ve inadvertently sacrificed their personal dreams and fantasies for the crude, fleeting satisfactions of the material world.
Read Sprangers’ entire book review, and download the song “Get Ready” at Stereogum.