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Grandchildren performs a sci-fi ballet in their “Gravity” video

Grandchildren | photo by Avi Gupta | courtesy of the artist

Grandchildren released their new self-titled album last month, and to kick off their US tour the band has shared a new video for the track “Gravity.” The project of Aleks Martray has been making music for the better part of a decade, with Shari Bolar coming into the fold for their self-titled new album,  and they capture the range of it all with the new album, which works a sonic diary to compile pieces of their musical existence. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Grandchildren

“All right, are y’all ready to rock?” I asked the members of Grandchildren as we finished setup and soundcheck in WXPN studios last month…and drummer Roman Salcic had the perfect response: “We are ready to art-pop!”

Truly I love the idea of “art-pop” as a verb. It’s an active phrase, definitely more active than the word “rock” — which, if it wasn’t the name of a legacy music genre named after a colloquialism for sex, would be a simple and unimpressive noun, a word for a heavy and blunt geological material. By comparison, the activity implied by “art-pop” feels vivid and full of imagination. Which is a perfect description of the consistent trait that has defined this adventurous Philadelphia band for the past decade. Continue reading →

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Listen to Grandchildren’s self-titled, Lizdelise’s Holy Matrimony, and other Philly albums out today

Grandchildren (left) and Lizdelise | photos courtesy of the artists

It doesn’t always line up that there are numerous new albums from the Philadelphia region on record release Fridays…but when that happens, we love spending the morning in our headphones and in our feels. Here are four new Philly records released on January 31st: Grandchildren‘s self-titled, Lizdelise‘s Holy Matrimony, Drift‘s Reflection(s) and Sagar Bumsweat‘s Greater Fool Radio. Continue reading →

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Two to Tango: Grandchildren and Balún

Grandchildren and Balún
Grandchildren (l) and Balún (r) | photos courtesy of the artists

When Grandchildren and Balún appear together, on August 23 at PhilaMOCA, the skronky, harmonious Philadelphia ensemble and the rhythmic Puerto Rico dream pop team bring with them arts, smarts and indigenous sounds on its newest albums: Grandchildren with OK, I’m Waiting, and Balún, with Prisma Tropical. We caught up with them right before they hit Philly. Continue reading →

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Grandchildren and Vessna Scheff benefit shows to support Big Picture Alliance and Aspiring Young Artists

Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist
Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist

Grandchildren‘s Aleks Martray has teamed up with fellow Philly musician Vessna Scheff to put together a short series of benefit shows. In a fundraising effort for local youth film and music programs, the two artists have assembled a variety of local musicians to perform at Boot & Saddle on November 16. The second show, November 17 at Warehouse on Watts, will feature youth films and musical performances. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grandchildren at Parks on Tap, Honeytiger at Kung Fu Necktie

Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist
Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist

It seems local indie art-pop outfit Grandchildren have been steadily releasing new material lately (which we’re more than okay with) such as their acoustic video series and the new side project of Baby & Shylow. And now you can catch them live and in person (and free!) at tonight’s Parks on Tap performance. Find info on the event here, and watch their recent acoustic rendition of new track “Okay I’m Waiting” below. Continue reading →

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Watch Grandchildren unveil an unreleased song for their new acoustic video series

Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist
Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist

The acoustic sessions keep rolling out from Philly art-pop group Grandchildren, and it sure seems like they won’t be stopping soon. After we noticed a new clip from the group’s vocalists Shari Amanda and Aleks Martray as Baby & Shylow earlier this week, Grandchildren have announced a new acoustic vid series called At Home With Grandchildren. It’ll feature tunes from the band’s next album — which as of now does not have an announced release date — and will be filmed all across Philly. Continue reading →

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Watch Grandchildren’s Aleks and Shari perform as Baby & Shylow in a Random Tea Session

Baby & Shylow | photo via artist’s Facebook page

It’s been a year since vocalist Shari Amanda moved from Raleigh, North Carolina to Philadelphia to join local art-pop ensemble Grandchildren. After seeing her debut in the new “Phantom Pains” song and video this spring, we also connected the dots between Shari and Baby & Shylow, a folk-oriented duo project featuring Grandchildren frontman Aleks Martray.  Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Grandchildren close the emotional gap and introduce a new voice on “Phantom Pains”

Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist
Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist

As Philadelphia art rock ensemble Grandchildren puts the finishing touches on their as-yet untitled fourth LP, they’re also introducing a new member to their ranks. Vocalist Shari came on board this year — though she’s been close with the band for six years — and is showcased in Grandchildren’s latest single “Phantom Pains,” which we’re excited to debut for you today.

They met when the band was on tour in 2011 and played a gig in Shari’s hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. She’s stayed in touch with frontman and songwriter Aleks Martray in the time since, developing a friendship over a wide range of musical tastes — classic Motown, modern EDM, Broadway and more. They collaborated in the past on the acoustic project Baby & Shylow, and with Shari’s move to Philadelphia this year, she’s now fully involved in the writing and recording of the band’s next phase.

Over email, Martray tells us that Shari brings a new energy and dynamic to Grandchildren’s process. “She grew up singing in church and harmonizing with family on long drives, so music for her is very intuitive,” he says. “I’ve always been a much more cerebral composer, but collaborating together has brought out a whole new side of us both. It really comes through naturally in the new music, in our harmonies and in our live performances. We’re writing and playing more from the heart, and you can hear it.” Continue reading →