For our first Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session of 2017, we’re delighted to be joined by Carol Cleveland Sings. A multimedia pop group, CCS is formed around the duo of Thomas Hughes (The Spinto Band, The Music Tapes) and singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse. Along with keyboardist/drum programmer Eric Hartman, Hughes and Lohse brought the music of their album Effervescent Lure to our studios.
The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns with an all-new show tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Listen for a number of things that will fill your Friday night with whimsy, including a brand new live studio session with Carol Cleveland Sings! The group, featuring Thomas Hughes of The Spinto Band/The Music tapes and singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse, are pros when it comes to making ear-catching pop as well as constructing mesmerizing video collages. We’ll hear CCS perform songs from their 2016 debut, Effervescent Lure, live in the studio! Also in the mix tonight, new tracks from Europop lifer Jens Lekman, lyrical spellbinder Vagabon and the always adventurous Xiu Xiu. Check out a few of those selections below…
Madalean Gauze, a rumbling rock and roll singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, headlines Ortlieb’s tonight. The 23-year-old Gauze is currently promoting her latest EP, entitled American War, a stunning set of songs she recorded with members of War on Drugs and The Dead Milkmen. Ortolan and Family Vacation are also on the bill for the show. Ticket information for the 21+ is available here. Continue reading →
Volume 4 of Philly Tapes Philly‘s local collaboration project will be released at Ortlieb’s this Thursday, June 26th featuring Gretchen Lohse and Air is Human. The local acts spent a day recording together at The Gun Shop last week and have shared photos by Wendy McCardle and a sneak preview video by Bob Sweeney to show us what’s in store for the new tape. The two songs will be released for free on 50 limited edition cassettes at the (also free) release show this week. More information for the event can be found here. Below, check out the video that includes a snippet of one of the tracks followed by a photo gallery of the entire recording process.
Philly Tapes Philly is back with their June installment. This month the concert and split cassingle will feature experimental rock group Air is Human and singer/songwriter Gretchen Lohse. This spring AiH took over Ortlieb’s in Northern Liberties, while Lohse just the other week played a Double Decker Music concert (read more here). Both bands will perform at the tape release party at Ortlieb’s on June 26th. You can find full info for the event here. Check out music from both artists below.
A couple weeks back, we posted about this the latest installment of the Double Decker Music Series, a new mobile concert event created by local tour guide Sebastian Petsu. In it, local artists perform their music on top of an open-top double decker bus as it drives through the streets of Philadelphia. The latest installment took place on June 1st and featured folk singer/songwriter Gretchen Lohse and experimental guitarist Chris Forsyth, and if you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets (or if you did attend and want to relive the experience), you can watch a few clips of the performance care of local filmmaker Bob Sweeney’s Tumblr. Take a peek below.
One of the more unique live music happenings of the autumn returns next month as Gretchen Lohse and Chris Forsyth perform on top of an open-top double-decker tour bus as it drives around Philadelphia. The Double Decker Music Series was launched last fall by local tour guide and music scene regular Sebastian Petsu; the inaugural show / ride took place in October and featured singer-songwriter Birdie Busch and local experimental / jazz player Charles Cohen. Staging a show in this setting combines the freewheeling nature of an outdoor performance with ever-changing scenery of a drive around town; the music combines with the shifting skyline of center city, almost like a drive with the radio on (except the people making the music are actually driving with you).
In between Lohse’s set of haunting folk songs and Forsyth’s set of cerebral guitar rock, Petsu “will share dry wit and music history about the City of Brotherly Love.” The show is limited to 40 tickets, and are only available in advance; boarding begins at 7:45 on June 1st at 5th and Market Streets, and prompt arrival is encourages (“you can’t show up late, or the venue will be gone”); and in the case of rain, the performance will take place on Monday, June 2nd. You can check out video from that performance here, and get tickets and information on the show here.
Earlier this month at the Communion Showcase, local videographer Bob Sweeney captured footage of The Lawsuits performing “Anybody’s Girl / 25w A19 120v Blues” and Gretchen Lohse singing “Spider at the Gate.” Using both HD digital and Super 8 cameras (with the extra camera assistance of Mike Southerton), Sweeney translated the classic / modern crossover of both acts’ sounds into black and white clips that are alluring and subtly mind-bending. The Lawsuits, who released their debut LP Cool Cool Cool last year, will make an appearance at this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival alongside Our Griffins, Diego Garcia, Beck and more. Tickets and three-day passes are now available here. Check out Sweeney’s videos below and get information about May’s showcase here.
This month’s edition of Communion Club night at Underground Arts gets a seductive R&B makeover tonight with a set from newcomer Johnny Stimson. Flaunting an effortless falsetto range, Stimson’s voice is soulful even as it accompanies more upbeat, dance tracks. Also on tonight’s lineup is folksy singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse who recently released a dreamy video for “Spider At the Gate”. Dig into tracks from both artists below and get tickets here.
Following this month’s strong showing at the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts, the monthly event has announced the bill for the next installment, taking place on April 3rd. NYC pop artist Johnny Stimson headlines, with support from local indie rockers The Lawsuits, Kentucky country bard Sturgill Simpson, and Philly experimental rock duo Banned Books. XPN and The Key are pleased to welcome local folk musician Gretchen Lohse as April’s featured artist as well. Check out songs from each musician below, and get more information on the show here.