Baltimore band Secret Mountains were the subject of Weathervane Music’s latest Shaking Through episode. Tasked with writing a complete song in two days, the dreamy folk six-piece came up with the beautifully meaningful “High Horses”. You can download it for free below, and watch the episode here.
Local emcee Ethel Cee was featured in this week’s Key Studio Session. The deftly talented rapper has a background in slam poetry performance but latched onto hip-hop after experimenting with adding music to her spoken word pieces. Head here to watch the video of Ethel Cee’s performance and download “End It On This” below.
Witty hip-hop group Ground Up dropped their new mixtape on Tuesday over at datpiff.com. The Philly trio will be playing a record release party at The TLA on September 29th but before then, get yourself a download of the album below.
Brooklyn indie band Grizzly Bear had a smash with 2009’s Veckatimest. Now they’re back with a new collection of songs featured on the just-released album Shields. “Yet Again” is one of those tracks that hooks right into your brain, in a good way. You can get a free download of the track below in exchange for your email.
Tamarin is a local folky band with some real country twang. They are releasing a new album on October 9th called Shake the Ghost and to get you ready, they’ve posted the song “Seems a Laugh” as a free download on their Soundcloud. Take a listen below.
As though the song couldn’t get any catchier already, Philly lo-fi disco duo Night Panther – descendants of White Birds and Drink Up Buttercup – recorded and released a cover of Grizzly Bear’s hit “Two Weeks” last month. It’s a bright and blooming rendition, reaching for (and getting close to) Passion Pit stratospheres. Download it below, and catch the band in concert this Saturday night, September 15, when it performs at Kung Fu Necktie with Maria Minerva. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10 and available here.
Grizzly Bear have announced the release of its new album on September 18th. The album is yet-to-be-titled and the band launch a massive tour in the Fall. No Philly date has been scheduled yet. If you have any concern at all that Grizzly Bear won’t play Philly, the band will be in Washington, D.C on September 20th and 21st and in New York on September 24th. Complete tour information is here. Below, listen to the new song “Sleeping Ute.”
This month’s episode of Shaking Through—the online audio and video collaboration between Weathervane Music and WXPN—features a song by Family Band titled “Again.” The Brooklyn-based act is composed of husband-wife duo Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin as well as family friend Scott Hirsch; the episode was curated and produced by Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear.
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With one EP and one full length under their belts, Family Band has traditionally recorded within the confines of their hand-built cabin in the Catskill Mountains of New York. “I totally respect making records on your own,” says Rossen. “That’s how we’ve always done everything. But I just thought it was a great opportunity for them to get in with somebody outside of their inner circle, to work with somebody else to finish something. And I’m not really used to working with other bands, so it was a fun way for me to get outside of my own circle too, to try something with somebody else.”
He continues, “Showing the process shows the effort that went into what [Family Band] made. So you appreciate what it means to listen to the music they make; you understand the effort and the heart that goes into it. That’s great.”
You can watch the finished video and listen to the track below; visit the Shaking Through website to see photos, interviews, and more from the session.
Family Band is the Catskills-based duo of Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin. The two recently recorded a session for Shaking Through, WXPN and Weathervane Music’s online video and audio initiative for emerging bands. The session was curated and produced by Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear.
The full episode will be released on Tuesday, September 20th. Below, watch a preview of that session for the song “Again.”