So this is a total treat: last weekend when Stevie Nicks was in town, Candice Martello of local indie rock project Hemming caught the show, and was inspired. She cooked up this lush, layered and aching rendition of the Fleetwood Mac song “Dreams” in her home studio as a tribute to one of her favorite songwriters. “She told me to follow my dreams and so I covered the song ‘Dreams’,” Martello wrote on Facebook, noting that it was recorded in her basement in South Philly “because it’s too cold to be anywhere else.” Give a listen below and enjoy. Continue reading →
Throughout the whole summer, Spruce Street Harbor Park has been holding their “Waterfront Sessions,” where they invite Philly’s best and brightest musicians to grace kicked-back audiences to an evening of delight and thoughtful music. The riverside grotto consisting of hammocks and hanging fluorescent lights features several attractions for all ages to enjoy, from pop-up beer gardens for the grown-ups to plenty of wide open areas for the kids to run around and catch a couple dozen Magikarps (I have to admit that I got a couple for myself as well.)
It’s an interesting change up to see these bands play in front of smiling children playing giant chess rather than in a packed basement or a dimly-lit bar. Last week’s crowd got an extra treat as both Vita and the Woolf and Hemming‘s show on the waterfront went on after being rescheduled from a couple weeks ago due to the rain.
Vita and the Woolf started off the evening with their first Philly show since returning from tour the night before, so the band was in fine form. Vocalist Jen Pague thanked everybody for coming before starting off their set with “Brett,” the first single from their upcoming album, Tunnels. The band, now joined by new guitar player Dane Galloway along with drummer Adam Shumski, continued with tracks from their previous record, Fang Song, such as the bombastic “Mary” and the driving “Diamond Halls.” Continue reading →
Praise the indie concert gods for bestowing us with a stacked weekend of music over at The Fire from September 16th to the 17th. On Friday, one of a kind Philly alt-country rockers Marah take the stage, as well as recent XPoNential Festival performer Ben Arnold. The very next night scene favorites Amanda X joins forces with Candice Martello’s solo project Hemming on a stacked bill that also features Diet Cig and The Obsessives. Tickets for Marah and Ben Arnold can be found here and tickets for Amanda X, Hemming and more can be found here. Check out music from each of the band’s below. Continue reading →
The Spruce Street Harbor Park summer music series continues this week with a pair of local favorites. We fell hard for Candice Martello’s solo Hemming project last year when she released her debut self-titled LP, and even harder this year when it turned into a full band after recording a Shaking Through session. Vita and the Woolf, meanwhile, remains the primary electro-pop outlet of Jennifer Pague and drummer Adam Shumski, who are working on a follow-up to their 2014 debut Fang Song. More information for the free, outdoor show can be found here; watch Hemming’s video for “Some Of My Friends” below.
Philly’s Hemming has become a force of nature on the Philly show scene over the past year. Whether she’s performing with a band or playing solo, in a quiet living room or a loud bar, frontwoman Candice Martello’s cathartic delivery and deep ruminations have an uncanny ability to make a crowd stop and listen.
The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery and Mad Dragon Media will be bringing their “musical concept event” Philly Radness to the Gallery on Tuesday, April 19th at 6:30 pm, which will include performances from Queen of Jeans, Hemming, and a yet-to-be-announced secret opener.
Philly Radness is part of the Phenomenal Radness Project, started by Miami-based artist Eric Cade Schoenborn, that brings together technology, skateboarding, and art. Schoenborn is joining forces with Ed Selego and Philly’s Chris Mulhern to turn the Gallery into an “interactive pop-up skatepark.” Continue reading →
XPN favorite Hemming (Candice Martello) makes folk music with a rock sensibility. Or is it rock music with a folk sensibility? Either way, the phenomenal singer-songwriter is taking her talents to the suburbs tonight, headlining the first installment of the “Philly in the Burbs” concert series. Hemming will be performing alongside fellow Philly acts Up the Chain and Howlish at the Steel City Cafe in Phoenixville. Ticket information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
World Cafe alums Bad Bad Hats play Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The indie rockers showed host David Dye around their hometown of Minneapolis, MN last year for a Sense of Place feature and recorded a session in support of their debut LP Psychic Reader. Check out a video of “Midway” recorded live for World Cafe below, revisit their full feature here and pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show with Hey Marseilles here.
Martello will be joined by members of Cayetana and Three Man Cannon as her backing band to perform a song from her self-titled album that came out last year. The session will be done at Miner Street Recording. For folks who are used to seeing Martello play solo with her electric guitar, this will be a unique experience of seeing her work with a band. Continue reading →
Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, WXPN program director Bruce Warren shares five musicians she found on Spotify in 2015.
This past Thanksgiving The Key’s John Vettese wrote about the 15 Philly songs we’re thankful for. The songs were just a small snapshot of by Philly’s vibrant music scene, represented by the likes of Hop Along, Jazmine Sullivan, Kurt Vile, Agudos Clef, Hemming, Hezekiah Jones, Lithuania, Lushlife, Jill Scott, and others. What stood out to me in Vettese’s article then, and what’s stood out to all of us at The Key for the last several years is how wonderfully diverse, and prolific, the music scene in Philly continues to be. Continue reading →