Folk singer/songwriter Heyward Howkins plays Ortlieb’s Lounge tonight. Howkins released a single in December 2012, entitled “Praline Country“, as well as his debut full length The Hale & Hearty in June 2012. Go here to watch a video of Hawkins playing his song “Flimsy Stock”. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Break It Up, Dreambook and Taggart can be found here. Below, enjoy the music video for “Sugar Sand Stitched Lip” off of Howkins’ album The Hale & Hearty.
Record Store Day is Saturday, April 20th. Started in 2007, RSD brings together independent brick and mortar record stores and musicians to celebrate music and to offer some amazing special releases. Locally, many stores are participating, including A.K.A. Music, who are teaming up with Philebrity, for an event from 1PM-5PM featuring performances from Restorations, Heyward Howkins, Mikele Edwards, and Bridge Underwater. Below, sample some of the goods, including a free download of a “Kind Of Comfort” by Restorations, which we offered as part of our recent Unlocked series on the band. Go here for a list of participating stores in your area.
There’s a whole bunch of blissed-out folk to be heard at Johnny Brenda’s tonight as Mount Moriah (from North Carolina) and Blessed Feathers (from Wisconsin) play one of the last shows of their tour together. The two acts are an appropriate pairing; Mount Moriah plays stripped down, rootsy country/gospel that focuses on highlighting Heather McEntire’s pop croons, while Blessed Feathers play a more updated kind of indie-folk, full of ambient two-part harmonies and driving melodies. The two sounds complement each other very well, and opening act Edison is definitely in the same realm, offering ambient space rock with hints of violin. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m., tickets and information can be found at the venue’s website. Watch Mount Moriah’s video for “Plane” below.
Heyward Howkins went out to the Kettle Pot Tracks studio in Lafayette Hill recently to record an On the Hill session. In anticipation of the local singer-songwriter’s sophomore LP Cut & Corral, Howkins performed “Flimsy Stock” and “Be Frank Furness” in the intimate setting and answered a short Q&A in which we learn that the record will be produced at Hi5 Studios by Ben Reisman and Howkins himself before heading out to Quentin Stoltzfus (Light Heat, Mazarin) for final mixing. Heyward Howkins will perform at Old City Coffee with Joey Sweeney this Thursday, March 21st (information here) and at PhilaMOCA for March 26th’s Tuesday Tune-Out (information here). Below, watch the video for “Flimsy Stock” and download an iPhone demo of the track here.
I like this new iPhone demo thing Heyward Howkins has been doing. It started back in December with a late-night recording of “Be Frank Furness” posted to the local singer-songwriter’s Soundcloud, and now we get another sneak peek of his upcoming LP with “Flimsy.” Howkins tells us the song is “about Seattle dispensaries, nomads and the rest of the us” and will be on Cut & Corral, his 2013 full-length that follows last year’s The Hale & Hearty debut. Howkins will perform at Old City Coffee for Heyward & JoJo: Alone & Together Again with high school buddy / former bandmate Joey Sweeney on March 21st. He will also play March 26th’s Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA for Philadelphia Area Music Showcase with Auctioneer (information here). Stream and download the iPhone demo of “Flimsy” below.
This month heralds either PhilaMOCA‘s final Tuesday Tune-Out of the winter or the first of the spring, and the lineup that local writer Nikki Volpicelli pulled together has a similar season-melding element to it.
You’ve seen Nikki’s byline here on The Key somewhat regularly; she also an editor for JUMP Philly, and runs her own music blog, Philadelphia Area Music Showcase, which is curating this month at the ‘MOCA. I’m pleased to welcome Nikki to this space (as an interviewee, rather than an interviewer) to tell us what’s in store. All events are at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th Street), start at 7:30pm and are $5.
Coming into the whole Tuesday Tune-Out, I had two goals. One, I wanted to make sure I highlighted bands that weren’t playing out as much, but should – bands that people should know about and be able to hear. And two, I wanted to make sure every single night was compact. If you’re going, you’re going because you like this specific sound, and you’re not going to be let down by either of these bands. Continue reading
Not long after his mysterious new project United Nations came to town, Geoff Rickly performs a set at The Barbary tonight. Dubbed “The Acoustic Basement Tour,” the lead singer of Thursday invited his friends Vinnie Caruana (The Movielife / I Am The Avalanche), A Loss For Words, Koji and Brian Marquis (Therefore I Am) to hit the road following last summer’s Warped Tour. Rickly’s solo work and expansion into other projects follows the 2011 announcement by Thursday that the New Jersey rock band would go on hiatus. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here. Watch Rickly perform Thursday’s “Understanding in a Car Crash” live at Gunners Run in Philadelphia below.