The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Big Footprints Project, Make Music Philly, Light Heat)


Photo by Nina Sabatino
Photo by Nina Sabatino

The Dead Milkmen continue their sudden streak of new recordings with Welcome to Undertown [link]

Light Heat recorded a psych-rock Key Studio Session with some help from members of The Walkmen and Fleet Foxes [link]

Local musicians give back to the community with Modern Baseball-frontman Brendan Lukens’ new label Big Footprints Project [link]

Balto and Holly Williams turn in a pair of great live sessions for Folkadelphia [link and link]

Get to know Sylvia Platypus, Vikesh Kapoor and more in our Make Music Philly Spotlight [link]

Stream Rosu Lup‘s new Currents EP ahead of their record release show at The Fire on July 13th [link]

Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit announced a fall show at the Electric Factory on October 27th [link]

The Key highlights the Firefly Festival undercard with The Key’s week-long Firefly Under the Radar feature [link]

Third Thursdays Live and Local kicks off tomorrow night at Race Street Pier with Dice Raw, Lushlife and more [link]

Stephen Marley remixes his father’s “Three Little Birds” for a new collaborative release in the latest installment of XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week [link]

Check out recaps and reviews of this week’s live concerts, including The Postal Service and Junip [link]

Catnaps say goodbye with a new EP called Forget About It [link]


Folkadelphia Session: Holly Williams (performing at Musikfest in August)

The following post was written by James Clark Conner, recording engineer, Folkadelphia collaborator, and co-founder of Adelphos Mobile. We are frequently in the studio recording touring and local musicians and usually Clark does not chime in with an opinion. Together with our other Folkadelphia recording engineer, Eric Sanderson, the pair are focused on doing their job – making the mixes sound pristine. In the a few rare cases, after preparing the live mix, Clark relaxes a bit to take in the session on a purely enjoyment-based level. We were all quite moved by emotional rawness, deft songwriting, and musicality of Holly Williams and her bandmates Annie Clements and Chris Coleman. Furthermore, Clark was compelled to send me this brief exposition on Williams’ session.

Holly Williams reminds me of Warren Zevon. Not because they write similarly or have similar personalities, but because they are artists with a wealth of talent who, mentioned to the average listener, draw a blank stare. And, for the fact that when trying to sell them to the uninformed, one invariably makes a list of the characters in their respective personal narratives that have achieved a greater level of recognition. With Zevon, Igor Stravinsky, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bob Thorton. With Williams’, Hank Williams, Jackson Browne, Jakob Dylan, Gwenyth Paltrow.

Yes, Holly Williams is the granddaughter of Hank Williams, but she is an artist in her own right. At her recent Tin Angel show, people wiped away tears by the end of the song “Waiting On June.” Honestly, I was nearly one of them. In “Drinkin’,” when she sings the first line of “Why are you drinkin’ like the night is young,” I can see a woman leaning on the handle of an open screen door, saying those very words to her deadbeat husband. Williams is a storyteller, and a damn good one at that. She uses her heritage to weave a Faulknerian web of stories of Southern life across generations, switching seamlessly between the different voices of her characters You really should get to know her. You can start here.

The editor of this piece would like you to know that Holly Williams will be returning to the area to play Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA on August 7th and World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, DE on August 10th