Today we got another taste of Cool Cool Cool, the new long-player Philly’s The Lawsuits will release on October 1st. “Long Drive Home,” streaming at Spin.com, is minor key, midtempo and mysterious – we heard the song when the band recorded its Key Studio Session, but it was a bit brighter and more playful there. Here, those carnival keyboards are stripped away and the beat is slowed down, coming off as something a bit more simmery and perhaps sinister – a la David Lynch’s Lost Highway. Or maybe it’s just a wearied piece about travel. Either way, you can stream the song over at Spin and compare it against the Key Session version in the HotBox Studios-produced video below. The Lawsuits celebrates the release of Cool Cool Cool on October 18th at Johnny Brenda’s with the stacked triple-bill of themselves, The Fleeting Ends and The Districts. Tickets and info can be found here.
Philly-based singer/songwriter Joshua Thomas, in conjunction with the HotBox Sessions series, recently paid a visit to the legendary Sigma Studios to do a live in-studio performance of his song “Beast.” Performed totally solo, the track was filmed and done in only one take. The tune, featuring beautiful vocals and masterfully played piano by Thomas, is set to appear on the singer’s upcoming album, which he plans to begin recording in the coming months. Keep an eye out for that, look for Joshua performing at a house show in South Philly on August 17th, and check out the performance of “Beast” below.
Cheers Elephant have been some productive cats of late. The band headed out on a spring tour to SXSW, returned home to open for Darwin Deez at the Church, and somewhere in the mix, recorded sessions for HotBox Studios and Daytrotter. Both of those sessions premiered this week; stream Cheers’ Daytrotter set here (Daytrotter members can download) and watch an outstanding performance of “Leaves” for the HotBox cameras below; love that drummer Robert Kingsley gets so worked up (above and beyond his normal worked-up-edness) that he collapses on his drumkit at the end. Watch for some Cheers Elephant concert news later this spring.
Philly art-pop seven-piece Grandchildren is taking it easy a for a bit – their sophomore album Golden Age doesn’t come out until May, and the only shows on their agenda between now and then are two gallery appearances in Brooklyn – but that doesn’t mean there’s not more new music to be heard. Last week we got another taste of the album in this performance of “End Times” from The Deli Magazine and HotBox Studios‘ resurrected Choice/Cuts session series. Check it out below, and watch their performance of “Sunrise” (part one of the Grandchildren feature) here.
The Choice/Cuts collaboration between our friends at The Deli and HotBox Studios fit nicely into the landscape of music / video series stewing in the city last summer, but went on a hiatus after their Norwegian Arms feature in September so the studio could relocate from South Philly to Fishtown. With the move complete, Choice/Cuts returns with a stellar video of Grandchildren performing “Sunrise,” a song from their new album that they premiered last week. Check it out below, and catch Grandchildren at Underground Arts this Friday March 1st for its South By Southwest tour kickoff show.
The Philadelphia folk rock band The Lawsuits just released a new single entitled “Material Things”. They did a HotBox Studio session performing the song which you can check out below. The Lawsuits have a bunch of shows coming up, including a free performance in Doylestown on Saturday at Maxwell’s on Maine for their Craft Culture Series which features new music every Thursday and Saturday night. The show kicks off at 9 p.m.