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The Key Studio Sessions: Jesse Hale Moore

The thing about the retro R&B aesthetic that’s surfaced in the indie rock universe over the past five or so years: so many people do it at a merely superficial level. They do it out of irony, they do it to look cool, they do it for funsies. I won’t name names, but if you know what I mean, you probably know who I mean. And you know that Philadelphia’s Jesse Hale Moore is not one of those people.

This singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has a deep appreciation of not only the smooth and suave style of late 80s / early 90s pop, but also the songcraft that lies beneath. Whether your reference points are Sade and Luther Vandross or the more contemporary James Blake, Moore genuinely loves this music, and it shows in Green End, the record he’ll release on April 7th.
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Fall for Jesse Hale Moore’s soulful crooning in the video for “Leave You Lonely”

Jesse Hale Moore | photo courtesy of the artist
Jesse Hale Moore | photo courtesy of the artist

We’ve been smitten with Jesse Hale Moore for quite some time around here. But recently, we’ve fallen completely head over heels for Moore’s passionate, smooth-as-butter R&B ballads.

After premiering his single, “Leave You Lonely” we heard him on NPR’s World Cafe: Next podcast a few weeks back.  And now, he’s released a video for “Leave You Lonely,” which provides a perfectly matched visual to the song’s emotional, sultry vibes. If you haven’t already fallen for those falsettos, this video will do the trick. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sunwatchers at PhilaMOCA, Agnes Obel at Union Transfer, Jesse Hale Moore at Bourbon and Branch and more

Sunwatchers | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN
Sunwatchers | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

New York progressive collective Sunwatchers head to PhilaMOCA for the night with opening sets by Skull Practitioners and Writhing Squares. These free jazz and krautrock inspired musicians define their own genre through jams of epic proportions, making anyone squeezed into Philly’s favorite arthouse freaking lucky. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Also, check out the band’s Studio Sessions when they stopped by last May. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Jesse Hale Moore oozes emotion in single “Leave You Lonely”

Jesse Hale Moore | photo courtesy of the artist
Jesse Hale Moore | photo courtesy of the artist

In Jesse Hale Moore‘s new single, “Leave You Lonely,” sultry falsettos and a steady, simple drum beat combine with hints of organ and sax to make the perfect moody tune. Reminiscent of James Vincent McMorrow and James Blake, the track paints an emotional and honest portrayal of the end of a long-term relationship. Continue reading →

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Jesse Hale Moore announces residency at Bourbon & Branch with Lizdelise, Settled Arrows and more

Jesse Hale Moore
Jesse Hale Moore | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Local favorite Jesse Hale Moore is taking over the upstairs stage at Northern Liberties’ Bourbon & Branch for a three-week residency packed with friends in the supporting slots. Beginning Thursday, March 2nd and running through March 16th, the keyboardist will welcome special appearances by Koof & Vessna, Heart Harbor, Lizdelise and more while (hopefully!) previewing his long-awaited debut LP.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kristin Hersh at Tin Angel, Jesse Hale Moore at Johnny Brenda’s, Square Peg Round Hole at Crane Arts and more

Kristin Hersh | via facebook.com/strangeangels

Alternative era favorite Kristin Hersh takes over the Tin Angel in support of her massive 2016 record Wyatt at the Coyote Place, a double LP bringing her left-of-center songwriting into tight focus for an engrossing set. The gig is 21+ and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Rosali, Jesse Hale Moore, and William H. Travis team up for a picturesque night of music later this month

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Rosali Middleman | photo by Alyssa Maloof Photography | courtesy of the artist

Hi5 Studio has been host to some pretty great nights of music recently. Tonight sees a rare appearance by Heyward Howkins (joined by Birdie Busch and Roomtone) at their recording space in Old Kensington’s Maas building, and now they’ve announced a show for November 18th with local standouts Rosali, Jesse Hale Moore, and William H. Travis.

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Help Johnny Brenda’s support Athletes for Cancer on December 15th with Jesse Hale Moore and others

Jesse Hale Moore | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Jesse Hale Moore | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Johnny Brenda’s is hosting a benefit on Thursday, December 15th in conjunction with the organization Athletes For Cancer, a program that aims to help cancer survivors rebuild their lives after they overcome the disease.

Johnny Brenda’s is just doing what they do best, hosting killer concerts, but this particular night has the potential to make a huge difference in someone’s life with whatever funds are raised. Continue reading →

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The High Key Portrait Series: Jesse Hale Moore

Jesse Hale Moore
Jesse Hale Moore | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.

For the past ten years, New England native Jesse Hale Moore has been in Philly, turning from film to music, performing at small venues in Philly and New York City, and collaborating with a number of Philly-based musicians in various capacities on diverse projects.

In this interview, in advance of his first full-length album expected later this year, Moore speaks thoughtfully, with poise and deliberation and tones of reverie regarding his evolution as an artist in the city, and returns multiple times throughout the interview to what became a central motif — the importance of the collaborative spirit in the art community, and the accessibility of that spirit in this city in particular. To hear Moore describe it, it takes a Philly village to raise an artist.

Most recently, a collaboration with bassist Dave Hartley (War On Drugs, Nightlands) proved to be a turning point for Moore. To that end, he offers an intimate and profoundly insightful picture of a young artist’s considerations during a sensitive period of creative and professional transition. Continue reading →

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Watch the stylistic new video for Jesse Hale Moore’s “Every Time”

 

Jesse Hale Moore | Photo courtesy of the artist
Jesse Hale Moore | Photo courtesy of the artist

Jesse Hale Moore is setting himself up for a hell of a 2016, which will be highlighted by the release of his debut LP, but 2015 is the year where things really started for Moore as a solo musician. The release of his two singles, “Every Time” and “Holding A Sign” showed Philly music fans that Moore has what it takes to become a name to be known in the scene, and today he has released a video for his debut single. Continue reading →