John the Conqueror
The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Check out highlights from fall of 2012 with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 6, including some hard-hitting hip-hop from Ethel Cee and Reef the Lost Cauze, expressive Americana from The Districts, bright pop-rock from Kingsfoil, dense shoegaze from Nothing and more. Special thanks to guest engineer Chris Williams and production assistants Beth Ann Downey, Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Laura Jane Brubaker, Kyle Costill, Shamus McGroggan, Marley McNamara, and Julie Miller for sharing their work.
Looking for more? Visit WXPN’s Soundcloud page to download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 1 through Vol. 5.
Brooklyn / Philadelphia singer-songwriter Angel Ocana returns home tonight for an appearance at The Fire. His thoughtful acoustic stylings hearken back to Bookends-era Simon and Garfunkel, while his warm harmonies with singer Tiffany Foster recall the more tender moments of Everything But the Girl. Ocana plays second on tonight’s lineup, which begins at 9 p.m.; more information on the show can be found here. Below, stream two new songs he released earlier this week.
Named after the African-American folk-hero who falls in love with the Devil’s daughter, Philadelphia’s John The Conqueror echoes the powerful soul of a man oppressed, and combines that sound with the southern drawl effectuated from being blackout drunk in the back of a stolen pick-up truck. While the band was formed in 2011, their style has deep roots in Delta Blues, Southern Rock and Philadelphia Soul, and they have no problem citing their ancestors as influences. The single is nothing if not good, old fashioned, gut-bucket rock & roll with a modern voice. Their debut album was released by Alive Naturalsound Records and can be found here on their website; catch them live at Gunner’s Run on Thursday, December 6, and at MilkBoy on Thursday, December 27. Continue reading
This week’s Key Studio Session featured Atlanta-born trio John the Conqueror, a powerful blues rock outfit that relocated to Philadelphia last year. The band will be releasing its debut record on October 16th through Alive Naturalsound Records (you can already download a free studio version of the track “Time to Go” on their Bandcamp). Below, listen to John the Conqueror’s Key Studio Session take of “Lucille” and then head over here to download all three tracks.Continue reading