JEFF the Brotherhood kick off a two-night stand at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The Nashville band of brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall got the music bug from their father, who has written / produced for Taylor Swift and Reba McEntire. The younger Orralls’ brand of music couldn’t be much further from that of Swift’s though – with a raucous live show and a sound that inevitably finds itself described as grungy, scuzzy and sludgy, JEFF the Brotherhood attract attention through a barrage of loud and distorted but equally quirky and endearing rock songs on their latest Hypnotic Nights LP. Tickets and information for tonight and tomorrow’s shows can be found here. Watch them perform “Sixpack” on Late Night with David Letterman below.
Josh Ritter fans, you don’t want to miss this one. Below, in exchange for your e-mail address, download for free Live At The Iveagh Gardens, 20 plus songs of massive Josh-ness doing what he does best. It was recorded at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin in July, 2010. Josh plays The Trocadero on Thursday, May 16th with the Felice Brothers. Go here for tickets to the show.
Today’s download is “Joy To You Baby” by singer-songwriter Josh Ritter from his new album, The Beast In Its Tracks. Josh’s album is our Featured Album of the Week. WXPN’s Mike Vasilikos writes:
The songs that unfold on The Beast in Its Tracks are the stories of Josh. It’s the most personal collection he’s ever created. It’s an album that documents his recent divorce and what it took to get back on his feet. And while writing about himself may be something that’s been outside of Josh’s comfort zone, this period of time served inspiring as far as songwriting is concerned. While on paper, the typical “breakup” album usually calls for a collection of sad songs, yet The Beast in Its Tracks doesn’t give in to this formula completely. Songs like “Hopeful” and “Joy to You Baby” both fit into the arch of the album and at the same time offer just enough optimism moving forward.
Below, in exchange for your e-mail address, download “Joy To You Baby.”
Even though his Josh Ritter‘s new album The Beast In Its Tracks was written in the wake of his divorce, it doesn’t sound like a breakup album. The album is out on March 5th via Pytheas Recordings, and as NPR Music points out in its First Listen premier of the record, “gentility and empathy are wired into Ritter’s songwriting” so much that the album can be upbeat and even funny while also being profoundly sad. NPR’s Stephen Thompson writes:
The Beast in Its Tracks mostly hovers in a fascinating spot, where Ritter’s emotional timeline is concerned: Even in the album’s darkest moments, he’s more bruised than wounded, yearning to compartmentalize and preserve the happy memories that remain, and recovered enough to delight in fresh romantic encounters. He’s a man trying on newfound wisdom and finding that it doesn’t always fit, but he lands in a meaningful place: processing a breakup as the necessary catalyst for a new reality in which everyone has a shot at happiness.
For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, one of our favorite Philly bloggers, Kevin Kennedy of The Swollen Fox, shares his five albums he can’t wait to hear in 2013.
It’s been a great year for music fans, but it’s time to start looking ahead to 2013. While you ponder your new year’s resolutions, take some time to look at upcoming concerts and releases—there’s a lot of stuff to get excited about. Some of my favorite artists are putting out new albums next year, and most have already scheduled Philly shows as well. Here’s a list of the 5 albums I’m most excited to hear in 2013. Continue reading
Acclaimed singer-songwriter and XPN favorite Josh Ritter is back with a new album and a tour for 2013 that brings him to town in May. In a string of dates announced today, Ritter inluded an appearance at The Trocadero on Thursday, May 16 with special guest The Felice Brothers opening. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, December 14 at noon. Ritter will also release his seventh full-length album, The Beast In Its Tracks, on March 5. In interviews, he’s described it as his post-divorce album, but the music isn’t as much of a downer as that might lead you to believe. A mix of introspective ballads and uptempo rockers, it stands up as a catchy and accessible work despite its weighty subject matter – a testament to Ritter’s songwriting prowess – and is sure to mix well with his lively onstage persona. Below, watch a fan-made montage of Ritter’s Free at Noon performance from 2010; listen to his set from the 2011 Musicians on Call concert here (via the WXPN media player), and listen to a new song “Joy To You Baby” from Josh’s forthcoming album.