Thanksgiving’s over, so you know what that means: time for bounties of the corniest, jolliest fa la la holiday cheer. While Christmas classics still run the show, it’s always fun to hear new takes on nostalgia-ridden tunes. Amazon agrees, as they’ve compiled a playlist called “Indie for the Holidays,” which includes a gleeful cover of the Beach Boys’ “Little Saint Nick,” by surf rockers, Best Coast. Continue reading →
In between a crazy months-long tour that took Waxahatchee across the US and Europe this year, and with a fall tour that kicks off in just a few weeks, Katie Crutchfield found time to record a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “After Hours.” Crutchfield is joined by singer-songwriter Kevin Morby on the recording; the duo toured together last spring.
“After Hours” appeared on The Velvet Underground’s 1969 self-titled album. Crutchfield posted the home-recorded cover on her Tumblr, and tweeted, “the world is a dark place. here’s a cover of ‘after hours’.” Listen here. The Waxahatchee bandleader’s familiar voice takes center stage on the stripped-down version, and Morby chimes in to sing a verse. Continue reading →
You’re in for a real treat on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade. In fact, we all are! Listen at 11pm ET on XPN for a full two-hour show that’ll kick off with our latest IRHP Live Session. Joining us in the studio this time around is the Montreal duo She-Devils, whose self-titled debut came out earlier this year on Secretly Canadian. They’ll play selections from the album in our studio in new, amorphous arrangements.
Also in store tonight are a couple of spotlights on new releases, including the latest EP from recent studio guestsPalm and Free at Noon alumKevin Morby. New tracks in the mix as well, so preview them below:
Recalling Glen Campbell’s elaborate outfits, Kevin Morby stood at the center of the World Cafe Live stage dressed in a white suit with a cascade of music notes down the side and rhinestone initials on the lapels.
It may seem a little goofy, but it’s all about balance with the Texas native: lighthearted and charming on the outside, deep and introspective on the inside. Both qualities were on display today as he and and his band joined the Free at Noon crowd in support of his forthcoming City Music effort.
Get warmed up for a wicked run of summer shows at Spruce Street Harbor Park with an evening with legendary Philly Producer/DJ King Britt. It’s all part of the opening weekend festivities for the season at the park, the first-annual UNIVESTival. The show is free and gets rolling at 7 p.m. King Britt is coming up on the June 16 release of After…, the next installment of his Fhloston Paradigm project, which typically dabbles in the techno realm while using futuristic, sci-fi themes. Give one of his live sets a listen below. Continue reading →
She’s new to ATO Records, and soon she could be a household name. For now, we’re lucky enough to experience Margaret Glaspy at Johnny Brenda’s where she’ll play tonight. Last Friday, she released her debut record Emotions and Math. In April, she stopped by for a Folkadelphia Session. Give it a listen below and head to the XPN Concert Calendar for all the details on tonight’s gig. Continue reading →
Texas singer-guitarist Kevin Morby released his third LP, Singing Saw, last month on Dead Oceans Records, and jammed out an engaging set of songs from it for today’s NonCOMM Free at Noon audience. Continue reading →
The house lights were still up and upbeat pop music was coming from the speakers hanging from the ceiling, when unannounced, a man in a coat and winter hat with its ear flaps down to his chin took the stage and began tinkering with a guitar. Just a couple minutes later another fellow emerged from the crowd and sat down behind the keyboard at center stage, seemingly adjusting its volume and softy warming up his fingers with different chords. At that moment, this show stated that it’d be an intimate affair.
Ryley Walker then stepped onto the stage in same way, picked up his guitar and sat down at his microphone before taking one last long pull from his can of beer. While he started plucking at his 12-string, his accompaniment seemed to get louder and the house lights dropped. Walker took a deep breath and murmured a relaxed “All right,” into the mic, as they set up the head of “Summer Dress.” Continue reading →
East coast / west coast musician Kevin Morby (Woods, The Babies) released his debut solo record Harlem River in November. In January, he’ll be stopping by Boot & Saddle to open for Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon, and the two teamed up recently to record “Slow Train” for Morby’s LP. The track is a slow burner, with smooth-pop arrangements and Morby’s easygoing vocals. For her part, Le Bon’s smoky harmonizing gives “Slow Train” subtle dimension and depth. Stream the song below and pick up tickets to their 21+ show on January 17th here.