Desoto Jones fans rejoice! The alternative rock band now known as KISKA released a collection of unreleased tracks from the recording days of Shapeshifter to form the 5-track Orb Weaver EP. While the band still has no plans of returning, it’s fitting to put the final musical cap on the legacy of another fantastic local group.
Heavily distorted guitars, gritty vocals, and persistent drums are just a few of the things that we love about 90s rock. All of these things (and more) can be found on Philly band Kiska’s new song “68.” Continue reading →
Last week, local indie rock trio Square Peg Round Hole announced a new partnership with Spartan Records. The ambient / post-rock / instrumentalists will release their sophomore LP on the Seattle based label this coming March, but they also contributed a song to Homesick Again: A Spartan Records Christmas Album for the holiday season along with local label-mates Kiska.
Named after a volcanic island off the coast of Alaska, Kiska released their debut self-titled record last month, and it’s a powerful explosion of rock energy. Released on Spartan Records, the album is available digitally as well as on vinyl. The Philadelphia four-piece are headlining Boot and Saddle tonight for their record release show. Get tickets and show info at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to the full length below. Continue reading →
Kiska is not a new band to the Philadelphia rock scene…well, not really. While their self-titled album coming out on October 30 is their first, the personnel have been together for years, just under their previous name Detesto Jones. The name change is significant though, as the band hopes the new album will be enough of a change in sound to warrant a new moniker. To tease the release, Kiska just dropped a new single called “Long Divide.” Continue reading →
Philly’s Kiska are preparing to release their first full-length this fall. The self-titled LP, set for an October 30th release via Spartan Records, reflects the “heavy, majestic, desolate ominous” feel of Kiska, Alaska (the location after which the rock band is named). Continue reading →
He may have just this year released his major label full-length debut, but Queens MC Action Bronson has become a household name for people in the know since debuting in 2008. Tonight, he brings his new LP Mr. Wonderful to the TLA; it’s a fast-paced mix of irreverent rhymes and pointed delivery. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
I don’t want to gush. But I’d be lying if I said that this latest collection of performances from The Key Studio Sessions wasn’t special to me.
In the past four months, I’ve recorded one of my favorite Philadelphia bands of the past 20 years – shamanistic psychedelic rock masters Bardo Pond, whose performance was a thrill – as well as one of my favorite new Philadelphia bands – the brilliant duo Girlpool, transported locally from LA this winter with a unique sound and an incredible collection of songs in tow. I also recorded a local guitar icon whose work I’ve admired since I first began covering the scene for City Paper 15 years ago, Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner, doing a set of his raga-influenced compositions on the 22-stringed chaturangui. (Brenner also sat in on lap steel with folk outfit Kicking Down Doors.)
Minneapolis band Hippo Campus made an impressive showing at SXSW this year thanks to the jangly-pop songs on their recent Bashful Creatures debut. You can get a download of “Suicide Saturday” off of the EP here.
When Owen Staszewski isn’t pounding the drums in Ruby The Hatchet, he’s at the mic for another band of heavy rocking Philadelphians – Kiska. The new four-piece is actually relatively seasoned; it formed from the ashes, as the expression goes, of Philly modern rock outfit Desoto Jones. That long-running band had been experiencing shifts in lineup as well as sonic directions, and last year came to the conclusion that it had become a different band altogether. Rounded out by Owen’s brother Adam Staszewski on guitar, alongside bassist Ean Kyler and drummer Adam Francois, Kiska was born, and set to work recording its debut LP. Continue reading →