UK psych pop band Temples will be playing at Morgan’s Pier tonight (and it’s free). The band released its debut album Sun Structures in February. In an interview with the Key’s Nikki Volpicelli, the band tried to explain the spiritual aspect of the band by stating that “Just having a piece of art that’s completely saturated in symbolism and maybe not a direct message there but just the point of… ‘look at this, this is symbolic, isn’t that amazing?’ Not for any particular reason sometimes.” Listen to “Mesmerize” from Sun Structures below. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
At a recent installment of SoFar Philadelphia, Poppy singer-songwriter Kwesi K sang his song “Great Goodbye,” and the most striking aspect of the performance is his uplifting voice and its ability to connect to the audience. As he serenades the room full of fans, his delivery is full of passion. He’s hopeful, with lyrics like “I’m in love, it’s all I need” alongside a catchy melody. The listener feels connected to him on a personal level.
The track was off of his debut album Lovely, released early April. In June, Kwesi K sat down for an interview with the Key’s Helen Leicht where he talked about his upcoming shows, the production of ”Great Goodbye” and 5 records he’d take to a desert island. Catch him every Thursday in July at The Grape Room or in August at the Philly Folk Festival.
Watch the session below.
This Sunday afternoon June 1st, Philly Local artist Kwesi K will be singing “God Bless America” during the 7th Inning stretch at the Phillies game. (Thanks to the Phillies organization for this opportunity.) He will also be part of the annual XPN Philly Local Showcase at the Philly Folk Festival, performing on Saturday August 16th on the Camp Stage. I will begin hosting at 11 am and other artists performing Ryan Tennis, Mutlu and Irene Molloy.
Here’s some info on Kwesi K!
Helen Leicht: How long have you lived in Philly?
Kwesi K: I’ve been in Philly for 2 years and have lived all over. South Philly, North Philly, the suburbs, currently in Conshohocken.
HL: When did you decide you wanted to go into the studio to record your songs? Who produced “Fold” and “By My Side”
KK: Once the songs were strong enough, I met Charlie Patierno (the producer) early on when I moved to Philly and we spent a lot of time working with the songs before hopping into the studio.
HL: You have a new song “Great Goodbye” it sounds great. Where did you record the new music? Who did you work with on this new song? Guest musicians? Vocals?
KK: Thanks! Charlie Patierno produced the song (he produced “Fold” as well) and it was recorded at Turtle Studio in South Philly (Also where Aaron Brown & The Spell recorded his LP). I worked with a bunch of Philly heads..Ross Bellenoit played guitar, Elliot Garland (keys, bass), and Charlie Patierno also played drums on it. Our newest video is an acoustic rendition of “Great Goodbye” featuring Ginger Coyle and Chelsea Sue Allen (Vilebread) shot by Out of Town Films.
Tonight, Colin Blunstone of the Zombies plays World Cafe Live. In addition to his singing Zombies’ classics like “She’s Not There,” the singer-songwriter’s solo work has grown in importance over the years and influenced numerous musicians. Blunstone will perform a mix of his solo material as well as songs from the Zombies’ catalogue with a full band. Go here for tickets and more information. Listen to Blunstone’s “Goodbye Caroline” from his debut solo album, One Year.
The Art Star Craft Bazaar continues today from 11AM-6PM at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Six bands are playing and the music starts at 1PM with performances from Kwesi K (2PM) and Wilbur at 3PM. Go here for more information. Below, listen to “Rittenhouse Suite.”
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The Philadelphia Folk Festival announced their lineup today. The 53rd annual festival is August 15-17th at Old Pool Farm in Schwenskville, Pennsylvania. Some of the highlights of this year’s lineup include Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lone Bellow, Sarah Jarosz, Loudon Wainwright III, Janis Ian, Shemekia Copeland and over 25 additional musicians including Natalie MacMaster, Tempest, the Rebirth Brass Band, The Slide Brothers and more. WXPN’s Helen Leicht will host a Philly Local stage with Kwesi K, Ryan Tennis, Mutlu, and Irene Molloy, David Dye will be doing World Cafe sessions with Caroline Rose and Parsonsfield. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, sample a few of the artists who are performing during the weekend.
This weekend, local singer-songwriter Kwesi K premiered a video for the title track of his new EP called Prounouns over at Impose Magazine. The clip follows a character daydreaming about a woman she has feelings for while getting ready for a house party. But are the feelings mutual? It’s unsure when the woman arrives at the party.
As Kwesi K’s suave vocals and subtle instrumentation builds to a hooky horn passage, themes of relationships, private vs. public life and self confidence are played out in a true-to-life scenario. As Impose put it:
Everything represented in the video thrives on an inclusive nature of close bonds, extended from the bedrooms, the packed house pizza parties, dance floor delights and swimming pool diving sessions. The message here is that love is universal, love is blind, and should be cherished, and always kind.
Chicago indie rockers Their/They’re/There will play at First Unitarian Church tonight. The band is a collaboration of Evan Weiss from Into It. Over It., Mike Kinsella from Cap’n Jazz and Matthew Frank from Loose Lips Sink Ships, and its tour comes in support of the band’s new EP Analog Weekend. Check out their new video for “New Blood” below, read more in Beth Ann Downey’s interview and get tickets here.
Singer-songwriter Kwesi K recently did a Daytrotter session that you can listen to here. He performs four songs, including a cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” as well as “Fold,” a song that’s been getting a lot of airplay on XPN. Kwesi plays Melodies Cafe in Ardmore on Friday, December 20th. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, download “Fold” for free.
Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Kwesi K shines on his latest uptempo number, “Fold”. Lifted from his new Pronouns EP, recorded at South Philly’s Turtle Studios and released yesterday, the song features polyrhythmic percussion and a thumping bass line that is melodic and easy to dance to. Kwesi’s smooth vocal tone is reminiscent of R&B singer John Legend, while the music itself is poppy and more upbeat than the mellow vibe of his past work. Watch the video below. Download the song for free here.