French singer-songwriter JAIN takes over The Foundry tonight with her eclectic, smart pop tunes. Born in France, but relocating to the Congo as a teen, JAIN mixes elements of rumba into her music, which produces an electro-pop world music hybrid that demands dancing. Find out more on tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the stunning video for “Makeba” below. Continue reading →
Brooklyn-via-Philadelphia guitarist / singer-songwriter Steve Gunn was the focus of this week’s Key Studio Session in advance of his upcoming Time Off LP. Backed by a bassist and drummer, Gunn performed three tracks off the album – stream and download “Old Strange” below and get the full set here. He’ll be headlining Johnny Brenda’s on June 22nd. Tickets and information can be found here.
Last Good Tooth ain’t your mama’s (or grandmama’s) folk group. The New York State-based, Providence, Rhode Island-born band have all of the elements of a traditional tribute – often fiddle, banjo, and guitar arrangements accompanying unpretentious and interactive songs, but the overall feel of Last Good Tooth is more contemporary and inventive than that. It’s almost as if, while having a few beers, they spun their parents’ 60’s American folk revival vinyl collection and thought, “we can do this, we can totally do this,” then they kind-of did it. The result is a commingling of Appalachian style music, garage rock, and a tinge of something weirder and experimental. Their new album (and Team Love Records debut) Not Without Work And Rest is uninhibited without the baggage of recapitulating the past – it’s the folk music of today.
Last Good Tooth is an acoustic quartet with a fondness for fiddles, banjos and finger picking acoustic guitars. The band plays a sort of Appalachian flavored indie-folk – a rustic, slightly off balanced acousticana that’s equal parts Violent Femmes, Holy Modal Rounders and The Band on its excellent new album, Not Without Work and Rest, on Team Love Records. The band includes Penn Sultan (guitar), Kevin Sullivan (bass), Arthur Kapp (drums), and Alex Spoto (fiddles) and is originally from Providence, Rhode Island. Formed at the Rhode Island School of Design, the members say they bonded over their love for The Black Keys and Sultan’s love of early Americana music. Below, download “What’s What I Do” from their new album.