Laura Stevenson’s newest single, “Claustrophobe” falls somewhere between country ballad and punk jam, a sound that she works with surprising ease. Released today, it’s the third single from Stevenson’s album Cocksure, which is set to come out on October 30 via Don Giovanni Records. Continue reading →
Laura Stevenson sure has a way with words. Her latest single “Jellyfish” opens with the harsh line “I’m fucking hideous and spiteful when left to my own devices”, and yet still remains deliciously poetic. The song is brimming with self-inflicted venom and heavy choruses that beg to be hummed incessantly. Stevenson, although considered a member of the punk community, churns out upbeat and melodic tunes, despite her knack for dark lyrical content. “Jellyfish” premiered this week over at Noisey, where blogger Dan Ozzi called it “next-level self-loathing.” Listen to the song below; Stevenson’s third full length album, Cocksure, is slated for an October 30th release via Don Giovanni Records, and you can pre-order it here. She plays the Foundry at the Fillmore Philly on Wednesday, November 18th with Matt Pond PA. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Brooklynite Laura Stevenson often gets pulled under the umbrella of punk rock, not so much for how her music sounds but more for the company she keeps: Don Giovanni Records, Against Me!, Gaslight Anthem, Gainesville’s annual FEST. But take a listen to any point in her catalog and you’ll hear smart, sophisticated songwriting with appeal that stretches beyond scenes and subgenres.
2013′s Wheel had a jangling folk-pop vibe in the vein of Aimee Mann, Bright Eyes and Laura Veirs, while her follow-up - Cocksure, due out on October 30th via Don Giovanni – is reportedly more raw. We can definitely pick that up on “Torch Song,” premiered today on Spin, which has a strong power-pop thing going on: a little bit Go-Gos, a little bit Fountains of Wayne. Needless to say, we’ve had it on repeat this afternoon, and are pumped to hear the entire record – and to see Stevenson’s next Philly show, slated for the Foundry at The Fillmore Philly on November 18th. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
While in town recently, Laura Stevenson took a seat on the Space Jam Session couch and performed “Bells and Whistles.” The track comes from the former Bomb the Music Industry! member’s latest Wheel LP. This acoustic version of “Bells and Whistles” is a beautiful finger-picked song about facing the truth and finding comfort in the present.
There is a jangle, a soothing pop sensibility and something uncannily new encased in the sounds of Laura Stevenson. Last Friday she and her four bandmates turned MilkBoy into an echo chamber for the soul.
A voice both delicate and direct, Stevenson aims for the orchestral and the highly intimate on her 2013 masterwork Wheel. The crowd was hanging on her every syllable, often singing along to such catchy works as “Runner” and “Eleonora.” Continue reading →
Little Big League celebrates the release of Tropical Jinx at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The record marks a difficult several months for the band, and tonight’s show will be the last for a while as front-woman Michelle Zauner moves to the west coast. The record, though, is Little Big League’s second overall and first for its new label Run For Cover Records. The collection of cathartic personal songs explore themes of love, loss and growing-up over catchy, edgy indie rock. Tickets and information for the 21+ release party can be found here. Listen to the title track below.
Singer-songwriter Laura Stevenson was born and raised on Long Island with music in her blood. Her grandfather Harry Simeone a successful composer (“Little Drummer Boy”, “Do You Hear What I hear”) and her grandmother Margaret McCravy a singer for bandleader Benny Goodman. Stevenson’s a punk rocker dressed in singer-songwriter clothers with a unique point of view. Like Sharon Van Etten, Sarah Jaffe, and Thao Nguyen (of The Get Down Stay Down), she’s a refreshing take on the singer-songwriter genre; reflective, original and sassy. Continue reading →
Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
DIY punk’s openness, accessibility and ability to survive (and thrive) hinges upon the existence of the right mix of venues. For the most part, Philadelphia has just that. The scene here is so nurturing that just about anyone can start a band, write a few songs, practice them and eventually, play a show. That conduciveness can almost seem passé sometimes just because we’re so acclimated to it, but the reality is that it’s just not like that in most cities. It takes a lot of hard work, some clever maneuvering, and the right mix of personalities to save a subculture from stagnation. In Philadelphia, that means a plethora of non-traditional, not-exactly-legal venues. Pennsylvania’s draconian alcohol laws, along with operating costs that are almost universally prohibitive for broke punks, mean that the vast majority of all-ages punk shows here are happening off the grid in musty basements, dirty kitchens and cavernous lofts, which makes for a uniquely wonderful, but perhaps unsustainable experience.
Daniel Anderson wants to create something sustainable. Since 2011, he and his roommate Ruben Polo have run local label Kat Kat Records, while booking shows both in their own West Philadelphia basement and at others across the city. They’ve also booked festivals of their own, beginning with Kat Kat Phest and culminating with the inaugural TWOB Fest this weekend, which will see local favorites like Kite Party, Marietta and By Surprise performing alongside out-of-town acts like Laura Stevenson, Sundials and The Hotelier to raise money for an all-ages, DIY show space in Philadelphia to hopefully open in the fall. Continue reading →
Local musician / producer Khari Mateen tossed in a cover of George Gershwin’s “Summertime” to celebrate the season. Mateen gives the Porgy & Bess aria a funky make-over with staccato string parts and chunky beats. Fun fact – the lyrics to “Summertime” were written by DuBose Heyward, a relative of local singer-songwriter Heyward Howkins. Stream and download the cover below.
Two Folkadelphia Sessions this week – first up, an endearing acoustic performance by Laura Stevenson, followed by a rocking & rolling set from Brooklyn’s Plates of Cake. The spectrum of music represented by these two sessions is Folkadelphia’s mission in action, i.e. presenting a braod definition of what it means to be “folk music.” Stream and download two tracks below and dig in to the rest here.