Tamar Dart, aka Little Strike, has just released a new single, “Loaded Gun,” and it sounds as though it was drawn from a Gabriel García Márquez novel. Dart’s captivating, breathy vocals drive the song, acoustic guitar accompanied by a doleful trumpet melody. She included found sounds from a trip to Ecuador, creating an atmosphere of mysticism and wonder. The song explores the interconnected energies of the universe. Continue reading →
The city of Philadelphia has a very incredibly vibrant music scene and a rich music history that spans genres. But imagine if those two intangible things could become more of a direct resource for the adolescents of the city who are in school and have a passion for creating music. That’s where Aspiring Young Artists steps in.
While most schools can only advocate for more funding so they don’t have to make really hard choices, like cutting out art programs because of lack of funds, AYA cuts out the middle man and connects North Philadelphia students from schools like Youth Build Philadelphia, Kensington CAPA and Olney Charter High School with local artists who teach them how to compose their own music and expose them to the beautiful things that are happening in their hometown’s music scene.
Recently I was able to sit with AYA’s founder Ricky Strickler about how the music programs and the local artists that lead them have made an impact on its students. Continue reading →
When you’re first presented with the idea of electronic world folk music, it may be an odd concept to wrap your head around. But once you hear the music of Middle Eastern born, Philly-based singer and songwriter Little Strike, the genre makes a lot more sense.
Tamar Dart, the force behind Little Strike, has been popping up on concert bills over the past few years – last year included a performance Pub Webb and a set at Apiary Magazine Issue 9 launch party. Her sound mixes charming, unhurried guitar melodies, beats made from found sounds, and cutting, introspective lyrics that relate to themes of travel, and world strife.
“I sort of approach that (music) kind of how I approach my visual art – it is a collage,” said Dart. “The collage will change depending on what’s around.” Continue reading →
Houston’s Cool Moon is passing through Philly tonight at West Philly’s Lava Space. Helmed by frontwoman Andrea Lisi — who was the lead singer of the early aughties’ DIY D.C. power trio, Del Cielo — this new trio still rocks just as hard. Find more info on the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar, then stream their latest album Postparty Depression on Spotify below. Continue reading →
Philly rapper The Bul Bey headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Since the release of 2015’s Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies, The Bul Bey has been active in the scene and has been steadily been releasing videos of songs off the album. Be sure to catch his charismatic and lively set along with Gabriel Wolf and DJ Sylo. Get more info on the 21+ show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the video for The Bul Bey’s song, “Welcome to My Campaign,” below. Continue reading →
Doylestown’s Balance and Composure blesses Union Transfer tonight, in support of their 2016 release Light We Made. Bringing along vulnerable emos Foxing and Philly’s own Mercury Girls (check out our Studio Session with them here), this gig should tug at some heartstrings. Watch the music video for Balance and Composure’s “Postcard” below, and more information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
The moments of inspiration behind Little Strike‘s art are usually global – time spent in Israel, a sojourn in Ecuador, or friendships made in China. But to film a new video for this year’s “Come Out Alright” single, Philly-based musician Tamar Dart traveled just 35 miles to Hammonton, NJ to capture the experience of the town’s annual summer carnival.
The SunDrop Music and Arts Festival’s All-Day Block Party will be held this Saturday, June 4th at The Fire. Picky about your music tastes? Not to worry, the more than eight hours of music will bring a lot to the table, from synth-pop to hard rock to hip-hop and everything in between. And if you’re on a tight budget, once again do not fret — this block party won’t cost a dime. Continue reading →
Little Strike doesn’t have a lot of recorded music online. Aside from 2014’s debut Forever Always Leaving EP, it’s just a Supergrass cover and a single released last year. That’s probably due to the fact that Tamar Dart is often on the road, gathering inspiration and playing shows, which makes the release of “Come Out Alright” pretty special.
Indie-folk group Rosu Lup are performing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band will be celebrating the release of their new album Is Anything Real. Opening the show will be Hemming and Levee Drivers. More information can be found here.Continue reading →