Madalean Gauze released her new project Cool and Fun on July 1st, and the Philadelphia singer-songwriter has succeeded in crafting an EP that lives up to its name. The fast six-track record encompasses a bunch of different sounds, quickly moving from silly to intense to rocking but all cool, all fun. Continue reading →
Following 2015’s debut LP Sing, Madalean Gauze‘s next project is here at last. On July 1st the Philadelphia singer-songwriter released her new EP Cool and Fun, and that’s definitely what it is: cool, fun, intense, and all-around awesome. From the beginning everything-goes title track to the beautiful slow burner “Too Hard” to the building, rocking album closer, the indie artist once again realizes a record that was long in the making but worth the wait. Continue reading →
“A lot of music, on a smaller scale.” That’s the idea behind the National Park mini-festival, which brings six bands to the stage at Bourbon and Branch next Saturday.
Coordinators of this event recognize the indifference experienced by many concertgoers when forced to sit through long sets of bands they don’t know in addition to long changeover times while waiting for the act that they came to see. National Park intends to remedy this in a way that encourages listeners to pay attention to new acts in hopes that they’ll discover more local music.
Philly’s Camae Defstar is the longtime organizer of the ROCKERS series, and also creates aggressive spoken-word sound-art under the name Moor Mother, which just signed to Don Giovanni Records. Tonight, the final ROCKERS happens at Community Futures Lab Everybody Hits, and Moor Mother performs along with The Kominas and Ghetto Songbird. More information can be found at Facebook; listen to “Deadbeat Protest” below.
We’re still reeling from a mindblowing opening night of #KeyFest over here at XPN HQ – pictures later today! – but there’s plenty more where that came from. Tonight at MilkBoy, we celebrate the vibrant sounds that come from DIY basements and indie rock bars around the city. Read on for an overview.Continue reading →
Memphis native Julien Baker brings her debut solo LP to Boot & Saddle tonight. K. Ross Hoffman explored Sprained Ankle for a Key profile last week, noting that that the songs are “harrowing stuff; an impressionistic but unflinching annal of addiction, self-loathing and spiritual crisis…” set up against “unadorned but graceful melodies and simple, minimal acoustic guitar and piano arrangements.” Listen to “Something” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show with Abi Reimold here.
Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, WXPN program director Bruce Warren shares five musicians she found on Spotify in 2015.
This past Thanksgiving The Key’s John Vettese wrote about the 15 Philly songs we’re thankful for. The songs were just a small snapshot of by Philly’s vibrant music scene, represented by the likes of Hop Along, Jazmine Sullivan, Kurt Vile, Agudos Clef, Hemming, Hezekiah Jones, Lithuania, Lushlife, Jill Scott, and others. What stood out to me in Vettese’s article then, and what’s stood out to all of us at The Key for the last several years is how wonderfully diverse, and prolific, the music scene in Philly continues to be. Continue reading →
Philly singer-songwriter Madalean Gauze caught a lot of people’s attention last weekend when she delivered a kickass performance of “Gloria” in our tribute to Patti Smith’s Horses. Obviously, there’s a reason we asked her to take that lead-off spot: her debut album Sing was one that demanded attention. A collection of eleven emotionally raw and beautifully arranged tracks came together to create one our favorite albums of the year. You can hear her play many of the songs tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with fellow local rockers Woven In, making for one hell of a lineup. For more information on the show go to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
To say that we here at XPN are excited about the debut LP from Philly indie-rock songwriter Madalean Gauze may be a bit of an understatement. Ever since we talked to her earlier this fall about the long and often turbulent process of getting this album to the public, we have eagerly awaited its release. The wait is thankfully over, as the talented singer-songwriter has released her album, Sing, in its entirety via her Bandcamp and it does not disappoint. Continue reading →
Philly’s Madalean Gauze is getting set to release her debut LP, Sing, this December. It’s a moody, haunting collection for the fall, and it was a long time coming – Gauze made it during a long process of recording and re-recording until she felt it was perfect. Hearing the title track for the first time, she tells us, “really made me feel like everything I went through since deciding to be a musician was worth it. All the nights playing in dark bars, the feeling of being ignored by the audience all the anxiety … The album Sing really pushed me. It made me completely broke, and I now live with my parents, but I am so proud of my work. I think that is all that matters in the end.” Continue reading →