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Download “Mother’s Touch” by Maitland from a Key Studio Session

Maitland | Photo by John Vettese
Maitland | Photo by John Vettese

Maitland is singer, songwriter and guitarist Josh Hines. Originally from Williamsport, PA, Hines now calls Philly home. Maitland plays atmospheric indie folk rock; Bon Iver, Jose Gonzales, and Elliot Smith are a few familiar touchpoints. The band has released two EP’s, (from a cabin in the woods), and Take My Sins, both released in 2012. In the last year, the band has been recording new music, playing live and winning over a lot of new fans. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Maitland

Central PA’s Maitland is a band, but it is also Josh Hines – a cheerful guy with long blond hair, an outgoing demeanor, an acoustic guitar and a knockout voice. Since debuting in 2012, Hines has fluctuated between being a solo performer and working with a band. When he’s in the group setting, they do the dramatic atmospheric slow burn thing; alone, Hines pares it back to Elliot Smith style simplicity and intimacy. That’s the version of Maitland we got when the barefooted troubadour visited XPN studios this past weekend to roll out four songs that, as yet, are unreleased, but if you’ve seen the band live in the past year or so, chances are they’re familiar.

“Mothers Touch” undeniably recalls I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning-era Bright Eyes (and, of course, the older stuff that album referenced: the SoHo folk scene of the 1950s); “Luna” is dreamy, mysterious and Jeff Buckley-ish, “Glimpse” strikes a resonant Iron and Wine chord and “Cup of Love” is a fervent strummer. It’s music that, in this most minimal of arrangements, sounds complete, but at the same time you’ll hear how Maitland the band might build on this foundation – Hines’ percussive playing can hint at larger arrangements if you let it. When it stops by MilkBoy on July 11th, you’ll be able to see in person how the group of players might embellish these songs – though, given their potency, I’m hoping for a solo Hines moment or two.

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FeedbackLoop celebrates its first year with a new track from Maitland

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Maitland | Photo by Rachel Barrish | facebook.com/rachelbarrishtakesphotos

We’re used to PA natives Maitland providing us with chillingly ethereal and beautiful tracks, but there’s something about the raw power of an acoustic session that manages to delve even deeper into the soul. Josh Hines of Maitland performed a stripped down version of a new track, “Luna”, for the latest FeedbackLoop session, and the track is soft and poignant as ever. The band also states that they’ve recently “graduated from a two-piece to a full band.” The track was recorded at Kawari Sound Studios, and you can get the full band version of the track as well as other indie jams with a subscription to FeedbackLoop – a Philly-based digital music discovery service that celebrates its first year and 21st session with Maitland’s episode. Croon with Hines via the video below.

Maitland – “Luna” – FeedbackLoop Sessions from FeedbackLoop on Vimeo.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Melody Chiang’s Top 5 Philadelphia Transplants of 2013

Radiator Hospital | via Facebook
Radiator Hospital | via Facebook
Year End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2013 awesome. In this installment, photographer Melody Chiang shares the best of who’s new to town.

When I first moved to Philadelphia four years ago, alot of people questioned my sanity for electing to leave California. In the beginning, I stayed almost exclusively inside the comfortable, familiar bubble of University City. But with help from some friends, locals, and of course the XPN crew, I began to spend more time exploring other parts of the city and getting to know Philly’s amazing, rollicking music scene a little. Now as I head into my final semester of college that will quickly be followed by another period of terrifying transition, I’ve discovered that I’ve kind of fallen in love with this vibrant, unapologetically spirited, sometimes disconcerting, one of a kind place. And I hope I get to stick around here longer.

So, for my 2013 year end list I wanted to compile my favorite recently local acts who, like me, all hail from elsewhere but have come to call Philadelphia home. Here are my top five Philly transplants of 2013:

5. Maitland
Maitland originally hail from Williamsport, PA. Josh Hines and Jeff Mach play gorgeous atmospheric folk songs that have oft elicited comparisons to Bon Iver and Jose Gonzales. Their EP (from a cabin in the woods), which was technically released last fall in 2012, is sonically minimalistic but chock full of natural imagery and nostalgic snapshots in time.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Their/They’re/There at First Unitarian Church, York Street Hustle at World Cafe Live, John the Conqueror at Boot and Saddle and more

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kevin Devine at Union Transfer, Rosu Lup at Milkboy, Devin Tuel at Tin Angel and more

Photo credit: Sean O'Kane Photography
Photo by Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

Indie rock singer-songwriter Kevin Devine plays Union Transfer tonight. Devine put out two new records last month on his own label, showing two distinct sides to himself - Bubblegum is an amped-up rock and roll collection, while Bulldozer comes from a singer-songwriter direction.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Watch the video for “Bubblegum” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Districts at North Star Bar, Commonwealth Choir at The Fire, The Sun Flights and Maitland at Melodies Cafe

Photo by Eric Ashleigh
Photo by Eric Ashleigh

The Districts return home for a show at North Star Bar tonight.  The Lancaster outfit spent the time since their knock-out XPoNential Music Fest appearance touring from Detroit down to New Orleans, even stopping in Rock Island, IL to record a Daytrotter Session.  Tonight the young roots rock band will play alongside Rosu Lup, Coronado and Pine Barons – tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Watch The Districts’ recent Out of Town Films video below.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Patty Griffin, Maitland and Reef The Lost Cauze) )

MIsModern Inventors performed five mostly-unreleased songs for a Key Studio Session, filmed by Out of Town Films [link]

PhilaMOCA programmer Eric Bresler previews Cinedelphia‘s Tuesday Tune-Out series for April [link]

Meet Dante Bucci, the local musician who kicked-off WXPN’s Philly Local Busker Series at The Porch at 30th Street Station this week [link]

Watch local folk duo Maitland perform “Embers” in advance of their Friday, April 5th show at The Trocadero balcony [link]

Mayer Hawthorne‘s new song “Designer Drug” was Tuesday’s My Morning Download [link]

JUMP Magazine shared their recap and photos of Plow United‘s Saturday night show at The Barbary [link]

Stream and download Burn the Wish from local duo Great Red Spots, recorded at West Philly DIY space Sprinkle Kingdom [link]

Reed The Lost Cauze is back with a debut podcast/free download called REEF RADIO, [link]

Unlocked digs into RestorationsLP2 ahead of their record release show this Friday [link]

Take a listen to Wrong World‘s “See These Streets” and see them open for Bleeding Rainbow and The Cave Singers on Thursday [link]

Patty Griffin was spotlighted on XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with “Ohio,” featuring Robert Plant [link]

NPR Music’s First Listen is streaming Kurt Vile‘s Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze before the album’s official release next week [link]

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Watch Maitland perform “Embers” for Weekender Sessions (playing The Trocadero Balcony on 4/5)

578569_454044181305953_1251288192_nThings that come to mind while listening to Williamsport’s Maitland: skipping stones, fishing in creeks, running barefoot, rolling down hills.  The guitar / drum duo’s 2012 recording (from a cabin in the woods) packs all of the nostalgia and rosy-colored memories of “friendship, youthful journeys and passion” into five simultaneously pin-pointed and expansive tracks that recall the rustic simplicity of early Bon Iver.  Now based in Philadelphia, Maitland will play the balcony of The Trocadero this Friday, April 5th; more information can be found here.  Watch a recording of the pair performing “Embers” from their EP for Scranton’s Weekender Sessions below and get a download of (from a cabin in the woods)‘ centerpiece “Drop Down” via Deftune.