Folkadelphia Session: Emma Ruth Rundle

On Emma Ruth Rundle‘s latest solo outing Some Heavy Ocean, she reconciles in a bold and beautiful manner her diverse musical styles and interests honed over the years while performing in groups like Marriages, Red Sparowes, and the Nocturnes. Her voice is truly the centerpiece of the album – strong, defiant, and upfront. Rundle is cast as the beacon of light in a soundscape that exists as dense fog-like endlessness. It’s a sound as attractive and with the destructive potential of a black hole. Space, outer, inner, or otherwise, plays an important role here too. The songwriter has a deep understanding of dynamics. There’s drama, there’s build, there’s tension and release. On this heavy ocean, the waves ebb and flow to create emotional peaks and valleys. All the while, Rundle gives us her monochromatic all, an infinite variety of diversity in between the black of the void and the purest white light.
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Photo Recap: Bosnian Rainbows and Marriages played the First Unitarian Church

All photos by Chris Sikich |

El Paso experimental rock band Bosnian Rainbows is a collaboration between Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, formerly of At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta, and Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes. The band played Philadelphia last night with L.A. trio Marriages; check out scenes from the show in the photo gallery above.


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Bosnian Rainbows at the First Unitarian Church

Texas alt-rock outfit Bosnian Rainbows take over the First Unitarian Church tonight.  The show, which features The Mars Volta‘s Omar Rodriguez Lopez, follows an announcement that the influential prog-rock band is no longer a musical entity.  Lopez has since turned his focus towards the new band, which will release its debut effort this year.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Marriages can be found here.  Watch a live video of Bosnian Rainbows performing “The Eye Fell In Love” below.