Building up the anticipation for their forthcoming record To Suzie, local country outfit Morning River Band have made lead single “Lefty’s Last Blues” available for streaming. With sauntering, strummy acoustic guitars and twangy pedal steel guitars backing up some down-home, porch-swinging vocals, the initial summery sound of the track hides the seriousness of its message, namely the consequences of alcoholism. Morning River Band will release To Suzie on May 21st and will celebrate with a show at MilkBoy Philly on May 17th with John Train and The Miners. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Stream “Lefty’s Last Blues” below.
Liz and the Lost Boys is a Philly-based act I was happy to make the acquaintance of this week after their slot opening for William Tyler at Ortlieb’s Lounge on Sunday. The project of Philly songwriter Liz Ciavolino has been around since 2009 dabbling in various breezy, exploratory sounds led by ethereal harp, folksy guitar and jazzy keys and vocals. Their debut EP All My Charm and Grace was a breathtaker, and since its late 2011 release, the project has expanded into a four-piece band configuration. It just wrapped up recording a full-length record with Arc in Round’s Jeff Zeigler at Uniform Recording, and will play its album release at MilkBoy on June 14th. (It also just recorded a Key Studio Session, which you’ll hear in a couple weeks.) Today, the band released the first single from the album called “Escape.” The wandering, whimsical song can be streamed below, or downloaded for free at Liz and the Lost Boys’ Bandcamp page.
Brooklyn dream pop duo Field Mouse premiered a new song on locally based music blog YVYNYL a couple of months ago. “Tomorrow is Yesterday” is an upbeat, power pop spin on breezy shoegaze and is expected to be included on an upcoming full-length. Fitting in well with Small Plates Records‘ tightly curated roster of indie electro / dream pop, Field Mouse released (and subsequently sold out of) their debut 7″ on the label and followed up the effort with a second 7″ on Lefse Records, which included a cover of the Twin Peaks’ theme on the B-side. Field Mouse kick off a U.S. tour at MilkBoy Philly on Friday with Laura Stevenson; tickets and information can be found here. Stream “Tomorrow is Yesterday” below and get a name-your-own-price download of the single on Field Mouse’s Bandcamp here.
Indie rock four-piece The National Rifle are heading out on a month-long tour of the midwest and southwest, starting and ending in their homebase of Philly. The band plays Ortlieb’s Lounge on Sunday, April 21st and returns home to MilkBoy on May 18th. Tickets and information on these shows can be found at the WXPN Concert Calendar. Below, you can download the title track from TNR’s debut LP Almost Endless, which we profiled earlier this year in the Unlocked series. Read our interview with the band here.
Country singer/songwriter Caitlin Rose will be playing at MilkBoy tonight. Rose hails from Nashville, Tennessee, the heart of country, and it shines through her music. To date, she has released an EP, two albums, and a seven inch record, and her latest album, The Stand-In, was released just last month. The album was released on According To Our Records (or ATO) and can be purchased via Rose’s website, or through ATO’s website. Also through Rose’s website, you can listen to “I Was Cruel” off of her new record, as well as watch a teaser video to her album. Tickets and information for 21 and up show with Andrew Combs and August John Lutz II (of Levee Drivers) can be found here. Below, check out Caitlin Rose’s teaser trailer to her new album The Stand-In.
We had a blast catching the excellent Philly pop troupe Dangerous Ponies in Austin, Texas last week for the MilkBoy / Bonfire Philly-centric SXSW showcase. They’re lively as ever, the new tunes are sounding great, and it’s always impressive to see how they squeeze their many members onto stages of various sizes. With their new Tender Heart 7″ in heavy rotation, we’re excited for their return to Philadelphia next weekend when they play MilkBoy for an EP release show.
Equally awesome is the opening set from power duo Slutever, who were also out on tour this winter and home just in time for the gig. The duo has been working up new material since their Pretend to be Nice 7″, and in the meantime treated us to their raucous cover of Hole’s “Violet” in a free download. With inbetween sets from touring bands from Utah and NYC, it’s sure to be a solid night of Philly-centric lady-centric rock and roll, and we’ve got a pair of tickets for you. Just comment below and you’ll be entered to win; we’ll choose a winner next Thursday. To get your pumped, listen to “Sparks” from the Tender Heart EP and Slutever’s “Violet” cover.
Annachristie Sadler brings her new project Murchant to Puck Live in Doylestown tonight. Formerly one third of local folk collaborators Sisters 3, Sadler’s musical history includes backing up Hoots & Hellmouth and Hezekiah Jones, as well as recording a handful of full-lengths with her sibling bandmates. With Murchant, though, Sadler takes a turn from the three-part indie pop/folk harmonies of Sisters 3 and instead lends her soaring vocals to more mystical, acoustic arrangements. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Reverend TJ McGlinchey can be found here. Watch Murchant perform in the NYC metro below.