Last week, soul singer Milton and art-popper Jen Pague of Vita and the Woolf hit me up last week about doing an on-air collaboration for the XPN Philly Local Show, and what happened was totally unexpected. I figured maybe they’d come in and do a cover, or play one song from each of their albums. So it took me aback when, as I was letting them in the studio, Pague told me “We wrote a song today.” Continue reading →
It was a rainy night in Austin on Friday, making it the perfect time to stay indoors, off of the 6th Street melee and hang with a stacked lineup of Philly hip-hop and R&B musicians. The party at Old School Bar – thrown by promoters What Scene? and record label / artist development upstart RECPhilly – mixed up-and-comers with established names, and kept the room packed with an enthusiastic crowd across the night. Continue reading →
It’s a night showcasing the new sound of Philly soul tomorrow at Bourbon and Branch with a performance by Milton, who just a year ago released an impressive, eclectic record called Simple Pleasures. Jacqueline Conatance opens the show, and we’re hoping she does her knockout Sylvan Esso cover. Tickets and more information can be found here. Continue reading →
If you look at her Patrean page, she is a self-described “songwriter, performer, jazz geek, pop enthusiast, and thoughtful hedonist.” Read her bio to learn that she is “an unschooler, a sex blogger, and a Lindy Hopper.” Check out her blog to find her “thoughts on love, sex, music and ferocity.” She lives in a pink house just outside the French quarter of New Orleans with a studio out back called The Watermelon. Her genre on Facebook is “the good kind,” and has been praised by reputable sources like Washington Post, USA Today, OffBeat Magazine, and even John Oates…just to name a few.
There’s no denying that chic singer songwriter Carsie Blanton has a flare of all her own. And the amount of purity and musical depth she brings to a stage is nothing short of entrancing. Thursday evening, Blanton and her touring entourage brought some New Orleanian warmth to a bitter Lancaster winter at the wood trimmed Irish pub Tellus 360. Continue reading →
2014 marked the official end of an era when Philadelphia International Records closed. The revered label saw artists such as Teddy Pendergrass and Patti LaBelle working with the legendary producing team of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff.
One local organization wants to do Gamble & Huff did for artists. They want to connect all the music resources in the city and make Philadelphia a top music market.
Broad Street Music Group is a name you may recognize. The event production company has been committed to the music scene for over two and a half years. Their goal was to “discovered the undiscovered.” And they’re not slowing down at all. Continue reading →
Though he’s not from here originally, Milton McCauley has a voice, sound and charisma that fits right into the heritage of Philadelphia soul. But even saying “Philly soul” is selling this very talented musician short. Continue reading →
Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Reading, PA resident Milton stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session. The Maryland native surrounded himself with a full band that brought his jazzy, soulful compositions to life. Check out “I Desire to Know” below and get the full session here.
Folkadelphia welcomed back its frequent subject Psalmships in April, recording a live session in celebration of Joshua Britton’s new LP I Sleep Alone. Stream and download the session below, featuring guest appearances by Brad Hinton and Chelsea Sue Allen.
With the XPoNential Music Festival quickly approaching, it’s a good time to get reacquainted with some of the bands that will be performing, like Commonwealth Choir. Originally from Doylestown but now based in Fishtown, the indie pop / rock group recorded a Key Studio Session earlier this year. Get a free copy of their song “Palace” below.
2014 Non-COMM performers The Afghan Whigs will be back in town on October 3rd, supporting one of this year’s best records Do To the Beast. You can get a free download of “Matamoros” below, courtesy of My Morning Download. Tickets and information for the upcoming show can be found here.
Though he’s not from here originally, Milton McCauley has a voice, sound and charisma that fits right into the heritage of Philadelphia soul. But even saying “Philly soul” is selling this very talented musician short. Originally from Maryland and currently based in Reading, Milton – an artist who prefers to go just by his first name – draws from an expanse of genres. Produced by Rob Devious (who also plays keyboards in his live band), the album pulls from jazz, pop, hiphop and electronic groove music. The live band that joined us in the WXPN studios this week for a Key Session adds an undeniable rock undercurrent to the mix as well. “Desire” is a pretty solid sonic mission statement, but the progressive swell of “Slippin Dippin” is also captivating, as is the guitar-vocal simplicity of “Emotion Picture.” Listen and download the set below, and see Milton take on the new Dockside Bar at Dave and Buster’s this Saturday the 12th of July; tickets and information on the show can be found here.
Milton may be new to the local music scene, but he’s already proving to have something interesting up his sleeve on his debut album Simple Pleasures. It begins with a pair of laid-back, groovy R&B tracks that welcome the listener to his sound and are reminiscent of Dwele and Raheem DeVaughn. But then things get a lot more interesting. Dubstep and electronic influences make their way to the surface unexpectedly and compliment Milton’s smooth vocals on “Questions”, the ode to his drug of choice on “Green Acres”, and his falsetto-driven “Slippin Dippin”.
The stand-alone electric guitar and Milton’s impassioned vocals on sensual ballad “Emotion Picture” takes us back to basics before the synthesized sounds return via “G.M.A.C.” He dreamily sings of wanting to fully immerse himself with thoughts of his lover on “Lost” which unearths the album’s ambient undertones that he digs deeper into with “Eros Attraction”. Conflict and tensions arise in the form of “U vs. Me” where Milton finds himself at odds with his partner and questioning “why does it gotta be you versus me?” led by piano. Milton ends the record with the forward-looking “Curtain Call” where he sings of moving on and letting go. Through interesting production choices, Milton takes traditional R&B to the next level on his impressive debut.
Hard Rock Philly welcomes Milton to its stage on March 30th for an album release show. Get tickets here and listen to “Questions” below.