The definition of a “dead language” is a linguistic system that has ceased to change; spoken language relies on a shifting structure in which meaning and semantics change based on the contemporary usages of words and phrases. It can be said that music itself is a type of language that communicates emotions and feelings, and if there was a band to prove that Alternative Rock is anything but a dead language, it would be Mo Lowda and The Humble. Continue reading →
Long-time Philadelphia indie-rock favorites Dr. Dog are set to take the stage at the Mann tonight. With over eight albums and a handful of EPs under their belts, the six-piece has a plethora of material to chose from to curate a rockin’ set-list. Their most recent album, B-Room, has a psychedelic flair with tracks like “The Truth” and “Love.” For tickets and more information head over to the XPN Concert Calender. Below, check out the music video for “Shadow People.” Continue reading →
Local indie rockers Southwork will play Johnny Brenda’s tonight, celebrating the release of its latest record Wear Your Heart Out. The record was recorded in a South Philly row home on a reel-to-reel tape machine owned by frontman Mike Vivas’ cousins. The recordings are raw and heartfelt, just fuzzy enough to sound like a warp-y dream. Take a listen to “Tell You a Story” below and pick up tickets for the show with Tutlie and Purples here. Continue reading →
Folk favorites The Avett Brothers are the headlining performers at Musikfest tonight. Last year, the band released Magpie and the Dandelion and played a phenomenal set at the Mann. Recently, Joe Kwon, the band’s cellist, explored the fusion of Korean and Southern food with Garden and Gun. In an interview with Atlanta Constitution, banjo player, and singer, Scott Avett talked about the various creative avenues he’s pursued from acting to painting, saying “Whether it’s poetry or books or something else, one thing informs the next thing.” Listen to “The Ballad of Love and Hate” from Emotionalism below. Get more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Philly Tapes Philly‘s third release show is just around the corner, and they’ve shared some behind-the-scenes footage of last weekend’s recording session with Roof Doctor and Mo Lowda & The Humble. The local bands recorded and collaborated on two songs, a new one from Roof Doctor called “Two Brothers” and a re-worked version of “Throw Me a Bone” by The Humble. The songs will be released on limited edition cassettes, given away for free to the first 50 people through the door at next week’s show at Ortlieb’s (also free). More information can be found on the event page here. Check out the preview video below, filmed by Bob Sweeney and featuring “Two Brothers,” followed by photos of the session taken by Melissa Roderman.
The project began in March when members of Commonwealth Choir and Big Tusk recognized an opportunity to cross local genre and scene divides by inviting bands into their home studio, The Gun Shop, for one-off recording sessions. The resulting tracks, one from each band, are recorded through an entirely analog process onto 50 limited edition cassette tapes that are given away for free at the subsequent release show at Ortlieb’s, which is also free.
This month will see the Bucks County-bred alternative rock of Mo Lowda & The Humble split with the surf / punk-leaning rock of Roof Doctor, two bands that already eschew tight genre definitions in favor of intricate arrangements and jazzy instrumentation.
Nick Cislak of PTP / Commonwealth Choir was excited to get two bands together that move in different circles but share a passion for supporting and expanding the local music community.
“I already knew Mo Lowda, but hadn’t heard Roof Doctor. When Roof Doctor reached out I checked out [their new album Mobile Freedom Home] and loved it. Getting this many great musicians who were this passionate about the project in the same room together was too good of an opportunity to pass up.”
Listen to “Where the Whitetails Go” off of Mo Lowda & The Humble’s recent debut LP Curse the Weather below, followed by “Bulldog” off of Roof Doctor’s new Mobile Freedom Homefull-length. The free release show will take place at Ortlieb’s on May 29th; more information can be found on the Facebook event page here. Check out the show flyer after the jump.
DC-born downbeat electronic duo Thievery Corporation is closing in on two decades of activity, and the scope of their influence is massive. Without the collaboration of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, there would be no Air, no Four Tet and no Pretty Lights. Their ninth album, Saudade, was released in the fall, and the band headlines the Tower Theater tonight with guests Polica and Break Science. Get tickets and more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “Depth of My Soul” from their recent album, Saudade.
With 20 years in the industry under his belt, singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson released his eighth album Last of the Great Pretenders last summer via Vanguard Records. After scoring a platinum hit with 2007′s succulent pop ballad “Come On Get Higher” (and playing the XPoNential Music Festival in 2008), Nathanson’s fanbase expanded greatly. Tonight, the Massachusetts native takes to the World Cafe Live stage for a show benefiting WXPN’s Musicians On Call initiative that brings musicians to the bedsides of hospital patients. Watch “Kinks Shirt” below and get tickets here.
Signed to Temple University’s Bell Tower Music, Bucks County bred alt-rock outfit Mo Lowda and the Humble is no stranger to the Philly scene. They’ve played Underground Arts, World Cafe Live, MilkBoy and were a featured performer on SoFAR Philly. But the band’s upcoming gig – opening for The Unlikely Candidates at The TLA next Thursday – has to be one of the biggest the band has seen yet. But for a trio with their talent, it’s no surprise.
Mo Lowda has largely been compared to Kings of Leon, due to the deep, raw yet heartfelt singing of Jordan Caiola. His voice is eerily reminiscent of Leon’s Caleb Followill. But these guys reach far beyond any one genre or sound. Known for their energetic live acts, Mo Lowda’s style can switch from alt-rock to jazz funk, head banging one minute and digging into an all-out DMB groove fest the next. The latter thanks in large part to bassist Nate Matulist’s funk-filled bass playing. Combine that with Caiola’s high powered guitar riffs and Shane Woods’ energetic-drumming on drums and you’ve got quite the explosive experience.
The band is still young, having released their first full length Curse the Weather last September via Bell Tower, so this opening gig at the TLA should be great exposure. Plus, they’ve promised new tunes at the performance. Find tickets and more information on the show here. Listen to the track “Where the Whitetails Go” off of Curse the Weather below.
Cat Power brings her solo tour to Underground Arts tonight. Chan Marshall is currently supporting last year’s Sun LP, a record that once again reinvented the singer-songwriter’s sound in surprising ways. The last time she was in Philly, Marshall brought her eclectic new style to the Electric Factory with a mixed media backdrop. This time, it’ll be stripped down and simple. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Nico Turner can be found here. Watch her video for “Manhattan” below.