NEULORE are the Nashville based duo of lead singer Adam Agin and William T. Cook. They met in 2008 and released their debut EP, Apples & Eve, in 2010. The newest song, “Shadow of a Man,” was featured in Grey’s Anatomy and in May they’ll be on the Communion Music Tour with a stop in Philly at Underground Arts on Thursday, May 8th. Also on that bill are Bootstraps, Busy Living, Cub Sport, Joey Sweeney & the Long Hair Arkestra, Heyward Howkins and Our Griffins. Fans of Mumford & Sons, Imagine Dragons and American Authors will delight in both the “folksiness” and the hyper melodicism of this new song by NEULORE.
The World Cafe session with the Wisconsin band PHOX this past March in Austin, Texas, was one of our SXSW highlights. The band did an early morning session in front of an audience, performing new material from their forthcoming self-titled album, out on June 24th. The band is fronted by Monica Martin, a charming and charismatic front woman and musically they’re an inventive indie-folk and pop band. PHOX are playing Boot & Saddle on July 21st. Tickets and more information here.
Below, download “Slow Motion,” the first single from PHOX’s forthcoming album. It’s only available for 24 hours, so be sure to download it now.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Courtney Barnett was barely a blip on the American rock and roll radar when she played the College Music Journal (CMJ) conference in the Fall of 2013, but after a handful of positive reviews including this one by New York Times music critic Jon Pareles, music fans started to take notice. Barnett self-released her album, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, to fairly glowing reviews October, 2013 and since then she’s been signed to a label deal in the States (Mom + Pop), did a tour including a sold out show in Philadelphia at Union Transfer, played at Coachella, and is playing the Firefly Music Fstival on June 19th. The Australian rocker was featured recently on World Cafe in an interview and performance on April 11, 2014. You can listen to the entire session here. Below, download her World Cafe performance of “Lance Jr.” and watch her perform “Avant Gardener” in the cafe studios.
Beth Sorrentino was the singer, pianist, and main songwriter in the 1990s band Suddenly, Tammy! Since the band’s breakup in 1997, she’s has been teaching music in New York City, writing and recording new material, composing scores for children’s theater groups, and performing in clubs. Beth has a new album, Would You Like To Go: A Curt Boettcher Songbook, and it is being released in May on the Basta label.
Curt Boettcher (pronounced BET-cher) was a songwriter, singer, arranger, and recording studio wizard who specialized in multi-harmony soft rock. He produced the first album by The Association (1966), and arranged their major hit “Along Comes Mary.” Curt then formed The Ballroom, whose studio sessions (unreleased for decades) achieved legendary stature among West Coast Sixties Pop cognoscenti. Many Ballroom songs and recordings were later remixed with additional instruments and vocals for Boettcher’s two collaborative album masterpieces, The Millennium’s Begin and Sagittarius’s Present Tense (with Gary Usher), both issued in 1968 on Columbia. The albums sold poorly, but are durable, compelling psychedelic artifacts, as well as forerunners of “Sunshine Pop.” He died of pneumonia in 1987 at 43, a forgotten cult figure whose work is being recognized by Sorrentino on her new collection of his songs.
Below, download “The Island,” and check out Beth opening for Ben Taylor at Tin Angel on Sunday, April 20th. Go here for tickets and more information.
In case you missed the big announcement, Rodrigo y Gabriela are playing this year’s XPoNential Music Festival, July 25-27th. The incredible acoustic guitar playing duo are releasing a new album, 9 Dead Alive, next Tuesday, April 29th. Weekend passes to #XPNfest are available starting today for new and renewing WXPN members. Go here to purchase tickets. Below, download “The Soundmaker.”
Mostly known for his two decade career with his wife Tracey Thorn in Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt stepped into a career as a DJ (clubs and radio), indie-label owner, and writer in the late nineties. He recently released his new album, Hendra, featuring contributions from Suede’s Bernard Butler and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, along with Berlin-based producer Ewen Pearson. Self-described as “essentially a folk-rock album in an electronic age,” Hendra is Watt’s first new solo album in 31 years. Writing about the album for NPR Music, Ann Powers says:
Hendra’s 10 songs are patient, even reticent creatures. They focus on the ruling subjects of midlife: the loss of loved ones, the ongoing confrontation with the fact that you are the sum of long-ago choices and circumstances, and the idea that fewer changes lie before you than behind. Many are internal monologues: a man describing the details of his mourning to his departed wife; another admitting that club life is a bit much for him now that he’s past 49.
Below, download the guitar fueled “Nathaniel,” featuring Butler on lead guitar.
An eclectic mixed bag of pop and rock, Spottiswoode & His Enemies recently released their sixth studio album, English Dream. The New York based band, fronted by Jonathan Spottiswoode, has been together since the late Nineties. A fixture of the New York music scene, they released their debut album, Ugly Love, in 1998. The band’s sound is strewn with ballads, flourishes of jazz and gospel touches that make for a hard-to-describe yet engaging musical experience. “No Time For Love” is the kind of piano driven pop song that sounds like something of a deep track from a Randy Newman or Ben Folds album, with a catchy chorus and sentiment. Spottiswoode & His Enemies play World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday, May 1st, and are at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Saturday, May 24th. Stream or download “No Time For Love” below.