Soulful country crooner Shelby Lynne will take on the Keswick Theater this summer on June 21st where WXPN welcomes the artist to perform two of her albums, I Am Shelby Lynne and latest I Can’t Imagine, in their entirety. I Can’t Imagine is set to be released May 5th, but you can give a listen to her latest single release off the record, the title track “I Can’t Imagine”, below. For more information on her show this summer, head over to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Americana five-piece The Tressels are continuing to rock the Philly music scene. The Delco-based group dropped their seventh album, Bury Me American, via Bandcamp last Friday. The six-track record is the final installation of their “American trilogy”, preceded by American Sunset and American Midnight. Chock-full of soaring guitar riffs and hearty sing-along anthems, Bury Me American finds lead singer Butch uses raw, raspy vocals to paint images of the country, supported by the band’s strong backbone of steady rhythms and chiming guitars.
Whether nostalgic and tinged with sadness, eminent in “Traces of Blood”, or anticipatory and excited, like in “Past Me,” the record is filled with musical imagery only truly understood through listening, and perhaps looking out on a beautiful American cityscape none other than Philadelphia. You can listen to the full album below, and grab a download at Bandcamp. The Tressels will be playing The Abandoned Christmas Village Barnival of Light Finale at The Trophy Tavern on December 29th. Continue reading →
Rock revivalist Graham Alexander first raised eyebrows when he stepped into the music scene with his self-titled album back in December of 2011 and his pop rock magnetism quickly won him a regional fanbase. In 2012, Graham was featured in our live studio sessions, performing alongside Find Vienna, and now the Camden-based artist is back again with new jams, a new record label and a new musical approach. Most recently, he released two music videos for his newest tracks “She’s A Chameleon” and “Games”, which will both be featured on his upcoming album set to be released December 19th. The Key got a chance to speak with Graham Alexander about making new music, acting on Broadway and working with the historical and newly reformed Victor Talking Machine Company. Continue reading →
This week Philadelphia (via South Jersey) indie rockers Young Statues released a song off their upcoming sophomore LP, The Flatlands Are Your Friend, which follows their last EP Age Isn’t Ours released last year. “Run The River Dry” gives listeners a promising glimpse of what their new album might entail, jump-starting with heavy, hollow synths and quickly picking up with snippy drums and wandering, echoed guitar tones. Continue reading →
The new LP from local quartet Pill Friends is now streaming on Bandcamp. Titled Blessed Suffering, it features previously released tracks “Forget Me” and “Satan Is Your Master”, as well as eight brand new ones. Produced and recorded in Philly by Scott Stitzer during the last couple of months, the album stays consistent with the band’s established sound and the style, offering up a unique mix of acoustic arrangements and intriguing, very dark lyrics. Check it out in its entirety below.
West-coast singer/songwriter Brett Dennen is gearing up for the release of his latest full-length record, Smoke and Mirrors, out on October 22nd, viaF-Stop/Atlantic. The new LP, Dennen’s follow-up to his 2011 effort Loverboy, is “a return to form for Dennen, taking him back to his roots both sonically and aesthetically yet with more confidence and maturity than ever before.”
To get a taste of what the new record holds, check out the single “Wild Child” , which premiered today, over at Rolling Stone’s website. Dennen will be stopping in Wiggins Park, NJ, later on this month, as part of the XPoNential Music Festival, happening July 26th, 27th, and 28th. Tickets are on sale now, and more info can be found here. Watch the video for Dennen’s 2011 single, “Comeback Kid”, below.
Gypsy-punks Gogol Bordello will be releasing their latest full-length album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, on July 23rd via ATO. The band has already released two singles off the new record, “Maladrino” and “Lost Innocent World”, both of which can be streamed below via Soundcloud. The rambunctious octet will be touring in support of Pura Vida Conspiracy, and as part of the XPoNential Music Festival (happening from July 26th-28th in Wiggins Park, NJ), will be doing an aftershow on the first night of the festival (July 26th) at the TLA. Tickets are on sale now, and more info can be found here. Check out Pura Vida Conspiracy‘s singles and track-list below.
Consistently prolific bay-area garage-rocker Ty Segall announced earlier this year that his latest, aptly named, musical endeavor would be called Fuzz. After a string of singles released over the past few months, the trio (consisting of Ty, bassist Roland Cosio, and Ty Segall Band guitarist Charles Moonheart) have now announced the release of their debut, self-titled full-length, due out sometime in October via In The Red. Fans of Segall’s previous work will surely enjoy the sludgy, pysch-punk that Ty has put together for this latest project (keep an eye out, also, for Segall’s latest solo record, Sleeper, due out some time in August). Fuzz will be heading out on tour in support of their debut starting in September, and will be hitting Philly on October 11th, for a show at Kung Fu Necktie. Tickets and info can be found here, and check out the Fuzz single “You Won’t See Me”, below.
Local rock n’ roll outfit Toy Soldiers have just announced that their next LP, called The Maybe Boys, will be released on September 10th. The Maybe Boys, which was funded primarily on Kickstarter,will be the band’s first release since its 2011 EP, Get Through theTime, and its first long-player since debuting in 2009 with Whisper Down the Lane.
In celebration of the release, Toy Soldiers will be playing a show at Johnny Brenda’s on September 13th. They’ll have the album available on CD and vinyl and “a bunch of other fun stuff.” Tickets are on sale now, and more info can be found here. Below, check out a live performance video of “Tell The Teller” and “Forget How It Used To Be” filmed at at World Cafe Live.
Glasgow-based indie rockers Franz Ferdinand announced last month that they’ll be releasing their fourth full-length record, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, this August, via Domino. They’ve now shared two tracks, “Right Action” and “Love Illumination”, from that forthcoming release on Youtube. The band has been playing both, along with other material off of Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, frequently during their live shows, yet this is the first of the studio recordings to be released. Franz Ferdinand will be in town this coming fall, for a show at The Tower, on October 19th, during their tour supporting the new album. Tickets are on sale now. Find more information here, and check out both new tracks, as well the track-list for Right Thoughts, below.
Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action Tracklist:
01. Right Action
02. Evil Eye
03. Love Illumination
04. Stand on the Horizon
05. Fresh Strawberries
07. Treason! Animals.
08. The Universe Expanded
09. Brief Encounters
10. Goodbye Lovers & Friends