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Saul Williams is the definition of multitalented. The rapper/slam poet/musician/writer/actor’s latest project is an upcoming album, titled MartyrLoserKing, produced by Justin Warfield and set for release in July. Williams kicked off his tour last week in Cleveland, and he’ll finish it up in Philly on May 10 at Ardmore Music Hall.
Philly duo (formerly a trio) Good Old War just released the first single from their upcoming album, a catchy, foot-tap inducing track titled “Tell Me What You Want From Me.” The sound/lyrics grab you from the start, as singer Keith Goodwin croons, “Tell me why my lover’s got a gun.” Continue reading →
Oddball singer/songwriter Mac Demarco recently released the tune “Young Blood” for Adult Swim’s summer single series. Much like his debut Rock n’ Roll nightclub, the track features endearingly retro guitar work, and Demarco’s unique, albeit obscure, baritone. When discussing the song’s genesis, Mac explained that:
My friend Jon Lent visited me in Montreal last summer, my apartment was very hot, so we went to Walmart and bought two fans. To celebrate cooling down, we ordered a pepperoni pizza and watched the movie Youngblood with Patrick Swayze and Rob Lowe. Sometime after the movie finished, we flipped on the four-track, and the song came out.
Check it out below via Soundcloud, and be sure to catch Mac Demarco at the end of the month, when he’ll be playing Milkboy Philly on August 29th, supported by locals Ape School and Mock Suns. Tickets and info can be found here.
Jonathan Rado, one half of critically-acclaimed duo Foxygen, announced last month that he is releasing his first solo record, Law and Order, in the fall. Today he’s premiered the second single from that LP, called “Hand In Mine.” Keeping consistent with Rado’s previous work, in and out of Foxygen, the song has a delightful sense of nostalgia to it, and along with the previously-released single “Faces”, promises a strong showing on his solo debut. For anyone worried that Rado’s solo-endeavor means the end of Foxygen, fear not (at least not yet): they’ll be heading back out on tour this fall, and will be coming to Philly on October 4th for a show at Union Transfer. Find tickets and info here, and listen to “Hand In Mine” below via Soundcloud.
Philly-based psych-pop outfit Laser Background, who recently released a unique animated video for their track “Pinwheels”, have now put out the first single from their debut full-length, due out some time later this year. The track is called “Disappearing Ink”, and keeps consistent with Laser Background’s unique blend of psychedelia and synth-pop. Check it out via Soundcloud below. The band will be in town this coming Saturday, for a local show at Kungfu Necktie. Tickets and info can be found here.
UK-based electro-pop duo AlunaGeorge are set to release their debut full length, Body Music, at the end of July, and just made their new single, “Bad Idea”, available to stream via Soundcloud. The English two-piece is currently on tour in Europe, and will be heading stateside early in the fall. They’ll be stopping in Philly on September 1st, as part of Jay-Z’s Made In America Festival, happening on the Ben Franklin Parkway, Labor Day weekend. Tickets are on sale now, and more info can be found here. Stream “Bad Idea” below.
Glasgow-based alternative pop group Travis have a new album called Where You Stand coming out this August and they’ve just released a video for the second single, “Moving.” In support of Where You Stand, the band will be playing a string of US dates starting next month, with a show at The Keswick on August 19th (the day the album comes out in the U.S.). Tickets and info can be found here; watch the “Moving” video below.
San Fransisco indie-rockers The Dodos, whose new album Carrier, is due out this August, released the second single from the record this week. The song is called “Substance” and is available to stream via Rolling Stone. The west coast duo are set to start their tour in support of Carrier this fall, and will be making a Philly stop at Johnny Brenda’s on Septermber 28th. Tickets and info can be found here, and check out the song (and Carrier’s track list) below.