Since we first caught wind of Wilmington, DE outfit New Sweden at Non-COMM in 2011, the Americana / folk band has released a full-length and an EP while going through a few different line-ups. But the heart of the group has always been their ability to connect through their songs and “Burdened Days,” from 2014’s Fabric Room, is a prime example of that.
Philadelphia is a city of many wonders: a buzzing food scene, an established craft beer culture, and a parade of historical landmarks. But one aspect of our city that we are particularly passionate about is our magnificent local music community and all that is has to offer. Here at The Key, we often focus on the particulars of our scene – where artists will be playing each night, brand new local releases, etc. – so much so that we can forget how overwhelming it can be for newcomers to get their bearings.
So for those of you having trouble finding where to start, we are introducing this new Philly Music 101 series as your guide through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving members, from artists to venues to studios and more. It’s meant to help new fans navigate the scene as much as emerging musicians looking to break in and behind-the-scenes folks trying to get their start. We hope it will illuminate just what makes it so damn exciting for music lovers to live here. To kick it off, here is a by-no-means-complete overview of the different pieces of the Philadelphia music scene that have come together to make up its sturdy foundation. Continue reading →
For those of you who don’t know about NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, you may want to head over to their site and root through their enormous and equally impressive archive. Their 15-minute videos feature live performances from artists of all genres held in the quaint offices of NPR at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen’s desk.
Ranging from big names like Adele and Alt-J to up-and-coming artists such as Angel Olsen and Rubblebucket, viewers are able to watch the artists perform in the intimate setting, giving the performances a stripped-down, no B.S. vibe. While these videos are ultra fun to watch (perhaps continuously, one after another…), NPR kept things interesting this winter by kicking off a contest to feature a new artist in their series.
Based entirely off of video submissions from all over the United States, an artist will be chosen to perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C. as well as snag a slot in the big Lagunitas Couchtrippin’ showcase in Austin, Texas. Philadelphia, brimming with the amazing musical talent that it is, seems to have jumped at this opportunity. Continue reading →
New Sweden‘s Birthday Party Concert was indeed a party. With openers Levee Drivers (who played a sensational cover of New Sweden’s “Dick Wolf”) and a high-energy, goes-to-11 set from Scantron, what followed was a New Sweden show like we’d never seen before.
Mixing brand new tracks with classics from over the last five years of their existence, and having members of other regional bands fill in or completely take over the stage, the show did feel like a celebration. Continue reading →
Tonight, Johnny Brenda’s will help raise money for the documentary-in-progress, Voice Of The Eagle: The Enigma Of Robbie Basho, a study of the late and influential steel guitar player and composer. Performers will include Daniel Bachman, a fingerpicking folk guitar player who is a master of the six strings, along with Arborea, a husband and wife duo from Maine, Check out Daniel Bachman’s amazing NPR Tiny Desk performance below. Tickets for the show can be purchased here. Continue reading →
Desert rock legends Queens of the Stone Age return to play the Skyline Stage at the Mann Center tonight. Last year, the veteran rockers played a fantastic show at Made in America. The group just released their latest LP …Like Clockwork. Bassist Josh Homme recently appeared in an episode of Portlandia. The band also released an action-filled, drunken adventure for “Smooth Sailing”. Watch the video below. Get more information about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Americana indie-folk band New Sweden will be at World Cafe Live tonight at The Queen. The five-piece band, which just played the Firefly Music Festival in its home state of Delaware, has a robust, scratchy sound that makes it a folk powerhouse. New Sweden is set to release its latest album, Fabric Room, in four days, but is available for streaming now. Check out the song, “Burdened Days” off the new album and go to the XPN Concert Calendar for more information and tickets.
Wilmington folk-rock favorites, New Sweden are playing the the World Cafe this Friday, July 11th, and at Tellus 360 in Lancaster on Saturday, July 12th as part of their Fabric Room EP release party, out July 15th.
After forming in 2009, the band has won the Tri-State Indie Awards three years running and played at impressive venues, including a set at Firefly this summer. In early 2012, they recorded a Key Studio Session with songs from their 2011 full length the Mountain. Since then, New Sweden has become a five piece with the addition of an electric guitar and keys. Last month, XPN premiered Fabric Room. Hailed by Paste as a “countrified Bright Eyes with a twinge of punk,” New Sweden’s latest EP strikes the right balance between indie and folk.
Wilmington band New Sweden is back with its latest EP, Fabric Room. With its unruly, foot-stomping sound, New Sweden is a folk powerhouse, but its not just folk that can be heard in the new EP — there’s a little bit of everything that lands the band in limbo between genres. There is an essence of Dr. Dog to it, some of The Avett Brothers and maybe a little Dawes, as well, but even with these influences in toe, the band definitely doesn’t have problem finding its own voice. The sound is robust and rugged — distinct in its own way.
“It was certain that things had to change after going from a six piece to a five piece (we parted ways with our violinist),” frontman Will Dobies said. “Because of this, we were able to introduce new lead instruments: the electric guitar and keys seemed to do the trick. We are a rowdy bunch with a soft side.”
Fabric Room is set to be released July 15, but is available one week early here through the band’s pre-sale store. Each EP purchase comes with a free download of the new single, “Eighty Seven” and every purchase from the pre-sale will automatically enter you into a drawing for a free pair of Firefly Music Festival day passes for Saturday, June 21 when New Sweden will be playing at the festival. See New Sweden in Philly on June 26 at Johnny Brenda’s and listen to our premiere of Fabric Room below.