XPN was first introduced to Philly rock group Oldermost when they dropped off a copy of their first CD about 4 years ago. Since then, the band has continued making great, atmospheric rock, similar to artists like Band of Horses and Wilco. Last year, the band did a Key Studio Session with electrifying performances of some of the songs from I Live Here Now. Recently, the band did an interview with the local blog Watchtower.
In the interview, the band talked about their musical start, the reason behind the album title, and their future plans. In the words of the lead singer, Bradford Bucknum, the LP is not necessary a love letter to living in Philly, but a document of how life has changed in the past few years since the band got together in Philly. In that sense,I Live Here Now is an optimistic rumination of growing up, especially on tracks like “What If I Run.”
Oldermost is set to come out with music for their forthcoming release near the end of the summer. Catch the band playing their new music at The Balcony July 11th along with Dogs on the Main Street. Get more information on the show here. Watch the interview below.
The annual Art Star Craft Bazaar comes to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on the weekend of May 10th and May 11th, and as usual, it’s chock-full of free performances from local musicians. Our friends at Philebrity curated the lineup, which features a set from editor Joey Sweeney and his band The Long Hair Arkestra; also on tap are atmosphericana rockers Oldermost, outlaw country rabble-rousers Levee Drivers, classical / jazz inspired troupe Liz and the Lost Boys, beat-driven one-man-dance-party Khari Mateen, and more. And that’s just the first day (we’re psyched to see Johnny Showcase on Sunday). Check out the full lineup and set times here, and check out music from the artists on the show below.
Local pop bands Weekender and Delco Pacers will hit the Ortlieb’s stage tonight in celebration of their collaborative mixtape, Philly Tapes Philly Volume 2. The first 50 people to the show will receive a free copy of the limited edition cassette. More details here.
Today we bring you our latest Key Studio Sessions compilation, pulling together the best of what we’ve recorded in the final four months of 2013. I’m always psyched about these comps, but The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 9 in particular presents a tremendous variety of musicians from around the Philadelphia region that I’m excited to showcase for you. Bucks County has a healthy showing, from the acoustic alt-punk swagger of Balance and Composure and the retro-grunge of Daylight to the booming Americana of Levee Drivers and the flower child folk stylings of Lily Mae. We trip away into a spacious, 12-minute jam by Chris Forsyth and his Solar Motel Band, rock out to Amanda X and get chillingly meditative with ambient musician and filmmaker Michael James Murray. A Christmas selection from Jersey’s The Classic Brown makes the cut, sultry new jammers from Delaware’s Mean Lady and Central Pa.’s Kate Faust, a fierce bass-backed rap by Curly Castro, an Afro-Cuban jazz rocker from Toy Soldiers, and more. Special thanks to guest engineers Steve Poponi and Mike Kennedy, to Tom Volpicelli at Mastering House for his post-production help, and to production assistants Dan Hutton and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Rachel Del Sordo, Megan Kelly, Laura Lynn, Caitlin McCann, Ally Newbold, Kellie O’Heron, Tony Oppenheim, Matthew Shaver, Mike Trutt and Tiffany Yoon, and videographers Bands in the Backyard and Bob Sweeney for sharing their work this fall. Listen to the 17-song set and get a free download below.
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In a new edition of Unlocked, we got the inside story on Anthony Green‘s new LP Young Legs. The Circa Survive vocalist and Doylestown native shared two free downloads with The Key alongside an interview and some glimpses into the album’s recording process. Stream and download “I’ll Miss You” below and check out the full feature here.
A double dose of Folkadelphia brings us a session with Mary Lattimore / Jeff Zeigler / Chris Forsyth, followed by a bonus solo Forsyth session. The three local musicians embarked on a deep improvisational trajectory that resulted in, as Folkadelphia noted, an “Ultimate Session.” Stream and download the two sets below.
Philly five-piece Oldermost has been bubbling under the surface for a couple years now, from their impressive debut EP to the more recent string of singles, the “Close to the Fire” digital 7″ and the stand-alone track “To Seed.” Their sound is gorgeous and expansive, blending traditional songwriting motifs and blue-eyed soul harmonies with an uplifting and emphatically modern guitar rock attack. I’ve called these guys rootsy in the past, but I admit that it short-sells what they do: Oldermost is a band with a surplus of texture and ambition, one that doesn’t recognize the self-imposed barriers you typically find in the Americana scene. A few things to take note of in their Key Studio Sessions set: Geoff Bucknum’s swirling space guitar and his brother Bradford’s howling vocals on “Close to the Fire.” The way “To Seed” starts out like a delicate showtune and ends like a snarling shredder. And even though “What if I Run” doesn’t fly as far from the rock and roll coop, its nuanced bits of instrumental drone and Stephen Robbins’ subtle thunder drums push it towards the edge. Stream and download four performances of songs from the band’s forthcoming LP I Live Here Now, due out in early 2014, including their latest single “When I Know”; the song, recorded with Jon Low at Miner Street Studios, made its formal debut on Bandcamp today, while a music video for “Once I Left” showed up on YouTube. Check that out below, and look for more from the new album with the coming of the new year.
Fiona Apple and singer/songwriter Blake Mills bring their collaborative Anything We Want tour to Merriam theater tonight. Apple’s sultry vocals and damaged goods attitude should combine well with the innovative guitar stylings of Mills. The pair will unite on songs as well as perform their own individual music. Get tickets and more information on the show here.