“Summer’s gone, now winter’s on it’s way,” cooed Josiah Johnson, lead singer of The Head and the Heart. “I will miss those days we had.” Friday night was rainy and cold, far removed from the days of summertime. Making the chilly trip out to Upper Darby to see Johnson’s Americana-storytelling folksters at the Tower was a great reminder that winter is indeed right around the corner, just like the lyrics of “Winter Song” mournfully recall. Continue reading →
PHOX, a Wisconsin indie-folk band, make sweet and beautiful music. The band consists of Matt Holmen, J. Sean Krunnfusz, Monica Martin, Dave Roberts, Matteo Roberts, and Zach Johnston. Yesterday, the band released its latest track, “1936,” which you’ll find on its self-titled debut when it’s released on June 24th. You can also watch them play it live in a session with La Blogothèque’s Take Away Shows.
Dappled in soft light, the band played two songs – “Calico Man” and “1936.” In “Calico Man”, lead singer Monica Martin lingers on the lyrics, while in “1936″, the sextet meld their voices in a beautiful harmony. Slower than their previously released song, “Slow Motion”, these two tracks are still undeniably catchy. Watch the performance below.
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.
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Summer’s start will be sweetened by the arrival of PHOX‘s debut album Slow Motion on June 24th. The quirky pop outfit have just released the same-titled lead single that’s got a laid-back summer vibe that rests upon the soulful voice of Monica Martin. Boot and Saddle welcomes the Wisconsin natives to its stage on July 1st. Get tickets here when they go on sale this Friday at noon and groove to “Slow Motion” below.
The Wisconsin indie-folk pop band PHOX did a World Cafe session with David Dye in Austin during SXSW last Thursday, March 13th as part of the Cafe’s Sense of Place Austin series. The show was held at the Four Seasons in collaboration with the KUTX Morning Show broadcast at the Four Seasons. Dye, writing about the band on the Cafe tumblr, said lead singer Monica Martin “has charisma to burn,” and the band played material from their forthcoming self-titled debut album coming out on Partisan Records in June. Listen to their Cafe session here and watch them perform “1936″ below.
Our Thursday started rather early as we settled into the KUTX stage at Austin’s Four Seasons for a live broadcast of World Cafe sessions by Kins, Phox, Bright Light Social Hour and Wye Oak. Check out a gallery of photos from the showcase below, and tune in to Friday’s World Cafe to hear a playback of the sessions.
This week is the SXSW music conference in Austin, Texas – something you pretty much can’t miss if you frequent the music blogosphere. But if you’re staying home in Philly and find yourself scrolling through photos and tweets about amazing concerts you can’t go to, don’t get too bummed about it: WXPN is broadcasting sets by Lucius, Damon Albarn, The Hold Steady, Wye Oak and more live from SXSW on Thursday and Friday.
On Thursday, David Dye will be recording and broadcasting four live Cafe sessions from the Four Seasons hotel in Austin as part of the KUTX Morning Show. On Friday, David will co-host the Public Radio Rocks the SXSW Day Stage showcase from the Austin Convention Center with four other public radio stations including WFUV (New York), The Current (Minneapolis), KUTX (Austin), and KXT (Dallas).
Below are the lineups and set times for each day.
Thursday – World Cafe/KUTX Four Seasons sessions
8 a.m. – Kins
9 a.m. – Phox
10 a.m. – Bright Light Social Hour
11 a.m. – Wye Oak
Friday – Public Radio Rock the SXSW Day Stage
1 p.m. – Lucius
2 p.m. – The Hold Steady
3 p.m. – Phantogram
4 p.m. – Jeremy Messersmith
5 p.m. - Temples
5:30p.m. – Damon Albarn
In addition, both World Cafe and The Key will be roving about SXSW all weekend; we’ll bring you daily recaps here on The Key, while you can get real-time updates over at World Cafe’s Tumblr page. Below, sample some of the musicians featured during the live broadcasts from SXSW, and check back for our SXSW coverage all week.
The Wisconsin seven piece Phox are doing a World Cafe session with David Dye this week as part of the Cafe’s week long Sense of Place Austin series. This week there are featured sessions with singer-songwriters Alejandro Escovedo and Patty Griffin, psychedelic rockers The Black Angels, the indie-folk pop band Wild Child, and more. Other interviews include Spoon drummer and record producer Jim Eno and Richard Swenson, co-founder of SXSW.
Phox are doing a World Cafe session with David Dye this Thursday morning from the Four Seasons in Austin that will be broadcast live on WXPN at 9AM, during XPN’s Morning Show with Michaela Majoun. Phox is fronted by Monica Martin and they play a whimsical mix of indie folk, pop and electronic music. Martin has a dynamic, rich voice and the songs are filled with quirky pop twists, ebullient melodies, punchy horn arrangements and folkie instrumentation. Below, download a 7 song sampler of songs via Noisetrade that Phox recorded in London as part of the iTunes festival in September, 2013. They recently announced they signed with Partisan records and their new full length album is being released in late June.
This Thursday morning, in addition to Phox, David will also be doing interviews with Kins, Wye Oak and Austin’s Bright Light Social Hour. World Cafe’s Sense of Place Austin sessions can be heard here. You can also follow the World Cafe tumblr for all the action. Below, in exchange for your e-mail address, download a live session the band recorded at the iTunes festival in London in September, 2013.
Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Much to the surprise of Eric Earley – the lead singer, guitarist and harmonica player of Blitzen Trapper – it hadn’t been “many years” since they’d played in Philly. In fact, it’s been less than one year since they opened for Brandi Carlile at the Merriam Theater. He was reminded of that performance from a vocally rogue fan while tuning his guitar between songs early in their set on Monday night.
Perhaps he’d mistaken his lyrics about riding the rails and nights spent on the open road under starry skies for his band’s actual lives. That sort of awkward moment aside, Blitzen Trapper played an intimate set ranging from their characteristic folk ballads such as “Stranger in a Strange Land,” from American Goldwing, to the groove-based “Thirsty Man,” off of VII, which hit the streets this week. The night was more intimate than average because of how sparse the crowd was. It influenced plenty of banter between the band and the crowd but not to the point of taking away from the show. So intimate, the band repeatedly commented on how quiet it was in the large room and even shushed them to as if a bit tongue-in-cheek. The crowd-pleasing “God & Suicide” and “Furr,” from the album of the same name, highlighted Earley’s harmonica prowess. The tinny sounding, reed instrument is truly his strong-suit. Its complimentary to their country rock twang while taking some of the attention off of their other guitarists and highlighting Earley to even seem as if he’s the singer-songwriter the modest crowd came to see.
Madison, Wisconsin’s, Phox started the night with with many vocal harmonies, guitar chords and keyboards blending together underneath soft trumpet playing throughout their delicately orchestrated songs. Their lead singer, Monica Martin’s breathy vocals fluttered through the air on “Slow Motion.” The band as a whole seemed satisfied with crowd’s reception even on a Monday night quiet enough to be interrupted with a pin drop.