On Saturday night, New Jersey’s Screaming Females ended their four week tour at Union Transfer with a set demonstrating that in their tenth year, they deserve all the good things coming to them. Focusing heavily on their new album, Rose Mountain, the songs translated well from basement show fare to something dare-I-say stadium ready. That might be a scary thought to some punk fans, but seeing Marissa Paternoster shredding for the masses rather than some dude from Walk the Moon is way more satisfying if you ask me. Continue reading →
West Philly lo-fi power pop outfit Radiator Hospital just released an acoustic single called “Stop.” It features frontman Sam Cook-Parrott’s solitary, lonely voice carefully sputtering over two guitar riffs. The song is only 51 seconds long and you probably won’t want it to stop. Continue reading →
Okay, yes, obviously with our week full of coverage of Hop Along’s new album Painted Shut, we think you should go to the Hop Along show tonight. But you know what? The first Love on the Streets Festival to benefit the Paine’s Skate Park Funk is a daytime concert, and the music is just as great, making it the perfect pre-party. West Philly folky punk faves Radiator Hospital headline, along with pop anthem machine W.C. Lindsay, buzzing emo four-piece Clique (who open for Hop Along later tonight) and the hard-hitting Dogs On Acid (featuring Joe Reinhart of Hop Along). Earlier in the day there are performances by EDM-leaning artists Moon Bounce, Jack Deezl and Mister Sampson, plus skate and circus arts demos. It’s gonna be a great time; more information here. Continue reading →
If you’ve been following the pages and website Rolling Stone as of late, you might have noticed that local Philly artists have made quite a few appearances in the iconic rock magazine’s coverage, particularly from the city’s DIY scene. Here are a few we noticed in the past month. 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 →
Like 2013′s Something Wild, the new album revolves around the timeless themes of unrequited love, heartache and moving on. However, the new music sounds more polished, mature and definitely darker. In particular, the tracks like “I’m All Right” and “181935″ have very minimal instrumentation, allowing lead vocalist Sam Cook-Parrot’s voice to serenade the audience. One of the many cool things about the album is the track “Firework” where Maryn Jones from All Dogs sings about a night with her lover and then, on “Fireworks (Reprise)” Cook-Parrot responds by singing the same lyrics in a different manner. Both artists give the song different feels, pointing out the different layers that Torch Song has.
Look out for vocals from Waxahatchee on “Blue Gown” and “Five and Dime”; Schemmer sings “Honeymoon Phase” too. It’s another great album from Radiator Hospital and points to even greater things in the future. Listen to “181935″ below.
Philly based songwriter Sam Cook-Parrot, who leads poppy DIY scene faves Radiator Hospital, recently sat down with Space Jam Sessions to play a couple songs acoustically in front of filmmaker Allison Newbold’s trademark fisheye lens. He leads off with a brand new song, “Absent Year,” which has a nice Ryan Adams thing going on, a contemplative gentle strummer with hints of classic Nashville, though filtered through Parrot’s husky high-register voice. Also performed was a slowed-down version of “You Call That a Kiss,” which appears in a speedier punkier version on Radiator Hospital’s 2012 EP Can You Feel My Heart Beating?Check out both videos below.
Local pop outfit Radiator Hospital recently recorded six brand new, ultra lo-fi tracks for a split EP called Total Request with Chicago musician Kyle Kaos. With its AM-radio fuzz and lyrics that are sometimes no more than one line, Sam Cook-Parrott’s tracks seem like loveful, painful and doubtful notebook scribbles that jumped off of the page and onto a cassette. Stream and download Radiator Hospital’s six tracks below and check out the other half of the split here.
Year End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2013 awesome. In this installment, Key contributor Julie Miller shares her favorite video sessions of the year.
Live session videos are great because they give the musician a chance to experiment with their music and perform it in an unusual setting or surprising way. From Out of Town Films to La Blogotechque’s Take Away Shows, there are more and more series popping up each year that put unique spins on the music video art-form. These are five of my favorite live session videos of 2013:
1. Radiator Hospital – “Our Song” Piss Couch Session, filmed by Maggot House Records. This is one of the most honest break-up songs since Bob Dylan’s demo recording of “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” and the guys over at Maggot House got an incredibly intimate and vulnerable recording of it. Sam Cook-Parrott released a studio version of the song on his Something WildLP a few months after the filming but this version is still my favorite.