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From the release of her Eros EP this spring to her fierce set at our Red Bull Sound Select show, Philly’s Kate Faust has had a pretty excellent 2015. As she prepares to close out the year with a seasonal Johnny Brenda’s gig, Faust gives us a taste of new music in her Random Tea Session, released today. The song is called “No One Told Me,” its simmery and aching, and we see Faust working her trademark emotive vocals while playing a Nord Lead as her live collaborator leBeet busies himself behind a fort of samplers. Check out the video below, and get more information about Faust’s December 12th show with Work Drugs and Kississippi at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
An unfocused flashing light in the distance resembles creates a sort of “light at the end of the tunnel” vibe, but reveals itself as a party decoration once the camera focuses in on psych rockers Laser Background. The latest Random Tea Sessions video features the psychedelic trio performing “Kelly Wisdom,” the title track of their new EP. The track features breezy chords on a bright lime green guitar that reminds me of Mac Demarco and Dr. Dog. Check it out below; Laser Background are currently on tour in support of the new EP until the end of the month. Continue reading →
Taking a quick break from recording a new LP, Our Griffins (the project of Easton, PA’s DJ Brown) performed a quietly poetic rendition of “Blood on My Sleeve” for The Random Tea Room‘s new video series. Brown was backed by Travis Hobbie (guitar/vox), Alex Luquet (bass) and Eric Slick (drums) for the series’ tenth installment. Watch the video below and revisit Our Griffins’ Key Studio Session from last December here. More information for the free 21+ show at North Star Bar with Penrose and The Sun Flights on March 25th can be found here.
Gretchen Lohse’s “Primal Rumble” is aptly named. Lohse’s voice has a raw, wild quality and the song is not unlike a primal rumble, even if it sounds more like the primal rumble of a songbird than of a wild cat. Lohse is a veteran of the Philadelphia music scene. She performed in Yellow Humphrey and collaborated with Summer Fiction before branching out on her own. She has a solo album due out this summer and recorded a studio session for The Key in January with Thomas Hughes of The Spinto Band. She played “Primal Rumble” then, too, but the ethereal video of Hughes and Lohse performing is an added compliment to her singing and writing style. Below, watch “Primal Rumble.”
The folks at Random Tea Room just released their latest Random Tea Sessions video, this time featuring Philly chamber-folk singer-songwriter Daniel Ryan Belski – who plays the Northern Liberties cafe tomorrow night. It’s a sparse, string-laden arrangement of his song “No Lights,” and sounds great – check it out below. If you can’t catch the show tomorrow, Belski also opens for Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang at Johnny Brenda’s in March; tickets and info on that show can be found here.