XPN welcomes Grace Potter & The Nocturnals back to Philadelphia for a show at The Electric Factory. The Vermont-based rock band wowed audiences at Coachella and XPN’s Non-COMMvention earlier this year with Potter’s undeniably charismatic stage presence and the band’s explosive songs. In June the band released their eighth studio album with The Lion The Beast The Beat. Tonight, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals perform with The Stepkids. Tickets are $25 for the all-ages show and doors open at 8:30 p.m.; more information is available here. Watch the video for “Timekeeper” below.
Idle Warship is the collaboration between Philly hip-hop/R&B singer and songwriter Res and rapper Talib Kweli. They are performing at World Cafe Live on Thursday, January 19th at 8 p.m. Go here for tickets and more information for the show. Idle Warship released an album called Habits Of The Heart last November. It was their first album since releasing their free mixtape Party Robot in October. Res did a gorgeous acoustic Key Studio Session last February that you can download for free here. Below, watch the video “Laser Beams” and stream “Rat Race” (both songs are from Habits Of The Heart). As a bonus, you can also stream Res’s cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” recorded at WXPN.
Shareese Ballard, better known as Philadelphia indie singer Res, has had her fair share of ups and downs over the course of her 10-year career. Her 2001 debut album How I Do featured the single “They Say Vision,” which hit #1 on the Billboard dance chart. Then, following her label MCA’s absorption by Geffen Records, she requested to be released from her contract and many of her unreleased recordings were shelved. In 2009, she digitally released her sophomore album Black.Girls.Rock! via iTunes, featuring those previously unheard songs. Now, perhaps as a treat for her loyal fans, Res has released the album in its entirety for free on her SoundCloud. Click here to stream and/or download.
Res has kept a steady performance schedule in the Philadelphia area as of late. She played as part of the WaWa Welcome America 4th of July festivities, and she’ll perform on July 31st at the 2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties. She’s currently working on a new album, entitled Reset, with producer Martin “Doc” McKinney, who also produced How I Do.
Res stopped by the XPN studios for a The Key Studio Session back in February. Click here to check that out, and view the video for “There’s No Way” below.
Before she takes her next step forward, Philly singer and songwriter Res is taking a look back. Her next album is in the pipeline for the fall, ten years after How I Do, her eclectic debut record, made a splash in the pop music world. This Wednesday, she is playing How I Do in its entirety at Johnny Brenda’s. To warm you up for the show, today’s Philly Local Phile spotlights Res’ Key Studio Sessions performance of “They Say Vision,” the hit single from that album.
Res performs with DJ Phish at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $15.
Last week we released The Key Studio Sessions Volume 1, a digital compilation of 17 songs recorded by local bands who have done our weekly Key Studio Sessions. You can download the entire collection of 17 songs here. Today we put the spotlight on the song “Beside Me” by Res. Since her return to Philly a few years ago, Res has been busy recording and performing. When Res performed a Key Studio Session she was joined by Tim Motzer and Tom Spiker. The set list included songs from her Refried Mac EP, which features new renditions of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks songs and she debuted a new song, the heart-wrenching and beautiful “Beside Me” which you can download below. You can hear the entire session Res did here.