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Folkadelphia Session: Roger Harvey

For someone coming from the world of amped-up punk rock,  Roger Harvey‘s music is decidedly low-key and reflective.

The singer-songwriter relocated to Philly from Pittsburgh about three years ago, following stints touring with Against Me!, Dads and The Menzingers. His debut LP, Twelve Houses, was released that October, and it set introspective lyrics to lush acoustic arrangements in the vein of Neutral Milk Hotel and Death Cab for Cutie, with his haunting and tremulous vocal taking center stage.

Almost two years later, Harvey returned with a more outer-directed perspective on the Two Coyotes LP. This time, rather than personal ruminations, he tackles bigger-picture issues; immigration is unpacked in the title track, which tells a story of love across borders, while superconnected isolation is the focus of “Love In The Digital Age.” You can hear anger and frustration, albeit in a subdued manner, on “Gold,” which opens his studio session this week — when he sings “fuck the foundation, we’re in control,” it’s one of the prettiest punk rock moments we’ve captured in the studio. Continue reading →

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Join Roger Harvey & Family for an intimate side chapel gig

Roger Harvey | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

The basement of the First Unitarian Church has been home to members of the Philly punk scene for longer than anyone can remember. But occasionally, when a show calls for a quieter, more intimate sound, musicians emerge from the basement hall and into the chapel itself — the church-y part of the Church, if you will.

That’s just what Roger Harvey plans to do next month — in fact, he’s reserved the Church’s smallest performance space, the side chapel, for a solo show with a stacked opening lineup of local musicians. The show, happening April 20, comes as the latest installment of the Roger Harvey & Family tour, which has previously made stops in Pittsburgh and Chicago with different “family” members joining for each lineup. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Roger Harvey’s new track “Two Coyotes” is a yearning, intimate letter on the pains of separation

Roger Harvey | photo by Autumn Spadaro | courtesy of artist

Since Roger Harvey traversed from Pittsburgh to Philly a few years back, he’s been known in the scene for his punk tunes — touring with the likes of The Menzingers, Cayetana, and Against Me!. But today, he’s shaking that notion up with the release of a new track titled “Two Coyotes.” Sans searing guitar and driven, poppy hooks, the new track is an intimate folk-rock breed that blends together the best of the two genres, and highlights Harvey’s intricate storytelling abilities. Continue reading →

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Join Katie Ellen’s “Sad Girls Club” in anthemic new single

Katie Ellen | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Katie Ellen | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

It took a good two seconds into Katie Ellen’s new single, “Sad Girls Club,” for me to be completely hooked. Yes, I would like to join the club, please. Is there a mailing list? I will sign now, thank you.

The personal, lyrically-driven anthem of a song mashes together any kind of insecurity one might feel for being different or straying from the collective normativity that is life (sigh), and effectively stomps it to bits with clattering cymbals and searing guitars. Continue reading →

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Watch Roger Harvey take a bare bones approach to “Halloween” for Static Sessions

 

Roger Harvey
Roger Harvey | photo by Jonathon Minto

Roger Harvey is a Philly-via-Pittsburgh artist who has a definitive and almost instantly likable style, one which many have compared to bands like Bright Eyes, Neutral Milk Hotel and Manchester Orchestra (yeah, not half bad).

Harvey’s debut LP Twelve Houses was a beautifully written and expertly produced output full of intricate arrangements. But for local video series Static Sessions he decided to take one of the album’s more impressive moments, “Halloween,” and strip it down to its core. Continue reading →

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Roger Harvey streams his new LP Twelve Houses on Noisey

Roger Harvey
Roger Harvey | photo by Jonathon Minto

Recent Philadelphia transplant Roger Harvey is releasing his debut solo outing Twelve Houses on Friday, but you can get an early stream via Noisey right now.

As we heard in small part with last month’s premiere of “Lovers Can Be Monsters,” the record walks the line between light and dark with nods to Bright Eyes and Neutral Milk Hotel.

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