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The Philadelphia Folk Festival announced their lineup today. The 53rd annual festival is August 15-17th at Old Pool Farm in Schwenskville, Pennsylvania. Some of the highlights of this year’s lineup include Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lone Bellow, Sarah Jarosz, Loudon Wainwright III, Janis Ian, Shemekia Copeland and over 25 additional musicians including Natalie MacMaster, Tempest, the Rebirth Brass Band, The Slide Brothers and more. WXPN’s Helen Leicht will host a Philly Local stage with Kwesi K, Ryan Tennis, Mutlu, and Irene Molloy, David Dye will be doing World Cafe sessions with Caroline Rose and Parsonsfield. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, sample a few of the artists who are performing during the weekend.
World Cafe Live welcomes aggressive indie folk outfit Brethren to its stage tonight. The Lancaster, PA natives released their latest single “There’s No Use” at the end of September. The track is just as pretty as it is melancholic but it works. Its harmonies and guitar melodies bring to mind the smooth sounds of the Beach Boys. Stream it below and get tickets here.
The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Check out this year’s in-studio appearances with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 7, including the down-tempo folk stylings of Waxahatchee, the thrashing punk of Pissed Jeans and the all-out rock jams of Ruby the Hatchet. Thanks to production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Rachel Del Sordo and Kate McCann, and videographers The Angry Mountain, HotBox Studios and Out of Town Films for sharing their work.
Previewing songs from an upcoming album, Mike Kinsella brought his solo project Owen to Folkadelphia recently. The Chicago native and former member of Cap’n Jazz and American Football performed four intimate songs for the session, including “Love is Not Enough,” which you can stream and download below. Check out the full session here.
Local remixers Les Professionnels kicked off their inaugural Just Say Yes Party last week with a free download of “Just Say Yes.” The dance jam features contributions from a number of collaborators including Anna Lunoe and The Dead Rose Music Company. Stream and download “Just Say Yes” below.
This week on Unlocked, The Key looked at Bad Braids‘ new album Supreme Parallel. The feature started off on Monday with a free download of “Pennies” from the local project of Megan Biscieglia, a track that shows off the delicate but powerful traits of the multi-instrumentalist’s music. Take a look back at the ful Unlocked installment here.
South Philly singer-songwriter Ryan Tennis and his nine-piece Clubhouse Band stopped by recently for a Key Studio Session. Recording four songs that span Tennis’s creative palate, the band worked their numbers to the greatest advantage during the session. Download “Madeline” below and get the full session here.
Chicago’s Fort Frances were featured on Tuesday’s My Morning Download with their song “I Had Love.” Melding a rootsy jangle with a singer-songwriter vibe, the new band are instant ear catchers and are now supporting their second studio effort, this week’s Harbour EP.
In celebration of Earth Day, The Key took a look back at Philadelphia’s Earth Week in 1970 [link]
Photo by Kate McCann | www.katemccannphotography.com
I knew as soon as I heard last fall’s Pack Light but Bring Everything that Philly’s Ryan Tennis would be recording in our studio in the not-too-distant future. What I didn’t know was how many folks he’d have in tow. I figured singer-songwriter, plus backing players, would equal what – three people, four tops? As we were swapping emails to coordinate plans, he sorta casually mentioned “Yeah, I’d like to bring in my nine-piece band, hope that’s cool.” NINE players?! Once the surprise wore off, and I got everyone loaded into our studio, I realized how essential the large group was. They’re called the Clubhouse Band, and it’s a testament to the community vibe of their South Philly HQ, the spot they have regular and freewheeling house concert group jams. These folks were riffing full-tilt on a rootsy chord progression with vocal harmonies, trumpet and bongo percussion before I even had all the mics plugged in. In our session we get a few different sides to Tennis’ crew – the quiet-to-exhuberant swell of “Madeline,” the contemplative “Walk On” the cathartic “Fight Song” – with local MC Max MilLionz spitting a verse – and the very introspective, pleading closer “Best for You.” Listen and download the tracks below, and look for more local live music from Tennis and the Clubhouse Band this summer.
Friday Nights Under The Stars is a weekly Friday night summer concert series that runs from June through September at the Brandywine Polo Grounds in Kennett Square. This season’s musicians include Ryan Tennis, New Sweden, The Griz Band, Beaucoup Blue, 61 North and others. You can get the complete schedule and ticket information here. Below, watch New Sweden perfom “Way Up North (Texas).”
One of the many wonderful things about the Philadelphia music community is its desire to rally around causes and make a difference in the city. As cliched as that sounds, its true – the latest example being hometown musician John Francis‘ new City of Love Festival, benefiting Broad Street Ministry and their “Breaking Bread” hospitality initiative. Amidst debate over whether or not outdoor meal services for the homeless should be allowed in Philadelphia, the Broad Street Ministry has created its own safe haven for the city’s homeless men and women where they can receive a hot meal and a variety of services (including medical attention, art therapy and assistance for veterans) every Thursday afternoon. Continue reading →