Uber cool and genre bending, Philly duo Sunny Ali & the Kid mix country, garage, punk, and occasionally a slew of other musical styles. Their songs are short, not always so sweet, but always energetic. Their new tune “Muslim Rage” clocks in at just over 2 minutes, yet it’s jam packed with hip-hop, psychedelic, and garage influences, all mixed into a slightly gritty, lo-fi sound. Check out their new track below, and click here to listen to and download the wildly extensive studio session they did for us last year.
Sunny Ali And The Kid, a mega-cool two-piece from South Philadelphia, has been the subject of a whole lot of buzz lately. Apparently they just played in Milan, Italy, which is pretty wild. They have taken to the singles route, releasing four singles in the last year, and recently a two-song EP. They just released a music video (below) for one of these singles, “High Treason,” which came out back in August. Both the song and video are very short and simple, which is definitely part of this groups charm. Check out the video below, and listen to the band’s Key Studio Session from last year here.
Local dance-rockers Prowler have a big night planned for Johnny Brenda’s on October 13th. The band will be releasing their new EP Y’all Don’t Know at a show that “will surely be the last time Prowler rears it’s ugly head for quite some time” so now’s your chance to get in on the action. Also playing will be Sunny Ali & the Kid, Busses and DJ Jeffrey of The Magic Message.
The band recently posted a couple of cover tracks on their Bandcamp, collectively titled We Can Do it Too, which you can download for free. Stream their take on INXS’ “I Need You Tonight” and The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” below.
A couple weeks back, Philly garage-punk duo Sunny Ali and the Kid released their latest single, “High Treason,” as a free download. It’s a simmering slow-burner, a trot across a dusty western landscape (or bikeride across a dusty West Philly landscape, take your pick), and you can check it out below. The band plays Johnny Brenda’s twice in the next month and change – on Sunday, September 16, opening for Firewater, and on Saturday, October 13, opening for Prowler. You can download their raw and raucous Key Studio Session here.
Special thanks to all of the bands for coming to our studio, and to John Vettese for recording them. We’d also like to thank volunteer production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Kate Bracaglia, Corey Cohen, Sarah Fry, Shamus McGroggan, Noah Gabriel Merenda, Sylvia Ramirez, and Heidi Schlenzig for sharing their work.
Click here to download the 18-track compilation in its entirety as a .zip file. Want to hear more? Click here to listen to the full sessions by all 18 local acts; you can also download The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume I, Volume 2, and Volume 3.
City Rain “Real Good”
Pink Skull “Oh, Monorail”
Mason Porter “Back To Where We Started From”
Univox “What’s More”
Arrah and the Ferns “Waterproof Gold Watch”
Acid Kicks “Take My Soul Away”
The Menzingers “Mexican Guitars”
Music For Headphones “Why”
Lushlife “Gymnopiede 1.2″
Griz “The Secret In The Garden”
New Sweden “Saint, Don’t You Lie”
Sunny Ali and the Kid “Stop the Haiti”
Chill Moody “Cotton”
Little Big League “St. John’s”
Without even checking our archives, I can tell you that this week’s Key Studio Session packs the greatest number of songs in the shortest amount of time. But that’s what Philly duo Sunny Ali and the Kid is all about: directness and simplicity. When the band stopped by the station to record the eleven tracks beolow, Abdullah “The Kid” Saeed likened it to J Dilla’s 2006 record Donuts: when you hear music that’s so exciting, but so short, you almost involuntarily want to listen to it again right away. Hassan “Sunny” Malik points back to seminal UK art-rock act Wire, and the craft of making short songs feel epic and information-packed. The duo’s own musical brevity mixes tongue-in-cheek cowboy stylings with raw punk aggression and a cinematic flair. Check it out in the music (and video clips) below, and catch Sunny Ali and the Kid this Saturday when they’re on the massive lineup of Pi Lam’s Human BBQ XXXIV.
After a half-dozen years raising eclectic hell on a monthly basis, the Rockers gang is having its last hurrah at Tritone tonight before the famed bar / venue stops hosting live music. On the bill are Key Studio Sessions alums The National Rifle, along with minimal cowboy punks Sunny Ali and the Kid, the rock-n-soul swagger of The Baptist Preachers, gritty grunge heads Sherman the Band and series hosts Mighty Paradocs. The 21+ show begins promptly at 9 p.m., and we expect it to go late as the crew burns the house down (not literally, of course) with it’s trademark boundary-blurring bravado that mixes up folks of different ages, cultures and scenes. When the dust settles (again, not literally), Rockers plans to relocate to The Legendary Dobbs at 15th and South – but this is one farewell party you won’t want to miss. Check out tracks from some of the bands and watch a series preview below.
Rockaphilly is presenting a concert with Brown Recluse, Lushlife, and Sunny Ali And The Kid on Friday, October 28th, at Johnny Brenda’s. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.; show time is 9:00 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ event are $10. For more information and set times click here. Rockaphilly is also having a contest to win a pair of tickets to the show if you’re one of the first two people to identify the pictures of rock stars on this poster. Below, listen to a song from Brown Recluse and Sunny Ali And The Kid.
Go ahead, call ‘em minimal surf. Call ‘em country-punk. Those labels are common and certainly fitting when it comes to talking about Philly’s Sunny Ali and the Kid, but try not to over-complicate things. After all, the collaboration of Hassan Ali (formerly of the Mad Decent-approved trio PoPo and drummer Abdullah Saeed is a straight-to-the-freaking-point garage band: minute-long songs, grizzled vocals and a surplus of energy. Today’s Philly Local Phile showcases a digital single they recently released, “Hijabi Girl.”