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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Lushlife, The Chelsea Kills, Caroline Rose

 

Raj Haldar tracking piano for the 4th movement of Toynbee Suite | Photo by Phil Bradshaw
Raj Haldar tracking piano for the 4th movement of Toynbee Suite | Photo by Phil Bradshaw

Shaking Through premiered their latest recording this week, a collaboration spearheaded by Lushlife‘s Raj Haldar with several other local musicians.  The end result, Toynbee Suite, is a 10+ minute hip hop symphony circling the mysterious Toynbee Tiles that are inlaid throughout hte city.  Watch the Shaking Through episode here.

Local musician Chris Kasper brought his band in for this week’s Key Studio Session.  Kasper recently released his fourth solo record Bagabones and performed tracks from that LP for this session.  Joining him for these takes are Phil D’Agostino, Kiley Ryan, Jerry Bernhardt and Daniel “Scrappy” Bower.  Check out “Don’t Want to Lose Your Way” below and get the full set here.

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Listen to The Chelsea Kills’s take on youth and goodbyes on their two new singles

The Chelsea Kills | courtesy of the artist
The Chelsea Kills | courtesy of the artist

Local garage-rock outfit The Chelsea Kills revel in the perils of youth and bid farewell to relationships on their new singles “You Said It Yourself” and “Goodbye Kid”. The former track finds vocalist/guitarist Sam Mercurio insisting: “I never cared for my health, I only cared for my youth” and inadvertently capturing the essence of the song in one lyric while he accuses his ex-lover of stealing his time on the latter. Both tracks will be featured on the band’s upcoming sophomore album Pulp Culture which arrives November 26th via Fleeting Youth Records. Pre-order the album here, and download the two singles below.

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Local music showcase coming to The Blockley on 11/25

Bringing back the good ol’ battle of the bands-style competition, Bridging the Music is hosting a local music showcase on November 25th at The Blockley.  Participating bands will have the opportunity to win a bunch of great prizes, including studio recording time and a headlining show at The Blockley.  Tickets are $8, available here; get more information here.  Below, watch The Chelsea Kills’ HotBox Session video for “I Fall Out” and check out the full line-up for the showcase.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lauryn Peacock and Catherine Prewitt at The Fire, The Brian Jonestown Massacre at Union Transfer, and The Chelsea Kills at North Star Bar

Singer-songwriter Lauryn Peacock has the range of a musician whose been playing her whole life. Peacock’s musician career started when she began playing piano at age three, followed by a sint singing in a choir and playing synths in a punk band before studying guitar with Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy and touring with the indie band mewithoutYou. Now Peacock is concentrating on her solo folk career and will be joined by fellow female acoustic crooner Catherine Prewitt for a show at The Fire tonight. The line-up features support by Joshua Fletcher and Caleb Spaulding & the Historical Society. Tickets for the 18+ show are available for $8 here. Watch the music video for Lauryn Peacock’s song “January” in the player below.

San Francisco rockers The Brian Jonestown Massacre‘s sound has been described as everything from neo-psychedelia to folk rock to shoegaze. Therefore, it is not surprising that a band whose name comes from combing original Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones’ name with the mass cult suicide in Jonestown, Guyana would have a pretty eclectic sound, to say the least. The band will be bringing their eclectic vibes to Philly for an all ages show at Union Transfer tonight with support by Minnesota band Magic Castles. Doors open at 8PM and the show starts at 9PM. Tickets are available here for $20.

Finally, Philly band The Chelsea Kills are bringing their old-school rock & roll sound to North Star Bar tonight. The all-ages show features support by Tallhart, Belle Histoire, and Fast Car. the show starts at 7PM and tickets are available here for $10. Listen to the band’s album Sick Boy below.