John the Conqueror will take over Spruce Street Harbor Park for the first installment of this summer’s monthly music series, curated by The Key. The Waterfront Sessions will bring local music to the beautiful park setting next to the Delaware River all season long. John the Conqueror are a band of “blues-rock rabble rousers” that just got home from a European tour. Welcome them back at the free show tonight along with Song Dogs; more information can be found here.
Local countrified outfit Katie Frank & the Pheromones will be rocking out Bourbon and Branch tonight. The band, whose LP Counting Your Curses was released in March, have steadily been standing out as an artist to watch on the Philly scene, and will appear on the lineup of the Philadelphia Folk Festival later this summer. Information for tonight’s show is available on our concert calendar here, and below you can watch Frank’s smooth cover of Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock’n'Roll.”
Ramshackle roots rockers The Felice Brothers made a stop recently on the World Cafe and performed a live set of songs from their new album, Favorite Waitress. In case you missed it, you can listen to the session here.
Early in their careers, The Felice Brothers’ mix of Americana, folk, and rock was influenced by the band’s admiration of Dylan and The Band. The “Basement Tape-isms” of the band’s sound have been fundamental to their charm, and the band’s shuffling, not always-all-together ensemble playing, coupled with their bouyant songwriting shines once again on their new album, especially on the fun “Cherry Licorice.” Download the World Cafe version of song and and watch their live performance of it from World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Perennial folk / rock faves The Felice Brothers were the first to take the NPR Music stage at NonCOMM tonight. With their new album Favorite Waitress a month away (it’s due out June 17th on Dualtone Records), the Catskill-born, New York City-based band delivered an impressive mix of fiddle, organ, harmonies and songwriting hooks. “Cherry Licorice” was a crowd favorite; listen back to the entire set and check out scenes from it in the gallery below.
This record, we definitely wanted it to be a reflection of our live show. We honed it on the road. When we went into the studio to record it, we recorded it mostly live, with the intention of playing these songs and having them sound similar to the way they do live, and vice versa. That was very important to us. When we first started, for the first couple of records, even, we hadn’t done a lot of touring. Every studio we ever worked in was one we sort of built ourselves, so to actually go to a real studio in a different city was completely illuminating, and it gave us the opportunity to really play the songs because we didn’t have the ceremony of building a studio and testing it out. The bulk of the record, 90 percent of it, was done in a week. Practicing the songs and playing them live a lot brought us to a point where we could bang them out pretty quick.
Below, download the ragtag rocker “Cherry Licorice.” The band is plays Union Transfer on Thursday, July 10th with Robert Ellis. Go here for tickets and more information.
Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Ohio’s Saintseneca, led by singer-songwriter Zac Little, brings its indie-folk tunes to World Cafe Live tonight. The band recently signed to Anti- Records and plan to release their new LP Dark Arc this year. They released a two-track single a few months back which featured “Uppercutter” and “Visions”. Stream the former below and get tickets here.
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.
Indie singer-songwriter/guitar virtuoso Steve Gunn is playing a record release show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The New York musician and his band are releasing Time Off on June 25th, not long after finishing up a tour with Kurt Vile. Gunn has a classic, old-soul sound to his music, along with a lot of solo acoustic jamming out – all of which you can hear in his recent studio session with The Key. Below, check out Gunn performing in Philly earlier this year. Tonight’s show will also include performances by Endless Boogie and Psalmships. Tickets and information can be found here.
Americana/Folk-rock outfit The Felice Brothers will be performing at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. Their last album, God Bless You Amigo, is available only online. It is an effort to raise some money after the band’s home and equipment were almost destroyed in a hurricane, among other unfortunate events you can read about on the album page. Below, you can listen to a song off of the new album called “Lincoln Continental.” Tickets and information can be found here.
Another album release party – local poppy fuzz rock outfit Cough Cool is dropping their album 29 this weekend and is celebrating with a show at the Kung Fu Necktie! The album is already streaming on soundcloud, which you can check out below. Tickets are to be purchased at the door, but you can find some more information here.
JEFF the Brotherhood kick off a two-night stand at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The Nashville band of brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall got the music bug from their father, who has written / produced for Taylor Swift and Reba McEntire. The younger Orralls’ brand of music couldn’t be much further from that of Swift’s though – with a raucous live show and a sound that inevitably finds itself described as grungy, scuzzy and sludgy, JEFF the Brotherhood attract attention through a barrage of loud and distorted but equally quirky and endearing rock songs on their latest Hypnotic Nights LP. Tickets and information for tonight and tomorrow’s shows can be found here. Watch them perform “Sixpack” on Late Night with David Letterman below.