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UPenn’s SPEC presents Skylar Grey and The Lawsuits at World Cafe Live

Skylar Grey | photo via skylargreymusic.com
Skylar Grey | photo via skylargreymusic.com

On Saturday, October 25th, University of Pennsylvania’s Social Planning and Events Committee is bringing singer/songwriter Skylar Grey to World Cafe Live. Grey is an accomplished composer and lyricist, having been credited with co-writing tracks like “Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem and Rihanna, “Coming Home” by Diddy Dirty Money, “Clarity” by Zedd, and “I Need A Doctor” by Dr. Dre and Eminem. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lawsuits at Johnny Brenda’s, Fishbone at MilkBoy, North Mississippi Allstars at Weis Center

The Lawsuits | Photo courtesy of the artist
The Lawsuits | Photo courtesy of the artist

You can’t pinpoint the sound that Brian Dale Allen Strouse, Brendan Cunningham, Vanessa Winters, Josh Friedman, and Joe Bisirri create. You can hear some influences in the music they make as The Lawsuits, coming from gospel, reggae, folk and many more. This beautiful combination is probably the reason why they’re so adored in their hometown. Tonight, the band celebrates the release of its latest EP, Tumbled; check out their song “(Darla Nye) Never Love Someone” below, and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Lawsuits release a fantastically funky new single “You Aren’t The Same”

The Lawsuits | Photo courtesy of the artist
The Lawsuits | Photo courtesy of the artist

Local long-haired favorites The Lawsuits have released yet another single off of their highly anticipated upcoming release Tumbled. The funky track “You Aren’t The Same” does not disappoint, highlighting singer Vanessa Winters’ soulful and smooth voice. Over the past few weeks, the genre-switching group have released single after single (including “Sweet Marcelle”, a track as delicate and, well, sweet as its name). Continue reading →

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Listen to sentimental new song from The Lawsuits

The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

The Lawsuits are wearing their hearts on their sleeves, everyone. New song “(Darla Nye) Never Love Someone” warns its listener (named Darla, of course) not to “love someone the way [the narrator] loves [her]” for her own sake. The tune ambles through a guitar-filled soundscape and has one of the most sonically pleasing uses of auto-tune to boot. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Lawsuits’ love ballad on “Sweet Marcelle”

The Lawsuits | photo by Caitlin McCann | caitlinmccannphoto.com
The Lawsuits | photo by Caitlin McCann | caitlinmccannphoto.com

Fresh from their phenomenal XPoNential Festival performanceThe Lawsuits just released their newest song, “Sweet Marcelle” from their forthcoming EP Tumbled out September 23rd. The EP follows the release of last year’s debut LP Cool Cool Cool and is the first album the band will put out with the new American Diamond Recordings. The new song carries the same positive rock and roll vibe from Cool Cool Cool. Continue reading →

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WXPN welcomes Matt Pond and more to the RiverCity Festival

Matt Pond
Matt Pond | Photo by Michelle Montgomery

Local favorite singer-songwriter Matt Pond – a former Philadelphian based in New York – will headline the seventh annual RiverCity Festival taking place at Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown on Saturday, October 11th.  The free festival, situated along the river off of Delaware Avenue, is stocked with a stellar line-up of local bands, vendors and a 5k run.

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XPNFest Recap: The Lawsuits bring breezy harmonies to the River Stage

The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
From the fertile Bucks County musical community, The Lawsuits brought a set of breezy country harmonies crossed with revved-up rock and roll to the River Stage on the third day of this year’s XPoNential Music Festival. The band released its debut LP Cool Cool Cool in October, and the set drew largely from it, from the buoyant charm of opening track “Anybody’s Girl” to the ultra-catchy honkey-tonk jammer “Onion.” Non-album single “Love is Weight” made the set as well, and singer Vanessa Winters positively slayed her vocal leads on “Long Drive Home” and “You Won’t Love Me If You Don’t.” Continue reading →

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XPoNential Artist Spotlight: The Lawsuits keep busy with studio work and prepping new material

The Lawsuits | photo by Brett Henrikson
The Lawsuits | photo by Brett Henrikson

This past October, the Lawsuits released their pop/folk full-length debut Cool Cool Cool and kept busy by working on the production side of things with their now-labelmates on the new American Diamond Recordings. Aside from a small handful of local appearances, the five-piece has been checking out other parts of the Northeast and already writing new material that just may be ready for the public soon.

According to lead singer Brian Dale Allen Strouse, “ADR is a collection of good friends.” And with that kind of sentiment, the Lawsuits are currently waiting for just the right time to take the center spotlight again, rather just toeing it, while ADR is still rolling out Ron Gallo’s solo debut, Ronny. “We’re going to take our time with regards to releasing material on American Diamond to ensure that each release is given the appropriate resources, and ample attention. The Lawsuits are very close to being done with new material and are eager to release it.”

Strouse goes on to say that the band is currently working on getting some new songs, “stage ready,” and that one or two may find work its way onto a setlist of one of their XPoNential Music Festival set this Sunday. As a matter of fact, festivals are the only way you’ll likely catch the Lawsuits for the rest of this summer, as they don’t have an extensive tour planned at this time. They played the bulk of their club tour dates this past fall right after the release of Cool Cool Cool in the New York, Boston and Newport locales before going on a three-week fun from Connecticut to Washington D.C. in February and March.

Just before that, Strouse and drummer Josh Friedman held the reigns on the Levee Drivers‘ recent EP, Speakin’ Bourbon Coated Blues. Strouse took care of engineering, while Friedman mixed and mastered it the three-song effort. And by the sounds of it, Friedman, who just mastered Ronny, and Strouse keep themselves quite busy in their audio production work and have several projects coming down the pipe.

“Josh and I have been working together for over a year now, starting with the Levee Drivers EP,” he says. “We’re currently involved with producing new projects for The Gallerist, Dirty Dollhouse, Kalob Griffin Band and Mat Burke. Joe is currently producing a new project for Satellite Hearts.”

The Lawsuits play Xpontential Festival, Sunday, July 27 at 12:30 p.m. More details here.

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Premiere: #XPNfest artist The Lawsuits debut new video, “Dreaming #26″

The Lawsuits | photo via www.facebook.com/thelawsuits
The Lawsuits | photo by Caitlin McCann

The Lawsuits are one of ten Philly local bands performing at the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. “Dreaming #26″ is from The Lawsuits’ 2013 release, Cool Cool Cool. Filmed & edited by Caitlin McCann at Hotbox, “Dreaming #26,” has a breezy, floating, and yes – dreamy – quality to it. The Lawsuits play Sunday, July 27th at 12:30 on the River Stage.

Watch “Dreaming #26″ below.

The Lawsuits – Dreaming #26 (official music video) from Dog Days Films on Vimeo.