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South Philly’s The Naked Sun are facing Friday the 13th head-on by playing their first show of the year at Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville tonight. The last time we caught them live was back in December with friends DRGN King, Brian D.A. Strouse and Kalob Griffin Band at Sofar Sounds’ Christmas show. Adorned in “ugly” holiday sweaters and surrounded by twinkle lights and garland, the roots rock band filmed a live video of “Cosmic Winds” taken from their debut EP Space, Place and Time. Check out the video below and get more information for tonight’s show with The John Hufford Band here. Stay tuned for announcements about their next release.
The Naked Sun is a rock band from South Philly, whom you might remember from their Key Studio Session last year. They’re very proud of their Philadelphia Heritage, so much so that they even have a song called “Wooder.” Their EP, Place, Space, and Time, has received great reviews from outlets such as the UK’s Real Gone, The Owl Mag, and Bucket Full of Nails. Additionally, they’ll be performing four times for Make Music Philly, including a 10 a.m. show at Powers Park, an 11:30 a.m. show at Riverside Hall, a 2 p.m. show at the Hard Rock Cafe, and a 6 p.m. show at Julian Abele Park. Check out a very DIY version of “Wooder” below, which was filmed and recorded in a basement.
Ohio bred R&B artist and actress Macy Gray brings her unique vocals and whimsical musical sense to World Cafe Live tonight for the 14th anniversary of her 1999 release On How Life Is. Gray has released six album in the years since then, most recently appearing in 2012 with a full-album cover of Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book. Find tickets for tonight’s show here. Watch her Jay Leno performance of Stevie’s “Tuesday Heartbreak.”
Suburban Philly natives Delco Pacers will release their debut LP Stereo Streets on Tuesday, November 19, the follow-up to last year’s acclaimed Riddlewood EP.
In celebration of the release of their full length Delco Pacers will hold a special record release show at Milkboy on November 14, with special guests Morning River Band (Philadelphia) and The Naked Sun (Philadelphia).
Delco Pacers- comprised of singer/guitarist Jonathan Pitts, bassist Evan Dick, and Philly raised drummer Pavlo Demkiv- have managed to revitalize early to mid 90′s indie pop/rock while adding millennial flare. Pitt’s uncanny vocal resemblance to early REM and Mr. Jones’ era Counting Crows, combined with catchy acoustic melodies and banging, syncopated drumming makes Stereo Streets an immediate upbeat favorite. But what really stands out on the LP are the tracks that digress from the usual, with heavier bass and electric guitar influence. On the track “Rooftops” the bass is palpable the whole way through, adding a darker undertone and balance to the more feel-good Americana style record. Take out the vocals, and you’d swear you heard some Smashing Pumpkins’ riffs.
The final track of the LP, a 6:39 number titled “Walls,” features and electric guitar/bass intro with intermittent drums that is so smooth, and so lulling, it’s like Explosions in the Sky jumped in for a quick opening before easily transitioning into quintessential Delco Pacers sound. The band has clearly grown in their last two years of touring, and it is fully audible in their debut LP Stereo Streets. You won’t want to miss the record release show at Milkboy!
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.
Country singer/songwriter Caitlin Rose will be playing at MilkBoy tonight. Rose hails from Nashville, Tennessee, the heart of country, and it shines through her music. To date, she has released an EP, two albums, and a seven inch record, and her latest album, The Stand-In, was released just last month. The album was released on According To Our Records (or ATO) and can be purchased via Rose’s website, or through ATO’s website. Also through Rose’s website, you can listen to “I Was Cruel” off of her new record, as well as watch a teaser video to her album. Tickets and information for 21 and up show with Andrew Combs and August John Lutz II (of Levee Drivers) can be found here. Below, check out Caitlin Rose’s teaser trailer to her new album The Stand-In.
Bringing their sunny psychedelic sounds to Philadelphia, Boston’s Quilt recently stopped by the Folkadelphia studios to record a live session full of warmth and color. The 60s vibe of the band seems so natural it’s easy to slip into a dreamy daze while listening to the five tracks they recorded. Stream and download “Arctic Shark” below and head over to Folkadelphia’s Bandcamp to get the rest of the session. Quilt will be back in town this Saturday, February 16th for the 2013 Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival at The Fire. Tickets and information can be found here.
Last summer, South Jersey five-piece The Naked Sun stormed the World Cafe Live stage with a rousing set of rambling rock and roll tunes at the Beta Hi-Fi Competition. Seriously; I had their song “Holdin’ Back The Heart” stuck in my head for days. Since then, the band has played a bit more to the subdued side of the musical spectrum – the show and BITBY video at the Fleisher Art Memorial is breathtaking but kinda tragically quiet – so I was quite happy when drummer Dave Gladney informed me they would be in full rock mode for the Key Studio Session they recorded last weekend. A trumpet player and saxophonist backed up the group, adding to their richly-arranged new songs. The set drew mostly from the EP they plan to release this spring: an appearance with The Lawsuits at The Field House (yep, the bar in Center City near Market East Station – they started booking shows this winter) slated for April 12th. Let the simmering build of “Debby Diest” carry you into the session.