Early this month, local atmospheric rockers Sonnder kicked off a monthly singles project – one new digital track a month, culminating in a full album by December. The song “Drifter,” which kicked the series off, takes a more subdued and haunting approach to their sound compared to the band’s vibrant Thief EP from 2014, but where it goes from here is a total mystery – and we’re totally into following the journey. The band plays Bourbon and Branch in Northern Liberties tonight; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Summing up an entire region’s music scene in an hour-ish long compilation is pretty much impossible. But dangit, we try our best. I’m very psyched for the roster of artists we’ve lined up on The Key Studio Sessions Volume 10, out today as a free download you can grab below. Pop-punk wave makers Modern Baseball did a version of “The Weekend” from their 2012 debut LP Sports, and the mini XPN shoutout they deliver at the end of the first chorus might be my favorite moment of the set. The song as a whole is insanely fun and on point, and MoBo’s basement-scene brethren W.C. Lindsay (more synthpop leaning) and The Hundred Acre Woods (more folk-leaning) also make solid appearances. There are several acts on the comp who you’ll see this summer at the XPoNential Music Festival: Ginger Coyle, Commonwealth Choir, Marah and Marian Hill. I love using our studio to allow more experimental-leaning artists to blaze new paths, whether its Trophy Wife‘s expansive rager “Neil Young” (very reminiscent of the Dead Man score for sure), Tutlie‘s elegant dreamscape “Kaito” or Bleeding Rainbow‘s noise-punk jam “Time or Place.” Suave downbeat crooners Elegant Animals knock a track from their back catalogue out of the park, and though the comp is admittedly short on hip-hop, eclectic electronica soundscaper Ganou spits a fierce verse on “Detainment.” (We’ll have a lot more Philly hip-hop on volume 11 in August, don’t worry.) A summation of an entire scene? Of course not. I think of this more of an incomplete but nonetheless awesome snapshot of Philadelphia-area music circa spring 2014, one we’ll continue building on. Major thanks go to production assistants Dan Hatton and Dan Malloy; photographers Rachel Del Sordo, Megan Kelly, Allison Newbold, Dominique Montgomery and Ian Lewis; videographers Bob Sweeney, James Powers, Ryan Chowansky and Bands in the Backyard; and guest engineers Mattias Nilsson and Adam Staniszewski. Listen to the comp and download it for free below.
Philly electro-pop ensemble W.C. Lindsay is no stranger to bridging musical genres. Whether it be pop vocals on synth-heavy electronic beats, or hip hop infused rap verses over live instrumentals, W.C. Lindsay’s music is constantly evolving, constantly changing. Today, the band releases its newest album Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions via charity label Big Footprints, founded by Modern Baseball’s Brendan Lukens, and you can listen to the record streaming in its entirety via Red Bull Music.
Frontman Will Lindsay told Red Bull that Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions is “about the idea of nostalgia, and all the emotional legitimacies and misgivings it can bring. The ‘Charitable Deceptions’ half is the darker portion of the record that examines what it means to reach that age that was once so desired, and to find that you only wish to go back to the age of naivete. It’s a record about growing up.” This may seem like a heavy burden to bear, but the band is serious about positively effecting America’s youth: for every W.C. Lindsay album purchased, Big Footprints will donate $1 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions has a palpable pop feel, with catchy, melodic vocal hooks and a heavy percussion presence. The track “Little Ghost” features the pounding synth beats and hip hop feel that we’ve come to know and love from W.C. Lindsay, making the track an easy favorite. “Tree” has a Bright Eyes/ Conor Oberst feel, marking the drastic way in which W.C. Lindsay’s music can range. “Kids These Days” returns to the band’s electronic roots, with pop vocals reminiscent of the band Fun. It’s an intelligent album on the whole, and with ten unique tracks there is literally something for music fans of every genre.
Check out a couple tracks below and stream the album in its entirety here. Want more? Be sure to check out W.C. Lindsay’s Key Studio Session here.
W. C. Lindsay brought his genre jumping electro-punk in for a Key Studio Session, recording a handful of tracks off of his new LP Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions, which will be released on Big Footprints records in April. Stream and download “Little Ghost” below and get the full set here.
New electronic / pop trio Bondage & Discipline shared their debut single “Only Your Love.” The dichotomy in their name is mirrored in the song’s instrumentation and arrangement, with bright synths blending with distant guitars. Stream and download it below.
Bucks County’s Jeremiah Tall has released a new song called “Penn’s Woods.” The one-man band uses a guitar and a suitcase re-appropriated as a drum to perform his roots / Americana songs like the one below. Stream and download “Penn’s Woods” below.
Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Jenny Hval recorded this week’s Folkadelphia Session. The boundary breaking artist and poet showed her alternative approach to storytelling on last year’s Innocence is Kinky, using “shocking imagery, provocative language and music to match” to get her point across. Stream and download the live session below.
Thursday’s My Morning Download featured Oklahoma musician Parker Millsap. The 20 year old recently released his self-titled debut, which was spotlighted by Folk Alley’s Kim Ruehl on NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation. Stream and download “Truck Stop Gospel” below.
When we brought you his song “Little Ghost” as a My Morning Download last week, we talked about W.C. Lindsay‘s knack for bridging scenes and worlds. You can hear that in action in his appearance on the Key Studio Sessions this week. The delicate and introspective “Tree” begins like an emotional ballad, but kicks into a thundering rock jam thanks to Richie Straub’s propulsive percussion. “Kids these Days” is a straight-up pop earworm (try getting it unstuck from your head after listening to this rollicking performance) and the aforementioned “Little Ghost” blends stylish rap and new wave sheen. These songs are but a taste of the eclectic array frontman Will Lindsay doubtless has in store when his album Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions comes out on Big Footprints records in April. Listen to and download the session below,
Philly’s W.C. Lindsay bridges worlds in unexpected ways. The project of 22-year-old singer / rapper / guitarist / beatmaker Will Lindsay, the band got its start four years ago in the Drexel University basement show scene. But the music Lindsay played for these traditionally punk crowds was very slick and poppy from the get-go. 80s synthesizer textures and big melodic hooks blend with crunchy guitar leads and rapped verses in a super suave delivery, somewhat reminiscent of Macklemore. Or, as the band’s tagline nicely sums it up, it’s like “The Beastie Boys watching The Breakfast Club at Warped Tour.” Live, W.C. Lindsay is fleshed out by bassist George Legatos and drummer Richie Straub, and they just recorded a Key Studio Session we’ll bring you very soon. For now, enjoy today’s free download of “Little Ghost,” the first single from Lindsay’s forthcoming sophomore LP Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions, out this April on Big Footprints Records.
Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
W.C. Lindsay will release their debut full-length Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions on Big Footprints Project Records in April. The local electropop-punk trio released the first single from the record yesterday, a bouncing social reflection track called “Kids These Days” that dips into some chiptune-esque synth before dropping into a shout-worthy chorus. The new record follows up Lindsay’s fall Tree EP, which was also released on the charity label fronted by Modern Baseball’s Brendan Lukens. Stream “Kids These Days” below.
According to W.C. Lindsay‘s bio, Keith Richards came to the Drexel student in a dream and told him to start an electro / dance punk project. An odd request from the Rolling Stones guitarist but with Lindsay’s knack for powerful vocals and intensely-fun hooks, Richards seems to have picked the right guy for the job.
Now signed to new Philly-based charity label Big Footprints Project, Lindsay is releasing a four-track EP called Tree in advance of his upcoming debut full-length (expected this fall). The collaboration allows everyone involved to give back to the community – $1 from every digital and physical sale of the EP will benefit the McMichael Morton School in West Philadelphia where Lindsay volunteers as a tutor and friend for the elementary school kids.
Showcasing all sides of Lindsay’s talent, the Tree EP features a studio and acoustic version of both the summer anthem “Into the Night” and the title track (which was originally included on Big Footprints BIG Compilation in April). Stream the EP via Big Footprints’ Soundcloud below and get ready to dance at MilkBoy Philly when W.C. Lindsay plays with Cheers Elephant on July 20th; tickets and information can be found here.
Lucy Stone is a 20-year-old Drexel Music Industry program sophomore who has recorded with Rusted Root, opened for Dirty Projectors and played with numerous Philadelphia area bands since she was 14 years old. Now she and her band are opening for Gold Motel tonight at the North Star Bar where they will be selling a limited number of copies of their new EP, Small Treasures. We recently talked to the local songstress to get the details on how she got into playing music, what is was like cutting her teeth in the Philly music scene as a teenager, her various musical collaborations, recording the new EP, what to expect from her band’s show tonight, and what’s next for Lucy Stone. Continue reading →