No sports jokes in this one, I promise. And even more surprisingly, on Friday night when the 3rd annual Make the World Better benefit show went down at Union Transfer, none there, either. Put on and hosted by “The Street Eagle,” — the Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Connor Barwin — the event brought together music nerds and jocks, uniting them in the name of the greater good.
Unlike last year’s spicy, sporty takes from everyone’s favorite sassy Brooklyners Parquet Courts, this year featured very little mention of the love of the game. In fact, unless you had known previously that Connor plays for the team, you might never have learned at the event. And that’s okay. While last year’s event was radical, it seems lessons learned went into action, making the third incarnation of the event the most music-centric one yet, even while featuring fewer bands. Continue reading →
On June 17th, Alabaman-turned-Philadelphian Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee will open up the time capsule and reissue the first songs she ever wrote for the project as a limited-edition cassette aptly titled Early Recordings. Also available digitally, the reissue’s artist proceeds will benefit DIY PHL’s First Time’s The Charm, an event that promotes diversity and inclusion of all kinds within the music community. Continue reading →
Connor Barwin, the Philadelphia Eagles defensive player, recently stopped by WXPN to talk with XPN’s afternoon host Dan Reed about Barwin’s 3rd annual Make The World Better benefit concert on Friday, June 3rd at Union Transfer. The show is an all-Philly bill including Hop Along, Waxahatchee, and a surprise special guest. Continue reading →
Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin’s Make The World Better Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to “enriching the lives of Philadelphia’s youth by providing safe and fun places for artistic and athletic development,” just announced the line-up for their 3rd annual fundraiser…and it’s a fantastic Philly double-hitter of Waxahatchee and Hop Along. Continue reading →
It was a year of powerful records. Of loud guitars and brazen beats, of electronic tapestries and vocal abandon. It was a year of personal introspection and rallying cries for social change. It was a year when music felt inextricably tied to the world around us. When it felt more important than it had in a long time. Like we’ve said before, to narrow 12 months of incredible music down to a “top 15 albums of 2015” list is to exclude dozens of other worthy releases. This year, we had 26 writers and photographers cite a collective 82 albums as their favorites – you can view everybody’s top fives here, and I know fully well that had I asked The Key crew to give me top tens, I’d be easily looking at quadruple the titles. But we’ll go deep when our annual Year-End Mania roundup launches tomorrow. Today we take the long view and explore what rose to the surface of consensus in 2015, from the expressive moments of Kamasi Washington, Joanna Newsom and Jamie xx, to the pop permutations of Carly Rae Jepsen and Grimes , rock and/or roll from Courtney Barnett and Alabama Shakes, Philly representation from The Districts, Waxahatchee and of course, Hop Along‘s incredible breakout LP Painted Shut, which alongside the great Kendrick Lamar rose right to the top of our voting. Let’s recap the year. Continue reading →
Waxahatchee, the moniker of Philly by-way-of Alabama singer-songwriter Kate Crutchfield, has had a hell of a year, and this week released a light, scenic video for “La Loose”, a standout track from 2015’s Ivy Tripp.
The band first made a name for itself back in 2013, with her critically-acclaimed and wholly surprising debut LP Cerulean Salt. What was immediately evident was Crutchfield’s powerful vocal presence, one that cut through the noise and demanded to be noticed. She kept things going in 2015, following up her debut with a sophomore effort that she still has plenty to say. Continue reading →
It seems the Crutchfield sisters have quite the affinity for Lucinda Williams. Way back in January, Allison (the frontwoman of Swearin’) covered Williams’ 1992 track “Something About What Happens When We Talk.” Now, twin sister Katie has taken to covering Williams’ “Greenville” during her shows as Waxahatchee. Continue reading →
Brian Walker of the Philadelphia emo rock band A Day Without Love is nothing if not ambitious. In the last year alone, he has released three different albums on his Bandcamp, ranging from the more polished Young Professionals to the literally-recorded-in-his-own-bedroom Songs for the Lonely. Now, Walker’s set his sights on an even more ambitious project: recording 90 different covers in 90 days. Continue reading →