Last year, Kathleen Mullaney was having dinner with friends on Easter when she felt a sharp pain in her back. She went to the doctor. They ran tests. Then came the harrowing news: she had late-stage breast cancer.
On Saturday night, Underground Arts will host Kathapalooza, a benefit concert in support of Mullaney, who was a prominent figure in the Philly punk scene in the late 1990s as the lead singer and guitarist of the all-female band Grubby. Continue reading →
Weird Hot are set to release their new self-titled record at Johnny Brenda’s on December 19th. The local “funk noir” six-piece has released a new video for their single “I Was At a Party” in anticipation of the LP, which shows a diabolical cast of characters carrying out a mission that surrounds a silver briefcase.
Philly band Weird Hot describes itself as “funk noir” — two words that hold a ton of weight and bring along multiple elements. Well, the band’s newest song, “I Was At A Party,” fits the genre having both the rhythmic groove of funk and the dark, cynical aspects of 80s pop and new wave. Weird Hot mixes together these styles seamlessly in this moody track. Its other new song, however, isn’t so gloomy. “The Wasp Woman” is a more upbeat track with a synth-pop sound (though it still has some darkness to its lyrics). The track is about how you can never escape a character called the Wasp Woman, and like the Wasp Woman you won’t be able to escape this super catchy song. Check both songs out for yourself below and see Weird Hot perform at Johnny Brenda’s on May 30th. Ticket and other information can be found on the XPN Concert Calender.
Today we bring you our latest Key Studio Sessions compilation, pulling together the best of what we’ve recorded in the final four months of 2013. I’m always psyched about these comps, but The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 9 in particular presents a tremendous variety of musicians from around the Philadelphia region that I’m excited to showcase for you. Bucks County has a healthy showing, from the acoustic alt-punk swagger of Balance and Composure and the retro-grunge of Daylight to the booming Americana of Levee Drivers and the flower child folk stylings of Lily Mae. Continue reading →
Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
Shawn Kilroy brought in his Weird Hot troupe for a Key Studio Session. Eclectic in every way, the tracks that the local band recorded range from adreneline-rushed twang, pop-tinted funk and a cover of Paul McCartney’s “Band on the Run.” Stream and download “Ghosts” below and get the full set here.
Radio Raheem have put up “Calling the World” from their recent Raheem Rising record for free. The Seattle R&B / soul / hip hop project channel the sound of early soul singers, similar to the style of Mayer Hawthorne or Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. Stream and download the track below.
Mumblr is set to release their new tape White Jesus Black God on November 12th via Fleeting Youth Records. The basement punk outfit, led by former Stinky Smelly vocalist / guitarist Nick Morrison, have shared “Puke” as a free download – stream and download it below. Mumblr plays The Fire on November 6th.
Folkadelphia brought Yellow Red Sparks in for a session this week. As host Fred Knittel points out, the California trio could easily be labeled folk-pop, but that tag doesn’t reach the full depths of frontman Joshua Hanson’s songwriting (he won the International Songwriting Competition grand prize last year. Stream and download the session below.
Philly acoustic folk soul project Up The Chain is celebrating the release of their anticipated new album Seeds & Thorns with a party at Ardmore Music Hall tonight. Produced by Bill Moriarty (who has recently worked with The Lawsuits and Toy Soldiers) and inspired by some of front man’s Reed Kendall’s musical heroes, such as Neil Young, Paul Simon, and Amos Lee, the sophomore release is expected to be simply intimate with an energized Americana swing. Check out the details and tickets for tonight’s show here. Get ready for the show by listening to what the whole band has to say about the new release below.
As a bandleader and songwriter, Shawn Kilroy is big into synthesis: working with a room of seven or eight or ten other players – the crew he calls Weird Hot – using the varied group to drawing from an equally varied pool of styles, matching them up in unexpected and cohesive ways. For example, look at the set of songs they recorded for their Key Studio Session: “Ghosts” is a jagged funk anthem with poppy vocal harmonies on the refrain, “One Legged Man” is all sleek and glam while “Cowboy Music” is ripping twangy country. And then the two covers that kind of give some insight on what might have been on Kilroy’s record player when he wrote this music – a sweet trip to the 80s via Real Life’s “Send Me an Angel” an a dive into “Band on the Run” by Paul McCartney’s Wings, a massively eclectic crew themselves. Weird Hot performs at Johnny Brenda’s this Friday, November 1st, to celebrate the release of their new retrospective called Ghosts: The Best of Shawn Kilroy and Weird Hot. Tickets and information on the show can be found here; stream and download their Key Studio Session below.
Philly indie rock impresario Shawn Kilroy has been doing his thing for nearly a decade, working either as a solo artist (three albums) or with his playful art-funk ensemble Weird Hot (two albums). This fall he’s releasing Ghosts: The Best of Shawn Kilroyand Weird Hot, a 22-song retrospective of the music he’s made since 2004. The title track is actually a new tune the band will feature on their upcoming LP The Rodeo, currently in production; grab a download of it below, and listen for it next week when Weird Hot appears on the Key Studio Sessions. The band has been on a fall tour that wraps up at Johnny Brenda’s next Friday, November 1st; find tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.