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Cold Soul bring low-key energy on “Sad Girl Hours”

Cold Soul | via Facebook

Cold Soul are a four piece Philly indie rock group with a smooth sound reminiscent of Clairo and Cuco. On their new single “Sad Girl Hours,” the group delivers a strong tune about heartbreak and trying to piece yourself together after hard times.

Comprised of vocalist Rachel Nakshian, bassist Owen Kirchner, drummer Dontres Davis, and lead guitarist Himanya Behl, the quartet hold down an intoxicating groove as Nakshian’s airy vocals guide the track. The music intensifies, then crescendos into a wild chorus. Nakshian’s vocals are still at the forefront, but her bandmates is brought up to the same intensity. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Phosphorescent, Ingrid Michaelson, Cat Power, Bouncing Souls

Cat Power
Cat Power | photo by Eliot Lee Hazel | courtesy of the artist

We’re in the year-end wind-down zone, but that doesn’t mean you should plan on spending the next week huddling up at home and binge watching Schitt’s Creek (though that wouldn’t be a terrible idea in moderation). We’ve flagged a several shows that are totally worth your attention, beginning tomorrow night with rock legend Ronnie Spector in Bethlehem, and carrying through Sunday when Bouncing Souls take on The Queen in Wilmington. Here are 12 concerts you can see in the next seven days all around Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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Now Hear This: New Songs from Cold Specks, Moses Sumney, Cults, Susanne Sundfør, Laura Baird, Eamon and Mavis Staples

Moses Sumney | photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN
Moses Sumney | photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Every month, noted song expert K. Ross Hoffman presents Now Hear This, a sampling of fresh specimens for your consideration.

October is the coolest month – musically speaking.  There are more (and, pound for pound, bigger) new releases flying around these days than any other time of year.  It’s dizzying.  And correspondingly, of course, there are also many many artists touring through town, now and in the coming weeks.  It’s left me with little choice but to offer an, umm, especially generous baker’s dozen by way of my monthly recap below.  So come feast your ears! 

Among other things, last month saw a considerable number of comebacks, of varying magnitudes – returns to action, artistic reinvigorations, etc – from artists all across the spectrum.  I’ve highlighted a good number of them below, along with a smaller, select handful of shining newcomer – most of whom turn out to be not entirely that new, after all.

The biggest (unintentional) theme for this month, a through-line linking all of these widely ranging selections, is the power of the voice.  The playlist below features a striking array of voices – extraordinary voices and commonplace voices, singly or in multiple, highly processed or unadorned.  And whether or not I call attention to to it in my write-up, each and every cut here offers something memorable in terms of its vocal dimension; a certain quality of the voice (or voices) at hand, or of the way that voice are used.  Let it be a reminder for us all, to keep on using our voices. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s New Music Show Preview: Coldplay is not retiring (yet), Austin’s most “Powerful” new band & more!

Pokey La Farge | photo by Nate Burrell | courtesy of the artist
Pokey La Farge | photo by Nate Burrell | courtesy of the artist

It’s hard to keep up with all the new music that’s coming out these days.  We get it.  That’s what we’re here for!  You may not know that Sheryl Crow recently recruited Gary Clark Jr. to play on her new album.  Or that Alt-J dropped a new song just this morning.  It’s OK! Just set your radio for 8pm tonight and settle in for our New Music Show.  By the time you get to work Tuesday morning, you’ll be the new music guru of your office! Here’s your cheat sheet for tonight’s show …

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The Arcs bridge soul and psychedelia at The Fillmore

The Arcs | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com
The Arcs | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com

Wednesday night, The Arcs weaved a tapestry of psychedelic sound with in the walls of The Fillmore. The group is the new rock outfit of Dan Auerbach, frontman of the Black Keys. The night kicked off with a unique set from New York’s all-female Mariachi Flor De Toloache, who treated the audience to their take on traditional Mexican music as well as a very cool Nirvana medley.

The singers joined the Arcs on stage as back up to the commanding Auerbach. A very visually stimulating and moving back drop set the scene for a fusion of blues, rock, psych, and whatever else you can name to capture The Arcs’ unique sound. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: ADD-2 at Silk City, Bright Light Social Hour at Underground Arts and Cold War Kids at The Fillmore

Photo via facebook.com
Photo via facebook.com

Andre DiJuan Daniels, better known as Add-2, hails from Chicago and continues to hone his craft of creating rap that incorporates a variety of styles including jazz, hip-hop and soul. Add-2 is touring this fall in support of his new album, Prey For the Poor, and is playing a show tonight at the Silk City Diner Bar & Lounge. For more information on the show click here. Continue reading →