Tag: Philadelphia

Sophie Coran – ‘All That Matters’ (EP premiere)

Sophie Coran – ‘All That Matters’ (EP premiere)

We’re always happy to hear a new, uniquely quirky, yet supremely talented artist. So when Sophie Coran dropped her single “All That Matters” back in August ’17, we were delighted to premiere it. We knew that it was a portent of things to come, so we awaited her sophomore EP with eager anticipation. Our patience has been repaid, as Coran’s […]

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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ (album review)

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ (album review)

When I think of laid-back guitar rock, it’s hard to beat Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit. Unless you’re talking about Kurt Vile’s Wakin’ On a Pretty Daze. Luckily, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile have joined forces on Lotta Sea Lice, their first record together. The result is an album loaded with wonderful, quirky […]

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First Impressions: The War on Drugs – ‘A Deeper Understanding’ (album review)

First Impressions: The War on Drugs – ‘A Deeper Understanding’ (album review)

Only a handful of artists and bands have a pristine discography. Few groups consistently produce albums that are instant classics. The list is short – The National, TV On The Radio, PJ Harvey, and Kurt Vile are some examples – with no Radiohead, Arcade Fire, or Pearl Jam to be found. Another band worthy of this exclusive list is The War […]

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Sophie Coran – “All That Matters” (single premiere)

Sophie Coran – “All That Matters” (single premiere)

With her smoky-soulful voice and hypnotic, jazz-infused arrangements, Sophie Coran‘s “All That Matters” is a song of obsession…with a twist. The twist? It’s not about love nor any of the usual subjects that haunt good music. No, it actually tells a story of the seductive world of the restaurant industry, describing how easy it is to get lost there while […]

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The Districts – ‘Popular Manipulations’ (album review)

The Districts – ‘Popular Manipulations’ (album review)

Popular Manipulations by The Districts The “Leader of the Free World” utters threats like “fire and fury” as part of his foreign policy approach. Meanwhile at home, he refuses to call overt acts of racism and hate for what they are. One of music’s biggest stars was in court to defend herself as a victim of sexual assault. And each […]

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “The Tourist”

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “The Tourist”

After the release of Only Ran in 2014, percussionist Sean Greenhalgh left Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, leaving frontman and principal songwriter Alec Ounsworth as the band’s only original member. Greenhalgh’s departure coupled with the album chronicling CYHSY’s history led some to believe that the end of one of indie music’s great bands was coming. The development was shocking, especially […]

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APHRA – “Sadness Is A Gesture”

APHRA – “Sadness Is A Gesture”

Any brand-new label would be excited by their first release. Newbies Inherent Sounds have every right to be proud to kick off their roster with Sadness Is A Gesture from APHRA, the electropop alter-ego of Philadelphia’s Rebecca Waychunas. With unexpected depth to her music, Rebecca explains “Most people would listen to my songs and assume it’s about boy meets girl, […]

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Strand of Oaks – “Hard Love”

Strand of Oaks – “Hard Love”

Timothy Showalter’s days of flying under the radar as one of the best songwriters in the world may be over with the release of Strand of Oaks’ latest record, Hard Love. The songwriter, currently out of Philadelphia but originally from Goshen, Indiana, has released some truly fantastic records, including 2015’s Heal. Always relatable and a true open book either in […]

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Ron Gallo – “Heavy Meta”

Ron Gallo – “Heavy Meta”

As we entered the Newport Blues Cafe after Day 1 of the Newport Folk Festival, a three-piece rock band was tearing up the venue. Their rock ‘n roll was loud and blistering. After each of the four songs they would play, they finished with stoic, business-like expressions, acting like they’ve been here before and done it all. My friend asked […]

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fossil jane – “will you?/you will”

fossil jane – “will you?/you will”

On fossil jane‘s Facebook page, Olivia Price describes her solo project as a 23-year old “trying to figure out how to become a real person”. At first, the description comes across as humorous and self-deprecating, but upon closer examination the carefully chosen words are serious and introspective. This also applies to her choice of “fossil jane” as her moniker, which […]

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Field Mouse – “Episodic”

Field Mouse – “Episodic”

This past Friday, Philadelphia and Brooklyn based Field Mouse released their third full-length record, Episodic on Topshelf Records. Their sound is a dynamic mix of different genres, from dream pop to punk rock. It’s easy to compare Episodic to albums from bands like Hop Along or All Dogs, but Field Mouse have crafted a sound that is definitively their own. […]

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Mock Suns – “Stay True”

Mock Suns – “Stay True”

Do you remember when back in grade school there was always the group of cool kids that everyone wanted to be? Well, nearly everyone? While most people were transfixed by what the cool kids were doing, there was another group who, unnoticed and unremarked, were having a whale of a time doing their own thing, their own way, oblivious to […]

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Queen of Jeans – “Queen of Jeans” EP

Queen of Jeans – “Queen of Jeans” EP

About a decade ago, there was a surge of bands who looked to the past for inspiration. We’re not talking about the ’80s or ’90s, but as far back as the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s, and the peak of this tidalwave has been the past two years with the likes of Springtime Carnivore and Natalie Prass releasing two of the […]

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PALMAS – “To The Valley” EP

PALMAS – “To The Valley” EP

“What was old is new again”, an old idiom often used in day-to-day life. This expression, though, could be the slogan for music today with the large number of cover songs being performed and re-imagined plus cover and tribute albums being the latest craze (thanks to Ryan Adams!). In addition, many artists and bands are channeling the past for inspiration, […]

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Work Drugs – “Louisa”

Work Drugs – “Louisa”

A favorite of the indie-pop scene (including mine), Work Drugs have touched nearly every pop genre and era in their short career. They’ve reinterpreted the lush pop of the ’70s, such as with “Predictable Miracles”, to creating melodic, surf-pop of the West Coast, which was evidenced by their most successful single to date, “West Coast Slide”. On their latest album, Louisa, […]

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Twitter Tuesday – The Orange Drop

Twitter Tuesday – The Orange Drop

The Orange Drop are a neo-psych  band out of Philadelphia, PA. They have just released a new track titled “J’admets” (which means I admit in French). The band is producing some dreamy psychedelia with a definitely sixties vibe going on. The band is comprised of  Marc-Andre Basile (vocals, guitar), Anthony Bove (drums), Matt Calhoun (bass), and Peter Stanko (guitar). The […]

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The Stammer – “In Your Arms”

The Stammer – “In Your Arms”

  Sometimes you just need some indie-rock in the mold of The Editors or Glasvegas. Fortunately, Philadelphia trio The Stammer released “In Your Arms”. The indie-rock song is awesome. With the blasting shoegaze guitars and the deadpan vocals of frontman Brian Brotman, the song is one that will lift you out of your chair and have you moving. “In Your […]

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Work Drugs – “Hey Nineteen”

Work Drugs – “Hey Nineteen”

  Philadelphia electro-pop group, Work Drugs, have released the fourth single from their forthcoming new album, Louisa. “Hey Nineteen” continues Work Drug‘s ’80s-inspired pop music that was heard on the earlier singles, including the infectious “Billie Jean”. The new single demonstrates Thomas Crystal and Benjamin Louisiana’s ability to take something familiar and bring a modern edge, as the synths are turned […]

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Meeka Kates – “The Waves”

Meeka Kates – “The Waves”

“The Waves” is the stunning new single from singer-songwriter-producer Meeka Kates. While his previous tracks had either more of an electronic or electro-funk feel, This track has a lush, ethereal feel in the mold of Bon Iver and S. Carey. You can find “The Waves” and other new singles on our Weekend Showcase for February 27, a playlist of new […]

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Mundo Musique: Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler

Mundo Musique: Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler

One of the most interesting records you’ll hear all year is  Slant of Light from the Philadelphia duo of Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler.  Lattimore is a harpist who has played with Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile, Jarvis Cocker, and Sharon Van Etten. Zeigler is a multi-instrumentalist who’s performed with The War On Drugs, and A Sunny Day in Glasgow.  Slant […]

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