Lonely Child's Bryan Ray churns out another collage of musical wonder with his most recent release, "Dead Life". The song reaches into dark dimensions of emotion both lyrically and instrumentally. Cacophonous middle measure illustrate a "dead life" with fleeting meaning as drums, piano, vocals, and more compete to be heard, to be felt. Despite the confusion, I find myself clinging to the piano as it laces around the phrase "everything's alright", which resounds through the song as the anthem of a lying subconscious. Listen to Lonely Child's "Dead Life" today and feel the song for yourself! —Written by Katy Glass
San Francisco based garage soul band, Solwave has released a new single entitled, I Won't Wait. This new invigorrating single was produced by Gordon Raphael (The Strokes) and mastered by Richard Dodd (Kings Of Leon), and highlights the high energy soulful style of this rock and roll outfit. Solwave is a veteran band with over 100 songs under their belt, but the music doesn't stop coming! So you shouldn't stop listening!
Cherry Glazerr is an apropos title for these teenagers making spaced out sugary pop music and having more fun than you at sixteen. They played to a small crowd of fans and won over new admirers early in the day on the main Sunset stage. The brief set was filled mostly by super short tracks of sweet melodies and wry lyrics describing youthful innocence by singer Sophia Creevy. - Richard Kim
As often highlighted in this blog, Celestial Shore is one of the most interesting and unique bands to emerge from Brooklyn in this decade. Their ingenious blending and juxtaposing of gorgeous harmonies, often dissonant electronics, and math and noise rock elements shows a musical imagination that's rare to sumble upon. The band has finally announced their debut album "10x," scheduled for release in early September - check out the 2nd preview single 'Stars Under Stars' below - first single 'Valerie' here. Don't miss their upcoming show at the Mercury Lounge on 06.18.
With tracks like 'Sonofabitch' and 'Cowboys and Slutz,' Wyldlife's not known for mincing words. They play exactly what they mean... and they play it loud. The power punk quartet has been mixing hard lifestyles with sweet ass melodies for a little while, but their new material has gotten the formula firmly in position.
And new single 'The Right!' off just released record 'The Time Has Come to Rock & Roll' characterizes their straight-ahead guitar onslaught with the righteous rage and an amazing willingness to party (plus the vinyl looks reeeaaaally good!). Buy it today and check out the new jam below. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)
Daytrotter just posted a new session from Philly's own Work Drugs. You can download it for free HERE (w/a membership). The band's new album Mavericks will be out June 18 via Bobby Cahn Records. They'll also be performing a free concert on Wednesday, July 10 at Morgan's Pier. (Illustration by Johnnie Cluney)
This session with Mary Lattimore had been months in the making. We first visited her home last summer to film Quilt in her backyard then we visited a few months later to shoot with her former roommate Daniel Bachman. All the while, we kept talking about linking up for a session with her and her harp.
Fast forward to several months later and a night out at the El Bar in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. We ran into Mary and made a pact to finally get together for a session. A few emails later and the recruitment of her friend, Jeff Zeigler, we found ourselves back at her home. This time we were there for her and her "Untitled" performance. Enjoy.
Below is a new music video from Nicos Gun for the track "Islands of Sirens." It was shot/edited/directed by Patty Crash. Nicos Gun will be performing next in Philly on Saturday, June 29 at MilkBoy Philly.
The gifted brother-sister combination of Eric and Julie Slick on drums and bass is a familiar one. However, they’ve both been busy on separate coasts and traveling around the world working on other projects since the days of playing together in the Adrian Belew Trio. Well, tonight the siblings will be reuniting at Underground Arts for a rare performance and the debut of The Slicks. I shouldn’t have to tell you that this sounds pretty badass. Just come and hear for yourself this evening! They’ll also be joined by local world music/jazz-infused prog outfit iNFiNiEN and South Jersey psych rockers Out of the Beardspace. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $7, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman
Brooklyn's STRNGRS (is the lack of vowels the new "Bear" as far as band names?) is giving us a healthy dose of what a ton of rock and roll (emphasis on the “roll”) has been missing lately. These guys take the blues-rock vibe and make it even grittier with some of the noisiest guitar work I’ve heard in a while. Carson Kelly’s vocals are spot on, with wailing and howling that would make Robert Plant proud. You hear off the wall energy from every member of this trio. The band is leading our current artist of the month poll and will celebrate their EP Release Show at Pianos on Friday 6/14. Don’t miss! - Paul Jordan Talbot