Last week I caught the end of a great new song as I was flipping from station to station on my way home from work. I had no idea what the rest of the track was, but its rush of guitars and anthemic reach made me want to listen to everything from this new band. Just like Milo Green last November, the last few notes of Starcrawler’s “Hollywood Ending” were enough to hook me.
One of my goals of 2018 was to improve as a photographer. There were many, many shots hampered by blurry arms and lighting misjudgments, but I did enjoy revisiting a few concert photos from some memorable shows.
The War On Drugs wrapped 2018 in comfort and style last Friday. The band closed out their year and tour with a 15-song hometown show at the Tower Theater and a little champagne. Just one album removed from their breakout Lost In The Dream, The War on Drugs launched the tour for A Deeper Understanding... Continue Reading →
It only takes a couple of notes to know what Hatchie is all about. The Australian artist has mastered the buoyant layers that make dream pop so enjoyable. Even though she has only dropped a half-dozen songs, the musician's breakout EP Sugar & Spice has marked her as an indie artist to watch in 2019.
When I left a screening of Creed 2 last week, I was thinking about the boxing movie's surprisingly layered story and did not expect to become immediately interested in another artistic endeavor. The catchy beats of Milo Greene’s “Move” were hard to miss when I started the car, even if it was just for the few notes.
My third Christmas shopping guide looks at some of the top music box sets available in 2018. I previously looked at Black Friday's Record Store Day and the best new indie records. This post includes ornate albums that I have passed on for different reasons, but remain enticing. Treasures from my personal collection are also evaluated. Not only are there indie music and classic rock box sets, but also new and used ideas that have value for fans on different budgets.
The holiday season is upon us, which means that millions of people are looking for the best gift for the music fans in their lives. For the vinyl-inclined, you can find a quick guide to Record Store Day’s Black Friday selections here. For less exclusive picks for fans, new music is always a great gift. These ten new indie albums make great Christmas gifts in 2018. There is something for everyone, including R&B, psychedelic rock, and French pop.
Christine and the Queens are an emerging act who are flirting with international superstardom. When I saw that the French group was coming to WXPN’s Free At Noon, I jumped at the chance to catch them at the University of Pennsylvania’s intimate World Café.
Record Store Day celebrated its Tenth Anniversary in April. The initiative, which offers exclusive releases to independent music shops, offers a Black Friday shopping spree to music nerds just in time for Christmas. The 2018 Record Store Day Black Friday list was recently released, offering another fun collection of albums.