M. Ward's new album drops a little under two months from now. Migration Stories is the She & Him collaborator’s tenth solo studio record and first since 2018. The first single for the LP dropped in December. “Migration of Souls” reminds of Iggy Pop's timeless classic "The Passenger." Both tracks offer a perpetually relaxing spirit... Continue Reading →
It is natural to say “oh, they sound like…” when dissecting a new artist. That is difficult to do with Another Sky. The U.K. art rockers have a unique sound that is not like much else. Their music begins with the singular range of singer Catrin Vincent, but is a collaborative brilliance that cannot be ignored.
2019 wrapped an amazing decade of music from rising stars and established vets. These ten indie albums found ways to creep into my headspace and endure throughout the year: beabadoobee, Space Cadet (EP) – File this name under “Artists to Watch in 2020.” Filipino-British songwriter Beatrice Kristi Laus is magnificent. The garage rocker, aka beadbadoobees,... Continue Reading →
Philadelphia was fortunate to witness the ascent of a talented independent music scene in the 2010s. The artists who emerged from Fishtown and Delco crafted records that not only packed local venues, but also broke out nationally. Philadelphia indie bands navigated a decade that saw the rise of streaming by putting out albums that spun on vinyl.
August 14, 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of The xx debut album. The self-titled collaboration between Romy Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie xx is an astounding effort from the U.K. dream pop group. xx blends intimacy, minimalism, and musicality at an extraordinary level that resonates a decade later.
Record Store Day 2019 is almost here. The twelfth edition of the international event includes limited releases from big names like Courtney Barnett and David Bowie. Philly record shops are doing a lot more than selling collectible vinyl and used CDs on April 13. Discounts, in-store performances, libations, and even specialty coffee and donuts are among the... Continue Reading →
Record Store Day (the biannual day where vinyl junkies support their habit and small businesses) is almost here. On April 13, the 11th edition of the initiative will take place in music shops around the country. Earlier last week, the 2019 Record Store Day list was released. To make it easier for shoppers, I have assembled a guide to the best and most essential picks of the music lovers' holiday.
I am fortunate to live in a city that is a regular tour stop for a host of bands. I am even luckier to be in an area that has a tremendous homegrown music scene. One truly special Philadelphia-bred musician, Steve Gunn, played a show at Union Transfer on Saturday night.