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.
I will try to approach the next eleven months with an open mind, but my favorite album of 2019 might have been released just eighteen days into the year. Singer-songwriter Steve Gunn’s The Unseen In Between is an incredible record that I can’t stop listening to.
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 →