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 →
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.
The xx are one of my favorite bands. The trio from the U.K. create a subdued style of Indie pop that blends electronic music and dream pop brilliantly. I have been hooked on the band ever since I heard their debut album. While looking back through my collection, I discovered an xx song from their early period that had been lost in the shuffle: the track “Insect.”