Philadelphia Bands, Songwriters Who are Leaving Their Mark On 2019

Philadelphia has a robust music scene. The city has become a hotbed for young artists and many local Philadelphia bands have grown national profiles. There has not been a “Philly sound,” either. Artists and songwriters have a diverse musicality that creates an exciting environment for fans. Here are some of the Philly artists who are making amazing music in 2019:

Queen + Paul Rodgers – Classic Rock Perfection

Over the weekend, I caught up on Best Picture Nominee Bohemian Rhapsody (more on that later). Given that I was six when Freddie Mercury died, I never had the chance to catch the arena rock band live. The movie did allow me the chance to revisit one of my favorite live albums: the Queen + Paul Rodgers record Return of the Champions.

Sound City’s “Mantra” – Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Josh Homme’s Brief Supergroup

Six years ago, Dave Grohl released his documentary Sound City on January 31, 2013. The film was not only notable for its exploration of the famous Van Nuys studio's history, but for its soundtrack. In some instances, the Sound City soundtrack tied into work that was created in the studio. In others, it was just an excuse to bring great performers together.

Punk Newbies Starcrawler And “Hollywood Ending”

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.

Artist To Watch: Aussie Dream Pop Singer Hatchie

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.

Indie Album Review: Milo Greene’s Adult Contemporary

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. 

10 New Indie Albums That Are Great Christmas Gifts In 2018

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.

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