Single Review: “How Simple” by Hop Along

Single Review: “How Simple” by Hop Along

After a week of teasing the album artwork on social media, Hop Along have finally announced their new album, Bark Your Head Off, Dog and released the first track off the album, “How Simple,” along with a tour across North America in the summer. It’s a departure from their typical rock sound and incorporates elements … Continue reading “Single Review: “How Simple” by Hop Along”

Single Review: “Fay” by (Sandy) Alex G

Single Review: “Fay” by (Sandy) Alex G

A cryptic new single from Philly-fave (Sandy) Alex G was quietly released on his personal Youtube channel last night, January 18th. Though the song’s lyrics can be easily fit in a single line, (“In the car, knocking at my door, reer-reer-reer, what’s the problem officer? what’s your knocking for?”) it is hardly his least verbose. … Continue reading “Single Review: “Fay” by (Sandy) Alex G”

Concert Review: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile @ Tower Theater

Concert Review: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile @ Tower Theater

Jen Cloher opened up the night with a stripped down acoustic set of her usually more explosive music. She still managed to light up the room with her songs, interspersed with anecdotes about the words behind them. Cloher’s opening set complemented the rest of the concert well while also distinguishing herself as a songwriter with … Continue reading “Concert Review: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile @ Tower Theater”

Album Review: “Lotta Sea Lice” by Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

Album Review: “Lotta Sea Lice” by Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

Some of the best things in music are collaborations. Queen & David Bowie. Beyonce & Lady Gaga. Fall Out Boy & Panic! At The Disco. With the exception of hip-hop, the genre of perfect pairings has been declining, with artists secluding themselves from each other creatively. However, Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett have come to … Continue reading “Album Review: “Lotta Sea Lice” by Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile”

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile Performing at the Tower Theatre, November 3rd, 2017

This November 3rd, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile will be performing at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby accompanied by Jen Cloher, as part of their North American Tour. Philadelphia-native Kurt Vile and Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett are releasing their collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice on October 13th, on Matador Records. Two singles from the highly … Continue reading “Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile Performing at the Tower Theatre, November 3rd, 2017”

Philly Music and Arts Festival Highlights

Philly Music and Arts Festival Highlights

Last weekend, World Cafe Live hosted the inaugural Philly Music and Arts Festival, a festival that boasted all local acts (and, just as importantly, all local brews). The festival was a non-profit endeavor, with all the proceeds going to music education charities. In its first year, the festival established itself as a benchmark of the … Continue reading “Philly Music and Arts Festival Highlights”

Japanese Breakfast Releases New JRPG Japanese Break-Quest, A Sci-Fi Space-ship Powered by Friend-ship

Japanese Breakfast Releases New JRPG Japanese Break-Quest, A Sci-Fi Space-ship Powered by Friend-ship

Japanese Breakfast, the pseudonym of Philadelphia Indie star Michelle Zauner, released her newest project, Japanese Break-Quest, this past Thursday Sept. 14th. Largely inspired by her recent album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, the game is a journey through outer space as the main character, space pilot J. Brekkie, gathers her bandmates to construct her robot … Continue reading “Japanese Breakfast Releases New JRPG Japanese Break-Quest, A Sci-Fi Space-ship Powered by Friend-ship”

Single Review: “Machinist” by Japanese Breakfast

Single Review: “Machinist” by Japanese Breakfast

Japanese Breakfast (the solo project of Philadelphia-based artist Michelle Zauner) has announced her sophomore album, titled, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, or S.S.F.A.P for short, and released the first single, called “Machinist,” with a video to accompany it. When I saw Japanese Breakfast perform at First Unitarian Church, Zauner explained that the song is about the … Continue reading “Single Review: “Machinist” by Japanese Breakfast”

Album Review: “Humanz” by Gorillaz

Album Review: “Humanz” by Gorillaz

Virtual band Gorillaz has been teasing everyone for a while now, steadily dropping singles, remixes, a VR music video for “Saturnz Barz“, and an interactive app with exclusive Gorillaz content. Now, they have finally released their sensational album Humanz. It’s a tragic, dystopian concept album that wants you to dance until the world comes crashing down.