Soccer Mommy, Ratboys, & Harmony Woods at First Unitarian

Soccer Mommy, Ratboys, & Harmony Woods at First Unitarian

This Saturday, a sold-out crowd filtered in to the Church basement, where three killer bands belted out sets to warm the chilly audience. Soccer Mommy headlined, the Nashville-based project of Sophie Allison, backed by four musicians, giving them the biggest sound I’ve heard them at yet. With three guitars and the addition of keys, they … Continue reading “Soccer Mommy, Ratboys, & Harmony Woods at First Unitarian”

Harrison Lipton Gets Back On The Horse

Harrison Lipton Gets Back On The Horse

Harrison Lipton had to stoop to fit into the basement he played in that night. Beneath the smoke line that separated the living room and the underground venue, the ceiling was decked in plastic vines Christmas lights, giving it a mystical garden vibe. That was where the Brooklyn-based singer serenaded the crowd with his wintry … Continue reading “Harrison Lipton Gets Back On The Horse”

Why “Everything Is Free” is the Song of the 21st Century Music Industry

Why “Everything Is Free” is the Song of the 21st Century Music Industry

Upon listening to Gillian Welch’s “Everything Is Free,” one might imagine that the slow, fingerpicked guitar and subtle harmonies were recorded far before the internet, on a tape in some far-off corner of America. In reality, Time (the Revelator) was recorded in 2001 in Studio B in Nashville, shortly after Welch and her longtime musical … Continue reading “Why “Everything Is Free” is the Song of the 21st Century Music Industry”

Black Belt Eagle Scout – Mother of My Children Review

Black Belt Eagle Scout – Mother of My Children Review

Black Belt Eagle Scout’s Mother of My Children feels like a biography out of order, a collection of old photographs thrown together in a drawer somewhere. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Katherine Paul plays every instrument in Black Belt Eagle Scout, from drums to bass to guitar. She grew up on a small Indian reservation, … Continue reading “Black Belt Eagle Scout – Mother of My Children Review”

illuminati hotties at PhilaMOCA

illuminati hotties at PhilaMOCA

If I were a member of a certain secret organization infiltrating the worlds’ government, I would consider hiring illuminati hotties as a house band. First, they came dressed for the job: bandleader Sarah Tudzin sported a white jumpsuit straight out of an OK GO music video, the back displaying the red pyramid also featured on … Continue reading “illuminati hotties at PhilaMOCA”

The Reworking of “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.”: A Forgotten Mistake

The Reworking of “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.”: A Forgotten Mistake

In 1964, you might have been surprised to hear that the teenage folk duo Tom and Jerry were still making music together, under the new name of Simon and Garfunkel. In all likelihood, however, you wouldn’t have heard of them for another two years, when their first big hit under their new name reached the … Continue reading “The Reworking of “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.”: A Forgotten Mistake”