All posts by Samuel Kesler

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.Humanz began ...

Single Review: “Silver” by Waxahatchee

Waxahatchee has announced a new album, "Out in the Storm," and released a new single titled "Silver" along with a music video. Waxahatchee, the project of Katie Crutchfield, is taking a new direction with this song, which they are known for with each album. The brilliant album, "Ivy Tripp," released in 2015 felt very singular and ...

Album Review: “Young” by Overcoats

Young, the debut album of New York-based band Overcoats, is being released April 21st, just before National Record Store Day. Overcoats is comprised of Hana Elion and J.J. Mitchell, who both write and sing for the band. Their brand of music is difficult to put into a genre, shifting from folk to pop to electronic, all ...

Album Review: Hop Along’s “Painted Shut”

Painted Shut, Hop Along's sophomore album, which was released in 2015, is like driving along a highway from Pennsylvania to Arizona. It's like reading a collection of short stories and poems which seem to have nothing in common. It's like watching people on the subway and trying to imagine what it's like to be them. ...