Simply known as Laurel, this singer-songwriter has quickly gained the attention of many with only two singles released. Well produced, and mostly heavy on the lovesick content – Laurel’s sound is easily accessible to listeners. As she’s currently working hard at getting a debut album out soon, I’m hoping we get a few more singles out of her – perhaps some remixes as well…
One of my favorite things is going to see a band I am familiar with live and then falling in love with another artist on the bill. I love the connection, surprise, and then spending time listening to even more music I haven’t heard before.
Last week I was lucky to catch Darlingside in Philadelphia and managed to get their early enough to listen to opener, Heather Maloney. With such a folky, unique voice – I was immediately struck. The tightness of her two other bandmates helps her vocals truly stand out and lead the show. Her set was bouncy and spirited, leaving me almost disappointed when it was eventually coming to an end.
With a new release due out in January, listen below to her remarkable album, Time & Change.
The story-working, the delicate female vocals, and minimal piano just tug on me to the absolute core.
“It’s such a hard night let’s say we step outside for some air.”
Ever so present percussion, deep wounds and conflicts spelled right before our ears; it’s hard not to stop everything you’re doing when listening to Dark Dark Dark’s newest single, “How It Went Down.” I’m mesmerized with the raw honesty and melancholy. This is pensive music.
Be on the lookout for their new album, Who Needs Who, on October 2nd via Supply & Demand.
BONUS: For those craving more, their first single can be heard here.
Charlotte Gainsbourg has made a definitive name for herself in the art and entertainment world, besides being the daughter of notable European parents. With a famous actress as a mother and a French singer for a father, it’s no wonder Gainsbourg had seamlessly entered the industry when she was merely 15 years old.
Fast forward some years into adulthood and Gainsbourg still has not let up. With multiple film parts and releasing a fourth album last winter (among other amazing collaborations), she appears to still be making her way all over the world performing for the masses. Diane Roka was there earlier this year when the singer/songwriter performed at TLA here in Philadelphia. Grab a handful of music below and check out the rest of Diane’s sketches below.
A couple of weeks back we had our launch party for Philly creative organization, Collaborate Philly. I had an awesome time inside the mausoleum-turned art/venue space meeting tons of artists from all over the spectrum.
One woman I met, Diane Roka, told me about how she sketches the artists she sees live. Of course this immediately sounded like an amazing concept to me and I asked her to email me some of her work. Over the course of this week I will be featuring her drawings on the site along with some music from the artists themselves.
First up, Warpaint, the all-female quartet who create churning psychedelic guitar lines and post-punk percussion all while layering haunting vocals over top. Roka caught the group back in December and was inspired to recreate it on paper.
Listen to their most recent album, The Fool, while taking a look at Roka’s work below.
Such intricate detail going on in Hop Along’s debut music video for one of my favorite songs of 2012 so far (although I’m pretty confident this one’s going to stay on the list). The final product is really quite fabulous.
And if you’re in Philadelphia tomorrow night, I seriously urge you to get down the the Church for their record release party. It’s going to be a great time.