A hometown crowd packed World Cafe Live late this morning for a hometown hero of sorts. Son Little, the project of singer and guitarist Aaron Livingston, is a local favorite for Philly audiences, and the artist himself seemed right at home during today’s Free at Noon. After opening the set with a few new songs from his forthcoming album New Magic, Son Little welcomed the crowd, which had lined up outside well before doors opened and flocked closer and closer to the stage as the show went on, clapping and dancing along.
Son Little | photo by Marc Lemoine | courtesy of the artist
When Son Little sings “I got the blue magic / And I rock you so savage” on his upcoming New Magic album, there’s a grit and a swaggering gamesmanship to his voice that wasn’t apparent in past such as 2014s Things I Forgot EP and his eponymously-titled 2015 album. That strut may not even have been there when Aaron Livingston (Little’s birth name) recorded with The Roots or with RJD2 as Icebird.
Did the multi-hyphenate neo-bluesman and seemingly professional lodger (LA to NYC to Philly to somewhere in ...
Earlier this week, Philly’s Son Little released a new track called “Demon to the Dark,” and it’s an honest, ambient plea that cuts straight to the heart.
Moving, repentant lyrics call on a “Deacon Phillips” for help and forgiveness, who in a statement with NPR, is identified as the Gospel singer, and Little’s idol, Washington Phillips. With broken yet hopeful lines such as “Can I somehow be put together / sometime today ’cause life is short,” the song feels like you’re listening in on an intimate conversation or a prayer behind closed doors.
The hype was very real when Portugal. The Man made their return after four long years without an album. Lead single “Feel It Still” has been crushing the alternative charts, and we learned why during a Free At Noon a few months back. But another single off the band’s brand new Woodstock has a familiar voice on it. Just a few seconds into track one, aptly titled “Number One,” you’ll hear Philly’s soulful Son Little.
This was not a pairing I saw coming, but nonetheless one I can get behind (and ...
A few weeks after sharing news of his forthcoming sophomore LP New Magic, Son Little has announced a North American tour that stops in Philly for a two-night hometown run at Boot & Saddle on September 29th and 30th. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 23rd and will be available on the XPN Concert Calendar.
Along with the record announcement earlier this month, the local musician shared lead single “Blue Magic (Waikiki)” – a spacious, fun take on Aaron Livingston’s soulful blues rock. Stream that song below; New Magic is out ...
Son Little is back with a new record, following up 2015’s breakthrough debut with a collection of songs written in Australia’s remote Northern Territory. New Magic is scheduled for a September 15th release via ANTI- and the Philly musician is streaming lead single “Blue Magic (Waikiki)” now.
As our first taste of New Magic, “Blue Magic (Waikiki)” has the soulful, pop-informed foundation that made Aaron Livingston’s songs a favorite over the last couple of years. It’s an easygoing, stripped down vibe with bright xylophone notes and a reedy melody that floats through the ...
Philly rocker Son Little has been taking things quiet since wrapping up his early summer run with Leon Bridges (and playing a handful of festivals around the country). But if that gives him time and space to get another album out into the world, all the better.
In the meantime, he shared this cover of “State Trooper” from Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. The original is harrowing and howling, with the tone reportedly inspired by the Boss’ love of NYC experimental synthpoppers Suicide. Son Little keeps it minimal, but takes it out of that acoustic ...
Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival went down over the weekend, and BrooklynVegan was there hanging in the Toyota Music Den from Friday-Sunday. Quilt, Son Little, Laura Stevenson, Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire & more played intimate sets. Check out pictures of all three days.
Those who have seen Son Little perform in person are probably familiar with his latest track, “All Wet.” The Philly musician says he plays the song often, but this newly released studio version differs from what’s played live. In this stand-alone single, Son Little is said to combine blues, folk and psychedelia, but It’s hard to really peg what this song could be definitively labeled as. However, it’s equally tough to get this chorus out of your head. It’s a catchy one.
If you’re at The Woodlands for Firefly, consider checking out ...
Earlier this month (5/13-15), Atlanta’s fourth annual Shaky Knees music festival went down at Centennial Olympic Park. Headliners included Jane’s Addiction performing 1990’s Ritual de lo habitual in full, the 1975, My Morning Jacket, Florence + the Machine and the reunited At the Drive In.
The NPR Tiny Desk Contest offers artists around the country the opportunity to perform at host Bob Boilen’s desk. Performers of every genre have graced this unique and intimate stage, with acts including Grammy-nominated Death Cab for Cutie, country star Kacey Musgraves, and Philly’s own Son Little. 6,100 artists competed to add their name to the list. Among those, several represented our home city with spectacular performances, and we had the chance to talk to some of our hometown contestants who truly stood out.
Text and images by Daniel Mrazik. It felt quite intentional that Leon Bridges and company strolled onto stage last Sunday evening dressed in their Sunday best at The Fillmore. Rather, the band walked to their assigned positions and started the first song “Smooth Sailing” while Bridges waited for his own cue. The cue kick-started his […]
The Fillmore was packed like sardines for Leon Bridges’ first local show since his knockout Grammy performance last week. Philly’s own Son Little kicked off the night in style with a full band and a kicking 40 minute set. It was a great R&B taster and he certainly held his own with the force of spirit that is Leon Bridges.
Bridges did not disappoint, kicking right off with his hit “Smooth Sailin’” – his band the perfect framework for Bridges’ smooth delivery, nimble footwork, and substantial stage presence.
RJD2 | photo by Nick Fancer | courtesy of the artist
Music producer extraordinaire RJD2 has released “We Come Alive”, yet another great new song from his upcoming record Dame Fortune.
“We Come Alive,” which features Son Little (Aaron Livingston) on vocals, kicks open with a pounding drum fill before the keys and Livingston’s earnest vocals enter. The song, a soulful R&B jam laden with warm reverb, features honest lyrics such as “feeling deaf, dumb, and blind” and “find me when the smoke has cleared.”
It is important to note that Livingston is credited as Son Little on this song, and ...