The third edition of Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner’s Eaux Claires festival was heavy on collaborations between performers, including Vernon and Dessner themselves. Paul Simon was joined by a classical ensemble, and many artists covered John Prine. Chance the Rapper, Danny Brown, Feist, Perfume Genius, Sylvan Esso, and Francis and the Lights were among others who played the festival.
The fest includes ‘Artists-In-Residence’ which will have “an assembled cast of notable musicians [creating] an integral creative core, ready to jump in and contribute their talents to announced and unannounced performances across the entire weekend.”
Bon Iver is doing a set billed as ‘Bon Iver Presents John Prine And The American Songbook,’ the legendary Paul Simon is doing a collab set with yMusic, and the bill also includes Chance the Rapper, Danny Brown, Sylvan Esso, Mountain Man, Collections of Colonies of Bees, and more.
Sondre Lerche – Please
Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche has made a fine career out of witty, poppy love songs. But after divorcing from his wife of eight years, it’s no surprise that his lyrics have taken a more morose tone, like on “At Times We Live Alone.” Nevertheless, his new album Please is a rather bright album, and his most sonically adventurous to date. Opening track “Bad Law” sets up a funky, energetic tone, but it’s a fake-out. There is no dominate musical theme, as Lerche bounces around a range of emotions and delivers an unpredictable but enjoyable breakup album.
South Bronx hip-hop legend Lawrence “KRS-One” Krisna Parker heads to perform at the Trocadero tonight. Following the death of his DJ in the ’80′s group Boogie Down Productions, KRS-One began effectively developing his solo career and today has over 15 … Continued
Tweedy, the familial side project of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and his drumming son Spencer, will release its debut album, Sukierae, next week. Two days before the album’s release, the duo will be in Philly for a show at the Kimmel Center’s Merriam Theater—and we’re giving away a pair of tickets to it. You can enter to win the tickets using the form below.
Once you’ve entered, make sure to check out Sukierae, which is now streaming in its entirety via NPR.org, which applauds the album’s “rare balance between songwriterly preciousness and reckless, heat-of-the-moment lunges.”
The city can be oppressively hot in the dead of August. One way to escape the heat is to head into a nice air conditioned movie theater to catch a movie. Philly has plenty of great theaters all over the city to choose from.
An often overlooked part of movies is the soundtrack. Sometimes the role that music plays in a film is as important as its lead actors. If you haven’t gone to any movies this summer, then head on down to the theater to see Boyhood or Guardians of the Galaxy. Both are excellent movies that not only ...
Swollen Fox Radio is a weekly Spotify playlist compiled to highlight upcoming and recently announced shows in and around Philadelphia, as well as the best new albums of the week. Listen to this week’s edition below, and find a list of the shows and albums included further below.
Upcoming shows – August 11-17
08/12 – Agnes Obel @ World Cafe Live
08/14 – Delorean @ Morgan’s Pier
08/14 – Wild Ones @ North Star Bar
08/15 – Sturgill Simpson @ The Ardmore Music Hall
08/15 – Cheerleader @ Milkboy
08/16 – Southwork @ Johnny Brenda’s
08/16 – The Lawsuits @ ...
While we wait for Wilco to release a new album and hit the road, the band’s frontman Jeff Tweedy has kept busy by making music with his 18-year-old son, Spencer. The project is simply called Tweedy and the duo will release its debut album, Sukierae, on September 23 via dBpm Records. The album will feature 20 songs written by Jeff; you can pre-order it here.
You’ll be able to catch the father-son team live on stage this fall in nine U.S. cities, including Philadelphia. They’ll be here on September 21 at the Merriam Theater. Tickets for that show ...
Singer, songwriter and frontman for Wilco, Jeff Tweedy, is releasing an album under the moniker of Tweedy, Sukierae on September 23rd. Tweedy is playing the Merriam Theater on Sunday, September 21st. Tickets to the Tweedy show go on sale this … Continued
Jeff Tweedy is a genius. Let’s just get that bit out of the way right off the bat — the man has written more perfect songs over a longer period of time than just about anyone in his generation aside from Greenwood/Yorke, and while everyone knows that he can be sort of a pain in the ass, and he’s already been shepherded into “Dad Rock” status, it doesn’t change the fact that the dude is a genius.
His latest, “I’ll Sing It”, is the first single off Tweedy, an album he’s producing with his talented and all around ...