Mason Porter is good ol’ sweet tea, mint julep sipping country folk music. The music is sweet and smooth but with a subtle raw complexity. Love songs can swiftly become saccarine but not with these guys. You won’t find overly long and ambitious comparisons between eyes and oceans. Nor will you find a scratched record chorus comprised entirely of the word “baby.” Mason Porter writes simple but straight forward love songs, sung with a charmingly twangy southern accent and the occasional ear catching harmony.
Instrumentally, Mason Porter is bewitchingly well layered. The long mournful sigh of the slide guitar is complimented by the reverberant tones of an upright base. The prominently featured mandolin adds a higher pitched trill to run the gambit of tone and composition.
This music harkens back to a simpler time and place. Perfect for the mall. I mean, you’ve got to be able to escape the ear bludgeoning of holiday songs that you’ve been hearing since October. (Don’t get me wrong, I dig the christmas tunes but seriously ? Enough is enough.)
Say Yes to No :
Yes, No, I would come back and see you if you play Philly again. In fact I think that would be a brilliant idea ! Last night I went to the TLA to jam out to Work Drugs, a band that has been a consistent presence on Philly Indie, and see Electric Guest live. Heading in I read the sign with the head liner Electric Guest, followed by NO Work Drugs. At first I was pissed, no Work Drugs ?! They couldn’t have cancelled this late in the game…..Then I remembered that, NO, was the name of the other band playing that evening. ( Strangely I have similar problems like this when I was working at my college radio station. A caller asked for something by the Beatles. I said, “Ok anything you had in mind ?” to which he replied”….yeah ‘Something’ by the Beatles.”)
NO's vocal styling is part Johnny Cash, with the deep sonorous baritone of lead singer Bradley Carter, and part Mumford and Sons with spell-weaving group harmonies. Their musical styling is quite frankly, an experience. The music is layered with complex melancholy melodies, the magnet drawl of a hazy electronic keyboard, and straight-forward brilliantly executed drumming. Although, this band hails from LA. I figured they deserved a shout out for repeatedly asking “If we come to Philly again, will you come see us ?” I can enthusiastically say Yes. Lets show them some brotherly love and see if we can get these guys to come back.
FAMILY VACATION - “WAITING CLOUDS (DEW)” (Click photo to listen)
Family Vacation could be described as Animal Collective meets Vampire Weekend with a touch of West Philly punk drenched in reverb and heads turned towards their shoes. We’d rather just say it’s good shit. The main singer’s vocals add a more unique quality to the sound and this newly formed Philly band made up of 4 Temple students will definitely make some waves. Check out their first single "Waiting Clouds (Dew)" and follow their Facebook for future tunes: https://www.facebook.com/familyvacationmusic
The swing vibe in conjunction with the mystical lyrics and the somehow-creepy-in-a-wondrous-way tone of her voice all flies by so fast that it will make you want to listen a few times just to catch all of the essence of just what Audrey Bean is feeling in this tune. I think it’s a good middle of the week song - upbeat yet minor.
FEMME FATALE - Saturday 9/22 @ World Cafe Live
Poison Ivy Music presents FEMME FATALE PHILLY, a celebration of Philadelphia’s female artists, with…
The Northern Lights
*ALBUM RELEASE SHOW!!!!
Starving The Tsunami
$9 adv/ $11 dos
The Weekend by Modern Baseball mixes the punk sentiment of uncertain youthful angst with a more melodic indie vibe. Although “The Weekend" is a single, it caught our attention because it taps into the feelings of uncertainty underlying youthful bravado. It’s the musical version of a freshman trying to introduce himself as James Bond , when you really know he’s more of a "Jimmy." Your heart goes out to him, regardless. Everyone has been there and Modern Baseball makes this single wonderfully relatable. The Weekend is certainly worth the listen. Especially if your friends are in the middle of a nostalgia driven Dawson’s Creek marathon -
because the Netflix gods thought it would be a good idea to make that a possibility - and you realize that, that ”I Don’t Want to Wait” theme song was cute the first time, but not the 17th time. So if you’re finding it hard to relate to TV dramatizations , listen to The Weekend for some real relatability.
-A.H., with contribution from K.
Word Up, Band Round Up !
Looking to see some of the awesome artists we’ve written about in action ? Well here is the in-state September show round up of some of those very same bands !
Arrah and the Ferns: Saturday September 8th @ Milkboy in Philadelphia —> for Maasia Rising (check it out, it’s for a good cause !) http://www.facebook.com/events/452570908106693/
Roomtone: Saturday, September 8th (Record Release Party !!!) @ Maas Building, Philadelphia
The Fallen Troubadours: Saturday, September 8th @ The Tin Angel in Philadelphia.
Syrrah: September 12th @ Havana in New Hope, PA.
Dangerous Ponies: September 15th @ The Blockney in Philadelphia. Featuring River City Extension, Illinois, Brick and Mortar, Juston Stens, and Get the Real Gang
Toy Soldiers: September 27 @ Johnny Brenda’s for TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb’s Album Release party. also featuring Double King and The Looks Of It.
*(cowboy image from HarveyMackay.com. We don’t own it, it just seemed relevant.)