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February 2015
The Harmaleighs
""Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush"
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College pals  Haley Grant and  Kaylee Jasperson bonded over shared musical tastes as students at Belmont University, . They were both also familiar with the hardships possessing the voices of angels; it was inevitable that a musical project would come of the union. The Harmaleighs formed in 2013, and the two proceeded to develop their sound, learning how to filter their shared experiences through an Americana sieve, until every heartbreak and setback sounded as though it occurred decades ago somewhere in the Appalachians.

 

The Harmaleigh's debut album, "Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush" will be released February 3rd. It covers the gauntlet of relationships that a young adult can encounter: partners, friends, hometowns. It also showcases the pair as the crackerjack musicians that they are. The same razor-sharp tightness that makes bluegrass so satisfying to hear is present in the entire album. Everything rings out as clear as a bell, and nothing is overdone or unnecessary. The girls have a healthy respect for the traditional, and can whip out a down-home rhythm as easily as a teenaged missive on heartbreak.  

 

Speaking of teenaged missives, a delicate balance is at work here. There are moments that the pair hit Watson Twin-levels of harmonies (like the ghostly intro of opening track "Hesitate") and there are times they turn right around with something more juvenille like "Got fired for dropping a glass of wine/ screw it I'm running out of time," in their recent single, "I Keep Ticking On." There's alot that can go wrong: their music acoustic guitar driven, with some lap steel and banjo thrown in, and they have a propensity to break into foot-stomping jags that recall the receding arena-folk wave. But it doesn’t matter. They’re so good, by grace of their conviction and clarity, that I’d probably be sucking this album down and singing along even if I were a 50-year-old truck driver.

 

That's the appeal of "Pretty Picture..." The album concentrates being young and new into something potent and delivers it with a little bit of sass; that's a combination capable of crossing quite a few boundaries. It's the emotional equivalent of four seasons of summer camp, thirty friendship bracelets, or ten viewings of "Milo and Otis." This album is bound to strike a chord within the most jaded of bastards. Keep up with The Harmaleighs at their website www.theharmaleighs.com


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The Roots

The 7th Annual Roots Picnic at Festival Pier May 31

It’s a beautiful day for a picnic. And The Roots have provided a massive one for you. The annual event, in its 7th year, is back once again to the Festival Pier with its eclectic mix of hip hop, indie rock and pop. Bringing with them a man who always keeps his pimp hand strong and his weed the sticky icky, Snoop Dogg will definitely be in the house backed by our hometown hosts. Another group of Philly natives, who are ambassadors of spreading the word about how awesome our music scene is to the rest of the world, are The War on Drugs. And you’ll also find local rapper Chill Moody making a return after garnering a good amount of buzz for his live set at his first Picnic. They’ll be intermingled among top-grade acts like Janelle Monnae, Araabmuzik, Action Bronson, A$ap Fergie, Just Blaze, Biz Markie, and many others throughout the day and evening. It’s a family affair y’all! Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, 601 N. Columbus Rd., 12pm, $64 General/$171 VIP, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman
 

New Song: "Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches.” - Son Little

His voice may already be familiar to you, but now Aaron Livingston, aka Son Little, is ready to get his. The endlessly soulful singer was featured on The Root’s undun, as well as RJD2’s Icebird project, and now he is coming out on his own, showing why such stalwarts were clamoring to work with him. The guitarist and singer’s torment and pain manifests itself into a haunting, slow-burning new track called, “Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches.” The sparse but emotive track is highlighted, unsurprisingly, by Livingston’s powerful vocals. The Anti- Record signed Son Little already has some important friends, so he is sure to be on the rise.  Check out the track and video below.  


New Elvis Costello and The Roots LP Available for Streaming

It's hard to ignore when two legendary acts like Elvis Costello and Philly's own The Roots join forces. Born from their collaborative work on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, their forthcoming album Wise Up Ghost is due out on September 17 via Blue Note Records; however, you can stream the reord in its entirety over at NPR's First Listen.

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New Track: "Walk Us Uptown" - Elvis Costello and The Roots & Lyric Music Video

Here's the first single "Walk Us Uptown" and a lyric music video from Elvis Costello and The Roots' collaborative effort Wise Up Ghost. The LP is being released on September 17 via jazz label Blue Note Records. You can also check out its tracklisting below.

Wise Up Ghost tracklist:
01. “Walk Us Uptown”
02. “Sugar Don’t Work”
03. “Refuse To Be Saved”
04. “Tripwire”
05. “Stick Out Your Tongue”
06. “Come The Meantimes”
07. “Grenade”
08. “Cinco Minutos Con Vos”
09. “Viceroy’s Row”
10. “Wise Up Ghost”
11. “If I Could Believe”
12. “Can You Hear Me”
13. “My New Haunt”
14. “Puppet”

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Merry Independence Day Y’all!

Hope that you are enjoying plenty of grillin’ and drinkin’ today. Well, if your still looking for a spot to hang, swing on by Jamaican Jerk Hut where Toy Soldiers will be celebrating their 7” release with buddies Levee Drivers, The Lawsuits, TJ Kong and Joe Fletcher (happening from 12pm - 4pm, $10 admission, BYOB). It’ll certainly be over in time for you to catch rising Philly emcees Chill Moody and Gliss throwing down at the ?uestlove stage on the Parkway. And obviously, The Roots and fireworks will also be going on if you’re still standing by then (which would be quite impressive if you’ve been going hard since noon). Of course, to quote one of the classics on this day, “Don't forget what you’re celebrating, and that’s the fact that a bunch of slave-owning, aristocratic, white males didn’t want to pay their taxes.” Cheers!


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