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  • Madi Diaz: “Came back to Nashville, got a fuckin’ bar job, and wrote a record…”

    “I think I’ve learned a lot and grown a lot.  I’ve never gotten so personal, and maybe blunt.  I’ve never allowed things to feel this raw and vulnerable,” says Nashville-based singer/songwriter Madi Diaz of her forthcoming album, History of a Feeling, out August 27th on ANTI-.  The LP, which...
  • Kate Vargas: “Authenticity is something I’m sort of obsessed with.”

    A girl has a strange experience writing a song inspired by Newton’s 1st law on Jackson Browne’s guitar in Kid Rock’s old house…  While that sounds like the plot to a modern psychedelic exploitation film that would play as part of a midnight double-feature with Beyond the Valley of...
  • Indigo Sparke: “I’m trying to be present in the moment right now.”

    “The album was inspired by spending a lot of time in the desert, spending so much time in movement across the country, and being in a kind of particular poetic, existential state at a reflective time,” says Indigo Sparke of Echo, her debut LP, which was released this February...
  • PRONOUN Talks Getting Out of Her Apartment

    “It’s like an arena rock commercial pop album in your bedroom because you can’t play your instruments really well,” laughs Alyse Vellturo.  Vellturo, better known as PRONOUN, is discussing her OMG I MADE IT EP, which hits shelves June 11th, courtesy of Wax Bodega.  I recently got a chance...
  • Squirrel Flower: “I’d tell people to come see me play live.” (Tues. at WCL)

    It’s hard to imagine a bigger change in setting than going from a DIY/BYOB batting cage in Kensington to a dinner theatre listening room on the campus of UPenn, but that just happens to be the case for folky singer/songstress Ella O’Connor Williams — better known as Squirrel Flower...
  • Rising Appalachia: “Expect equal measures of dance party to ballads.” (Thurs. at WCL)

    We’ve always been big fans of “sister acts” here at PHILTHY and there’s none that we’re more excited about at the moment than World-Folk duo Rising Appalachia, led by sisters Chloe Smith and Leah Song.  The band have been making music for more than a decade and are currently...
  • Talk About Introspection, with Outer Spaces (Wed. at JBs)

    Although Jay-Z-Palooza is headed for the Franklin Parkway this weekend, I can assure you that, if exceptionally mediocre mainstream hip-hop isn’t your thing, the best bill to hit Philly this week will be at Johnny Brenda’s this Wednesday, August 28th.  Our favorite Fishtown ballroom and watering hole will be...
  • 5 Reasons to Get Excited About Mitski Tonight at Union Transfer

    Last Friday it was announced that indie rock singer/songstress Mitski had officially, prematurely, sold out every single date of her US tour behind her fifth and latest LP, Be The Cowboy.  That tour kicks off tonight at our very own Union Transfer, where she will return next month for...
  • Tristen Talks Packing Shows and Women in Music

    We’ve always been big fans (and we’d like to think “friends”) of Nashville singer/songwriter Tristen Gaspadarek (although usually known simply as “Tristen”).  We fell in love with 2011’s Charlatans At The Garden Gate, one of the best Americana albums of the century, and we were equally as charmed with...