Articles by Michelle Laggan
May. 1, 2015
Jackson Scott delights with new album, ‘Sunshine Redux’
With the kind of lazy vocals that make you feel like you took a T. Rex album and turned it into a Tumblr-approved melted crayon rainbow circa 2010, Jackson Scott’s, “Sunshine Redux” was released by Bloodmoss records April 9.
Jul. 3, 2014
Slam poet Neil Hilborn discusses his work
People from all over the mid-Atlantic region came together in the name of poetry June 21. Youth poetry teams from Philadelphia; Camden, N.J.; Baltimore; Richmond, Va. and Hampton, Va. met in Philadelphia to compete in a poetry scrimmage. These talented young poets are preparing themselves for the international youth poetry slam Brave New Voices, which will take place in Philadelphia starting July 16.
May. 30, 2014
Carrabba of Twin Forks discusses songwriting
Coming off of the success of his previous band, Dashboard Confessional, Chris Carrabba started Twin Forks, an upbeat indie folk ensemble, in order to create a sound derived from his earlier musical influences.
May. 16, 2014
Carina offers organic teas, authentic Belgian waffles
Italian for sweetheart, Carina Tea and Waffles is the brainchild of Edmund Lee and Stephanie Chan, two University of Pennsylvania alumni whose personal story is woven throughout their aesthetically pleasing and well-designed cafe. From the repurposed counter top to the uniquely cut wooden tables, each aesthetic detail was meticulously selected by the owners, who designed the entire eatery themselves, in order to reflect their personal tastes and vision.
Apr. 25, 2014
Keepers headlines ‘Sounds of Philly’ at World Cafe
Tight and energetic, veteran Philadelphia band Keepers headlined Broad Street Music Group’s “Sounds of Philly” event at World Cafe Live April 17. While the members of the group — excluding bassist Korina Dabundo — are only college freshmen, shows such as this one are nothing new, as the band has performed numerous times in venues of various sizes and even partook in an East Coast tour this past summer.
Apr. 18, 2014
Porches. singer talks songwriting
At this point, we’ve all heard ambient synthesizers and ethereal reverberation in indie music. Archetypal male lead singers with unrefined vocals predictably dominate mic stands, and lofty female harmonies aren’t exactly difficult to come by either. By incorporating all of these things, Porches. could seem like a band with little new content to offer, but they’ve somehow combined these ordinary things into a uniquely authentic sound and message that will make you feel like you’re hearing music for the first time again.
Feb. 28, 2014
St. Vincent creates bold sound with latest album
After streaming her new album for free the week prior to its release, Annie Clark, or St. Vincent, debuted her fifth studio album Feb. 25. The 11 tracks from the self-titled album vary significantly in their instrumentation and emotion, but still come together to create one cohesive work.
Feb. 7, 2014
Gene Clark ‘No Other’ tour features indie stars
The Gene Clark “No Other” tour was announced in early December. Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally of Beach House organized a group of musicians for the limited tour that included members from Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Wye Oak and more. This tour features the voices of singers from each band, as the potpourri of bohemians cover each song from “No Other” in an effort to honor the “unique lyrics, voice and spirit” woven throughout Gene Clark’s 1974 release, which instilled an “infatuation” in the members of the many groups involved.
Nov. 8, 2013
Man Man thrills on Halloween night
“People have [different] sides to them; I don’t know why music can’t and why a band can’t,” frontman Honus Honus contemplated while sitting on the curb outside of Union Transfer before Man Man’s sold-out Halloween show. Eclectic and down to earth, Honus shed some light on the band’s unique sounds, onstage rituals and plans for the future. Native to Philadelphia, Man Man has a style that ranges from a sound resembling cheery doo-wop to something much darker, though its songs usually lie somewhere between the two.