Indie Rock

Rena unveils 2nd industrial/pop single from upcoming 'Rude Chick' EP

Brooklyn-based musician/producer Rena, set to release her debut EP 'Rude Chick' on May 6th, is not somebody you want to mess with: "Rock and roll was always what spoke to me the most,” she explains. "That’s what this record is for me- POWER!, I love the raw energy of the riot grrrl movement and female rock in general." The recently released title track showcases a sound that's part hip hop and part industrial (the arrangement reminds us of the pervasive ditortion of NIN's 'Broken' EP), whie first single 'Symptom of Youth' (streaming below) is a spoken word celebration of partying soon exploding into a chorus that blends shoegazer with noise rock - in the most pop way possible.

   

Heart Harbor EP Release Show at Tin Angel April 23

Led by singer-songwriter Kerry Hallett, Heart Harbor play a show in the intimate setting of Tin Angel to commemorate the release of their new EP Tender Trap. The album exudes an innate heart-rending closeness that is set loose by tightly spun folk-pop instrumentation. With an ability to peel back to the pit lyrically and then coat those wrestling, dreamy emotions with delicately layered harmony and larger encompassing production, Heart Harbor paints a broader, detailed picture. The dusty, road-worn, aching folk of Julia Rainer is tucked between tonight headliner and New England multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Audrey Ryan. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita

   

History Now

History Now released a new single called "11.01" this week. History Now creates improvised ambient music and in the case of "11.01" beautiful soundscapes.

   

ODDITY

ODDITY (formerly known as Fletcher) has released the first single, "Pressure's Gone", from their forthcoming LP Settle Down. The album will be self-released on June 24th.

   

WXPN's Key Fest Returns at MilkBoy Philly April 22 - 24

WXPN returns to MilkBoy Philly this weekend with its second annual Key Fest. Each bill has been tailored to bring together performances by like-minded local artists for an evening. Kicking things off tonight, you’ll find plenty of hip-hop grooves and electro-soul with Ill Doots, Kate Faust, Hardwork Movement, and Joie Kathos. On Saturday, indie rock/pop-tinged singer-songwriters will be the focus. The Deli Philly’s 2015 runner-up for Emerging Artist(s) of the Year, Kississippi, will be holding down the primetime slot as the evening’s headliner, supported by Shelf Life, Cherry, and Madalean Gauze. And finally, the folkies will be out in Center City this Sunday, and bringing the mellow will be the sweet sounds of Hezekiah Jones, Howlish, Lou, and Friendship. MilkBoy Philly, 1200 Chestnut St., 8pm, $12, 21+ - H.M. Kaufman