The Key’s Year-End Mania: Bruce Warren’s Best of Philly Music 2014
Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, XPN Program Director Bruce Warren weighs in on the 2014 Philly music scene.
We thought 2013 was a fantastic year for the Philly music scene, however 2014 proved to be even better.
Tim Showalter, better known as Strand of Oaks, released the best album of his career, HEAL. On it he traded in his acoustic guitars and indie-folkism for anthemic classic rock sounds, soaring guitar solos, and a more personal and confessional approach to his songwriting. Tim did an awesome guest DJ session for us, recorded a stunning cover of Ryan Adams’ “Wrecking Ball,” and blew some minds at this past summer’s XPoNential Music Festival.
Electronica duo Marian Hill – lead singer and songwriter Samantha Gongol and producer / songwriter Jeremy Lloyd – had a stellar year. With loads of love on Hype Machine, a soulful, sundown set at last summer’s XPoNential Music Festival, calls from labels and remixes (of their songs and songs they’ve remixed), Marian Hill, the band’s career shows no signs of slowing down. Check out the band’s Key Studio Session from last March here, and listen to the set they did at this past summer’s XPoNential Music Festival here.
Dirty Dollhouse are a breath of fresh folksy air in the local acoustic community. Fronted by singer-songwriter Chelsea Mitchell and including vocalists Vanessa Winters (of The Lawsuits) and Amber Twait, these ladies bring a dash of the blues into their exquisite harmonies and celestial songs. Their debut EP, 25 Shades is a knockout.
The return of the WKDU’s Electronic Music Marathon: Hats off to the juice crew at Drexel’s radio station WKDU for bringing back the Electronic Music Marathon. They nabbed some big names including Making Time RADio’s Dave P., King Britt, Matthew Law, Les Professionels and others, and you can listen to all the sets below.
MVP’s: Jeff Zeigler, Phil D’Agostino, Chill Moody, Ali Wadsworth, Philly Tapes Philly, Dom Angelella, Work Drugs, Dave P and the Making Time crew, Marley, Ron, & The Districts, Schoolly D.