With a distinctive voice and a diverse repertoire of musical styles and colors, singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins' new album Show Phaser is described as "a neon noir tour de force of hi-def late-night pop," with innovative and thought-provoking lyrics and melodies. Her style is constantly changing, and that's what makes her an exciting artist - with Atkins you never know what's coming next, but you always know it will be new and interesting.
Tracks from the South Jersey-based singer-songwriter's recent CD Homeward Bound can be heard on XPN lately. Ginger Coyle performed last summer at the Philly Folk Festival as part of the XPN Philly Local Showcase. She is currently working on her next album and has also been making guest appearances on other music projects, including a collaboration with American Babies.
Man Man is known for their eclectic musical landscaping, for pushing the envelope, and being fearlessly unique in their musical execution. The group's fifth-full length album On Oni Pond takes their reputation to new heights, and with past performances at XPN's Free at Noon and at Union Transfer proving to audiences just how much fun they can be.
Diego Garcia knows how to mine romantic yearning in his work, and his new album Paradise continues to expand upon the romantic sound he has been shaping throughout his career. His music drifts listeners back to the 1970's with its soft melodic riffs and use of strings, delicate percussion, and Spanish guitars; Garcia's lyrics lay gently on top in such a way that sounds like the crescendo of softly sung Spanish and lull audiences into pure enjoyment with each melodic turn.
The London-based trio of Davie, Joey Haynes (vocals, banjo) and Kevin Jones (vocals, drums) developed a cult following after their forming in 2012 as a result of their writing, harmonies, D.I.Y. approach with custom hand-stamped CDs, and extensive touring. In March 2014 the band released their second album Without/Within, which Davie claims is "in many ways our most personal yet and also our most ambitious sonically.
Minneapolis based singer-songwriter Jeremy Messermith came to fame in 2006 with the critical acclaim he received for his first album, The Alcatraz Kid. Recently, he has been touring extensively and released his fourth album Heart Murmurs in Februrary 2014, which treats listeners to elegantly crafted, poignant love songs.
When roots rock band Marah caught the ear of the Philly music scene in the late 90s, it was revered locally and internationally as an outstanding live band. With their new album, Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania, Marah has once again captured the attention of listeners by arftully bringing folk music to song lyrics gathered by a local folklorist in the 1931 book Mountain Mintrelsy of Pennsylvania.
Caitlin Rose is rightfully the current darling of the new young Nashville. She recently released her second album, The Stand-In, which embraces the country music that she once resisted and is driven by her strong melodic sense.
Philadelphia native Dave Hause, known for his work in punk rock band The Loved Ones, has been busy recently with the release of his second solo album Devour in October 2013 and a North American Tour that ended with a packed hometown show at World Café Live.