Founded by a Philadelphia-based French musician Alban Bailly (guitar), Inzinzac also features Dan Scofield (soprano & tenor sax) and Eli Litwin (drums). Inzinzac is influenced by  rock, new music, free jazz and the rhythms and energy of Eastern European music. It combines strong improvisations with densely composed music. The band’s self-titled debut is out on […]

Sonic Liberation Front

Sonic Liberation Front is a band caught between worlds. Known for its iconoclastic combination of free-jazz passion and Afro- Cuban percussion excitement, the amorphous Philadelphia unit practically invents a new genre with each composition. Featuring a deeply talented pool of musicians trained in a variety of idioms gives the band the ability to incorporate so […]

Normal Love

  Formed in 2006, NORMAL LOVE is a Philadelphia-based quintet which comprises amplified violin,  electric guitar, electric bass, drums, and a newly added vocalist. The band’s music generally has a loud and brutal aesthetic with compositional influences ranging from African minimalism to serialism to death metal, but rarely within the same piece. Normal Love’s debut […]

Bitter bitter weeks

Brian McTear started Bitter bitter weeks some time around 2001. Though he ultimately aspired for it to be a band, he released two full length albums more or less as solo efforts in 2003 and 2004. The third album, Peace is burning like a river, finally sees the band vision come to life. Peace is […]

Adam Arcuragi

Born in Georgia and raised in Pennsylvania, Arcuragi is a guitar-slinging southern boy who can tell you a thing or two about a thing or two… especially when it’s in the form of a song. Much like the (aforementioned) geographic collision, the music grabs parts and pieces from genres spanning americana, indie-rock, gospel, folk, and […]

Whales and Cops

Two veterans of West Philadelphia’s late, lamented “Softbatch” scene (Squi!, Son Bees, King of Prussia, Oskama Bin Skaden), half-brothers Mr. Nathaniel Cops (keys) and Finger Julius Mountain (drums) were first united by a desire to get the fuck out of Man Man after  simultaneously discovering (to their great horror) that they’d been playing with them […]

Joshua Marcus

Philadelphia’s Joshua Marcus has been quietly emerging, banjo in tow, as one of today’s most intriguing songwriters. As a solo artist and with his group Fan of Friends, Marcus’ astonishingly honest and powerful songwriting is steeped in Appalachian tradition and pre-AAA folk innovation. At the heart of his songs is the simple beauty and subtlety […]

His Name is Alive

His Name is Alive is probably best known for having been one of the few American bands signed to famed British label 4AD. HNIA’s sonic experiments in electro, folk, blues, r & b, pop, and indie, have left fans always guessing what direction the band will turn next. Their most popular recording was a song […]

Public Record

Philadelphian septet, Public Record, blend together a vast array of musical genres ranging from early-disco to shoegaze; Affro-beat to Scottish Postcard pop; and northern soul to Factory Records funk. The product of this co-mingling of musical ideas and sensibilities is a refreshingly creative take on dance music that manages to surprise and bewilder listeners with […]


With its origin as a home recording project between college classmates Jen Appel and Marc Goodman in 2002, Originally named Illumina, Illuminea grew to become a seven-person band as friends and lovers joined them. Illuminea’s debut album Nightlight was self-released in 2004. The band’s second album, Out of Our Mouths, produced by Joel Hamilton, will be released by […]

Fan of Friends

Fan of Friends is a quartet that plays folk music with a great deal of respect for the old and new traditions of the genre. Featuring banjo, guitar, violin, and cello, Fan of Friends create dark, somber songs that fuse that the gritty urban landscape of the band’s Philadelphia home with Appalachian folk and string-quartet […]

Cynthia G. Mason

Cynthia G. Mason’s haunting voice, razor-sharp insight, and delicate guitar work create a mood not unlike that of Philadelphia itself—a mix of melancholyand hope. From 1996 to 2003, Mason was a mainstay in the Philadelphia indie scene. As an emerging artist, she had earned local and national critical acclaim anda large fan base with a […]

Make A Rising

Tunneling its way out of the West Philadelphia nether worlds Make A Rising is a band that is beyond unique. The quintet’s debut record is a swirling mix of violin, keyboard, guitars, drums, saxophone, trumpet, bells, whistles, and assorted noisemakers – all swelling together for subversively addictive pop gems. With orchestral crescendos combined with off-kilter […]

A Cricket in Times Square

A Cricket In Times Square formed in 2000 at WMUC, University of Maryland’s student radio station. The fledgling band played a number of shows in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore area, perhaps most memorably at the Black Cat’s Velvet Underground tribute night. The epic versions of “Sister Ray” and “Heroin” they performed having incurred the […]

Arc And Sender

Born as a recording project in its northern Maryland home studio, Arc and Sender has developed into a full-fledged band. After an initial run of hand-packaged CD-Rs quickly sold out, the trio became increasingly entrenched in recording a proper debut. Arc and Sender’s unique sound is derived from a thick chorus of drums, guitar, and […]

Dave Burrell

Among the erudite, Dave Burrell is recognized as one of the (if not the) greatest jazz pianist of his generation. His reputation as one of the most incendiary performers of the late ’60s free-jazz scene still attracts young fans to this day. (His LPs as a leader and with Pharoah Sanders, Marion Brown, Archie Shepp, […]