Songwriters

New The Dove & The Wolf LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The Dove & The Wolf just released their first full-length record, Conversations, via Tone Tree Music. Led by Paloma Gil and Louise Hayat, intertwined harmonies radiate in a soothing yet emotive manner. The delicate, crisp instrumental accompaniment perfectly complements the group's exquisite, wandering, daydream vocals. You can catch The Dove & The Wolf's record release show at Johnny Brenda's on Saturday, May 25, where they'll be supported by Shamir and Michelle Blades. (Photo by Marcus Maddox)

   

John Shakespear releases LP "Spend Your Youth" on May 10th

Born in Boston but now based in Nashville, John Shakespear will release an album dedicated to his shared identities on May 10th called Spend Your Youth. The indie folk record covers John's coming-of-age story as the son of an Argentinian father and a Boston-born mother, a Catholic boy doubting his religion in Sunday school, and an aspiring artist in the buttoned-up Ivy League. Devon Dawson produced the album, and Greg Giorgio mixed; the latter has worked with notable artists like Kurt Vile, The National, and Sharon Van Etten. You can hear the latest single "Light On", a six-minute folk opus rife with strings and John's masterful guitar work and lyrics, below. - Will Sisskind

   

New Pleasure Systems LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Pleasure Systems is the soft pop alias of Clarke Sondermann, a Philadelphian who is also a member of the band The Washboard Abs. With Pleasure System’s newest release Terraform, Sondermann strives for intimacy and contact in a digital space, working within the paradox of separation and emotional distance during a time in which we are said to be closer than ever to one another. The stay relatively downtempo, with delicate synths and gentle rhythms swirling around Sondermann’s somber ruminations. Terraform is reminiscent of early 2000’s pop like The Postal Service, but is reimagined in the context of their contemporaries like Body Meat, Ada Babar, and Kasra Kurt. Tracks like “Milk & Honey” actively take time to delve into more experimental musical breaks, embarking into danceable sequences throughout the album. Terraform plays more like a warm herbal tea than a Four Loko, perfect for those quieter moments in this rainy season. - Josh Kelly

   

Weekend Warrior - May 3 - 5

If you are looking to efficiently max out your support of local music this weekend, then you definitely want to hit the 3rd annual Good How Are You Fest. Brought to us by Good How Are You Records and Paper Scissors Media, the two-day event will be kicking things off this afternoon at its de facto homebase, South Philly’s Tralfamadore, where Philly acts such as Gender Work and Yeenar will be getting folks warmed up for the stacked Day 2 festivities. On Saturday at Pleasure Mountain Ballroom, you might notice some familiar names on the billing from this corner of The Deli. There will be past Record of the Month recipients Curtis Cooper, Secret Nudist Friends, and Blushed, alongside former Featured Artist(s) Poll nominees and winners Kelsey Cork & The Swigs, Puppy Angst, and Busy Bee Project, so it should be easy to see why we think this is the place where you need to be this weekend. Because you surely deserve a bit of pleasure in your life! – H.M. Kauffman

More places where you can support local music this weekend…

Pleasure Mountain Ballroom (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Good How Are You Fest: Curtis Cooper, Trash Boy, Secret Nudist Friends, Blushed, Kelsey Cork & The Swigs, Puppy Angst, Busy Bee Project, Too DoGs 

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Good How Are You Fest: Gender Work, Elaine Rasnake, Overwinter, yeenar, Broke Body, BB GUNS, Elissa Janelle Velveteen, Rebecca Zimmerman

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Oldermost, SAT Don McCloskey

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Cypher Clique

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Nematode/DJ Deejay, SAT Something Like a Monument

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SUN Naeem

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Alex Shaw, SUN (Upstairs) Grace Vonderkuhn/(Downstairs) Ruder Than You, Catbite

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Youthfool, SAT Black Cat Habitat, Sharon Lia Band, Steady State, 100 Men On Mars, SUN Twice Brothers, Rowhome

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Creem Circus, SAT Dave Patten, Psychic Agency, Aaron Parnell Brown 

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Line Leader, The Bigness, Rare Spirits, SAT I Think Like Midnight/MCA Day: Stop Not Playin

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Felipe Pupo, Shane Reimer, Family Friend, Egocentric Plastic Men, Vassal, SAT Kissing The Klepto, Twin Beds, Bored As Hell

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Johanna Baumann, SAT Delmont (EP Release), Stealing From Thieves, Goodthief

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SUN Omni MC, Teef and E1 Beats present: Da Vida, Kahlil Ali 

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Paul Green Punk Rock Brunch, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI All That 90s Party

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Cabaret Sauvignon/DJ Chris Urban, SAT Philadelphia Burlesque Academy Student Showcase/Ed Christof, SUN Honeygasm

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI E.D.S., The Stutter, SAT Ritual Earth, Space Caravan, Bear/moth

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Presidential Top Knot, Knightlife, The Missing Frets, The Jumping Juvies, SAT SomaRai, Slophouse, Dead in Dog Years, Little War

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SUN Under The Oak

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Caracara (EP Release Show), Cave People (Solo)

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Bree and the Reeds, Sophie Coran/Humilitarian

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) FRI Astro 8000, 1-800 Happy Hour, DJ Kenny Dollaz

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Gnarbot, Medusa's Disco, Miss Cantaloupe

Cousin Danny’s (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Downtrodder (Last Show), Demodex

Truck (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Tombo Crush

Free Candy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more infor.) FRI Slenko & McKeys, Kyle Press, Guitars and Drums

   

Gawain and the Green Knight release "King Louis" music video

Sometimes you walk into an open mic or a small music venue in New York and hear something that makes you go, "Well, I've never heard that sound before." Gawain and the Green Knight fit that bill. Named after a late 14th-century chivalric romance story, the duo of Alexia Antoniou and Mike O'Malley craft literary folk songs which blend history, literature, and other intellectual pursuits with the usual songwriting themes of anxiety, self-doubt, and desire. Take the band's song "King Louis", a track about fearing what your crush might say behind your back. However -- as Antoniou shows in the just-released music video -- the song is also about the titular infamous French ruler, who feared court gossip so much that he kept all of his nobles under his eye. Watch the music video for "King Louis" and see Antoniou decked out in full Louis XIV costume, tearing her wig off as the fear becomes too much to bear. - Will Sisskind