Songwriters

Humeysha releases sandy new single "Nusrat on the Beach"

Humeysha -- the project of musician and songwriter Zain Alam -- will release new EP Nusrat on the Beach on August 2nd; the record's name takes inspiration from a dream of Alam's, in which he saw legendary Pakistani vocalist and musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on the beach. You can hear some of the passion and devotion from Nusrat's music in the EP's title track, mixed with the chilled out indie sounds from Alam which convey the surf and sand. The whole song acts as an aural gateway to Alam's dream; you'll dream it yourself. Take a listen to "Nusrat on the Beach" below. - Will Sisskind

   

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08:00
Band name: 
Ali Awan
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/aliawanmusic/
Venue name: 
Boot & Saddle
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Weekend Warrior - August 2 - 4

Cayetana performs for the final time (in the foreseeable future) this Saturday evening at Union Transfer. We certainly have a soft spot for the Philly trio - so much respect goes out to the ladies for deciding to pick up instruments for the first time and just go for it as a band. Their music finds a way to exhibit earnest vulnerability that gets under your skin, while simultaneously serving as an exhilarating, cathartic release.  The locked-in powerful push of rhythm unites with the expressively raw, soulful vocals, pulling one into the deftly-detailed, memorable, lyrical scenes. They’ll be joined by the glimmering, melodic, twang-infused narratives of Katie Ellen and the charming storytelling of Dave Tomaine’s Cave People. (Photo by Mary Ferrigno) – Michael Colavita

Other places where you might want to end an evening…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Lojii, Swarvy

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Hollow Comet

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Knolling Bones, Seeking Spades, Burnout Star 

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Swearin’, Dark Thoughts, SAT  Joe Jack Talcum, Street Vengeance, Trash Knife

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Cayetana (Final Show), Katie Ellen, Cave People 

TLA (334 South St.) SAT Ghost Light

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI DJ Economix

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Taylor Kelly, Rachel Andie & The Fifth Element, Sophie Coran

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Too Many Talk Shows, Slokey

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Alright Junior, SAT Dominy

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Delmont, Goodthief, SAT Littlun, SUN Crozet, Arch Of Love

Khyber Pass Pub (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI  Roger Harvey, Wild Flowers of America

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Parsnip Revolt, SAT Hotbed, Z by Z, SUN So Totally

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN The Business, Jay Lubes

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Roi Lush, Masta K, Taste of Vomit, SAT Disoriental 

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI Annalise Curtin, Lomax Lane, Knightlife, SAT The Becoming, Eric Vain, SUN Candy Cigare77es, Total Whine

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI God Root, Witching, Caged, Yuckmouf, Pit Hair, SAT Schotzi

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Live Band Karaoke, SAT Live Band Karaoke, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) SUN Ear Me Now

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT DJ Craig Dash

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Greg Sover Duo, SAT The Output (CD Release), Evergo, MaMa’s Juice Box, The Smoking Lightbulb

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Hezekiah Jones, Chris Kasper, Under the Oak, Splintered Sunlight, Big Mind, SUN John Kadlecik & The West Philly Fadeway 

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Samryebread, CJ Mills

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Busy Bee Project (Final Show), lylyly, Faucet

The Tide Pool (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Slokey (EP Release), Oni, Forest Kids Collective, Mr. Hideyoshi x Toadofsky, SAT Humilitarian, People Eating Fruit

Haus of Yarga (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Trot, Glass Spitter, Moyogash, Cop Jokes

Free Candy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Line Leader, Don Babylon 

   

Clairo's star rises quickly with debut record, show set for XL Center 08.04

If you have not heard of Boston’s Clairo, you soon will: the young artist is seeping into the pages of major publications like The Guardian with her debut record Immunity. Clairo is set to seriously shake up the pop hierarchy with her lively brand of synth-pop music. Don’t just imagine synth-driven tunes, picture energetic indie-rock guitar riffs, groovy drumbeats and the reverb-tinged vocals of a young woman ready to let her emotions spill across the mainstream. Clairo’s record is a sonic chameleon taking on the best colors of today’s music landscape: Immunity has the trap beats that currently surge in Chicago, the electro-rock bubbling in New York City and the ever-vibrant pop glaze of Los Angeles. You will want to catch this artist before she is out of reach, and the XL Center in Hartford is the place to do that on August 4th. We are streaming the red hot track “Bags” from the new record below. - Rene Cobar

   

The Deli Philly’s August Record of the Month: Ruby Puff Of Dust - Honey Radar

Instantly stepping into a dissonant riff, “Kite Balloons” kicks off Honey Radar’s fifth full-length album, Ruby Puff Of Dust, which was released via What's Your Rupture?. The ragged, guitar-fueled inferno momentarily subsides with the vocals serving as a gentle, guiding, cooling agent. That mixture of unrestrained fire and its refreshing counterpart exhibits control within the chaotic setting, before “Tick Tock” rhythmically revs its engines and then snaps into gear with the crack of the snare. A continuous march forward gradually shifts and amplifies in intensity, as mastermind Jason Henn narrates an oddly intriguing scene. “Curve-less doctors cover you in spit. Don’t let anybody know it.”

However, a subdued softness marinates in “Song For Randolph Free”. Walking along a dusty, time-worn trail, there’s a memorable, conversational closeness that takes a personal look, before allowing the muscularity of guitar to round out the moment, supporting action to take the place of words. The wheel aggressively rolls on as “Carousel Society” instrumentally opens up. A pleasant yet cautionary tone is echoed in the lyrics. “All is good for you and me, let’s help the world enter the sun.” The track demonstrates the ability to stir and soothe, fading away before reviving into a gritty, groovin’ stomp.

While “Almanac Singer” enchants in a poetic prose haze, encircled by the hard-driving electric spark plug of instrumentation, one meanders slowly toward “Magnesium Blow-Up,” which is already in progress, with the decibel level subsequently rising. Loosely held together, a hypnotic heaviness gradually spins outward into the distance, returning and completing its cycle in acoustic form. “Smoking Boy” jumps out of the box, driven by the entanglement of steadily popping drums and wiry guitar, as the vocals etch a tunnel through the center, before drifting into the unknown as the song subsides.

“The Golden String” concludes this collection of garage-psych vignettes, with its slightly off-kilter, mystical haziness. It rides along and then goes off-roading, twisting ever further into unknown. While proving to be Honey Radar’s most pop-oriented record, Henn and company still manage to pack in plenty of surprises. – Michael Colavita