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White Sea free download from upcoming album

White Sea

Known as the keyboardist of French shoegazers M83 and frontwoman of The Romanovs, Morgan Kibby is stepping out on her own as White Sea. It's no surprise that her years spent with M83 rubbed off on her -- her ability to create haunting, etheral, pop music is apparent in her remix of Seven Saturday's "The Shallow End" but also her forthcoming EP This Frontier.

After getting my hands on the track "Mountaineer", Kibbys vocals bear a striking resemblance to that of Imogen Heap, with layered synth and echoing tom drums working their way to cinematic crescendo. Not one to be boxed in, Kibby promises that the EP will show off her stylistic range but with a common thread tying it all together. The album was completed with the help of friends Jonathan Leahy on guitar and bass, Jonathan Bates (Big Black Delta, Mellowdrone) with mixes of "Ladykiller" and "Mountaineer", and Ray Suen (Louis XIV, Mariachi El Bronx) with string arrangements for "Ladykiller" and "Oljato". This Frontier is due for release October 5th, but RCRDLBL has made available a free download of her track "Mountaineer".

-Angelo Lorenzo

Next Big Nashville Highlights, Pt. 2: Thursday's Recap

(photo courtesy of nbnsummit)

Me and my gal pals were real jet setters on Thursday night, starting things off with a little trip to the Gibson Show Room for the Nashville Scene VIP party, where we chowed down on some bbq and slammed some free shots--compliments of Patron, Firefly Vodka, and Fireball Whiskey. We really felt like the Queens of Sheba as we boozed and schmoozed with some of the NBN artists who were going to be playing later, including Fly Golden Eagle, Jordan Caress (of Tristen and Rayland Baxter), The Delta Saints, Frank the Fuck Out, Hollywood Ten, Apache Relay, Megan McCormick, and the Nashville’s Dead dudes.

Next we made our way downtown to Live On the Green, hoping to catch Garrison Starr and Sixpence None the Richer, but arrived just in time to hear Leigh Nash (of Sixpence) singing the last 10 seconds of their final song. What a letdown! So we went with Plan B and mosied on over to Mercy Lounge, where we were pleasantly surprised by Uncle Skeleton.

For those of you who remember Kindercastle before that precious ensemble broke up and went their separate ways, Uncle Skeleton is Kindercastle reincarnated. Uncle Skeleton featured many of the original Kindercastle band members, an almost-full string section, and played that same ELO-inspired, Romantically classical-tinged pop-rock. Most of the songs were instrumental however, which seemed to be the main difference between the new band and the old one. It was still pretty and very nicely arranged and orchestrated, so there should be no complaining.

Finally...the moment we had been waiting for arrived...sort of... We trekked up to 12th and Porter to hear Sarah Silva’s highly-anticipated set, and of course, she blew our brains out with her belting. Everyone was so lost in female-fronted band land by that point, that we even decided to stick around for Like Candy Red, who was kind of like watching the white girl, Nashville, TN version of En Vogue. We think the girls were three sisters, although we didn’t really care, because we were too busy groovin‘ and shakin‘ to their synchronized dance moves and cray cray stacked harmonies and wailin’... Thursday night’s Next Big Nashville lineup was a home run for us.--Erin Manning

Philadelphia Slick Got Game at The Fire Oct. 2

Drawing inspiration from a time when hip hop had seen its better days, Philadelphia Slick specialize in tight deliveries and plenty of jazz and funk samples - think A Tribe Called Quest if Q-Tip's flow was a little less chill and a little more spastic. And of course, the fact that they have a live band might make you think of The Roots, but clearly these guys are more concerned about having fun than laying down some social commentary (not to say The Roots can't have fun). Also stoking The Fire tonight are fellow hip hop acts JJ Demon and MH the Verb. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave, $7, 9pm, 21+ - Joe Poteracki
 

Clean Equations’ Vinyl Release Party at JB’s Oct. 2

Spanning the globe and through several musical genres, Clean Equations are creating ambient shoegazey orchestrations of songwriter/engineer Michael Nyhan. The group is a musical collective that also hails from NYC and as far Melbourne, Australia, and has found its home base for creating enchanting melodies in Philly. Nyhan released a self-titled EP in 2009, and has been hard at work on his first full length People/Variables for the better part of the year. And he even had some help from the likes of seasoned guitarist Nero Catalano and songbird Dani Mari. It was released on August 31 through State Capito Recordsl. Tonight’s show at Johnny Brenda’s marks the special vinyl release party. Joining them will be soulful South Philly rockers and Carriage House alum, The Great Vibration, who have been most impressive in their own right since the release of Purple Stuff. Rounding out the lineup is the ever impressive West Philly ghoulish indie popsters Conversations with Enemies, whose debut album Nowhere, OK came out just last month, and they managed to pull double duty creating an exciting graphic novel. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N, Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 

The Broken Prayers Seek Redemption at Tritone Oct. 2

Tonight The Broken Prayers play Tritone and as I type I can see the tumbleweeds rolling in from the horizon. To call the music bleak would not be giving it enough credit, to call it celebratory would be a downright lie. Singer/guitarist Pete Marshall is a nightwalker who seems to revel in broken street lamps and trashcan fires. His voice sounds at home on the range listening to stories about “the good ole days” over beans and moonshine. The sauntering nature of “Little Black Heart” that escalates into more of a gallop is pure Americana from these frontier men. The darkness in the music is intentional but nonetheless effective and makes me think these guys really wish they were in saloons and shootouts on a daily basis. The band’s album Crow takes a callused, gloomy look at loss, past, loneliness and love. I feel like one should bring their bindle stick and hop on a freight train to get to this show, but regardless of how you get there, just get there. Tritone, 1508 South St., 9pm, $7, 21+ - Adam G.
 
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