Category: SubModern Sessions

City Rain

Over the last few years City Rain have become a mainstay of the Philadelphia electronic music scene, but as founder Ben Runyan teamed up with Scott Cumpstone for his latest effort Songs For A High School Dance it became clear that it was time to reach beyond the city of brotherly love. Perhaps you’ve heard their single “The Optimist,” but now check out a live SubModern Session from City Rain including two more songs from the new album. It’s downloadable for airplay HERE or to embed it on your websiteHERE. By Josh T....

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Nightbox

It’s not often that you hear about a Canadian/Irish hybrid electronic band, but I’m here to tell you about one (the only one?) right now. The five piece Nightbox makes some very interesting sounds using unconventional methods on their sophomore EP The Panic Sequence. Their songs are equal parts danceable and fist-pumpable and catchy as hell. If you’re looking to fill that M83 sized hole on your playlist, check out single “Burning” or go a little deeper with the title track and “In The Rural.” I recently sat down with the band to talk about the EP (and the...

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Honeyblood

One of my favorite new bands this summer has been the Scottish duo Honeyblood, consisting of lead singer/guitarist Stina Tweedale and drummer/singer Shona McVicar. I don’t think I would have guessed that there were only two of them making so much “crunch pop” as they call it. Not to say that it’s all loud and raucous tunes. There’s a range of sounds on this impressive debut from fuzzy rockers like “Killer Bangs,” “Fall Forever,” and “Choker” to more harmonious tunes like “Bud,” “(I’d Rather Be) Anywhere But Here,” and “Fortune Cookie.” We recently had the chance to spend some...

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Mike Doughty

Mike Doughty‘s prolific output has increased exponentially in recent years. Since his last album of new material (2011’s Sad Man Happy Man), he released a covers album, two live records and an album’s worth of re-recorded Soul Coughing songs, after distancing himself from that material for years. His newest album Stellar Motel was released in September. Doughty’s last few releases have been fairly lo-fi and stripped down but Stellar Motel gives his sound a good shake-up, by incorporating plenty of Hip-Hop into the material. Doughty worked with indie Hip-Hop producer Good Goose on Stellar Motel, which essentially goes back...

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Cold Fronts

Philadelphia’s Cold Fronts have a had a pretty fantastic couple of years after being unknowingly discovered at SXSW by Seymour Stein of Sire Records, the man who signed The Ramones and Madonna. The whirlwind will culminate later this year with the release of their full length debut, but late in 2014 the band put out an obligatory pre-album EP, Forever. The EP is a quick listen, with four songs coming in at under 15 minutes, but it hits hard, kicking off with the one two punch of rockers “Hit Me” and “Know It All.” Those will both be appearing...

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