Thursday June 7th 7-10pm
doors 7:00 ~ music 7:30 ~ done by 10
JULIA RAINER: http://www.juliarainer.com
Julia Rainer sings her truth. With a foundation of love, loss, grief, depression, anxiety, alcoholism, recovery, and awakening, she has a strong belief in honesty, compassion, and the wisdom of experience. Inspired by those who have come before her—Hank Williams, Odetta, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Nico, Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, Tom Verlaine, and Jenny Lewis—she seeks to make music that empathizes. Raw guitar playing, simple folk song structure, and soulful, hauntingly sung lyrics define her sound. Sometimes compared to Hope Sandoval, Sinead O’Connor, Cat Power, and Alanis, Julia finds herself in good company 🙂
Julia has quickly found a foothold in the now-flooded Philadelphia music scene. Her new album “Spirits,” out September 15th via Creep Records (digital, CD, Cassette), is the culmination of her tireless work on her craft through her years of trials and tribulations. Spirits is both devastating and hopeful with an honestly that excludes any pretentiousness. Julia Rainer bares her soul and new fans at her shows find a deep comfort in both the way the lyrics relate to them and the way the songs commiserate with those that feel or have felt lost for any reason throughout their lives. Everything that is found in speaking with Julia for a moment shows in her music: kindness, empathy and compassion. It is no wonder that Philadelphia wants Julia Rainer to succeed. It is the best compliment to an artist, that their fans believe it to be truly important that others hear their message. Spirits is one of those albums. Julia Rainer is one of those artists.
HOMESTEAD COLLECTIVE: homesteadcollective.net
Homestead Collective is Caitlyn Deviney + Ben Morris, an indie-folk duo currently based just outside Philadelphia. Their influences include Nickel Creek, Billie Marten, Josh Garrels, and Drew Holcomb. Memorable melodies and intricate instrumentation combined with haunting, honest lyrics – they write stories in songs that we all want to tell.
7PM Doors / $10 / all ages
Please join us for a relaxed Summer evening of improvisation, exploration and meditation.
7 -10 pm, July 1st.
$5 – $10, Sliding Scale.
Please help support our travelling artists.
Sandy Ewen is a sound artist, visual artist and architect who has recently relocated to NYC from Houston, TX. Ewen’s audio practice focuses on extended guitar techniques, improvisation, graphic scores and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her unique approach to guitar incorporates a wide array of implements – railroad spikes, sidewalk chalk, threaded bolts, steel wool and other items become an arsenal of abstraction. Ewen has worked extensively with film makers, dancers, poets and musicians to create films, audio recording, sound interventions and performance art. Ewen’s musical collaborations include trio Etched in the Eye, duo with Tom Carter called Spiderwebs, the trio Garden medium, and ongoing collaborations with percussionist Weasel Walter and bassist Damon Smith. For nearly ten years, Ewen has been the leader of an all-female large ensemble. The ensemble conceptualizes and performs sound and performance art, utilizing graphic and text based scores and improvisational constraints. The ensemble performed with an amplified bathtub at Diverse Works in 2016, and performed a suite of installation-specific compositions for Francis Alÿs’ Fabiola Project at the Menil. Sandy has spent much of 2017 touring, performing solo sets and in collaboration with Steve Jansen (tapes and electronics) and Maria Chavez (turntables) around Europe. In years past, Ewen has performed alongside Roscoe Mitchell, Keith Rowe, Lydia Lunch and many others, and has performed and recorded with Jaap Blonk, Henry Kaiser and more. In 2014 she performed at San Francisco’s 13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit, and she has made several appearances at Austin’s annual No Idea Festival.
Richmond, Virginia’s Gus Caldwell makes melodic, heartful ambient music somewhere between the meditative new age voyages of Kitaro and the blissful drones of Stars of the Lid. Simple tools – synthesizer, guitar, and tape – combine to create gradually shifting soundscapes while retaining the degraded pop sensibility of a Human League cassette left in the sun. This will be his first appearance in Philadelphia.
Multi-instrumentalist, improvisor and multi-media artist. Will be performing a site-specific piece utilizing the sounds of the outdoor environment in which this performance will take place.
Thursday July 12th 7-10pm
$5-10 suggested donation.
Sam Moss (Boston, MA) is on tour in support of his new LP, ‘Neon’, which has recently been featured in the Boston Globe, GoldFlakePaint, and NPR’s All Songs Considered.
Brittany Ann (Philadelphia)
Originally from Easton PA, Brittany Ann Tranbaugh got her start playing at the legendary Godfrey Daniel’s in Bethlehem during her high school years. She has performed all over the US and Canada, in living rooms, listening rooms, theaters, dives, and basements. Brittany’s cleverly crafted songs, refined guitar style, and ethereal voice have won her accolades in several national songwriting competitions, most notably Falcon Ridge (2011), Kerrville (2014), and LEAF NewSong (2015 & 2016).
$8-10 sliding scale
Grex is an art rock band based out of Oakland, California. In biological terms, a “grex” is an entity composed of several smaller organisms. Grex (the band) explores the meeting point between fun, delightfully strange psychedelic pop/rock and the dark outer reaches of noise and free jazz. Grex has been called “essential current-and-future listening” (Tiny Mix Tapes) and “true genre-warping music” (KFJC), recalling the explosive energy of Jimi Hendrix, the dark power of the Pixies, and the whimsical weirdness of Deerhoof.
Grex’s creative derring-do has led to gigs with other like-minded musicians, including Fred Frith, Tony Levin (King Crimson), Kronos Quartet, Eddie Gale (Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor), Steve Mackay (The Stooges), Zeena Parkins, and Martin Bisi, and concerts at venues as diverse as the Great American Music Hall, the Switchboard Festival (SF), the United States of Asian America Festival (SF), the Sonic Circuits Festival (DC), and Myra Melford’s New Frequencies Festival (SF).
The band has garnered notices in Signal To Noise, The Village Voice, East Bay Express (Oakland), SF Weekly, Sacramento News and Review, Time Out, Eugene Weekly, The Stranger (Seattle), Decoder Magazine, All About Jazz, and numerous music blogs.
Maybe Mitch Esparza is a scrapbooker. I always called him a musical chameleon because in my mind what was so compelling and admirable about his performances and albums, from his ensemble The Love Club to his psych solo project (((taco))) (or is it M.E.?), to music under his own name, and even more than I can recall, was that he could adapt. Throw him in a new situation, change up the genre, give him a new instrument or toy to play with, or start a new band with brand new people, he would adapt and thrive, always able to present interesting sound, music, and art. I would like to take this opportunity to adjust my mental image of Mitch Esparza. Maybe Mitch Esparza is a scrapbooker, building a cosmic sonic dreamboard, rifling through a universe of waveforms and artforms, pilfering what he enjoys and putting aside the rest, weaving a “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” patchwork. I like this image more because a musical chameleon, while inventive, is perhaps without a unique style or vision. A scrapbooker not only has style, but a strong, distinctive vision for his art, which totally describes Mitch. Long may he dream and weave. – Fred Knittel/Folkadelphia
Random Concerts: Andrew Kasab and Swamp Yankee
Thursday July 19th 7-10pm
Doors at 7 ~ Music at 7:30 ~ Done by 10
I’m super excited to return to Philly! It has been TOO LONG. Come out and enjoy some great music and experience the Random Tea Room – an eclectic, fantastic place to be on a Thursday night in Philly – Swamp Yankee will be opening at 7pm! See y’all there!
Swamp Yankee: https://swampyankeect.bandcamp.com