Improvisational folk rockers Up the Chain play The Garage on Tuesday. Photo: Caitlin McCann

ARTS Pick: Up the Chain

While Up the Chain has existed in various forms with a rotating cast of Philadelphia’s finest young hired guns since 2009, the one constant at the band’s core has been founder, frontman and lyricist Reed Kendall. And while the self-described purveyors of “neighbor rock” don’t offer explanation of the style, one can surmise that it […]

Album reviews: Ivan & Alyosha, Josh Garrels, Danny Schmidt

Album reviews: Ivan & Alyosha, Josh Garrels, Danny Schmidt

Ivan & Alyosha It’s All Just Pretend/Dualtone Records “If freedom is where we are standing/Something is desperately wrong.” This line from the opener “Something Is Wrong” sets the tone for the dynamic sophomore release from the Seattle quintet in more ways than one. Much of the album explores the tension between what makes us free […]

Alt-country act Langhorne Slim has been championed by music critics and fans since his debut in 2004. Rolling Stone called his most recent album “damn near perfect.” Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Langhorne Slim

After breaking into Rolling Stone magazine’s top 10 editor’s picks for 2004 with his song “Electric Love Letter,” Langhorne Slim went on to build a solid fanbase through relentless touring with a top-notch backing band (The Law), record an average of one new album per year and earn multiple television and film credits. The heartache is just […]