Local Music Project

Philly’s music scene is always changing, and WHYY is keeping up. 

Lisa Schaffer
Lisa Schaffer

The Local Music Project spotlights Philadelphia-area musicians by playing their music on air.  Find out more about the artists and their music here.

Questions?  Please contact us at localmusic@whyy.org


The artists:


Featured: Black Horse Motel

Black Horse Motel
Black Horse Motel (photo: Rebecca Barger)


Philadelphia’s Black Horse Motel crafts its city folk sound by taking traditional folk instruments and lyrics, and 
blending them with Americana roots, rock, blues, and country influences. In 2017, Black Horse Motel won the Country/Folk category in Philadelphia councilman David Oh’s city-wide PHL Live music competition, and also won twice at 2018’s local Homey Awards, for Best Folk Song, and EP of the Year.

Connect: Website / Facebook / Soundcloud / Instagram


Featured: Laura Dishong

Laura Dishong
Laura Dishong got her start in music as a vocal music and music education student, but a chance encounter with the harp changed all that.  She’s won the Mid-Atlantic Irish Harp Competition, and has studied harp at the Carde Na Cruite School in Termonfeckin, Ireland. Laura maintains an active performance schedule throughout the region, and continues to teach music in Moorestown, NJ.

Connect: Website / Soundcloud / Facebook / Instagram


Allegra

Front person Allegra Eidinger is a native of the Philadelphia suburbs who has found a home amongst other local, queer-fronted DIY bands in West Philly house venues and basements.

Connect: Bandcamp / Facebook / Twitter


Beaver Road

Beaver Road
Beaver Road

Beaver Road features Stan Demski and Mitch Schecter, who started making music together in 1973.  Their music has its roots in folk rock, country rock, and Americana.

Connect:  Website / Facebook / Label


Chipocrite

Chipocrite
(photo credit: Nick Lerman)

Chipocrite uses original Nintendo Game Boys, often accompanied by guitar, bass, drums and/or other lo-fi sequencers, to create his compositions.  Since emerging from the Philadelphia chip scene just a few years ago, he has taken the stage at numerous performance spaces around the country.

Connect: Website / Bandcamp / Facebook / Twitter


Paul Dake


Paul is a prolific songwriter as well as a professional actor and stage manager. His songs emphasize heartfelt and relatable lyrics, while keeping the message simple, and delivering it with soulful intention. Paul’s music heard on WHYY is from his most recent album entitled “The Next Big Nobody”, a collection of songs inspired by life in the theater.

Connect: WebsiteSpotify / FacebookYouTube


Darla

Darla is an 8-piece experimental funk group formed in 2014 in Philadelphia.  The Darla sound is influenced by their origins in the Philly basement rock scene and the funk and jazz of the 1970s.

Connect: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube


Greg Davis

Greg Davis is a Philadelphia native who began playing guitar at age 8 and teaching guitar at 14.  He has been a member of many Philly-based groups including In The Pocket, Beru Revue, and Crosstown Traffic.

Connect: Website


Patrick De Caumette

Patrick De Caumette is an Emmy winning composer, audio director and music supervisor who creates original scores for the film, TV, video game and advertising industries.

Connect: Vimeo / Bandcamp / Soundcloud


Jessica Graae

Jessica GraaeJessica Graae is a folk singer-songwriter who celebrated the release of her second album “Sea Dream” with a show at World Café Live in Philadelphia.  Nominated for ten WSTW Hometown Hero Homey Awards, Jessica is a 2013 Philadelphia Folk Factory contest winner and a finalist in the 2012 and 2014 Delmarva Folk Hero contests.  

Connect: Website / Soundcloud / Bandcamp / FacebookTwitter


Grimace Federation

Grimace Federation, a post-rock/kraut-rock/pysch-synth band, is the creator of many instrumentals behind Aesop Rock’s flow.  The group was founded on “a need to shift sound, vast musical influences and free-form improv sessions.” (Grimace Federation)

Connect: Bandcamp / Facebook


Cliff Hillis

Singer-songwriter Cliff Hillis is celebrating the release of his six-song EP “Many Happy Returns” through San Francisco’s TallBoy Records. The title refers to Hillis revisiting his pop roots.

Connect: Website / Label / Facebook


Hirudidae

Hirudidae is a solo synth project based in Philadelphia. It’s ghost music: songs written for ghosts, by ghosts. With roots in Victorian séances and the 1980s underground scene, the project channels restless spirits to create a wailing morass of goth, minimal synth, drone music, and dark wave.

Connect: Soundcloud / Facebook / Bandcamp


Jasper Quartet

Dario Acosta

Philadelphia’s Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians.  “The Jaspers… match their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of a single, impossibly well-tuned organ, instead of four distinct instruments.” (New Haven Advocate)

Connect: Website / Facebook / Instagram / YouTube


Nicholas Krolak

Bassist Nicholas Krolak

Bassist Nicholas Krolak is a young veteran of the Philadelphia jazz scene. He has spent the last decade working as a side-man, experiencing new styles, and studying with the masters. Now, he’s applying all he’s learned to his own group. Tracing the lineage of bebop into the contemporary, his compositions celebrate the city and honor nature.

Connect: Bandcamp / Instagram / Spotify


Nick Lauria

Nick Lauria is a musician and composer from South Jersey, who has taught keyboard and composition at The School Of Rock in Cherry Hill.  He is also the founder of the pop fusion band, Sexoffice.

Connect: Bandcamp / Facebook


Michael Lawrence


Michael Lawrence is a composer, keyboardist and field recordist in Philadelphia. As a composer, he has been published by the Organist’s Companion (Wayne Leupold Editions), among others. He is an assistant grand court organist on the Wanamaker Organ at Macy’s in Center City. He recently represented Philadelphia for 60 Minute Cities, a project with Bivouac Recording of Shanghai, China featuring field recording albums from cities around the world. 

Connect: SoundcloudFacebookYouTubeWordPress / Instagram


Lazy Salon

Lazy SalonLazy Salon is New Jersey based multi-instrumentalist Sean Byrne, formerly the drummer with several Philadelphia bands (Mazarin, Lenola, BC Camplight, Matt Pond and others) and primary songwriter for The Twin Atlas during the 2000’s.  

Since 2014 Byrne has been crafting psychedelic instrumentals as Lazy Salon, dabbling in genres from melodic electronic/dance, spaced out dub, dreamy pop and elastic rhythms.

Connect: Website / Facebook / Bandcamp / Soundcloud / Twitter


Joe Lucia

Joseph Lucia is Dean of Libaries at Temple University and an avid guitar player.  His most recent musical venture is creation of a band of librarian musicians known as Marc Fields & Bad Data.

Connect: Soundcloud / Twitter


Minas

Featuring core members guitarist Orlando Haddad and pianist Patricia King, internationally acclaimed Minas performs Brazilian jazz. They take Brazilian and American roots and play ballads tinged with blues and choro, bossa novas and sambas.

Connect: Website / Facebook / YouTube


Morning River Band

Self described as Philadelphia’s premiere pessimists, Morning River Band sings simple songs of doubt, death, and denial for those with broken hearts, broken bodies, and broken minds.

Connect: Website / Bandcamp / Soundcloud / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram


Muscle Tough

Muscle Tough is a future funk fusion trio that formed in 2014.  The band has developed a sound that is a heavily improvised blend of modal jazz, funk, and psychedelia. 

Connect: Website / Bandcamp / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram


NMLSTYL

Photo by: Chiptography.com, Visuals by: cheapdinosaurs.com

Nmlstyl is an electronic musician whose latest album, nmlstyl.concat, blends chip music, vaporwave, prog, EDM, and improvisation influences.

Connect: Bandcamp / Facebook / Twitter


Michael O’Reilly

Michael O’Reilly is an Emmy winning producer for the WHYY original production FRIDAY ARTS, and has received multiple Emmy nominations for his original music.  He teaches at Rowan University and at PhillyCAM – the public access channel of Philadelphia.

Connect: VimeoBandcamp / Soundcloud / Instagram


Outside Sound Ensemble

The Outside Sound Ensemble is a chamber jazz ensemble that performs original pieces as part of the Philadelphia project, Outside Sound.  The project uses visual artwork created by artists with disabilities as inspiration for musicians.

Connect: Website / Bandcamp


Steve Patruno

Steve Patruno is the guitarist and vocalist of The New Watchdog Blues Band.

Connect: Facebook


Rob Petitti

Rob Petitti has been a part of the Philly music scene for 35 years as a solo act, a member of the cover band Waterfall, and as a contributor to Out On The Town entertainment guide.

Connect: Spotify / Facebook / Instagram

 


E. Shawn Qaissaunee 

E. Shawn Qaissaunee, a Berklee College of Music alumnus, is in demand as a multi-instrumentalist and composer. He’s known for his talents on guitar, bass, piano and both the rubab and dutar, instruments from his native Afghanistan.

Connect: Website / Facebook


Phil Rizzo

Phil Rizzo is a New Jersey native who has played bass and guitar in various rock bands of the  Philadelphia and South Jersey music scene.


Rosetta

Rosetta recently released their sixth album, Utopioid, which was written as a four piece song cycle.  As their style evolves, “they continue to search for the intersection of heaviness and beauty” in their music.

Connect: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube


Al Serrani

Al Serrani is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer, and producer who owns his own sound studio.  He is the founder of the band Armada, for whom he writes original material and plays nearly every instrument.

Connect: Website


David Stevens

Whitney Thomas

David Stevens is a contemporary jazz guitarist and producer who got his professional start performing with Philadelphia bands and choirs at the age of 14.

Connect: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram


Peter Tang

Peter Tang grew up in Shenyang China, where he studied music.  He now leads a traditional Chinese music ensemble which actively performs in the greater Philadelphia area.

Connect: Website


Neil Tapp

Neil Tapp’s guitar playing draws inspiration from the American fingerpicking tradition, highlighting styles from the 1920s to the present day.

Connect: Website


Trio Nova

Formed in 1994 as a duo, Trio Nova now performs bossa nova, jazz, and pop songs that combine guitar, bass, drums, and percussion.

Connect: Website / Facebook


Timothy Welbeck

Timothy Welbeck is an emcee, attorney, educator, and musician.  He instructs Hip-Hop and Black Culture at Temple University. 

Connect: Website / Facebook  / Twitter / Instagram


West Philadelphia Orchestra

With influences ranging from Sun Ra to Bulgarian brass bands, West Philadelphia Orchestra began as a porch jam in West Philly.  The group has continued expanding their repertoire of Eastern European music and has played all over the country, yet WPO’s heartbeat is always in Philly: they play every Tuesday night at Franky Bradley’s.

Connect: Website  / Label / Facebook


Work Drugs

Photo provided by: Work Drugs

Work Drugs was founded by singers/multi-instrumentalists Thomas Crystal and Benjamin Louisiana.  They play indie pop music inspired by soft rock artists such as Christopher Cross and Donald Fagen.

Connect: Spotify / Facebook

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