S. Carey – Alpenglow // In The Dirt

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S. Carey is playing a couple of Living Room Shows in the District this weekend, and since we’ve never featured him before on CCP we figured now is as good a time as any. The Wisconsin artist S. Carey, short for Sean Carey is best known as the drummer for Justin Vernon‘s Bon Iver, however he also contributed to Sufjan Stevens‘ latest LP Carrie &Lowell. Not surprising, as Carey, Vernon and Stevens all seem to have been cut from the same musical cloth. With a background in classical percussion, Carey crafts mellifluous piano lines and drum rhythms in conjunction with earnest vocals to create gorgeous arrangements and affective melodies.

Carey recently released an EP (called Supermoon) of stripped-back songs from his sophomore LP released last year, Range of Light. Get a taste from the latest LP by streaming “Alpenglow” below, and listen to the beautiful dirge “In The Dirt” from his 2010 debut All We Grow.

Kudos if you managed to catch tickets to Carey’s sold-out stops in DC on April 25 and 26, as they are sure to be an intimate affair. However, if you’re lucky you might be able to still snag tickets to one of his later shows.

PHOX – Slow Motion (Sylvan Esso Remix)

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PHOX first stole our hearts whilst seeing them perform live this last summer at DC’s The Hamilton. The Wisconsin indie folk band made up of six close friends exudes Midwestern charm and mutual adoration for one another on stage. Lead singer Monica Martin is at once charismatic and relatable—whose soulful vocals lent themselves effortlessly to the intimate venue. Although their songs are filled with latent themes of heartbreak, their breezy almost retro-sounding music is also a joyous and heartwarming affair.

Which is why when we heard that PHOX’s hit single “Slow Motion” had been remixed by Partisan Records labelmate Sylvan Esso, we could scarcely contain our excitement. The North Carolina duo put their inventive art-pop spin on the track to dazzling effect. Stream the mix below, along with a couple of our favorite PHOX tracks.

Both groups released their eponymous debut albums earlier this year, available on iTunes. Don’t miss your chance to see these spectacular artists live — check out upcoming tour dates below!

PHOX On Tour:
10/2 – Dallas, TX | Granada Theater*
10/4 – Houston, TX | Warehouse Live*
10/6 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works*
10/7 – Atlanta, GA | Variety Playhouse*
10/10 – Austin, TX | Lambert’s
12/6 – Portland, ME | State Theatre^
12/7 – Northampton, MA | Calvin Theatre^
12/8 – Providence, RI | Lupo’s^
12/11 – Columbus, OH | The LC Pavilion^
12/12 – Cincinnati, OH | Taft Theatre^
12/13 – Chicago, IL | Aragon Ballroom^

* denotes w/ Paolo Nutini
^ w/ The Head and The Heart

Sylvan Esso On Tour:
10/18 – Irving, TX | Cultivate Festival
10/23 – Baltimore, MD | The 8×10
10/24 – Philadelphia, PA | Union Transfer
10/30 – Saxapahaw, NC | Haw River Ballroom – SOLD OUT
10/31 – Saxapahaw, NC | Haw River Ballroom – SOLD OUT
11/8 – Oakland, CA | Fox Theater*
11/9 – Davis, CA | The Davis Graduate
11/10 – Sacramento, CA | Memorial Auditorium*
11/14 – Los Angeles, CA |– Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall*
11/15 – Santa Barbara, CA | Santa Barbara Bowl*
1/15 – Atlanta, GA | Variety playhouse
1/16 – Charlotte, NC | The Neighborhood Theatre
1/17 – Charlottesville, VA | Jefferson Theater
1/23 – New York, NY | Terminal 5
1/24 – Uncasville, CT | Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun
1/31 – 2/4 – Riviera Maya, Mexico | My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday

* denotes w/ Foster The People