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The Punch Brothers and Madison Cunningham induce chills at Union Transfer

The Punch Brothers | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddinger.com

Last night, The Punch Brothers took the stage at Union Transfer for a seamless two hours of nearly constant orchestral bluegrass music from their new album All Ashore.

The only word that I can think to use to describe this show: “beautiful.” Everything about it was so incredibly inspiring and chills-inducing. They took the stage silently, and played even quieter a stunning version of “Movement and Location.” But when they played The Phosphorescent Blues’s hit “My Oh My” early in the set, I thought that it couldn’t get any better than this. The whole audience sang along with that timeless chorus. I’ve never seen a show like this before. I’ve never seen a band so spot on in their harmonies, so tireless in their performance, or so genuinely happy with the response from the crowd. Punch Brothers is a gift to watch live. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Blur’s Graham Coxon will play The Foundry on his first ever solo North American tour

Graham Coxon | photo via facebook.com/grahamcoxonofficial

Blur’s Graham Coxon has just announced that he will play a string of North American dates featuring work only from his solo career, which spans an incredible eight full-length albums. Most recently, Coxon did the entire score for Netflix’s End of The F***ing World, which could very well also be featured in the setlist.

This is a big deal for Coxon, considering he’s never played a US tour on his own. Continue reading →

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Found Wild drops first full release following two teaser singles

Found Wild | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Found Wild, a new project featuring Good Old War members Keith Goodwin and Tim Arnold, released their debut EP while out on the road with Anthony Green and his Avalon 10 Year Anniversary Tour. If you’re lucky enough to see them live this summer, then you’ll hear this masterful new collection of songs front to back.

Leading up to the release, Found Wild teased us with two singles, “Weatherman” and “Nothing Gold Can Last.” The rest of the songs follow the singles’ themes of loss, regret, and forgiveness, and the cool thing is, if you know anything about the relationship between Arnold and Goodwin, then you get to glimpse the most deeply personal parts of it through this new music. Found Wild is the second-winded passion project that pulled Arnold out of the darkness and back into his life, and these songs are sort of like apologetic and explanatory letters to himself and the people he loves about where he was and how he’s ready to move on to a brighter future. Continue reading →

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Found Wild releases second single “Weatherman,” a somber ballad dedicated to change

Found Wild
Found Wild | photo courtesy of the artist

Tim Arnold and Keith Goodwin of Good Old War have finally given us a release date for Found Wild‘s forthcoming self-titled EP: July 20th. That’s just Days Away (hahaha), and to celebrate, we have a new single to check out. “Weatherman” is the somber track of the album, and if you caught the Avalon Tour at the TLA last week, then you know this since they played all of them for a captivated audience. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers remind us that our best days are still ahead of us

Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Steel City native Joe Grushecky joined the Free At Noon crowd today to share some new songs off his latest release, More Yesterdays Than Tomorrows, and the seasoned rocker wowed the crowd with his charismatic new tunes and incredibly joyous Houserockers band. Continue reading →

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Listen to Bazmati Vice’s subtly funky Rise EP

Bazmati Vice | via bazmativice.bandcamp.com

Bazmati Vice, an alt funk project from right here in Philly, have just released their newest EP, Rise, along with three new recording-style music videos. I don’t know where these guys have been, but I’m happy they’re slowly rising through the basement gig ranks and booking shows in town because they’re a low-key type of funky, groovy sound that is super easy to listen to if you’re just easing into the genre. Continue reading →

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Three years of TLC results in Keely Sibilia’s empowering electropop single “Happy”

Keely Sibilia | photo courtesy of the artist
Keely Sibilia | photo courtesy of the artist

LA native-turned Philly local Keely Sibilia first broke onto the scene in a 2014 songwriters competition, and began work on her debut the following year. This week, its lead single “Happy” is finally ready for listeners, and the result of three years of TLC is an incredibly unique, electronic yet gentle sound; it’s very Ellie Goulding or Imogen Heap circa “Hide and Seek,” with Sibilia’s own twist to it. Continue reading →

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Anthony Green’s Avalon tour reminds us that we’re all in the same spot

Anthony Green | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

On Saturday night, Anthony Green and his powerhouse of a band celebrated 10 years of Avalon at The TLA, along with Good Old War and new project Found Wild. For anyone who knows the closeness that Green, Keith Goodwin, Dan Schwartz, Tim Arnold, and Circa Survive member Brendan Ekstrom share, then you know that this tour is truly special. Though these guys frequently back Green on his solo ventures, Avalon is pivotal. It marks the beginning of an incredible decade of music and friendship that followed, and it showed onstage. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Jeffrey Gaines brings his new album Alright to the midday crowd

Jeffrey Gaines | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN |

Harrisburg singer-songwriter Jeffrey Gaines is fresh off the success of his latest self-released LP, Alright, and his set was bright and soulful and even reminded me a little bit of Bruce Springsteen. The cool thing about Gaines is that his music, and the order in which he plays his songs, feels a lot like a conversation with the crowd. He’s able to easily transition from big movement-like songs, to slow, crooning lullabies to really keep the audience on their toes. As he said several times, he typically plays to the individual, and he values crowd connection and the human experience. Continue reading →

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Dave Matthews fills the room with old songs and new in his solo Tiny Desk Concert

Dave Matthews | photo by Samantha Clark for NPR

Fans of Dave Matthews Band have been anxiously waiting for an album for about six years now, and with the release of last month’s Come Tomorrow, the band delivered. And did they deliver. Surprisingly, when it came time to pay a visit to NPR Music and their famous Tiny Desk, Matthews chose to play by himself, though the performance was big enough to fill the whole room as if a band was still backing him. Continue reading →