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Free At Noon Flashback: Down-to-earth songsters Kindness unleash funky jams

Photo by Brittany Salerno
Photo by Brittany Salerno

Kindness jammed out and wowed the crowd at today’s Free At Noon concert. Displaying amazing musicianship, the UK band showcased its recently released album Otherness as well as a few throwbacks like “Gee Up” and “House.” Speckled with jaw-dropping solos from collaborators on saxophone, drum, and guitar and framed with powerful backup vocals, the music was funky and fun. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Sylvan Esso bring their eclectic vibes to World Cafe Live

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Sylvan Esso | Photo by Brittany Salerno

The creative collaboration that is Sylvan Esso had today’s crowd movin’ and groovin’ to their electropop songs, kicking off today’s Free At Noon double-header with pizzazz. Playing material from their self-titled debut, producer Nick Sanborn gave us eloquent, chimey beats and wobbly synthesizer lines, singer Amelia Meath performed eclectic dance moves and delivered alluring vocals. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Underground Arts, The Stray Birds at World Cafe Live, and Marsha Ambrosius at The TLA

Creepoid
Creepoid | Photo by Adam Wallacavage

Heavy psychedelic foursome Creepoid return to their hometown of Philadelphia to headline Underground Arts tonight. The band made a name for itself after producing a unique blend of psych, grunge-induced sound reminiscent, echoing Bardo Pond and Dinosaur Jr. This year has been a productive one for them: they produced their self-titled second LP in March, followed it up with their EP Wet in April, relocated to Savannah and went on tour with Against Me!, Balance and Composure and more. Welcome them back to town for a headlining slot tonight. You can find more information on tonight’s show here. Check out their video for “Yellow Wallpaper” below. Continue reading →

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Indie rockers Circadian Rhythms release groovy new single “Easily” off upcoming EP

Photo via Circadian Rhythms Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CircadianRhythmsPA)
Photo via Circadian Rhythms Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CircadianRhythmsPA)

Upbeat indie rockers Circadian Rhythms have just released their new single “Easily” off their upcoming EP A Passing Thought via Soundcloud, and it’s not one to miss. The Philly-based seven-piece create a lovely, vintage-pop sound with an array of instruments ranging from organ to clarinet, a groovy bassline and easy breezy vocals. The atmosphere of the song is intoxicating, sort of like stepping outside on the first day of spring. Have a listen to “Easily” below. Continue reading →

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Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie are repping Philly at 2015′s SXSW Music Festival

Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

The first round of artist announcements for the annual SXSW music festival came out today and Philadelphia is officially on the bill; locally-based outfits Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie will be playing official showcases in Austin. If you’ve never been, the enormous event strives to give independent bands much-needed attention, with last year’s bringing out over 28,000 music industry professionals and supporting over 2,300 acts. For more information on this year’s SXSW music festival, you can visit their official site here. Check out music from Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie after the jump. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purling Hiss at Johnny Brenda’s, Orenda Fink at First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, and Shakey Graves at World Cafe Live

Purling Hiss
Purling Hiss | photo by Aaron Biscoe

Philly garage rock outfit Purling Hiss will take on Johnny Brenda’s this evening. The band’s distortion-infused sound has made the group a Philly favorite and they have continued to gain a following around the country thanks to relentless touring. Their recent album Weirdon, released by label Drag City in September, has received enthusiastic reviews, with Consequence of Sound saying that it proves frontman Mike Polizze  “to be one of Philadelphia’s best, a tough feat considering the talent bursting out of the city.” For more information on tonight’s show, head over to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Literature at Johnny Brenda’s, Benjamin Booker at World Cafe Live, and Merchandise at First Unitarian Church

Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman
Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman
Philly indie pop foursome Literature will play Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The group’s classic 60′s style pop has been building buzz after the release of their sophomore album Chorus back in August, snagging attention from the likes of Stereogum and Pitchfork who commended them for their fresh take on a classic genre. The group’s quirky music is sure to entertain tonight. For more information on tonight’s show, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch them perform their song “Cincinnati” on a Ferris wheel below. Continue reading →
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Irreverent indie rockers Wilbur release their new EP Bueno Para Ti

Photo by Dan Lidon
Wilbur | Photo by Dan Lidon

Irreverent Philly four-piece Wilbur just released its latest EP, Bueno Para Ti, via Bandcamp. The band first caught our attention back in February with their honest, catchy songs filled with everyday humor and wittiness. The new material that stays true to their comedic approach to music-making, but perhaps with more of an indie rock flare – a shift from their earlier bluegrass-inspired sound. Check out the EP below and bounce over to their Bandcamp page to give it a listen and / or purchase it. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: The Stray Birds preview Best Medicine at World Cafe Live

 

The Stray Birds | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
The Stray Birds | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

The Stray Birds kicked off today’s double-header Free at Noon with their organic, room-filling folk sound. The Lancaster trio played songs off their new album, Best Medicine, which comes out this Tuesday on Yep Roc Records, and the group brought immense energy to the stage with a booming upright bass by Charles Muench, jangling guitar by Oliver Craven and spot-on classic Americana harmonies and all around. They whipped out some jaw-dropping solos as well, cheers bursting from the crowd as they would each come to an end. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Kopecky Family Band got the crowd riled up for tonight’s Union Transfer show

Kopecky Family Band | Photo by Brittany Salerno
Kopecky Family Band | Photo by Brittany Salerno

Nashville’s Kopecky Family Band played a solid set at today’s double-header Free At Noon concert with The Stray Birds. All six members of the Nashville band trickled on stage, got into position and launched into their trademark high-energy performance, quickly snatching the attention of the audience. Their energy was infectious as they played, with lead vocalist Kelsey Kopecky urging the crowd to sing along and multi-instrumentalist Markus Midkiff utilizing heavy tom drum hits and rim clicks, crafting a beat you couldn’t help but groove to. Continue reading →