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The Decemberists are back to the future with their synth-y new single “Severed” and a Mann Center gig this June

The Decemberists | photo courtesy of artist

The Decemberists’ rich and earthy folk music always lingers with a sense of the past, but it was their recent offshoot project, Offa Rex, that quite literally time travelled back to the way olden days by solely performing traditional English folk songs with guest singer, Olivia Chaney. Now, the band is time traveling again — only this time, to the future.

With the release of their new single “Severed,” we hear the results of working with new producer, John Congelton (St. Vincent, Lana Del Ray, The Districts) for a unique mix of prog and garage rock sounds that morphs into a futuristic, space-y kind of folk breed. Listen to the single below. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Head and the Heart, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will bring a double dose of folk to Philly this June

The Head and The Heart | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
The Head and The Heart | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

My forever loves, otherwise known as the soulful, folky beauts, The Head and the Heart, are coming back to town this June at The Mann’s Skyline Stage. For an extra dose of good news, the family-like crew will be sharing the bill with rootsy rockers, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, for a short co-headlining tour early this summer. Continue reading →

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Jam to Phil Lesh, Gov’t Mule, and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Peach Music Festival this July

Phil Lesh | photo via artist’s Facebook

Scranton PA is more than just the fictional home of The Office. It’s also the non-fictional home to the beautiful Montage Mountain, where the Allman Brothers Band-inspired Peach Music Festival has been jamming for seven years now. Today, the festival revealed their lineup which features headliners Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band, Gov’t Mule (playing two sets,) and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: John Prine will be joined by Kurt Vile at Merriam Theater this April

John Prine | photo by John Kurc | courtesy of artist

Not only will legend John Prine grace the Merriam Theater this spring, he’ll also bring Philly hero Kurt Vile along for the wise ‘n folky party on April 14th.

This year, Prine released a songbook titled John Prine Beyond Words through his own independent label, Oh Boy Records, which featured selected songs from Prine’s catalogue and the stories behind them. Kurt Vile has been rocking his incredible tour with Courtney Barnett, which recently brought an intimate-feeling gig to Philly at Tower Theatre. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Brandi Carlile brings new album to Merriam Theater this May

Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjen | courtesy of artist
Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjen | courtesy of artist

Brandi Carlile gifted us with so many heartfelt folk gems in her last record, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, that following it up seems like an incredibly hefty feat. However, one listen from her recent single “The Joke” washes away any doubt that this new album, By The Way, I Forgive You, will be just as beautifully powerful. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Japanese Breakfast continues their Philly takeover with a headlining gig at Union Transfer

Japanese Breakfast | photo by Galea McGregor for WXPN

It’s been quite a year for indie darling Japanese Breakfast. But, I mean, when you release a record as amazing as Soft Sounds from Another Planet, it only makes sense that everyone everywhere’s going to want a chance to see a live performance of said record.

So although Michelle Zauner’s earnest, electro-ambient pop tunes have been sounding off at all corners of the earth for a while now (she and the crew are currently sharing her songs with the Eastern side of the planet with an Asia / Australia tour) Japanese Breakfast has just announced another ring of shows back in the States after just a tiny — but much deserved — winter break.

Starting February in Zauner’s early hometown of Seattle, the tour will conclude with a massive (current) hometown celebration at Union Transfer on June 3rd. Continue reading →

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Pinegrove’s Evan Stephens Hall apologizes for sexual misconduct, cancels tour

Pinegrove | photo by Lauren Rosier for WXPN

Evan Stephens Hall, frontperson of New Jersey indie rock band Pinegrove, posted a lengthy message on the band’s Facebook page today addressing accusations of sexual misconduct and apologizing for his behavior. “I’m so sorry. i have never felt remorse like this before,” he writes. “I will think about how i could have been better in this situation for as long as i live.” Continue reading →