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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Eschaton” by Darlingside

Darlingside | Photo by Gaelle Beri | courtesy of the artist

Just over two years ago, a little know four piece folk group from Boston came on the scene with an album that cemented itself into the collective consciousness of XPN members and listeners. Darlingside’s Birds Say was a standout amongst the indie-folk scene with its rich vocal harmonies, warm musical textures, and stunning songwriting. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Darlingside saves the day and woos the crowd with a stunning performance

Darlingside | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Darlingside | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

No matter how profusely Darlingside refuses to accept that their playing a show today was a huge favor to us, don’t believe a word they say. WXPN is thankful to the Cambridge-based band for playing our Free at Noon show on such short notice after Adia Victoria got sick and was forced to back out of the show.

The four man indie-folk outfit charmed over the summer at XPN Fest and did so again today at World Cafe Live. Their set gave the audience a taste of the autumn air that we’ve been missing (especially on 70 degree days like today) with their warm performance, their grassroots brand of folk music, and nostalgia-inducing lyrics like “Apple cider signs” from their song “White Horses” — which was inspired by an apple orchard that one of the band members used to go to as a child. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Darlingside at The Ardmore Music Hall, AlunaGeorge at Wells Fargo Center, Worriers at PhilaMOCA, and more…

Darlingside | Photo by Sydney Schaefer | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Darlingside | Photo by Sydney Schaefer | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Darlingside is set to bring their enchanting folk style to the Ardmore Music Hall for what will surely be an enchanting, cathartic event. Their simple, acoustic arrangements help highlight their gorgeous four part harmonies on their most recent release, Birds Say. In addition, they will be joined by Frances Luke Accord. Find tickets and more information on the 21+ event here. Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview with Solange, Darlingside & more!

Darlingside
Darlingside | Photo by Robb Stey | courtesy of the artist | robbstey.com

With the Fall Fund Drive behind us (and a BIG thank you to all our new members!) we turn our attention to all the NEW music that’s come in over the last week. Included in the stacks is a new song from David Gray, something new from Dirty Projectors AND a former member of the Dirty Projectors.  Plus, we’ll hear what Nada Surf sounds like backed by an orchestra and dig into the new Phish record too.  Here are a few more things we’ve got planned for you tonight at 8 o’clock on XPN …

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Darlingside at Long’s Park, Laura Mvula at Union Transfer, Honey Radar at Ortlieb’s

Darlingside | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN
Darlingside | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN

The four-part harmonies and folksy pop songs of Darlingside return to the area this evening; the band plays a free concert tonight at Long’s Park in Lancaster, and if their recent appearances at Philadelphia Folk Fest and XPoNential Fest are any indication, all of Central PA better turn out. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.  Listen to their World Cafe session below. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Darlingside brings harmonies and charm to the Marina Stage heat

Darlingside | Photo by Sydney Schaefer | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Darlingside | Photo by Sydney Schaefer | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

It was the third song of Darlingside’s set. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based harmonizers were beautifully belting their “Good For You,” a song written about the band’s fascination with the places they visit while traveling. In that same spirit, the sounds of Darlingside were able to transport listeners as if they were on the road with the band themselves. And then, to draw everyone back to reality, the stench of porta-potty septic trucks filled the air —  because port-potty septic trucks were driving right behind the Jerseyarts.com Marina Stage. It’s funny how timing works in this world.  Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Darlingside brings both laughs and music to World Cafe upstairs

Darlingside | Photo Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | <a href=http://jeremy-zim.com target="_blank">jeremy-zim.com</a>
Darlingside | Photo Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

“We love Philadelphia, and we love radio!” exclaimed Darlingside vocalist/guitarist Harris Paseltiner at the beginning of the band’s NonCOMM opening set on the upstairs stage at World Cafe Live. After a rousing introduction from NPR Music’s Bob Boilen and a few jokes from the band (“We wonder who has more hair, Kurt Vile or all four of us combined”), the band broke into a short but sweet set, adorned not only with laughs but beautiful music from their debut, Birds Say. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ron Gallo at Boot and Saddle, Darlingside at MilkBoy and The Arcs at The Fillmore

Photo via www.facebook.com/rongallomusic
Photo via www.facebook.com/rongallomusic

Former Toy Soldiers frontman Ron Gallo is a Philadelphian through and through, and that will not change even as he is set to head south to live in the bustling music town of Nashville, TN. You can say goodbye to the fuzz-rocker tonight at Boot & Saddle alongside old friends and former Toy Soldiers band-mates Matt Kelly and Dom Billet now of Coin Purse. Head to the XPN Concert Calendar for details on the farewell show tonight. Continue reading →

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Download a new song by the Cambridge indie-folk band Darlingside

Darlingside | Photo by Robb Stey | http://www.robbstey.com/
Darlingside | Photo by Robb Stey | http://www.robbstey.com/

The Cambridge, MA based quartet Darlingside do the Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter thing and the vibey indie folk thing really well. They’re about to release their second album, Birds Say, (on September 18th) and with good fortune they won’t be a secret much longer to music fans. Continue reading →

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