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Simplicity and Authenticity: Pinegrove shines at The Capitol Room

Pinegrove | photo by Lauren Rosier for WXPN

There’s something so poetic about simplicity. Something that Montclair, NJ band Pinegrove, brings to life in its record and live shows.

Pinegrove is a 6-piece indie rock band comprised of Evan Stephen Hill (lead vocals/guitar), Josh Marre (guitar/vocals), Nandi Plunkett (keys/vocals), Sam Skinner (guitar), Adan Carlo (bass), and Zack Devine (drums/vocals).

There’s nothing fancy or flashy about the band, but their skill in creating beautiful, honest, relatable lyricism and musicianship is a result of each member’s contribution to the band. That authenticity shined Sunday night at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center’s Capitol Room, a beautiful addition to the already gorgeous venue. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Offa Rex (The Decemberists + Olivia Chaney), Pinegrove, The Dove & The Wolf, Hardwork Movement and more added to XPoNential Music Festival 2017

Offa Rex | photo courtesy of the artist
Offa Rex | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

The lineup of the 2017 XPoNential Music Festival keeps growing, with today’s addition of Offa Rex — a new collaboration between indie rock troubadours The Decemberists and singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney — to WXPN’s July gathering on the Camden waterfront. The band, which releases its debut album The Queen of Hearts July 7th on Nonesuch Records, blends traditional English-Irish-Scotch songwriting with folk rock and psychedelia. Listen to their interview with NPR Music’s Bob Boilen below. Continue reading →

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Pinegrove returns to Philly at First Unitarian Church in April

Pinegrove | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Pinegrove | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

 

Heck yes, Pinegrove has just announced some new spring tour dates, which includes a glorious, much-needed stop at First Unitarian Church on Friday April 28th with support from Austin duo Hovvdy. As if this news wasn’t beautifully wonderful all on its own, Pinegrove is also donating a portion of ticketing fees to ACLU. My goodness, those little gems. Pre-sale tickets are available now with more details available on the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch Pinegrove’s recent set for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert below. Continue reading →

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Pinegrove releases benefit live album Everywhere for Southern Poverty Law Center

Pinegrove | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Pinegrove | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Just across the river, Montclair beauties Pinegrove have been continuing to use their music as a means to help others who need it. The band’s recent release Everywhere finds eight tracks recorded live during their tour with Kevin Devine, Petal, and Julien Baker, with all proceeds going towards the Southern Poverty Law Center, a “non-profit organization that combats hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation”. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pinegrove at Union Transfer, Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells at The Barbary, The Roddenberries at Ardmore Music Hall

Pinegrove
Pinegrove | photo by Andrew Piccone | courtesy of the artist

New Jersey outfit Pinegrove join Kevin Devine and Petal at Union Transfer tonight. Just off of a Tiny Desk Concert appearance, the almost-hometown show wraps up a month and a half of touring behind this year’s excellent Cardinal LP. Album cut “Then Again” was captured on the roof of PhilaMOCA in June by The Key’s Jeremy Zimmerman; watch that video below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Pinegrove puts their folk foot forward in new Tiny Desk Concert

Pinegrove | still from video
Pinegrove | still from video

There’s always been a strong country and folk influence in Pinegrove‘s music, but in their new Tiny Desk Concert, that influence is more apparent than ever before. From the short, sweet “Angelina” to the cathartic “Old Friends”, this is Pinegrove doing what they do best–bringing the feels. As is often the case with these sessions, the New Jersey sextet ditches the electric guitars and puts the emphasis back on the music’s core elements. Continue reading →

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The Key Presents: Pinegrove

Pinegrove| photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Pinegrove | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

“I’m a happy guy that makes sad music,” jokes Evan Stephens Hall with a smile. Spending time with someone as effervescent as Hall in person, you might never even realize the fact that the songs he writes for Pinegrove bring together packed rooms of yelling, sometimes tearful people. But over the past year, Pinegrove catapulted from their hometown of Montclair, NJ to the big time — signing to Run For Cover Records, selling out almost every date of a massive summer tour of the US and appearing at festivals like Lollapalooza. The reception speaks volumes to the relatability and maturity that Evan brings to the project. These aren’t just sad songs for sad people, or an attempt to jump on the “emo revival” bandwagon. These songs are holistically approached pieces of work, that touch on every emotion under the sun — good and bad. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Pinegrove and Petal will join Kevin Devine at Union Transfer in December

Pinegrove
Pinegrove | photo by Andrew Piccone | courtesy of the artist

New Jersey indie studs Pinegrove and Scranton favs Petal will join Kevin Devine on a November/December tour that ends at Union Transfer on Sunday, December 11. Sheesh. Now that’s an awesome show.

Devine announced the tour Monday in support of his his ninth studio album, Instigator, of which the release date has not yet been revealed. He also put out two live albums in the past year. Matter Of Time was recorded a few years back with The Goddam Band in studio, while Live at St. Pancras Old Church came from the recordings of a few solo performances across the pond. Both are very well done and span Devine’s lengthy discography. Continue reading →

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Pinegrove will headline PhilaMOCA this summer

Pinegrove
Pinegrove | photo by Andrew Piccone | courtesy of the artist

New Jersey indie rockers Pinegrove have plans for a full U.S. tour this summer, beginning here in the Northeast and hitting PhilaMOCA on June 28th. The band released its Run for Cover Records debut LP Cardinal in February, though their catalog of recordings reaches back to 2010. Read a review of the album here and listen to it below. Tickets for the all-ages show with Ratboys go on sale Friday, April 29th at 10:00 a.m.; more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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