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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 →

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Pinegrove is contrite on its pensive, pretty new single “Intrepid”

Pinegrove | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

The Montclair, New Jersey indie rockers Pinegrove have released a plaintive new single called “Intrepid” following their live album Elsewhere. Known for being very charitable folks, Pinegrove is donating the proceeds from Elsewhere went towards the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“Intrepid” is a soothing new track highlighting soft acoustic strumming and textbook rock percussion that turns into a congenial mix of harsher electric guitar and heavier bass. Lyrically, “Intrepid” is riddled with apprehension and hesitation about diving into a new relationship and all the questions that come along with this process. It is very down to earth and relatable while still maintaining a high-level sound that slightly resembles expansive artists like Grizzly Bear. Continue reading →

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Prep your hearts, people. Pinegrove’s coming back to town.

XPoNential Music Festival | photo by Joe Del Tufo | deltufophotography.com

I’m going to run you through a sad little timeline, folks. It’s a devastating tale of woe involving me, Pinegrove, and the lack of my presence at their shows. Like I said, sadness.

I admit I am far late in the Pinegrove cult game, and for that I am sorry. However, I found myself entrenched in it over the later half of this year. I had coveted tickets to their epic show at First Unitarian Church, and even had a chance to watch their live session for World Cafe. But alas, both times were thwarted. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Pinegrove gets day one under way with an explosive set

Pinegrove | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

“It’s a great day to perform, now we just have to get verified on Instagram.” After a slew of last-minute schedule changes due to an ominous weather forecast, New Jersey natives Pinegrove opened up the 2017 XPoNential Music Festival on the smaller Marina Stage in Wiggins Park for what was one of the most anticipated sets of the weekend. The XPN Fest crowd had come out in full force with folding chairs and picnic blankets, but from the moment the band from Montclair stepped onto the stage the fans (some who had come from hours away just for this set) matched the energy and intensity that emanated from the stage. Continue reading →

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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 →