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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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pinegrove at The Petting Zoo, Heavy Temple at Ortlieb’s, Dressy Bessy at Boot and Saddle, and more…

Pinegrove | courtesy of the artist
Pinegrove | courtesy of the artist

Pinegrove just released their great new album Cardinal yesterday, and they are bringing it to The Petting Zoo tonight. Their introspective indie rock is sure to bring fire to the Zoo basement, and it may be one of the last times they will play such an intimate setting (the venues will only get bigger for them). For more information, go here. Continue reading →

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Stream Pinegrove’s debut LP “Cardinal”

Pinegrove | courtesy of the artist
Pinegrove | courtesy of the artist

New Jersey Indie rock luminaries Pinegrove have released their debut record with Run For Cover Records, Cardinal.

The Montclair band has been making waves recently with signing to RFC and coverage on publications such as Stereogum and Pitchfork. Since 2010 they’ve been releasing a steady stream of intimate and beleaguered rock and roll songs, making their release of Cardinal so monumental.

Cardinal consists of two older songs, “New Friends” and “Size Of The Moon,” and six new ones. The record opens with the toe-tapping “Old Friends”, a woodsy rocker accented with the plucking of banjo-strings and heart-strings alike with lyrics such as, “I should call my parents when I think of them, I should tell my friends when I love them.”

As they say on their Bandcamp, Pinegrove promotes “introspective partying.” On songs like “Cadmium” and “Waveform”, the music creates a dreamy reverb for the brain, almost forcing the listener to think and look inward. It searches for direction and promises hope. This is headphones music. Bus riding music. Continue reading →

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Listen to an early stream of Florist’s If Blue Could Be Happiness ahead of their Boot & Saddle show

Florist | photo via florist.bandcamp.com

Florist‘s soft synth-folk has a distinct air of rural familiarity and loneliness that sounds like it could only come from a picturesque mountain locale. The project of songwriter Emily Sprague and friends, Florist first crossed the airwaves from the Catskill Mountains with 2013 EP Living Alone, and they’ve woven themselves deeply into our hearts ever since. If Blue Could Be Happiness, the band’s second full-length, releases Friday via Double Double Whammy, but an early stream is available for us to listen to right now. Florist, currently on the road in the midst of an extensive US tour, will make a stop at Boot & Saddle on Oct. 25 with Hello Shark. Continue reading →

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Revisit XPNFest with a 45-song VuHaus video playlist

Drive By Truckers | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

The annual XPoNential Music Festival is easily the highlight of our year around these parts, and this summer’s lineup was a particularly strong one. From Rhiannon Giddens to The Record Company, Strand of Oaks to Sweet Spirit, Hardwork Movement to Hurray for the Riff Raff we were covered across the board with sounds and styles and incredible performances. And thankfully, those sets don’t have to remain too far in our memory. Continue reading →

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Study up on the XPNFest lineup with these ten World Cafe interviews

Clockwise, from left: Strand of Oaks | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN // Angel Olsen | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN // Hurray for the Riff Raff | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN // Foxygen | photo courtesy of the artist

NPR’s World Cafe and XPN Fest are two peas in a pod. They’re great pals, they are. They even share some mutual best buds, who all coincidentally happen to be wildly amazing artists. These musical friends stopped by to hang at World Cafe with hosts Talia Schlager, David Dye and Ann Powers over the past year, and are now gearing up to pay XPN Fest a visit. Brush up on your XPoNential Fest artist knowledge and get psyched for next weekend by checking out a list of XPN Fest artist World Cafe sessions below. Continue reading →

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Get emotionally sucker-punched by Florist’s new track, “What I Wanted To Hold,” see them at Boot and Saddle

Florist | photo via florist.bandcamp.com

You know those songs that just kind of sucker punch you with all of the feels? Indie folk / soft synth outfit Florist’s song “What I Wanted to Hold” is one of them. The NY band just shared the heartbreaking single in anticipation of their upcoming sophomore album If Blue Could Be Happiness, which is out on September 29th.

Opening with floaty acoustic strums and the sounds of a life in rewind, the song immediately conjures an intense nostalgia that rivals the likes of Bon Iver’s “Re: Stacks” or “Towers.” Its gentle, sweet chords grab your heart — piercing it with an ache that was nonexistent just moments ago.

And this is all before frontwoman Emily Sprague even opens her mouth. Continue reading →