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Tonight’s Concert Picks: This is the Kit at Johnny Brenda’s, Dane Galloway at Underground Arts, Endless Taile at The Pharmacy

This Is The Kit | photo via thisisthekit.bandcamp.com

UK born, Paris-based Kate Stables works under the moniker, This is the Kit. Whether leading the songs with softly comforting or spritely vocals, lyrical matter isn’t afraid to turn dark corners on her latest release, Moonshine Freeze. Watch the playfully off-kilter video for the groovy recent track, “Hotter Colder,” below. Then, see This Is The Kit tonight at Johnny Brenda’s, with more info on the 21+ show available at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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My Morning Download: “Two Wooden Spoons” by This Is The Kit

Photo by Andy Stables
Photo by Andy Stables
This Is The Kit is the musical project of UK born, Paris based singer-songwriter Kate Stables. Currently gaining some well deserved attention opening for The National in Europe, Stables has a warm and gorgeous voice and two excellent collections of songs that bring to mind some of her UK “folk” music peers like Laura Marling and Cerys Matthews. Musically, Stables’ warm tones come from the same school of sound and high minded songwriting craft as Iron & Wine, Jose Gonzalez and Alexi Murdoch, each of whom This Is The Kit has toured with. What’s the connection to The National you ask? The band have been fans of This Is The Kit for several years, and their recent album – Wriggle Out The Restless – has recently been reissued on Brassland, the label founded by The National’s Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner, along with writer Alec Hanley Bemis. Below, download a free three song collection from Bandcamp including “Two Wooden Spoons.”

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Excursions in Light brings The Morelings, The Silence Kit and more together for a PhilaMOCA show

The Morelings | photo courtesy of the artist

The Morelings are a fixture of the Philly dream pop scene, and this weekend they’ll play a show that matches them in dreaminess. Excursions in Light is the name of the event happening this Saturday, Dec. 9, at PhilaMOCA, and it sounds like just about the most serene show ever, billing itself as “a night of noise, bliss, projections and beauty.”

In addition to The Morelings, fellow Philly acts The Silence Kit and Hidden Lights will also play, along with New York’s Dead Leaf Echo. Excursions in Light will also feature film from local videographer Bob Sweeney and artwork from graphic designer Timothy O’Donnell. The Morelings recently released their debut LP Same Century — listen here. Continue reading →

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First Aid Kit gets self-reflective on its new single “Fireworks”

First Aid Kit | photos by Liz Waldie for WXPN

There’s something special about hearing a new song before a recorded version has been released, and then revisiting it once it does reach public ears. Today we can experience that in the form of First Aid Kit‘s new song “Fireworks,” which the band previewed right here in Philly when they played Free at Noon in October. “Fireworks” follows the first two singles from the XPN perennial fave’s forthcoming album Ruins, “It’s a Shame” and “Postcard.” Continue reading →

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First Aid Kit share “Postcard,” announce new album Ruins

First Aid Kit | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

We heard First Aid Kit unveil their new single “Postcard” during last week’s Free at Noon, and now that there’s a recorded version out in the world, we can listen to it on repeat. “Postcard” is the second single from the Swedish folk duo’s just-announced upcoming LP Ruins, following “It’s a Shame.” Ruins, the duo’s fourth full-length and the long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s Stay Gold, will be released January 19, 2018 via Columbia Records. Continue reading →

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Watch First Aid Kit play “It’s A Shame” at Free At Noon

First Aid Kit | photos by Liz Waldie for WXPN

When you watch a band perform songs from a record that’s yet to be released, you sometimes get the sense that there’s still some sinking in and tinkering to do.

Conversely, First Aid Kit is already so deep in the pocket I imagine by the time the album that houses “It’s A Shame” is released in 2018, they’ll need longer pants. Their live harmonies are stirring, but not at all surprising; sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have already spent one decade crystallizing their intertwining vocals. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: First Aid Kit debuts powerful new material at World Cafe Live

First Aid Kit | photos by Liz Waldie for WXPN

It’s been far too long since the sweet sounds of Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit were heard live in Philadelphia. The band — led by sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg — celebrated the release of their last album Stay Gold with a Union Transfer show in 2014, and shortly after their dazzling 2015 XPN Fest appearance, announced they’d be taking a break before working on new material.

That break ended a few weeks ago, when First Aid Kit let their new single “It’s a Shame” out into the world. With a forthcoming LP yet to be announced, the sisters have been making a few stops around the US to share some of their new material, and lucky for us they found time to stop by World Cafe Live this afternoon for a sold out Free at Noon concert.

First Aid Kit’s eight-song set was a carefully curated mix of old favorites and previews of what the new album will bring. The timeless, Americana-inspired anthem “It’s a Shame” has been floating around the XPN airwaves quite a bit recently, so the packed World Cafe crowd was right at home when the band opened with the new song. The Söderberg sisters then took us back to the warm and inviting sounds of Stay Gold with that album’s soft and shimmering title track, leading the audience in clapping along, before launching into the not-yet-released “Postcard,” a delicate ballad with a classic country sound that showcases the duo’s signature sibling harmonies. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ursula Rucker at Germantown Kitchen Garden, PVRIS at the Electric Factory, Chicano Batman at TLA

Ursula Rucker | Photo by John Vettese

Before the weather gets cold, spoken-word artist Ursula Rucker closes out Germantown Kitchen Garden’s Golden Hour Concert Series tonight with an intimate outdoor performance. The Philly native’s latest project is one-woman show My Father’s Daughter, to be staged in New York this month. Ivy Sole and Osiris Wildfire are also playing, and the event features a potluck dinner before the music starts. Find more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →