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The Key Studio Sessions: Anthony Green

It seems like there’s a fountain of wisdom coming from Anthony Green these days. Maybe it’s his hard-won sobriety and the introspection that comes with battling depression. Maybe it’s the fact that he just came off of a tour that simultaneously looked back and looked ahead, celebrating the 10th anniversary of his solo debut Avalon as well as his latest record, Would You Still Be In Love, released last month on Memory Music. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s fully embraced his role as a rock and roll dad — as anybody who follows him on social media will tell you, this dude clearly loves the heck out of his kids.

But as Green played songs from the new record in a breathtaking, intimate solo acoustic session at WXPN Studios recently, it felt at points like he was letting those experiences had and knowledge obtained over his 36 years creep into the room through his striking tenor voice. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Erykah Badu, Rico Nasty, Restorations, Anthony Green and more

Rico Nasty | via facebook.com/officialriconasty

Can it be? A week with fewer than ten concert options? Are we slowing down as the summer wears on? Nah — it’s just a breather, and you should enjoy it, Philly. Here are eight concerts you can see in the next seven days, beginning Thursday with a queen of neo-soul at the Dell and going though Saturday and an acoustic modern rock bill at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club. Continue reading →

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Anthony Green’s Avalon tour reminds us that we’re all in the same spot

Anthony Green | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

On Saturday night, Anthony Green and his powerhouse of a band celebrated 10 years of Avalon at The TLA, along with Good Old War and new project Found Wild. For anyone who knows the closeness that Green, Keith Goodwin, Dan Schwartz, Tim Arnold, and Circa Survive member Brendan Ekstrom share, then you know that this tour is truly special. Though these guys frequently back Green on his solo ventures, Avalon is pivotal. It marks the beginning of an incredible decade of music and friendship that followed, and it showed onstage. Continue reading →

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Watch Anthony Green’s hilariously open video for “Vera Lynn”

Anthony Green | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

When I discovered Anthony Green years ago, one of my favorite things about him quickly became how much he absolutely adores his family. He’s got an incredibly open social media presence and loves to share photos of his four adorable sons, all of which are just basically carbon copies of Green himself. With the release of his newest solo album, Would You Still Be In Love, which features bipolar love songs revolving around themes of family and identity and hope, it’s only right that the first video we see from the album would feature his children and glimpse the most personal parts of his life at home. Continue reading →

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Anthony Green is wrestling with demons, and winning, on Would You Still Be In Love

See? I knew he was up to something.

Philadelphia’s favorite modern rock / prog-psych icon Anthony Green has been hinting at a new solo release for a few weeks now, and he dropped it by surprise this morning. Very Green-like. The culmination of long tours away from his family, accepting the struggles of mental illness, and the realization that we’re all fundamentally messed up in pretty much the same way comes to us in the form of Would You Still Be In Love. Continue reading →

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What has Anthony Green been teasing on Twitter, anyway?

Anthony Green | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Philly modern rock icon Anthony Green is celebrating 10 years of his debut solo record Avalon this summer, along with pals Good Old War and Found Wild. That’s no secret, and he announced the tour a few weeks ago after much fan speculation (Green is a fan of anniversary shows, after all — his band Circa Survive has done two 10-year celebration tours for their first and second albums already). Avalon‘s second stop is right here at home at the TLA on June 30th, following a show in DC the night before.

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If you’ve paid any attention to Green’s social media happenings, he’s been pretty vocal on Twitter about an impending release. He recently recorded a live session at Studio 4 in Conshohocken with acclaimed engineer Will Yip, and apparently that was just the beginning of a very busy summer for Green, and one of two releases he’s been working on. Continue reading →

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From Superhuman to Simply Human: Anthony Green brings his Pixie Queen to Union Transfer

Anthony Green | Photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN | wendymccardle.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN | wendymccardle.com
There’s no sensation in the world quite like the first breath of fresh air taken once you step out from a sweaty concert hall after a great show.  Especially on crisp Autumn nights, it feels like awakening from a dream.  Last Saturday night was particularly surreal as I took that step out of Union Transfer with the refrain “This feels like a nightmare!” repeating in my head.  As fellow concert-goers weaved around me, they echoed the same melody.  “THIS FEELS LIKE A NIGHTMARE!” they would exclaim randomly, practically skipping to their cars or awaiting cabs.  Such is the strange frenzy that can only be stirred by Anthony Green.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Anthony Green at Union Transfer, Poster Children at Johnny Brenda’s, Bishop Briggs at TLA and more…

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Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Doylestown native Anthony Green headlines Union Transfer tonight. He’s on a solo tour in support of his latest Pixie Queen LP, which explores his marriage and family life with an honesty we’ve come to expect from the Circa Survive frontman. Watch “You’ll Be Fine” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Interview: Anthony Green shares his experience with mental health, offers hope and light amidst the darkness

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Anthony Green | photo by Andrew Swartz | courtesy of the artist

It’s undeniable that Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green has been one of the most influential musicians not only in the Philadelphia music community, but also within the post-hardcore and progressive rock scenes for over than a decade now. But he’s also something of an advocate.

I spoke with Green in the midst of several calendar events intended to draw awareness to mental health issues. September is the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. October 10th is the World Federation of Mental Health’s World Mental Health Day. And this Sunday, October 2nd, is the American Foundation for Mental Health’s Out of the Darkness Walk at the Philadelphia Art Museum. Advocates that work for these organizations are constantly striving towards improving suicide prevention and destigmatizing mental health issues – since these issues are not uncommon. According to NAMI, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. – nearly 44 million or 18.5% – experiences mental illness issues in a given year.

In the past few years, Green has become more open with his personal struggle with mental health and addiction. Ahead of his headlining appearance at Union Transfer tomorrow, he was gracious enough to speak with me not only about his music and tour, but about his story, how music has been therapeutic for him. Green offers up some advice to those currently going through similar struggles – read our conversation below. Continue reading →