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Free at Noon Flashback: The Cactus Blossoms flaunt a fuller folk-rock sound at World Cafe Live

Cactus Blossoms | photo by Gabriela Barbieri for WXPN

If you were looking for a folk fix this fine Friday afternoon, World Cafe Live was the place to be. Minneapolis crooners The Cactus Blossoms made a brief stop in town to serenade a packed house at today’s Free at Noon, and brought a taste of their new album Easy Way, which is out March 1, with them.

Brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey fill their songs with the kind of harmonies only siblings have — whether it’s genetic or just the product of a lifetime of practice, it’s earned them countless Everly Brothers comparisons, awestruck audiences, and even an appearance in the Twin Peaks reboot. Supported today by a dynamic backing band, The Cactus Blossoms brought plenty of the lilting country songs they’ve become known for, but also showed a fuller, more rock-influenced side to their sound which it seems like we’ll be hearing more of on the new album, which according to Rolling Stone is a reflection on “love, joy and the need to connect.” Continue reading →

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Watch The Cactus Blossoms serenade the polar vortex in their “Got A Lotta Love” video

The Cactus Blossoms
The Cactus Blossoms | photo by Nate Ryan | courtesy of the artist

Winter storms shut down the midwest last week, but for Minneapolis natives The Cactus Blossoms, a bit of snow and ice is par for the course. With their second studio LP Easy Way on the way on March 1st via Walkie Talkie Records, the band set out into last week’s polar vortex to shoot a music video for “Got A Lotta Love” in central Minneapolis’ Bockley Gallery, not far from Lake of the Isles.

“A good friend of ours was kind enough to let us use his gallery space to shoot this video,” says the band’s Page Burkum. “When we heard a blizzard was headed way we thought we might have to call the whole thing off but everyone showed up and the snow made a beautiful backdrop.” Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Turn back time with The Cactus Blossoms at Johnny Brenda’s this April

The Cactus Blossoms | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
The Cactus Blossoms | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum crooned their way into our hearts a couple years back at Non-COMM, and now — The Cactus Blossoms being the Southern gentleman that they are — will kindly pay Philly not one, but two return visits via Johnny Brenda’s this April.

Frequently compared to the Everly Brothers due to the uncanny likeness of their harmony-driven, vintage country rock n roll sound, Torrey and Burkham will continue supporting their 2016 debut album You’re Dreaming, which ranges from light and campy feel-good tunes such as “Stoplight Kisses” and “Clown Collector,” to more retro, relaxed tracks “Mississippi” and “Powder Blue.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Katie Ellen at PhilaMOCA, Chill Moody at Boot and Saddle (benefit for Beyond the Bars), The Cactus Blossoms at Johnny Brenda’s

Katie Ellen | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Katie Ellen | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

The official release of Katie Ellen‘s debut LP Cowgirl Blues is tomorrow, but you can hear it live a night early at the band’s record release show tonight at PhilaMOCA. The new project of Anika Pyle, former frontwoman of punk outfit Chumped, Katie Ellen is her platform for anthemic, cathartic, feminist “sparkle pop twang punk fuzz core” jams. Listen to leading single “Sad Girls Club” below and check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: The Cactus Blossoms bring us back to open up day three

The Cactus Blossoms | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
The Cactus Blossoms | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Folk duo The Cactus Blossoms hail from Minneapolis, but they could just as well be from the late 50’s. The band, which consists of Jack Torrey and Page Burkum both singing and playing guitar, just released their debut album You’re Dreaming. The songs play out as skiffley, old-time rock and roll in a vein of Buddy Holly or Roy Orbison, serving as a perfect opening statement for NonCOMM day three. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Teenage Bigfoot at Kung Fu Necktie, Cactus Blossoms at Sellersville Theater, Parsonsfield at Boot and Saddle and more…

Teenage Bigfoot
Teenage Bigfoot | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly pop punk trio Teenage Bigfoot will headline a crowded bill at Boot and Saddle. Also playing are Texas’ Dead Words, Philly’s The Mad Splatter, and local feline-themed rocker Kitty Rotten. Listen to Teenage Bigfoot’s latest EP below and head to the XPN Concert Calendar for more information and tickets to tonight’s gig. Continue reading →

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Watch The Cactus Blossoms’ World Cafe session on VuHaus, see them at World Cafe Live tonight

The Cactus Blossoms
The Cactus Blossoms | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Minneapolis singer-songwriter siblings Jack Torrey and Page Burkum released a knockout debut earlier this year under their stage name, The Cactus Blossoms. The songs are a simple and endearing throwback to country-infused 50s pop, with twangy harmonies that recall The Everly Brothers. Their self-titled debut was produced by J.D. McPherson and released on January 22nd. Tonight they perform at World Cafe Live, but back in January they appeared on World Cafe with David Dye. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Best Coast at Electric Factory, The Cactus Blossoms at Johnny Brenda’s, Talib Kweli at TLA

Best Coast | Photo by John Vettese
Best Coast | Photo by John Vettese

Indie rock duo Best Coast will be bringing their easygoing SoCal vibes to the Electric Factory tonight. The Los Angeles band released their most recent record, the aptly titled California Nights, in 2015 and is touring with fellow Californians Wavves. Tickets to the All Ages show can be found via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →