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Free at Noon Flashback: Cherry fills World Cafe Live with its sunny sounds

Cherry | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

The winter weather is finally setting in. My coffee got so cold during my 15-minute walk to XPN HQ this morning that I had to stop for another coffee. And with snow in the forecast this weekend, it’s hard to fight the instinct to wrap up in a blanket and never move.

Cherry, however, came to Free at Noon prepared to fight off the cold with their laid-back, fuzzed-out, and all-around beachy and chill vibes. The band was up first for today’s Free at Noon doubleheader, bringing with them the relaxed vibes of their new LP Dumbness. Their set, though short, eased the crowd into a vibrant afternoon of Philly tunes, which included fellow members of the Lame-O Records family Slaughter Beach, Dog — it was the perfect way to take shelter from the winter winds.

The World Cafe Live stage isn’t Cherry’s usual scene, though. Continue reading →

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It’s a Lame-O afternoon this Friday when Slaughter Beach, Dog and Cherry play WXPN’s Free at Noon

Slaughter Beach, Dog and Cherry | via xpn.org

A show like this Friday’s Free at Noon doesn’t come along every week — not only is this week’s concert a rare doubleheader, it’s also a chance to see performances by two of Philly’s best local acts together in one place — and at lunchtime, nonetheless. Slaughter Beach, Dog and Cherry will both perform, and while they’re each fixtures of the Philly scene on their own, lately their careers have been running parallel: both artists released debut LPs in October, and both played Lame-O Records‘ 5th birthday showcase a few weeks back. Continue reading →

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PHOTOS: Slowdive and Cherry Glazerr at Union Transfer

Slowdive | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN | nataliepiserchio.com

Dreampop icons Slowdive performed to a packed house at Union Transfer last night, in support of their outstanding 2017 self-titled record — the band’s first in 22 years. The record glides along to a delicate wash of guitar tone, sound loops, and divine vocal harmonies from band leaders Rachel Goswell and Neal Halstead — last night, the new songs like “Slomo” sat beautifully alongside tracks like “Avalyn” from 1993’s Souvlaki. LA indie rockers Cherry Glazerr opened the show, and you can see photos from it below.

Slowdive wraps up it’s U.S. tour with a few more dates, including an appearance at the Et Cultura Festival in Florida this weekend. From there it heads to Japan in December, then Australia in January and February. Full tour dates can also be found below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: PINKWASH at Everybody Hits, Cherry at Boot & Saddle, Bryant Eugene Vazquez at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Pinkwash
Pinkwash | Photo by John Vettese

West Philly punk rock duo PINKWASH are making some of the loudest, most rage-worthy tunes in the city right now, and they’ll bring their energetic and heavy sound to Everybody Hits tonight for a show with WAND, who are touring support of their recently-released new album Plum, and Darto. PINKWASH’s last release was their debut LP Collective Sigh in 2016, and they recorded a Key Studio Session earlier this year, which you can listen to below. Since guitarist / vocalist Joey Doubek has been busy on tour drumming for Downtown Boys and drummer Ashley Arnwine has been doing the same with Waxahatchee, getting the two bandmates in the same place at once has been rare this year — so don’t miss it. Find more information on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Cherry breaks down the myth of maturity on the Dumbness LP

Cherry | photo courtesy of the artist
Cherry | photo courtesy of the artist

A couple weeks ago, Russell Edling spent a weekend on the coast of Maine, camping with his girlfriend Gabby in Acadia National Park. After spending the daylight hours hiking miles up rocky cliffs and across mountain trails, they returned to their campsite – where their neighbors were, eh, not exactly chill.

“It was a bunch of dudes drinking and smoking and giggling until really late at night,” he recalls. “They could be 14, but I bet when Monday rolls around they’re going to tie their Windsor knots and get back to the office. It’s an escape. I see that person, and I think they’re a serous professional person. Then I hear them at midnight cooking hot dogs and I’m like ‘what the hell is going on?’”

There’s an odd and seemingly infinite chasm between careless youth and adult responsibility – one Edling, having just turned 29, is acutely aware of. It’s a central theme of Dumbness, the debut full-length from his band Cherry, which we’re happy to give you a first listen to today. The idea of maturity, he muses, is a myth; “I feel like people just get to a point when they stop caring.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Cherry’s new hazily addicting track “Under the Sun”

Cherry | photo courtesy of artist

Philly’s Kite Party disbanded a few years back, but in its wake arose a new project from the ashes. It’s called Cherry, and we’ve been fully hyped about them since their musical birth last year, when they released their debut EP Gloom and played some kickbutt shows — including last year’s Key Fest.

Along with Kite Party frontman, Russell Edling, Cherry features KP’s guitarist Justin Fox, Three Man Cannon’s Spenser Colmbs, Lame-O records‘ Eric Osman on drums, and Jesse Kennedy on keys. And this mega group just released a new track titled “Under the Sun,” ahead of their debut full-length album, Dumbness, which will be available for your ears on September 29th. Continue reading →

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Happy release day to Sun Airway, stream Heraldic Black Cherry in full

Sun Airway | photo courtesy of the artist
Sun Airway | photo courtesy of the artist

We’ve really been enjoying the surprise reemergence of Sun Airway this year. Local musician Jon Barthmus started sharing new material from the electro-pop project in early December with “FOAM,” a kaleidoscopic sound collage that is filled with earworm melodies to latch on to. Two more singles followed, and today Barthmus’ third LP Heraldic Black Cherry gets its digital release.

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Dance ‘Apocalipstick’: New Cherry Glazerr, Foxygen and Dirty Projectors on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Cherry Glazerr | Photo by Felisha Tolentino, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is coming for YOU tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Listen for a floor-to-ceiling spread of brand new tracks on tonight’s two-hour show. In the mix are new releases from Spoon, Dirty Projectors, Diet Cig and more, plus a DOUBLE ALBUM SPOTLIGHT on two new records that just came out today. We’ll hear from the explosive California trio Cherry Glazerr, and we’ll dig in to the string-swept new album from Foxygen. Check out a few of the new things below, won’t you?

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Sun Airway rolls out a third song from Heraldic Black Cherry, “Violent Grey”

Sun Airway | photo courtesy of the artist

It’s one of those contradictions of creativity: the intersection of desire and reality, the wanting to be the focus of attention without necessarily putting oneself out there. Philly’s Jon Barthmus has been through it a couple times, back in the aughties blogrock era with his spectacular pop band The A-Sides and more recently with the elegant electronic outfit Sun Airway, which had a couple great higher-profile moments on the Dead Oceans roster and then retreated to the shadows for a couple years.

In recent months, we’ve heard the first new music in four years from the project — its third LP, Heraldic Black Cherry, is on the way this winter / spring — and on the heels of “FOAM” and “All In,” today we’ve got the existential quandary of “Violent Grey.” Viewing that push-pull of the limelight from a different angle, Barthmus sings “I don’t want to be forgotten, I just want to be forgotten,” and if those are indeed two distinct wishes, perhaps his plan to keep Sun Airway a studio project is the best way to fulfill both. Continue reading →

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Listen to Sun Airway’s second Heraldic Black Cherry single “All In”

Sun Airway | photo courtesy of the artist
Sun Airway | photo courtesy of the artist

Earlier this week Sun Airway welcomed the new year with a new song, taken from the forthcoming Heraldic Black Cherry LP that we expect to hear in full later this year. “All In” is the second track Jon Barthmus has shared since returning from a four year musical hiatus and features local singer-songwriter Cynthia G Mason on vocals.

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