Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band are a go big or go home type of band. Everything they do sounds like it was made to fill up a vast open space, and it does. Their intricate and sprawling songs usually span several minutes and are full of wide, sweeping instrumentals, making for quite a dynamic live performance. Continue reading →
The ultimate Philly jam band, Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band, played World Cafe on November 9th, and did they leave the audience speechless or what? Playing a 20-minute rendition of “Dreaming in the Non-Dream,” these guys tirelessly delivered an epic performance that I’m sure could have lasted an hour. Comparable to big names like The Grateful Dead, Television, and Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Forsyth’s band is nothing shy of crazily energetic. Continue reading →
Conjunto Philadelphia is a group dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich musical history of Cuba. They’ve brought their pre-revolutionary-era Cuban tunes to countless regional venues and events over the years, and they’ll be at Ardmore Music Hall tonight for a headlining show. They’re joined by Brazilian-inspired group Ensemble Novo. Watch a video of the band’s performance at the Philadelphia Museum of Art below, and find tickets and more information on tonight’s 21+ show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
I wonder how many guitar strings Chris Forsyth goes through in a year — or a month, or even a day. Because in just the forty-five minute span of today’s Free at Noon performance — or should I say, jam-fest — we lost more than a couple of brave string souls in the name of sweet, sweet music.
After the always-lovely Helen Leicht welcomed the Philly guitarist and his crew, The Solar Motel Band, on stage, hers would be the last voice the crowd would hear for the coming ten minutes. Instead, guitar gladly took its place.
You like those intricate Richard Thompson solos? How about those sprawling, yet literate ones Jerry Garcia plays? Are you a fan of Television’s Marquee Moon? Then look no further for inspired, awesome guitar jams than Philly’s Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band and their new album, Dreaming In The Non-Dream.Continue reading →
We had a feeling guitarist Chris Forsyth was in the studio late last year, and today we get some details about the outcome of those sessions via NPR. Along with a thoughtful interview about engaging with the world rather than trying to escape from it through music, the Philadelphian shared a new composition called “Dreaming In the Non-Dream” that acts as lead single and title track to his forthcoming Solar Motel Band effort.
In what might be his last show of 2016, Chris Forsyth debuted a new Solar Motel Band configuration and a chunk of new songs at Union Pool in Brooklyn earlier this month. Joined by Peter Kerlin on bass and Ray Kubian on drums, the local guitarist shared three extended compositions, which, if this photo featuring producer Jeff Zeigler is any indication, might appear on a forthcoming follow-up to this year’s The Rarity of Experience LP.
No song is too big for NPR’s Tiny Desk, not even the spacey psych rock marathons of Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band. The Philly locals’ session at NPR Music headquarters was released on Friday, and in it they perform “Harmonious Dance,” “The First Ten Minutes of Cocksucker Blues,” and “Boston Street Lullaby.” Continue reading →
Allentown record store Double Decker Records is celebrating its 20th year and Lehigh Valley label Square of Opposition is celebrating its 15th year, so why not throw a giant, weekend-long fest to celebrate? Things kick off this evening at St Bernard’s in Bethlehem with Kids, Spill, Pete and Nate (of Snowing, Algernon Cadwallader and Dogs on Acid), and continue on Saturday and Sunday with sets from Mischief Brew, Marge, Pissed Jeans, Plow United, Soul Glo, Thin Lips, a surprise return from Snowing and so much more. Information for the full fest can be found here, with tonight’s pre-fest info available here. Watch Spill’s “Big Boss” video below.
You never know when Harmonica Dan is going to show up, but it’s always a mesmerizing occasion when he does. Reliably found at Philadelphia Record Exchange in Fishtown, Dan Balcer has been a mainstay of the psych-folk community in town since the treasured days of Jack Rose.
Last month he turned up at Boot & Saddle, joining Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band for what the band leader is calling “The First (Sixteen?) Minutes of Cocksucker Blues.” Adapted from this year’s The Rarity of Experience, the performance takes album cut “The First Ten Minutes of Cocksucker Blues” (named after a Rolling Stones doc) into uncharted territory with Balcer’s playing.