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Get ready for Chris Forsyth’s PhilaMOCA show with new live EP Rare Dreams

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

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 →

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Listen to Chris Forsyth bring maximum jams to his World Cafe session

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Conjunto Philadelphia at Ardmore Music Hall, Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band at Kung Fu Necktie

Conjunto Philadelphia | photo via conjuntophilly.com

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 →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band guide with guitars on their psychedelic sonic journey

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

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.

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Dreaming in the Non-Dream” by Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

Chris Forsyth | photo by Maria Dumlao | courtesy of the artist

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 →

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Chris Forsyth unveils “Dreaming In the Non-Dream,” the first single from his new LP

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Chris Forsyth | photo via No Quarter Records

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.

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Listen to new material from Chris Forsyth in this NYCTaper recording

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Chris Forsyth | photo via Facebook

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.

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Watch Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band perform for NPR’s Tiny Desk, catch them tonight at Johnny Brenda’s

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band
Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Kait Privatera | courtesy of the artist

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Double Decker Records anniversary fest, Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band at Johnny Brenda’s, Song Dogs at Boot & Saddle

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Spill | Photo courtesy of the artist

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.

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Listen to sixteen minutes of Harmonica Dan jamming with Chris Forsyth

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Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Kait Privatera | courtesy of the artist

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.

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