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Catching up with Good Old War’s Dan Schwartz new sounds, second chances and making honest music

Photo Courtesy of Dylan Eddinger Photography

The original three members of Philly’s Good Old War are finally, finally, back together again, and I was lucky enough to catch the end of their reunion tour at World Cafe Live back in August. The band is set to play a SoFar Sounds Amnesty International Benefit on September 20th, with new music out in the world as well — “Part of Me” was released on September 1st. Guitarist Dan Schwartz — also known as Danny Black for his solo work — was kind enough to give me some insight into what went into the making of their newest EP. With the rejoining of drummer Tim Arnold, the band is back and really better than they’ve ever been before. Continue reading →

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Esperanza Spalding, Shamir, and Good Old War lined up for SoFAR Philly’s Amnesty International fundraiser

Esperanza Spalding | photo by Holly Andres | via facebook.com/EsperanzaSpalding

Remember that super secret, super cool Sofar Sounds Philly show in partnership with Amnesty International we let you know about a few weeks back? You know, the one with the winning recipe of: a heaping of community, a splash of mystery, and a million cups of good tunes. Well, friends, the lineup has been revealed, and it’s pretty dang tasty. Continue reading →

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Meet Danny Black: The new solo persona of Dan Schwartz from Good Old War

Danny Black | photo by Helen Leicht for WXPN
Danny Black | photo by Helen Leicht for WXPN

Danny Black (aka Daniel Schwartz of Good Old War) joined me tonight in the 8 p.m. hour of the XPN Local Show to talk about his new solo album Adventure Soundtrack. It was just released on 2/24 on Nettwerk Records.

No, Good Old War did not break up. But Danny Black had time off from touring and he relaxes through writing and recording, particularly instrumental guitar music. While GOW is in the process of working on a new album, he decided to release this collection of songs and do a solo tour to share this new music. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tegan and Sara at The Fillmore, Silver Apples at Underground Arts, Good Old War at TLA, and more…

tegan and sara
Tegan and Sara | photo courtesy of the artist

Indie pop duo Tegan and Sara will headline The Fillmore tonight with support from Torres. This past June, the Quin twins released Love You To Death, their first album in three years. The album sees them continuing the massive pop sound they began on Heartthrob, making them a perfect fit for The Fillmore’s 2500 capacity hall. Check out the Reggie Watts-featuring video for “Stop Desire” below, and find tickets and more information on the all ages show here. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: no drums, no problem for Good Old War and Empty Houses

Empty Houses | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Empty Houses | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Today’s Free at Noon featured a double-header, opening up with Empty Houses, a three piece group introduced as Detroit’s “best kept secret.” Consisting of the soulful vocals of Ali Shea, the sassy guitar of David Mackinder, and the smooth keyboard work of Adam Mercer, Empty Houses produced a sometimes cute but always captivating motown-pop sound as they shared songs from their upcoming debut Daydream. They’ll play in support of Good Old war again tonight, and considering they also were one of the openers for Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties last night at Underground Arts, it’ll be the band’s third Philadelphia performance in 24 hours. Continue reading →

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Good Old War, Gabriel Garzón-Montano and The Morelings vibe out at WXPN’s Red Bull Sound Select Show

Good Old War| Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN
Good Old War | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Chill vibes all around as Good Old War, Gabriel Garzón-Montano and The Morelings performed at The Foundry at The Fillmore on Thursday for the latest Red Bull Sound Select show curated by WXPN.

The Morelings started the night off with some psychedelic tunes, which we recently heard when they visited for a Key Studio Session. Their spacey sounds filled the room as the crowd bobbed their heads and swayed to the music. Gabriel Garzón-Montano then switched it up, giving the night an R&B twist. Joined by a percussionist, Garzón-Montano played keys. The acoustic set really showcased his strong vocals, and he performed songs off of his EP Bishouné: Alma del Hula, including his song “6 8,” which was sampled by Drake Last but not least, Good Old War took the stage as Keith Goodwin led vocals and Dan Schwartz on guitar. Fans were up close and personal against the barrier in front of the intimate stage as the duo performed their folk-pop love ballads.

Check out photos from the show below. Continue reading →

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Good Old War, Gabriel Garzón-Montano and The Morelings will play WXPN’s Red Bull SoundSelect show on 3/17

Good Old War | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com
Good Old War | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

It’s been a minute since we’ve thrown a proper party with the Red Bull Sound Select folks, and we’re super excited to return to their series of gigs this winter with the XPN-curated showcase on Thursday, March 17th, featuring an acoustic set from folk-pop faves Good Old War, the stirring electronic soul of Gabriel Garzón-Montano and blissed-out psychedelia from Philadelphia’s The Morelings.

The show takes place in The Foundry at The Fillmore Philly and is $3 when you RSVP here, so do that right now, and read more about the artists below. Continue reading →

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Watch Good Old War perform acoustic for Live at Paste Studios

Good Old War | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com
Good Old War | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

Still riding high on last year’s tremendous Broken into Better Shape LP, Keith Goodwin and Dan Schwartz of Good Old War stopped by the Paste Magazine studios for acoustic performances of “Never Gonna See My Cry,” “Small World” and “Tell Me What You Want From Me.” Watch them below, and revisit Good Old War’s excellent Free at Noon show from last summer hereContinue reading →

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Merry Christmas from Philly! Listen to holiday songs by Amos Lee, The Districts, Good Old War, Hemming and more

The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Over the years many of our favorite Philly local musicians have covered holiday classics or have written their own seasonal songs. We’ve compiled some of our favorites from the last few years that we’ve posted on The Key, including some highlights from WXPN’s Home For the Holidays, the annual broadcast hosted by WXPN’s Helen Leicht, featuring songs by Amos Lee, The Districts, Good Old War, Ginger Coyle, Hemming, and more. Continue reading →