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Time For Acchin: Weird N.J. rockers Pine Barons reflect on the road to their debut LP

Pine Barons | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Shamong Township sits about 35 miles south east of Philadelphia, smack dab in the center of New Jersey, but it’s practically a world away.

More of a geographical boundary than a bustling municipality, it’s sliced down the middle by Route 206 and dotted with diners, delis, liquor stores and a gun shop called Pistol Pete’s. At the south border is the mouth of the massive Wharton State Forest, the nucleus of Jersey’s storied Pine Barrens region –- an area with such acidic soil that nothing but evergreens can grow, home to cedar water and the Jersey Devil. It’s from this territory that Shamong-born indie rock five-piece Pine Barons lifted its name…and to a degree, its persona as well. Rugged and adventurous, mysterious and mystical, yet totally affable – these are Jersey guys, after all.

“It wasn’t so much that there was a scene [in Shamong],” recalls bassist Shane Hower of his band’s origins, pausing to look around the room. Several of his fellow Pine Barons are shaking their heads; there was, in fact, no scene in their childhood town, at least not as far as their brand of oddball hallucinogenic indie rock goes.

Guitarist Brad Pulley acknowledges that “another band or two” popped up in their high school, but they were more along the lines of Warped Tour-aspiring pop punk and hardcore; those kids hung out at the Cherry Hill Mall. He preferred the woods.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Belle and Sebastian at Mann Center, Pine Barons at PhilaMOCA, GrandeMarshall at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Belle And Sebastian
Belle And Sebastian | Photo by Søren Solkær

A Belle and Sebastian performnce is reason enough to head out to the Mann Center on any night, but throw in Andrew Bird and Porches to the lineup and you’ve got an unmissable show on your hands. The Scottish seven-piece’s last record was 2015’s Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, and they have a new album promised later in 2017 on Matador. Listen to the new single “We Were Beautiful” that the group dropped over the weekend, and check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Pine Barons to debut The Acchin Book at PhilaMOCA August 3rd

Pine Barons | photo via facebook.com/PineBarons

Local indie rockers Pine Barons officially announced their sophomore record The Acchin Book last month, the first big project since their self-titled debut in 2013. The new record is set for official release on August 4th on Grind Select, and they have been playing shows around Philadelphia in the meantime. Continue reading →

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Pine Barons announce new LP The Acchin Book, share trippy rocker “Telescope”

Pine Barons | photo via Consequence of Sound

It’s official – Pine Barons have at last set a date and a name for the release of their long-time-coming follow up record to 2013’s Pine Barons. Mark your calendars for August 4th, when the five-piece group of indie rockers from Southern New Jersey will debut The Acchin Book after dropping hints and vague timelines for what feels like forever.

The lead single “Alliterate Breed” came last fall in the form of a trippy music video, but the band has been largely quiet in terms of new music since then save frontman Keith Abrams’ project Tremellow and bassist Shane Hower’s solo project Everyone released last month. In conjunction with the official record announcement the band has released a second single via Consequence of Sound. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pine Barons at Boot & Saddle, Ill Doots at Voltage Lounge

Pine Barons
Pine Barons | photo by Caitlin McCann

With a new record on the way, Pine Barons lead the bill at Boot & Saddle tonight. The concert is a benefit for March On Harrisburg, a week-long protest that will take walkers from Philadelphia to the state capital in support of a better democracy. The indie rockers shared a new single called “Alliterate Breed” last fall; watch the video below and pick up tickets for the 21+ benefit here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Verite at Union Transfer, Pine Barons at Kung Fu Necktie, Secret Nudist Friends at The Barbary

Verite | photo by Eric Ryan Anderson | via the artist’s Facebook page

Brooklyn-based singer, Kelsey Byrne, makes dark, indie electro-pop under the moniker, VERITE. She’s been releasing a slew of infectious singles and EP’s since 2014, with her debut album, Somewhere In Between, due out on June 23rd. Before then, you can experience VERITE’s expansive sound fill Union Transfer tonight when she opens for Betty Who. Find more info on tickets here and watch the tour video of VERITE’s awesome cover of The 1975’s, “Somebody Else,” below. Continue reading →

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Take a messy bike ride through the woods with Pine Barons in their new video for “Alliterate Breed”

Pine Barons
Pine Barons | photo by Caitlin McCann

Keeping with an apparent trend in music videos, New Jersey’s Pine Barons just released a video consisting mostly of lead vocalist Keith Abrams riding a bike through the woods. Nevertheless, the five man band made the fad their own with bizarre details, like Abrams being bombarded with random multicolored substances while riding the bike, brief flashes of what could be resin art or the contents of a petri dish (your call), and a concluding scene that lead to an almost cult like interaction with the remaining band members.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hemming and Vita and the Woolf at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Pine Barons at Ortlieb’s, India.Arie at Dell Music Center

Hemming
Hemming | photo by Matthew Shaver | www.brightloud.com

The Spruce Street Harbor Park summer music series continues this week with a pair of local favorites. We fell hard for Candice Martello’s solo Hemming project last year when she released her debut self-titled LP, and even harder this year when it turned into a full band after recording a Shaking Through session. Vita and the Woolf, meanwhile, remains the primary electro-pop outlet of Jennifer Pague and drummer Adam Shumski, who are working on a follow-up to their 2014 debut Fang Song. More information for the free, outdoor show can be found here; watch Hemming’s video for “Some Of My Friends” below.

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