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Free At Noon Flashback: Quilt creates a groovin’ dreamscape of sound

Quilt | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Quilt | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

After a dreamy psychedelic performance at Johnny Brenda’s in March and as one of the must hear new acts at Firefly Music Festival last month, we were more than excited to welcome back the New England indie rockers Quilt for a Free At Noon show before their headlining gig at The Foundry later this evening. Riding a wave opportunities following the February release of their third LP Plaza, the band is back and ready to inspire with a fresh batch of airy tracks that exude their mellow rock influences.

More than half of the band’s set was dedicated to the new material, including the Plaza standout “Roller” near the end of the set, where vocalist and guitarist Anna Fox Rochinski floats through this impossibly light song. Throughout the set, Rochiniski and vocalist and guitarist Shane Butler would swap vocal duties, even having drummer John Andrews join in on the fun for his own verses. But the band was its strongest when it came together for group vocals, a perfectly synced listening delight. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ode to Omni Roots Tribute at World Cafe Live, Quilt at The Foundry, Digable Planets at Ardmore Music Hall and more…

Ode to Omni
Ode to Omni | photo courtesy of the artist

Local ensemble Ode to Omni is putting on a Roots tribute show at World Cafe Live tonight. The show is kicking off the group’s new Homegrown Series, which will spotlight local artists in a live setting. Omni’s Marcus Myers exchanged emails with The Key’s John Vettese just last week to explain the genesis of the tribute show, his vision for the Homegrown Series and how the group connected with emcee Mic Stew, who will be joining the band tonight. Read that interview here and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here. Watch The Roots’ video for 1996 track “What They Do” below.

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Strand of Oaks, Quilt and more play a stacked free show in York this weekend

Strand of Oaks
Strand of Oaks | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

You would think that after this weekend, we’d be ready to take a break from outdoor summer concerts, but no – this is a lineup worth another day out in the sun for. This Saturday, July 30th, the Summer Art Market in York brings together Philly rock heroes Strand of Oaks, NYC psychedelic buzzmakers Quilt, the Brazilian psychedelic rock band Boogarins and Brooklyn four-piece Big Thief for an afternoon free concert on the York College Stage at Royal Square District. It’s the inaugural year of this festival, presented by Central PA’s Parliament Arts Organization in conjunction with York College, and in the mix with the music will be craft vendors and food vendors and lots of generally awesome stuff. Philly people, plan your road trips now – York is only two hours away. Central PA people, it’s an incredible show right in your back yard – let’s do this. More information can be found here.  Music from each of the artists below. Continue reading →

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Quilt brings earnest energy and evocative songcraft to Johnny Brenda’s on Friday

Quilt | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Quilt | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

New England four-piece Quilt seemed in some ways to strike a happy medium between its two openers at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday night, making for a fine night of retrofitted psychedelic indie rock.

The Philly-based trio Hello Shark started last night out by quietly hustling through a spare and scruffy set of lo-fi, at turns quirky and catchy, lead singer Lincoln Halloran part Mangum and part Malkmus.

Weekender opened up on the throttle, erring on the side of lush. Also Philly-based, they worked in a video element manipulated in real time against their full-throated psychedelia, as bassist Brendan McGeehan doubled up in places on a second keyboard. Think Kula Shaker with a lead singer in socks and hair cut just like Danny Partridge. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Quilt at Johnny Brenda’s, Ryan Tennis at Milkboy, Selwyn Birchwood at Sellersville theater, and more…

Quilt | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Quilt | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Boston indie rock band Quilt will be at Johnny Brenda’s tonight with Weekender and Hello Shark. The band, fronted by vocalist Anna Fox Rochinski, formed in college at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and just released their new album, Plaza. More information here. Continue reading →

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Bridging the Gaps: Take a deep dive with Quilt ahead of their Johnny Brenda’s show

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Quilt | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Most people who have written about Quilt say that their music comes from a different time. It’s “vintage.” “Woodstock-era.” “You can practically smell the patchouli burning.” And they’re right: Quilt have mastered the art of musical time travel. But they also do their fair share of teleportation.

Their patchwork breed of psych-rock revival is rife with sounds from the East— singer and guitarist Shane Butler spent the first year of his life in India and practices Mantra chanting to this day. The strings on their 2016 LP Plaza are inspired by the music of Serge Gainsbourg, Butler’s fellow front-person Anna Rochinski told me.

Though their songwriting has grown more poised and their production more polished with each record, Quilt is a band that likes to wonder. “Are you looking for an answer? Are you looking for a cure?” they all sing on the “O’Connor’s Barn” chorus, “Maybe you should want more.” And I do. Plaza is just two minutes more brief than 2014’s Held In Splendor at 40 minutes, but it’s been glued to my turntable since it came out (not to mention I had to leave their set early to catch a train home from Brooklyn).

Last night, I sat down with the members of Quilt before their record release show at Baby’s All Right to talk game shows, Baudelaire, and the making of Plaza. You can check them out tomorrow night in Philly at Johnny Brenda’s. Continue reading →

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Listen to Amanda X’s new “Quilted,” see them at Johnny Brenda’s

Amanda X | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Amanda X | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Starting next month, Philly punk trio Amanda X will head out on tour with Detroit rockers Protomartyr, including a stop at Johnny Brenda’s to rock out for the home crowd. In anticipation of the tour, the band is releasing a two-song EP on Tuesday, September 22. We heard the a-side, “Juniper,” a couple weeks ago; today, the band released “Quilted.”

The track shows off Amanda X’s skill by underlying their anthemic vocals with driving drums and smooth guitar riffs. Continue reading →