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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Square Peg Round Hole at Boot & Saddle, Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benet at The Keswick Theater, and Secret Nudist Friends at MilkBoy

Square Peg Round Hole | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Tonight, Boot & Saddle hosts a gig headed up by Square Peg Round Hole. The percussion-based group is an oddity on its own, choosing slow-building ambiance over everything. The gig is 21+, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Circa Survive at The Fillmore, Flat Mary Road at Boot and Saddle, Square Peg Round Hole at Johnny Brenda’s

Circa Survive | photo via facebook.com/CircaSurvive
Circa Survive | via the band’s Facebook page

Doylestown rockers Circa Survive will play The Fillmore tonight with support from mewithoutYou and Turnover. The show will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their sophomore album album On Letting Go. Stream the video for that album’s single, “The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is in the Dose” below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on the show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kristin Hersh at Tin Angel, Jesse Hale Moore at Johnny Brenda’s, Square Peg Round Hole at Crane Arts and more

Kristin Hersh | via facebook.com/strangeangels

Alternative era favorite Kristin Hersh takes over the Tin Angel in support of her massive 2016 record Wyatt at the Coyote Place, a double LP bringing her left-of-center songwriting into tight focus for an engrossing set. The gig is 21+ and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Square Peg Round Hole meditate on the release of their new EP with hypnotic new single “So Far, Not Close”

Square Peg Round Hole | courtesy of the artist
Square Peg Round Hole | courtesy of the artist

This Thursday, experimental rock trio Square Peg Round Hole will release a new, ambient EP entitled Five Years. It’s a bold departure for a band whose sound has always depended so heavily on its lush rhythm section, and you can hear that departure clear as day on its meditative closer, “So Far, Not Close”. It’s a slow-burner of a track that begins with pulsing, ambient samples and organ, gradually blooming to include a live horn section. Stream it below. Continue reading →

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Join experimental trio Square Peg Round Hole at a one-time-only show on December 15th

Square Peg Round Hole | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN
Square Peg Round Hole | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN
Experimental Philly trio Square Peg Round Hole will stage a one-time-only performance of their newest EP Five Years on December 15th at Crane Arts. This performance is special because it will explore a more ambient style of music showcased on their record as opposed to their standard fare of percussive instrumental tunes.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Square Peg Round Hole at Milkboy, Koji at First Unitarian Church Chapel, Queen of Jeans at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Square Peg Round Hole | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Square Peg Round Hole celebrate the release of their debut LP Juniper at Milkboy tonight. The prog / ambient instrumental trio stopped by to record this week’s Key Studio Session, where we got a special peek at the new tracks. Check out a pair of songs below via VuHaus and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Moon Bounce and Son Step here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Square Peg Round Hole

It was one of those gigs that’s become quasi-legendary: about a year and a half ago, I got a frantic text message from Philly drummer Al Smith (then of Cold Fronts, now of American Babies) raving about the show he was at. “Dude, I’m seeing Darla and Square Peg Round Hole at The Fire right now and it’s incredible. You need to check these bands out!” I took his advice, and was equal parts impressed and surprised. Both were instrumental bands – an unexpected tip coming from a rock and roll kinda guy – and both featured crews of musicians from an obviously studied jazz background branching in vastly different directions, the former down a jammy funk path and the latter down a prog-tinged ambient path.

Darla went on to make waves as the ultimate Philly music scene party band in 2015 – rocking nightclubs as enthusiastically as Kamasi Washington crowds with spunky originals intermixed with covers of “The Boys Are Back In Town” and “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” (Check out their Key Studio Session here.) Now that we’re into spring of 2016, Square Peg is having a moment of its own. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Watch Square Peg Round Hole compose a song at Ringing Rocks Park

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Square Peg Round Hole | photo by Eric Tsurumoto | courtesy of the artist

When they filmed a video for their cover of “Only at Christmas Time” by Sufjan Stevens, Square Peg Round Hole played instruments that could be found in a child’s toybox. Now they’ve taken things a step further, venturing out to Ringing Rocks County Park to compose and perform a song using only the musically-inspiring boulders.

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