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Two to Tango: Steve Gunn and Meg Baird

Steve Gunn (l) and Meg Baird (r) | photos courtesy of the artists

Steve Gunn may live in New York. Meg Baird may live in San Francisco. Mary Lattimore may live in Marin County.  No one, however considers the guitarist, vocalist and harpist — respectively — as anything but dyed-in-the-wool forever Philadelphians. Therefore, their shared bill Union Transfer showcase on Saturday February 2 isn’t a homecoming. It’s a block party. Gunn and Baird phoned in from their respective homes to discuss their new albums (Gunn’s The Unseen In between, Baird and Lattimore’s Ghost Forests) and their friendly harp slinging pal. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Dawes, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Thin Lips, Steve Gunn and more

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Dawes | photo by Magdalena Wosinska | courtesy of the artist

If you happen to get caught up in a Bill Murray-esque existential loop this Groundhog Day, rest assured that there are plenty of concerts that would be simply wonderful to see for the rest of eternity. The week leading up to it isn’t too shabby, either — but that’s live music in Philly for you. Here are 19 concerts to see in the next seven days. Continue reading →

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Steve Gunn to release new album The Unseen In Between, playing Union Transfer in February

Steve Gunn | photo by Clay Benskin | courtesy of the artist

Philly-area native Steve Gunn is back with the news that his next album, called The Unseen In Between, will be released January 18. The follow up to 2016’s Eyes on the Lines, the new LP will be Gunn’s second release on Matador Records and his fourth solo album. The Brooklyn-based songwriter, who’s currently playing a hometown residency at the borough’s Union Pool, has also announced a string of US tour dates throughout the winter, with a show at Union Transfer on February 2. Continue reading →

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The High Key Portrait Series: Steve Gunn

Steve Gunn | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.

In June of last year, Philly-turned-Brooklyn rocker Steve Gunn released a dazzling collection of anthems for the modern American road-warrior. Eyes On The Lines is the sort of record that has the potential to become a local classic, the kind of music conducive to a little reflection and meditation on a sprawling state highway, a soundtrack to stumbling on interesting places even in what you may have used to think of as flyover country.

Originally from the suburbs west of Philly, Gunn graduated from Temple U and moved to Northern Liberties, as sort of a happy accident for him, back in the days just before it became the focus of developers, or a trendy place to move and invest in property. It was where Gunn got serious, as he describes it, about his focus on writing and recording music, where the prolific artist got started on what’s now a back catalog of over a dozen albums; among other topics, he talks  in this interview about the era of Philly indie rock in the time of the late Jack Rose.

The native son returns next Saturday, for a homecoming set at the World Cafe’s Philly Music and Arts Fest. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: King Britt at RiverRink, Steve Gunn at Parks on Tap, Taj Mahal at Philadelphia Folk Fest

King Britt | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Earlier this summer, DJ King Britt rocked some serious roller skate jams during his opening weekend set at Spruce Street Harbor Park — so it’s only fitting that he DJs another engagement tonight a half mile or so north, at the Blue Cross RiverRink, where people will literally be able to roller skate to jams from Michael Jackson and Soul II Soul. Details on the free event can be found here. Continue reading →

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Philly Music Fest launches with Abi Reimold, Kississippi, Strand of Oaks, Steve Gunn and more this fall at World Cafe Live

Strand of Oaks | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

The idea is simple, really: two nights, two stages, only Philly bands. That’s what’s in store when Philly Music Fest touches down at World Cafe Live on Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd.

The biggest name on the first-year festival is Strand of Oaks, who will headline Saturday night on the heels of their XPoNential Music Festival slot, alongside Steve Gunn and Shannen Moser. Friday night’s bill is capped by Abi Reimold, who we hear is working on a follow up to last year’s excellent Wriggling LP, and Kississippi, who are readying their first full-length as well. Continue reading →

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Steve Gunn contributes to Our First 100 Days with track, “Shrunken Heads”

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Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh | courtesy of Matador Records

We’re almost at the 100th day Donald Trump’s presidency, but there are still a few artists making their voice heard before the Our First 100 Days project is complete. Rounding out the remaining contributions includes Lansdowne native, Steve Gunn, who is slotted as number ninety-one in the lineup for this Secretly Group-produced compilation. Continue reading →

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Steve Gunn takes on the Smiths for Aquarium Drunkard’s Lagniappe Sessions

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Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh | courtesy of Matador Records

Lansdowne native / Brooklyn resident Steve Gunn is the latest artist to take on Aquarium Drunkard’s Lagniappe Sessions, a cover series that has seen some pretty eclectic combinations. For his part, Gunn selected two Smiths tracks: “This Night Has Opened My Eyes” from Louder Than Bombs and “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle” from the self-titled debut.

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Steve Gunn teases acoustic tour with another beautiful live session

Steve Gunn | photo by John William Moloney | courtesy of the artist
Steve Gunn | photo by John William Moloney | courtesy of the artist

If there’s one thing I know about Steve Gunn, it’s that his capacity for performing in beautifully shot live sessions is boundless. A few months ago, NPR shared a trio of solo, acoustic renditions of tracks from Eyes On The Lines as part of their Field Recordings series, and now, The Bluegrass situation is following suit with a Downtown Los Angeles performance of “Full Moon Tide.” Stream the session below. Continue reading →

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Meg Baird hops on board the Lee Ranaldo / Steve Gunn acoustic tour

Meg Baird | courtesy of the artist
Meg Baird | courtesy of the artist

San Francisco by way of Philadelphia songwriter Meg Baird is hopping on the already stacked co-headlining tour of Lee Ranaldo and Steve Gunn this January. Aside from her solo career, Baird is also known a lead vocalist in psychedelic folk rock band Espers. Her latest solo effort, Don’t Weigh Down the Light, was released last summer. For tickets and more information on her PhilaMOCA set, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →