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Listen to Little Green Cars’ calm-to-cathartic new one “The Song They Play Every Night”

Little Green Cars | Courtesy of the artist
Little Green Cars | Courtesy of the artist

After the release of their debut record Absolute Zero in 2013, Little Green Cars seemingly ran out of gas.

It’s been a long wait — the Dublin five-piece didn’t release any new music for nearly three years — but the group has finally gotten back in the studio and just released “The Song They Play Ever Night,” a new single from their forthcoming album Ephemera. Continue reading →

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WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Odunde Festival, vintage cars and vintage flea, Flag Fest, and so much more!

Odunde
Odunde
Odunde Festival, the largest African-American street festival in the country, celebrates its 40th anniversary Sunday at 23rd and South Streets. Music, dance, crafts, goods and food from the African Diaspora are all part of Odunde which this year has performances by hip-hop legends Kurtis Blow, Chubb Rock, Special Ed and Kwame. Continue reading →

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Watch Philly rocker Dave Hause talk songwriting and Devour on Last Call with Carson Daly

Dave Hause | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Dave Hause | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

“I’m Dave Hause; I’m from Philadelphia, I make up songs and try to sing it in key.” That’s how the Philadelphia songwriter opened his spotlight on Last Call with Carson Daly this week, touching on topics ranging from his childhood in a religious, post-Hippie musical household to the intense songwriting process for his latest LP, Devour. Continue reading →

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Carsie Blanton plays an endearing, entrancing set at Tellus 360

Carsie Blanton / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Carsie Blanton | Photo by Elizabeth Mazenko

If you look at her Patrean page, she is a self-described “songwriter, performer, jazz geek, pop enthusiast, and thoughtful hedonist.” Read her bio to learn that she is “an unschooler, a sex blogger, and a Lindy Hopper.” Check out her blog to find her “thoughts on love, sex, music and ferocity.” She lives in a pink house just outside the French quarter of New Orleans with a studio out back called The Watermelon. Her genre on Facebook is “the good kind,” and has been praised by reputable sources like Washington Post, USA Today, OffBeat Magazine, and even John Oates…just to name a few.

There’s no denying that chic singer songwriter Carsie Blanton has a flare of all her own. And the amount of purity and musical depth she brings to a stage is nothing short of entrancing. Thursday evening, Blanton and her touring entourage brought some New Orleanian warmth to a bitter Lancaster winter at the wood trimmed Irish pub Tellus 360. Continue reading →

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James Cotton, Loudon Wainwright III, Carsie Blanton and more playing the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival on 2/21 and 2/22

Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker
James Cotton | Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker

The annual Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival will take place on February 21st and 22nd of next year, with over 50 musicians set to perform during the multi-venue event.  Currently billed artists range from folk to bluegrass to funk and include Loudon Wainwright III, Edgar Winter, and James Cotton, who recently closed out XPN’s Mississippi Blues Project.  The local contingent includes Carsie Blanton, Dana Alexander and Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Check out videos of some performers below.

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Watch Little Green Cars cover Neil Young’s “Philadelphia” at Johnny Brenda’s last night

LGCDubin indie faves Little Green Cars made their second Philadelphia stop of the year last night, headlining to a packed crowd at Johnny Brenda’s. Their live reworkings of the lushly arranged songs from their LP Absolute Zero were great – “River Song” was intense and soaring, “Big Red Dragon” and “The John Wayne” drummed up a full-room singalong, “The Consequences Of Not Sleeping” was performed a cappella and off-mic in the middle of the floor. But the highlight was easily the band’s cover of “Philadelphia” by Neil Young. “We don’t usually play this one,” said lead singer Stevie Appleby. “But since we’re here…” Watch the video below and listen to the crowd scream the first time the city’s name comes up in the lyrics.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Little Green Cars at Johnny Brenda’s, Atoms for Peace at the Liacouras Center, Josh Rouse at Tin Angel

littlegreencarsWith its confessional, introspective lyrics and powerhouse vocal front, Ireland’s Little Green Cars made a big impression this year with their debut LP Absolute Zero. Its rousing, urgent arrangements call to mind Arcade Fire – but with instrumentation that falls in line with the folk revival. Tonight the band returns to Johnny Brenda’s for its second headlining set at the venue this year; opening the show is Philly roots-overdrive trio Tin Horses. Tickets and more information on the 21+ show can be found here. Below, watch Little Green Cars’ video for “The John Wayne.”

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