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Free at Noon Flashback: The Lone Bellow exudes togetherness in an exuberant World Cafe Live set

The Lone Bellow | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

Fall — at least for me — is time for sad folk music. As leaves are painted warmer, and breezes are swept colder, that somber sweet-spot of brittle-strummed melancholy whispers endlessly from my earbuds. And as these songs are often paired with hopeless, dismal lyrics, this seasonal soundtrack tends to be more than a little depressing.

Enter: The Lone Bellow’s exuberantly optimistic vein of folk, which will have none of this dispirited business. Though in no way strangers to feelings of pain and devastation, members Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, and Kanene Donehy Pipkin have an infectious ability to channel their wounds into earnest hopefulness.

The result is a sound that lets you wallow — but only if we’re all wallowing together in unison. A sound that says yes, life is very often the absolute worst, and don’t worry, we are going to croak out the intense heartache of it all. But we are also going to yell and shout and stomp and clap up a storm of unbridled joy.

All of which these moods were summed up immediately at today’s sold out Free at Noon, as the trio opened their acoustic set by belting the bluesy prayer, “Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy,” off their newest album, Walk Into a Storm. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lone Bellow at Union Transfer, Friendship at Everybody Hits, AllegrA at Planet Phitness, and more

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The Lone Bellow | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

The wait is almost over for The Lone Bellow‘s long-anticipated Union Transfer appearance, the band’s first Philly show in two years. If you missed out on today’s sold out Free at Noon, you can still catch the folk rockers tonight, along with openers The Wild Reeds. The Lone Bellow released their third studio album Walk Into A Storm in September. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Lone Bellow release single, announce new album and show at Union Transfer

The Lone Bellow | courtesy of the artist

The Lone Bellow‘s got a hooplah of good news for you today. In addition to sharing a new single titled “Time’s Always Leaving,” the passionate folk rockers have announced a September 15th release date of their new album, Walk Into a Storm, and a fall tour that will end with a celebration of their lively tunes at Union Transfer. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Zach Williams of The Lone Bellow will headline Johnny Brenda’s next month

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The Lone Bellow | Photo by Kate McCann | flickr.com/photos/126156760@N07

NYC folk rock powerhouse The Lone Bellow have been touring hard over the past couple years in support of 2015’s Then Came the Morning. This fall they’ve been hunkering down in the studio, per Instagram, so we’re hoping that means a 2017 release is on the way. A solo gig from frontman Zach Williams is another promising sign. He just announced a headlining show at Johnny Brenda’s on Sunday, January 15th – tickets are on sale now, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. It’s not immediately certain whether he’s using the show to test out new material or just play “Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold” for an hour, but either way we’re super excited.  Continue reading →

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Americana powerhouse The Lone Bellow take Union Transfer to church

The Lone Bellow | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com
The Lone Bellow | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com

The Lone Bellow came through Philadelphia on Thursday night and did not fail to create an all-encompassing Americana atmosphere. The Brooklyn band, who we last saw at XPN Fest this summer, has been touring hard in support of its sophomore album Then Came the Morning, released in January,

Anderson East opened the show delivering nostalgic R&B stand out songs backed by his band who were beyond tight. East is currently supporting his soul filled debut album, Delilah. Later in the set, he nailed an energy packed cover of Rod Stewart’s Stay With Me bringing nearly the entire venue rushing to the floor. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lone Bellow at Union Transfer, Howlish at MilkBoy, and the 215 Festival

The Lone Bellow | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Lone Bellow | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

The Lone Bellow have played both XPN’s Free at Noon and the 2015 XPoNential Music Festival, so to say that we here at XPN are fans may be an understatement. Their blend of folk, indie rock and gospel all with a focus on beautiful and intricate harmonization is as likeable as it is powerful and their growing popularity is not surprising in the least. Tonight they will be at Union Transfer with singer-songwriters Anderson East and Hugh Masterson beginning at 8 p.m. Head over to the XPN Concert Calendar for more details on tonight’s show. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: The Lone Bellow put raw emotion on display during River Stage set

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The Lone Bellow | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordphotography.com

As the vast majority of XPN Fest-goers gathered in the hot Sunday sun, Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow kicked off their set with the title track to their sophomore album Then Came the Morning.

The opener “Then Came The Morning” elicited a huge crowd response, as lead singer Zach Williams hopped on a speaker, beckoning the crowd to sing along. As they burned through the lead tracks of their latest LP, the song “Watch Over Us” brough the frenzied energy to a halt as the group’s pure emotion kicked in. With the trio sharing one mic, their harmonies on the song had the audience clinging to every syllable. Continue reading →

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Get ready for The Lone Bellow’s Free at Noon with their new Then Came Morning

The Lone Bellow | via Facebook.com/thelonebellow
The Lone Bellow | via Facebook.com/thelonebellow

This Tuesday, Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow released their sophomore album, Then Came the Morning, showcasing their critically-acclaimed bluesy, Americana sound.

The group is no stranger to Philly, rocking a main stage slot at the 53rd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival in August.  Their anticipated show at Underground Arts is set for March 24. And they just announced a performance at XPN’s Free at Noon concert next Friday. (RSVP here.) Continue reading →