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Listen to The Weather Station’s single “Thirty,” get ready for new self-titled album

The Weather Station | photo courtesy of artist

As a young woman, you quickly learn growing up that turning the big “three-oh” is basically the equivalent to getting the plague. Somehow, some way, you must escape this fate at all costs. Well, unless you’re a young Jennifer Garner character in a spectacular rom-com, that is. A magazine headlining “flirty, thirty, and thriving?” I scoff at such lies.

Canadian singer-songwriter, Tamara Lindeman, does too. She knows the binary routes society has set out for women approaching their third decade of life: “children and suburbia or some sort of cartoonish loneliness.” Working as her project The Weather Station, Lindeman delves into this sexist matter on new single “Thirty,” which will be included on her upcoming self-titled album out on October 6th via Paradise of Bachelors. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Weather Station at Johnny Brenda’s, Dogs on Acid at Boot & Saddle, Robyn Hitchcock at Sellersville Theater

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The Weather Station | photo by Yuula Benivolski | courtesy of the artist

Canadian singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman performs as The Weather Station at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band’s third LP Loyalty was released last year via Paradise of Bachelors and was heralded as one of 2015’s best indie folk records, earning a featured spot on David Dye’s World Cafe: Next podcast. Listen to “Way It Is, Way It Could Be” below; tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Weather Station at Johnny Brenda’s, Anthony Green at Underground Arts, Tinmouth at MilkBoy

The Weather Station | Photo courtesy of the artist | https://www.facebook.com/TheWeatherStn
The Weather Station | Photo courtesy of the artist | https://www.facebook.com/TheWeatherStn

The project of Canadian singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman, The Weather Station brings a sense of raw emotive folk music to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Coming off her third album, Loyalty, released in May, Lindeman has been touring with the likes of Bahamas, Basia Bulat, and Timber Timbre. While touring Lindeman also released an EP,  What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know. Tonight she headlines, with Jeff Zeigler & Mary Lattimore and Bad Braids playing in support. You can get tickets to the 21+ show here. Check out her song “What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know” below. Continue reading →

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XPN presenting Philly Local Wednesdays at The Porch at 30th Street Station

ChristieTo better greet the warm weather this spring, XPN has organized a weekly buskers’ series for the month of April. Each Wednesday, a different musician will be busking from noon to 1pm on The Porch at 30th Street Station.

Performers for the month are Dante Bucci on Wednesday April 3; The Fleeting Ends on Wednesday April 10; Christie Lenee on Wednesday April 17th, and The Splashing Pearls on Wednesday April 24th. The performances are free, of course, and would surely be a great lunch soundtrack for anyone in the area who can make it out. The series will continue through the months of April and May, and the performers for May will be announced next month.

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Sun Airway rolls out a third song from Heraldic Black Cherry, “Violent Grey”

Sun Airway | photo courtesy of the artist

It’s one of those contradictions of creativity: the intersection of desire and reality, the wanting to be the focus of attention without necessarily putting oneself out there. Philly’s Jon Barthmus has been through it a couple times, back in the aughties blogrock era with his spectacular pop band The A-Sides and more recently with the elegant electronic outfit Sun Airway, which had a couple great higher-profile moments on the Dead Oceans roster and then retreated to the shadows for a couple years.

In recent months, we’ve heard the first new music in four years from the project — its third LP, Heraldic Black Cherry, is on the way this winter / spring — and on the heels of “FOAM” and “All In,” today we’ve got the existential quandary of “Violent Grey.” Viewing that push-pull of the limelight from a different angle, Barthmus sings “I don’t want to be forgotten, I just want to be forgotten,” and if those are indeed two distinct wishes, perhaps his plan to keep Sun Airway a studio project is the best way to fulfill both. Continue reading →

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It’s been 20 years since Jerry Garcia died. Here are 20 current artists every Deadhead should be listening to.

Jim, Jerry, and Adam all carry the same torch
Jim, Jerry, and Adam all carry the same torch

We’re coming to the end of the proverbial Days Between on the North American calendar – that week and change between the anniversary of Jerry Garcia‘s birth (August 1, 1942) and his death (August 9, 1995). For many music fans, it’s a bittersweet time.

Sweet because Garcia was a gifted guitarist, singer and songwriter, but also more than that. He was a cultural icon who taught his devoted followers about love and peace, about being free and finding inner happiness, about being true to oneself. He was a tremendously positive force and this is a time of year to celebrate him and his art.

Bitter, however, because his art is no more. It’s been no more for two decades at this point. Try as relentlessly as his surviving bandmates might – through festival-scale “final concerts” followed by new tour announcements; through documentary appearances and 50th anniversary retrospectives; through an endless, endless parade of live collections mining the legendary Betty Boards – the Grateful Dead are a thing of the past. And the more time passes, the more Garcia and his music drift into the catacombs of memory. But that doesn’t mean his legacy is no more. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Bad Braids

Bad Braids | Courtesy of the artist.
Bad Braids | Courtesy of the artist.

We post up our newest Folkadelphia Session with Philadelphia’s Bad Braids in a bittersweet mood. Over the years, Megan Biscieglia, the constant in the collective, and her rotating cast of bandmates have produced a bounty of spaced-out, psych-tinged, folk-inflected close listening jams. While their music has evolved between three LPs and various releases, Biscieglia and co. have never strayed too far from that hypnotic sound, an audioscape as edgeless, mystical, and mesmerizing as if staring deeper and deeper into a stormy crystal ball. This year, Bad Braids allowed us to peer behind the veil again with an excellent new album EYE OF NIGHT, further fleshing out the full band sound and their untapped sonic potential. The name of the game is dynamics, and Megan and her band have honed their lunar-like powers of ebb & flow over what the listener perceives from second to second. They have created mini-epics, songs that swell up with power and dissapate with a shimmer, along with the occassional whirlpool that pulls you down under now and again. Continue reading →