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Concert Recap: Alberta Cross played Free at Noon at World Cafe Live


Brooklyn-based and English-bred quintet Alberta Cross played the World Cafe Live downstairs stage this afternoon for a WXPN Free at Noon session. Alberta Cross is fronted by lanky, long-haired Swedish crooner Petter Ericson Stakee who owned the stage with his blues/country infused tunes. The band immediately launched into their rocky song “Crate of Gold,” followed by their new single “Lay Down.” The first six songs of their set came from “Songs of Patience,” their upcoming album, which will be released on July 17th and can currently be streamed on Rolling Stone’s website. During the band’s song “Wasteland” Ericson Stakee broke a guitar string before he sang a note, but continued on with a smile, saying “That’s what happens when you break a string on live radio. It’s complicated.” Lucky for him, Ericson Stakee brought a total of six guitars and switched guitars between various electric guitars and one acoustic for each song they played. The band contiuned on playing hits from their previous album and ended their set with “Theif and a Heartbreaker,” (which is also the title track of the band’s previous album) Ericson Stakee’s guitar strap fell off, again, before he sang the first lyric of song, but he managed to recover like a pro. In case you missed their Free At Noon session, you can stream it on WXPN’s website. The band is currently on tour with Everest in support of their new album, Songs of Patience.

Set List:
Crate of Gold
Lay Down
Magnolia
Money For The Weekend (Pocket Full of Shame)
Wasteland
Come On Maker
Low Man
ATX

Encore:
Thief and a Heartbreaker

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: WXPN welcomes Mike Doughty w/ Griz, Alberta Cross, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, and Lantern

Mike Doughty recently released his new album The Question Jar Show, a two disc collection of 28 live recordings from his Question Jar tour in 2009. Also, earlier this spring he began releasing a song a week for 32 weeks to his fans from his subscription based album, Lo-Fi Lodge. Doughty plays tonight at Haddon Lake Park in Camden with special guest, Griz. The show begins at 7:30 PM and is totally FREE!

R5 Productions presents Alberta Cross tonight at Johnny Brenda’s in support of their new album, Songs of Patience; an album title with literal meaning to the process of its creation. Opening acts include Everest, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Mach 22. Tickets to this 21+ show are $12, show begins at 9PM.

The five-piece group, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister play tonight at World Cafe Live (Upstairs) at 8PM. This band is full of country rock intuition with a surge of fixated pop melodies. Check out their single “Escape Tonight” and download it for free below. Get your tickets to the all ages show here.

Last but not least, Philadelphia rock ‘n rollers, Lantern play tonight with fellow city friends, Dong Johnson and Streetwalkers at Kung Fu Necktie. This 21+ show is $8 and starts at 8PM, you can snag your tickets here.

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Win a pair of tickets to see Alberta Cross w/ Everest at Johnny Brenda’s on July 11th

Alberta Cross are releasing their new album, Songs Of Patience on July 17th. They play Johnny Brenda’s on Wednesday, July 11th. Opening is Everest, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Mach22. We’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away to the show. To qualify, you must be 21 years or older, and leave a comment in the comments section below by Midnight, Sunday, July 1st. We’ll select a winner at random and notify you via email; once you’ve confirmed that you and your guests will be attending the show, your names will be added to the venue’s guest list. (It’s very important that you leave a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.) Pre-order the new Alberta Cross album here. Below, download a new song, “Magnolia,” from the band’s forthcoming album.