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Pop-punk fans rejoice as Midtown and Saosin reunite, both confirmed to play this year’s Skate and Surf Festival

Photo via facebook.com/midtown
Photo via facebook.com/midtown

With bands like Taking Back Sunday and The Early November still alive and kicking (with their original lineups), fans of the early pop-punk wave have been enjoying a ride full of retrospective releases, new albums, and tours. Today, there’s two more reasons to rejoice as Midtown and Saosin have reunited. Before starting Cobra Starship, vocalist Gabe Saporta fronted New Jersey pop-punk outfit Midtown who disbanded in 2004 shortly after the release of their last album Forget What You Know. Their popularity was very modest but their sound stuck with fans of the genre who mourned the breakup. When Saporta posted this video on instagram, full frenzy ensued. Today, it’s official. Midtown has reunited and will play at Middletown, NJ’s Skate and Surf Festival on May 17th (headlining) and 18th at Middletown Sports Complex.

Elsewhere, emo rockers Saosin have reunited with original vocalist Anthony Green. Before his success with Circa Survive and as a solo artist, Green was the lead vocalist of Saosin from 2003-2004. The band is back in original form and will also play at Skate and Surf Festival in May along with The Early November, Hidden in Plain View, DMX, and yet-to-be-announced headliner for Day 2. Stay tuned to the festival’s website for more details and check out tunes from Midtown and Saosin below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Anthony Green at Siren Records, Mike Bell and the Movies at Kung Fu Necktie, The Black Angels at Union Transfer and more

Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green headlines a show for the hometown crowd in Doylestown Tonight, performing at Siren Records with Commonwealth Choir. Green’s 2013 album Young Legs mixed in space rock tones with piano ballads, showing a mature and yearning side to the punk songwriter. Meanwhile, up-and-coming rockers Commonwealth Choir oughta have some new material on hand from the new EP they’ll release next month. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch Green’s video for “Young Legs” below.

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Get a double dose of local genius this Sunday night at Doyletown’s Siren Records with Anthony Green and Commonwealth Choir

Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

With the overall positive response to his album Young Legs, Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green ended 2013 on a high note. The Doylestown native was praised for his growth in songwriting and musicianship. Although his distinct high-pitched voice may be an acquired taste for some, Green has always been a master of conveying emotion which becomes even more clear in a live setting. This Sunday night, he’ll play an intimate show in the cozy confines of Siren Records in his native Doylestown.

Also on Sunday night’s bill is indie rock five-piece Commonwealth Choir. Since releasing its Shirtless EP late last year, the band (also Doylestown natives) established its local presence by playing tons of live shows across the region. If one show leaves you wanting more, don’t fret. XPN welcomes Commonwealth Choir back to Philly on March 15th at Milkboy (tickets here). Listen to Anthony Green’s “Young Legs” and Commonwealth Choir’s “Pacers” below and get tickets to Sunday night’s show at Siren Records here.

Pacers by Commonwealth Choir from James Powers on Vimeo.

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Watch Anthony Green perform six songs off Young Legs live for Audiotree

Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Back in November, Anthony Green and Good Old War stopped by Audiotree in Chicago to perform six songs off Green’s newest album Young Legs and discuss the importance of writing honest music kong other topics. A tight set and a stellar vocal take by Anthony Green make this live session a must-see for anyone who was not able to make it out to his huge show at Union Transfer. Check out the video below.

Anthony Green – Audiotree Live from Audiotree Live on Vimeo.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Rachel Barrish’s Top Five Concert Photographs of 2013

Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Year End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2013 awesome. In this installment, photographer Rachel Barrish shares her favorite shots of the year.

I’ve been photographing concerts for almost two years, and I started out right here at The Key. There is nothing I love more than being able to capture a moment during a concert by a musician I admire, and these are my top 5 photos from various shows I shot this year.

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs at River Stage at Great Plaza
Being on a Tuesday, you didn’t really know what type of show this was going to be or how many people were going to show up. The place seemed fairly empty for such a large scale when Karen O first came on stage, but it felt like bliss. Seeing a band that big on a large stage with a fairly intimate audience is special and memorable. When the paper “Y” confetti exploded onto the audience I knew that I was lucky to have had the chance to capture this show. Continue reading →

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Review: Anthony Green receives a warm homecoming at Union Transfer on Saturday

Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

On Saturday evening, Doylestown native Anthony Green played a homecoming show at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer, on tour in support of his third solo album, Young Legs. The Circa Survive frontman brought along friends Keith Goodwin, Dan Schwartz, and Tim Arnold from Good Old War, as well as Brendan Ekstrom from Circa Survive and Dave Davison to serve as his backing band. They were a super collaboration that sounded in top form as they wrapped their five-week  among friends.

The set started with two love ballads from Green’s first album, Avalon. They were songs written about his wife, Meredith; she came on the road with the band along with their two sons, Luke and James. Green then delved into his second solo album, Beautiful Things, which got the crowd singing along to “Get Yours While You Can” and “Moon Song”. The crowd hushed down for the new “Conversation Piece,” so much so that Green thanked them for being so respectful. He then led them in a singalong of the “Anytime” in different tempos: “Do it like you just drank a bunch of coffee! Now like you just smoked a bunch of weed!”

Green’s sincere nature and joyful stage presence made this show one for the record books. It felt like watching a family on stage, and it was clear that he and his tour mates have been friends for a long time. The camaraderie extended to both sides of the stage, which were lined with friends and family showing their support. Green ended the night with songs from both of his other projects including “Seven Years” by Saosin and “Get Out” by Circa Survive. Below, check out a gallery of photos from the show and read the setlist after the jump.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Anthony Green at Union Transfer, Yah Mos Def at Boot & Saddle, Work Drugs at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Anthony Green | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green plays a solo hometown show tonight at Union Transfer.  Green released his third solo record Young Legs last month, which was recorded with Will Yip at his Conshohocken studio.  The Key profiled Young Legs in an Unlocked segment during the release week, talking with Green about his creative process, how Sinatra influenced the record and how he’s matured over his decade-plus career.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here.  Watch the video for “Young Legs” below.

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Watch Anthony Green mix musicianship and fatherhood in the new music video for “Young Legs” (playing Union Transfer on 12/14)

Anthony Green with sons James and Luke | photo via Facebook

 

If you live in the Philadelphia area you’ve probably been exposed to the numerous feats of Anthony Green, including his recent release of Young Legs, national tour dates and the bigger task of parenting two boys. In the new music video for “Young Legs,” we see that the Greens are seamlessly mixing parenthood and music by bringing the entire family on tour. Laced with spectacular images of fireworks and live footage, the video also shows Green sound checking with the kids on stage and walking through the backstage corridors holding his sons. It is awesome to see a guy who is equal parts rock star and father continue to grow musically, especially since he’s from Philly.  Tickets and information for Anthony Green’s show at Union Transfer on December 14th can be found here.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Anthony Green, La Maison Tellier, Oldermost

 

Anthony Green | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

In a new edition of Unlocked, we got the inside story on Anthony Green‘s new LP Young Legs.  The Circa Survive vocalist and Doylestown native shared two free downloads with The Key alongside an interview and some glimpses into the album’s recording process.  Stream and download “I’ll Miss You” below and check out the full feature here.

A double dose of Folkadelphia brings us a session with Mary Lattimore / Jeff Zeigler / Chris Forsyth, followed by a bonus solo Forsyth session.  The three local musicians embarked on a deep improvisational trajectory that resulted in, as Folkadelphia noted, an “Ultimate Session.”  Stream and download the two sets below.

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Unlocked: Five songs you need to hear Anthony Green sing live

Photo by Brian Fantana via Anthony Green’s Instagram | instagram.com/anthonygreen666

Seeing Anthony Green live might make you laugh, might make you dance, and might even make you cry.

Whether he’s playing with Circa Survive, solo full-band or stripped-down acoustic, there’s no doubt that part of his popularity has been built by his ability to connect with the audience.

Another key factor for his fandom are his distinctive vocals. Hearing Green go into his high register is an experience in itself.

Here are five Anthony Green songs that, when witnessed in a live setting, are guaranteed to give you chills.

The chorus of this tune from Avalon is probably the best example of Green’s incomparable vocal abilities. And though the original instrumentation is great, seeing him belt out those notes with just a guitar in his hand is incredible. Continue reading →

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