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The Key Studio Sessions: Anthony Green

It seems like there’s a fountain of wisdom coming from Anthony Green these days. Maybe it’s his hard-won sobriety and the introspection that comes with battling depression. Maybe it’s the fact that he just came off of a tour that simultaneously looked back and looked ahead, celebrating the 10th anniversary of his solo debut Avalon as well as his latest record, Would You Still Be In Love, released last month on Memory Music. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s fully embraced his role as a rock and roll dad — as anybody who follows him on social media will tell you, this dude clearly loves the heck out of his kids.

But as Green played songs from the new record in a breathtaking, intimate solo acoustic session at WXPN Studios recently, it felt at points like he was letting those experiences had and knowledge obtained over his 36 years creep into the room through his striking tenor voice. Continue reading →

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Anthony Green’s Avalon tour reminds us that we’re all in the same spot

Anthony Green | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

On Saturday night, Anthony Green and his powerhouse of a band celebrated 10 years of Avalon at The TLA, along with Good Old War and new project Found Wild. For anyone who knows the closeness that Green, Keith Goodwin, Dan Schwartz, Tim Arnold, and Circa Survive member Brendan Ekstrom share, then you know that this tour is truly special. Though these guys frequently back Green on his solo ventures, Avalon is pivotal. It marks the beginning of an incredible decade of music and friendship that followed, and it showed onstage. Continue reading →

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Watch Anthony Green’s hilariously open video for “Vera Lynn”

Anthony Green | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

When I discovered Anthony Green years ago, one of my favorite things about him quickly became how much he absolutely adores his family. He’s got an incredibly open social media presence and loves to share photos of his four adorable sons, all of which are just basically carbon copies of Green himself. With the release of his newest solo album, Would You Still Be In Love, which features bipolar love songs revolving around themes of family and identity and hope, it’s only right that the first video we see from the album would feature his children and glimpse the most personal parts of his life at home. Continue reading →

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From Superhuman to Simply Human: Anthony Green brings his Pixie Queen to Union Transfer

Anthony Green | Photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN | wendymccardle.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN | wendymccardle.com
There’s no sensation in the world quite like the first breath of fresh air taken once you step out from a sweaty concert hall after a great show.  Especially on crisp Autumn nights, it feels like awakening from a dream.  Last Saturday night was particularly surreal as I took that step out of Union Transfer with the refrain “This feels like a nightmare!” repeating in my head.  As fellow concert-goers weaved around me, they echoed the same melody.  “THIS FEELS LIKE A NIGHTMARE!” they would exclaim randomly, practically skipping to their cars or awaiting cabs.  Such is the strange frenzy that can only be stirred by Anthony Green.

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Interview: Anthony Green shares his experience with mental health, offers hope and light amidst the darkness

Anthony Green
Anthony Green | photo by Andrew Swartz | courtesy of the artist

It’s undeniable that Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green has been one of the most influential musicians not only in the Philadelphia music community, but also within the post-hardcore and progressive rock scenes for over than a decade now. But he’s also something of an advocate.

I spoke with Green in the midst of several calendar events intended to draw awareness to mental health issues. September is the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. October 10th is the World Federation of Mental Health’s World Mental Health Day. And this Sunday, October 2nd, is the American Foundation for Mental Health’s Out of the Darkness Walk at the Philadelphia Art Museum. Advocates that work for these organizations are constantly striving towards improving suicide prevention and destigmatizing mental health issues – since these issues are not uncommon. According to NAMI, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. – nearly 44 million or 18.5% – experiences mental illness issues in a given year.

In the past few years, Green has become more open with his personal struggle with mental health and addiction. Ahead of his headlining appearance at Union Transfer tomorrow, he was gracious enough to speak with me not only about his music and tour, but about his story, how music has been therapeutic for him. Green offers up some advice to those currently going through similar struggles – read our conversation below. Continue reading →

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Anthony Green dives deep with new single and music video for “You’ll Be Fine”

Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Doylestown-based musician and Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green has spent much of his musical career exploring and articulating his ever-present battle with his demons. With the release of his fourth solo album, Pixie Queen, due out September 9th, Green has channeled that into a new song and music video for opening track “You’ll Be Fine.”

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Anthony Green of Circa Survive will headline JUMP Philly’s Sound Select show at Underground Arts

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

Red Bull Sound Select has teamed up with JUMP Philly to bring one heck of a party to Underground Arts July 16th. Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green will be headlining, and will be accompanied by Boom Forest, Cruisr, and West Philly shredders Mannequin Pussy. Tickets are only $3 if you RSPV here in advance so you better jump on it. Check out music from the artists on the bill below. Continue reading →

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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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