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 →
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 →
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.
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.