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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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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 →