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PREMIERE: The Spring Standards celebrate Boxing Day at Arden Hall with a live “Nightmare” video

The Spring Standards | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
The Spring Standards | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

For the past seven years, infectious New York folk / pop trio The Spring Standards have headed to Delaware over the holidays to headline packed houses at Arden Gild Hall. It’s a sort of homecoming for them – even though their career has been based in NYC, the bandmates grew up in Delaware and Southeastern PA, and each year they spend Boxing Day on the stage playing with their family and old friends in the crowd.

“It’s a great time to reconnect with our roots,” says singer and multi-instrumentalist Heather Robb. “That area will always be our true home.”

Last year, The Spring Standards released Live from Delaware – an album documenting their 2012 shows at Arden, and this year they’re releasing a companion concert film – with animated vignettes and other flourishes – at the Boxing Day Spectacular. Continue reading →

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Justin Townes Earle’s winter tour brings him to Arden Hall, Strand Capitol

Justin Townes Earle | Photo courtesy of the artist
Justin Townes Earle | Photo courtesy of the artist

Americana troubadour Justin Townes Earle is releasing his latest record, Absent Fathers, in January. It’s a companion LP to his September record Single Mothers, and in support of the new collection, Earle is going on a winter tour that brings him through our area twice. He’ll hit up Arden Gild Hall in Arden Delaware on February 26th, and then will play the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center in York on February 27th; Gill Landry opens both shows. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. This fall, Earle played a World Cafe Session while on tour through Philadelphia; listen to the session here and watch a video for “My Baby Drives” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purling Hiss at Arden Gild Hall, Yo La Tengo at The Trocadero, Manchester Orchestra at Temple Performing Arts Center and more…

Purling Hiss
Purling Hiss | photo by Aaron Biscoe

Purling Hiss head down to Delaware’s Arden Gild Hall tonight with Thunderhawk and St James & The Apostles. The local rockers released Weirdon earlier this year, their second effort for Drag City.  Hiss frontman Mike Polizze spoke with The Key last week in the inaugural “Gearadelphia” feature, discussing his live gear set-up, his ambitious dream studio and the times when things go wrong on stage.  Read the full interview here and pick up tickets for tonight’s show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DakhaBrakha at Arden Gild Hall, You Do You at Bourbon and Branch, Ground Up at Union Transfer and more

DakhaBrakha | Photo via facebook.com/DakhaBrakha
DakhaBrakha | Photo via facebook.com/DakhaBrakha

After a well-received showing at this summer’s Philadelphia Folk Festival, Ukrainian four-piece DakhaBrakha returns to the area tonight for a headlining gig at Arden Gild Hall. The band calls their sound “ethno-chaos,” but what that really means is they’re a melting pot that transcends easy descriptions. You’ll hear a little bit of Eastern European folk music with sounds from India, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Australia in the mix tonight. To get an idea what that sounds like, check out their Take Away Show below and pick up tickets and more information here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: The Spring Standards at Arden Gild Hall

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Join folk three-piece The Spring Standards as they rock Arden Gild Hall tonight for their Boxing Day concert. Clearly, they have an affinity for the under-appreciated holiday since it’s their sixth annual show in honor of it. They’re a pretty gifted bunch as all three members are songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. The Spring Standards were named one of Pure Volume’s Best Unsigned Artists of 2012 and released their first live album Live in Delaware (recorded at last year’s Boxing Day concerts) earlier this year. Watch “Only Skin” below and get tickets for either their early set, their late set (or both) here .

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Colin Stetson at World Cafe Live, Vacationer at Underground Arts, Amy Helm at Arden Gild Hall

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You know boundary-pushing sax player Colin Stetson, even if you don’t realize it. As a performer, he’s best known as a player with Bon Iver and Arcade Fire; as a studio musician, he’s sat in with Tom Waits, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and countless others. His latest solo record, New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light, came out last week, and tonight he plays World Cafe Live on tour in support of it. The all-ages show with Sarah Neufield begins at 7:00 p.m., tickets are available here. Below, watch the music video for “In Mirrors” + “And In Truth.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The Spinto Band with Buried Beds to the Arden Gild Hall, Joshua James at The Tin Angel, Acres of Diamonds at Ortlieb’s, St. James & The Apostles at Johnny Brenda’s

SpintoXPN welcomes The Spinto Band and Buried Beds to the Arden Gild Hall tonight.  Taking album-release celebrations back to their home state of Delaware, The Spinto Band will perform new favorites from this year’s Cool Cocoon LP.  The peppy-but-deep five-piece will be joined by Philadelphia favorites Buried Beds, a local five-piece indie pop outfit whose most recent release was a film/EP called Small Stories.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show in Arden, DE can be found here.  Watch The Spinto Band’s video for “What I Love” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hilly Eye and Attia Taylor at the First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, Vacationer at Underground Arts, Shorty Boy Boy at MilkBoy, Free Energy and Bleeding Rainbow at Arden Gild Hall, Ape School and The Interest Group at Johnny Brenda’s

Titus Andronicus off-shoot Hilly Eye play the First Unitarian Church Side Chapel tonight with Attia Taylor.  Hilly Eye, the new Brooklyn-based duo project of drummer / vocalist Catherine Tung and guitarist / vocalist Amy Klein, have made fast moves in their short time as a band.  They released their first EP in 2010, followed by a 7″ on Don Giovanni last year and this year’s subsequent full-length Reasons to Live.  Pulling from the avant-noise tapestry of Lightning Bolt, Sonic Youth and the 90s “riot grrl” movement, Hilly Eye focus on transcendence both in their message and their sound with breathy vocals set against a backdrop of angular, heavy arrangements.  Tonight they play with Philly-to-Brooklyn transplant Attia Taylor, who just shared a few cuts from her upcoming album Luxurious Corners.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.  Below, watch Hilly Eye perform “Amnesia” at 285 Kent in Brooklyn.

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Free Energy provided the rock n’ roll on a rainy day (photos, audio, setlist)

Philly pop-rock heroes Free Energy dashed away today’s grey skies and rainy afternoon with a loud and lively performance that drew from their self-released new LP Love Sign as well as their 2009 debut Stuck on Nothing. The band plays the Arden Gild Hall tomorrow with Bleeding Rainbow opening; tickets and information on the show are available here. Check out photos of today’s performance in the gallery above; read the setlist below; and listen to Free Energy’s performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DRGN King at PhilaMOCA, The Great Unknown at Johnny Brenda’s, XPN Welcomes Martin Sexton to The Landis Theater, Nightlands at Arden Gild Hall

Philly’s DRGN King are celebrating the release of Paragraph Nights tonight at PhilaMOCA.  The full-length debut from the psychedelic power pop outfit was released through Bar / None Records on January 22nd and runs the gamut of infectiously good songwriting from the slick “Holy Ghost” to the party-ready “Wild Night.”  More information for the all-ages show with Dangerous Ponies, Walking Shapes and Idle Idols can be found here.  Stream Paragraph Nights here and watch DRGN King’s Dominic Angelella perform a solo, stripped-down version of “Holy Ghost” at Sofar Sounds from last weekend below.

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