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Just Announced: Buried Beds celebrating In Spirit release at Boot and Saddle on 10/10

bbeds1Philadelphia chamber poppers Buried Beds will release their latest album, In Spirit, this fall, and the album release show was just announced at the new R5 Productions venue in South Philly, Boot And Saddle. Also on the bill are Teen Men, a new group featuring Nick Krill and Albert Birney of The Spinto Band, and Minneapolis story-book folk group Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps. Tickets for the 21+ show are on sale now via the venue website. Below, listen to Buried Beds’ new single “Stars.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Buried Beds at Johnny Brenda’s, Dan Kassel at World Cafe Live, Bakery Boys at The Blockley, Mac DeMarco at MilkBoy

buriedbeds_1Chamber-pop outfit Buried Beds plays at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Check out the sly orchestral group’s recently released, lightly embellished single, “Stars,” below. It comes from their latest album, In Spirit, which will be released next month. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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Russian folktales, illustrations and Hans Christian Anderson inspire the new Buried Beds album In Spirit

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Buried Beds have announced the release of a new album, In Spirit on September 24th via Devinyl Records. Band members Eliza Jones, Brandon Beaver, Dave Hartley (The War On Drugs/Nightlands), Tommy Bendel and Hallie Sianni self-produced the record. Nick Krill of The Spinto Band mixed the album, which also features guest appearances from mewithoutYou’s Greg Jehanian, Eric Slick of Dr. Dog, Mary Lattimore, and Daniel Hart. The Key reached out via e-mail to Jones to talk about some inspirations for the album. She says:

When we began writing for this album we wanted a unifying theme that would tie it together. We were drawn to folk tales because they arise from people trying to make sense of the world and passing that knowledge down through generations. We started writing some songs based on old French and Russian folktales in particular. Those early folk tales paint the world as a dark and magical place, and we like how that fits with our musical sensibility. Once we started the process we expanded this idea to include stories that were told to us as we were growing up, or recently, and even ideas in modern life that have an allegorical feel. Specific sources included the aforementioned folktales, the book Sum by David Eagleman, the many-worlds theory, Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Red Shoes”, photographs by the artist Robert Hite, stories told by my grandmother, and even a few original tales. All of the artwork for the album is by Russian illustrator Ivan Bilibin, whose illustrations we discovered in a book of Russian folktales. The inspiration for the single ‘Stars’ was the Russian version of the “Firebird” story.

The band play Johnny Brenda’s with Chris Cohen and Alec Ounsworth on Thursday, August 29th. Below, listen to the new song, “Stars.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Intersection of Music and Technology at Underground Arts, Kaki King at World Cafe Live, Buried Beds with Auctioneer and Great American Canyon Band at Kung Fu Necktie

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In conjunction with Philly Tech Week, WXPN and Little Giant Media present The Intersection of Music and Technology at Underground Arts.  The free event will feature live performances by Lushlife (pictured), Khari Mateen and POW POW (Chris Powell of Man Man), DJ sets by DJ PHSH and Making Time’s Dave Pianka and a panel discussion / Q&A with Questlove and XPN’s Bruce Warren.  More information for free 21+ event can be found here.  Below, watch Lushlife’s video for “Magnolia.”

At World Cafe Live, it’s An Evening with Kaki King.  The guitar virtuoso has embarked on a retrospective tour, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the release of her debut album Everybody Loves You.  Recently, King released Glow, an instrumental record on which she collaborated with string quartet ETHEL.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here.  Below, watch her video for “Glow” and revisit her set at the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival via Archive.org here.

Buried Beds headline Kung Fu Necktie tonight with support from Auctioneer and Great American Canyon Band.  Bridging the gap between their most recent release Small Stories and an upcoming as-yet untitled release, local indie pop band Buried Beds have been detailing their recording experience with video clips and updates, including this one in which the members filmed a “huge drums” session.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Below, watch Auctioneer’s Shaking Through episode.

Shaking Through: Auctioneer from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.

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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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Listen to “Sunrise” from Grandchildren’s new album (playing Underground Arts on 3/1)

GrandchildrenWith a new LP and tour on the way, all eyes are on Philly’s Grandchildren.  This week the expansive orchestral-pop outfit shared the first track off of the album Golden Age, a majestic and soaring piece called “Sunrise.”  Golden Age was produced by Man Man drummer Chris Powell and engineer Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog) and will be released on May 7th.  From record label Ernest Jenning Record Co.:

Golden Age reads like a scrapbook in homage to that elusive era that serves as a reference point for how we’d like to remember “the way things used to be”, how they “ought to be”, but probably never really were. The recordings stem from this concept musically, pulling from a vast array of influences, and thematically, swirling around it from all angles with songs of hope and disillusionment, optimism and doubt, nostalgia and anticipation, caution and regret.

Tickets and information for Grandchildren’s 21+ show at Underground Arts on Friday, March 1st with Son Step and Buried Beds can be found here.  Listen to “Sunrise” below.

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Grandchildren kick-off their trip to SXSW with a show at Underground Arts on 3/1

Gearing up for a showcase at the music industry’s most talked about festival and conference, local experimental pop outfit Grandchildren will perform at Underground Arts on March 1st before heading to Austin, Texas for SXSW.  They’ll be joining the likes of local guys Cheers Elephant, Bleeding Rainbow, and recent Philly resident Daniel Bachman.  Grandchildren announced last week that their next record Golden Age is mastered and will be released by Brooklyn’s Ernest Jenning Records, following up 2010′s debut Everlasting.  Though the indie band has swelled into a small orchestra with multi-instrumentalists swapping tools both on stage and in the studio, the six-piece has stayed true to its roots as an acoustic folk / electronic pop based project.  More information for the 21+ show with Buried Beds and Son Step can be found here.  Watch a video of Grandchildren performing “Into Gold” from Golden Age below, filmed by Out of Town Films at SXSW 2012.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Strand of Oaks with Buried Beds and Little Big League to Johnny Brenda’s, Concrete Blonde at World Cafe Live, Ape School at Kung Fu Necktie, XPN Welcomes Shawn Colvin to The Landis Theater, XPN Welcomes Jane Siberry to The Arden Gild Hall

XPN welcomes Strand of Oaks to Johnny Brenda’s tonight for his first headlining Philadelphia show.  The stage name of local bearded guy Tim Showalter, Strand of Oaks is a vehicle for storytelling and yarn-spinning that has taken Showalter through the darker days of his life and into the better-lit year of 2012; this year saw the release of Strand of Oaks’ third full-length Dark Shores and a tour with Swedish one-man-show The Tallest Man on Earth.  Also playing tonight are local acts Buried Beds and Little Big League.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show are available here.  Below, watch a live video of Showalter and band performing the title track from Dark Shores.

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Watch a new video from indie-popsters, Savoir Adore, “Empire Of Light” (playing Ortlieb’s Lounge with Buried Beds on October 19th)


Savoir Adore release its new album, Our Nature, on October 16th. The indie-pop duo (Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro) have released a new video for “Empire Of Light,” that you can watch below. They play Ortlieb’s Lounge on Friday, October 19th along with Philly’s Buried Beds. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. In addition to the new video, stream the Bananarama meets Blondie (circa “Rapture”)-esque jam, “Regalia.”

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Just Announced: Strand of Oaks’ first headlining show in Philly (Dec. 15, Johnny Brenda’s)

Not only is it exciting to hear that Strand of Oaks is headlining a show in Philadelphia for the first time – December 15 at Johnny Brenda’s – the killer lineup just cannot be denied. Opening acts include Buried Beds (whose singer, Eliza Hardy-Jones, collaborated with Strand of Oaks on the Shaking Through track “Spacestations”) and Little Big League (whose bassist, Deven Craige, is a sometimes-member of Oaks). The coolest thing of all, for us, is that all of these bands have been in our studio at one time or another; it’s a lineup of Key Studio Sessions alums! Download Strand of Oaks’ cover of “Wolves” by Phosphorescent and Little Big League’s “Saint John’s” below, and watch the Buried Beds Key Studio Session video.

Key Studio Sessions #8 – Buried Beds from WXPN FM on Vimeo.