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Listen to Carolyn Thorn’s battle call for confidence in EP, Standing

Carolyn Thorn | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Carolyn Thorn | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Fans of Ingrid Michaelson, Janis Joplin, Regina Spektor, and Alanis Morissette: I’ve got a treat for you.  It comes in the form of singer-songwriting, guitar playing, ukulele-strumming, piano afficianado, Carolyn Thorn. Whether you like one or all of those artists, you’re sure to love Thorn’s new EP, Standing, which features four tracks exploring insecurity and cries for confident decisiveness.

The song, “Fire” starts off the EP with dark folk fashion, while second track “Joan of Arc” — which we heard previously — possesses strong Morissette feels. Elements of Regina Spektor contribute to piano-driven, poppy “Roll Along,” while the last track, “The End,” is a full on battle cry for self-assuredness. Continue reading →

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Philly singer-songwriter Carolyn Thorn’s new “Joan of Arc” is beautifully vulnerable

Carolyn Thorn | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Carolyn Thorn | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

As a Temple-graduated music therapist, using music as a means for healing is normal to Carolyn Thorn. Her new single “Joan of Arc” explores her self-detrimental mindset, making a point of how much of a stronger and braver person she’d be if anxiety and lack of confidence didn’t trap her: “Sometimes I take myself far too seriously / ‘Cause I get stuck in my own thoughts of me,” she sings “But if I was Joan of Arc / I wouldn’t be afraid.”

The song recruited seasoned vets of the scene such as producers Ross Bellenoit (Ginger Coyle, Sweetback Sisters) and Jeff Hiatt (Arc Divers, Honey Watts), and was recorded at South Philly’s Turtle Studios. It’s the first single from her new full length, Standing, out in December. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Radiator Hospital at PhilaMOCA, Carolyn Thorn at Milkboy, Mac DeMarco at the Electric Factory and more…

Radiator Hospital
Radiator Hospital | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Radiator Hospital return to PhilaMOCA tonight for their first local show since November. The Philly project of Sam Cook-Parrott released its latest LP Wedding Album in February, which features “old songs, new songs, borrowed songs and blue songs” including “Singer’s No Star” below. Pick up tickets for the all-ages show with The Spook School, Bent Shapes and Littler here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Basia Bulat at Boot and Saddle, Jessy Lanza at Union Transfer, Carolyn Thorn at Bourbon and Branch, and more…

Basia Bulat
Basia Bulat | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

Canadian indie folk singer Basia Bulat performs at Boot and Saddle tonight with Twin Lamb. Bulat, who performed a Free at Noon for XPN back in January, is touring to support recently released album, Good Advice (which was produced by Jim James). For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →