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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sweet Spirit at World Cafe Live, The October Revolution at FringeArts, Carroll at Johnny Brenda’s

Sweet Spirit | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

After Sweet Spirit‘s rockin’ XPN Fest set, we couldn’t wait to welcome the Austin group back to town. The wait is almost over, as Sweet Spirit is set to take command of the downstairs stage at World Cafe Live tonight. The energetic multi-instrumental  band is touring in support of their sophomore album St. Mojo, released earlier this year, and they’ll be joined by Eric Slick (of Dr. Dog) and Tinnarose. Watch the video for “The Power,” one of Sweet Spirit’s many fan-favorite anthems, below, and get ready for the party that’s about to erupt at tonight’s show. Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Carroll mixes the melancholic and the smooth in saxophone-filled track, “Velvet”

Carroll | photo by Noah Silvestry | courtesy of the artist
Carroll | photo by Noah Silvestry | courtesy of the artist

Minneapolis-turned-Philly dwellers Carroll caught our attention last year with their sparkly psych rock vibes in As Far as Sounds Go. Then, back in December, a Shaking Through session hinted at a more somber forthcoming musical route. Now, we’re seeing elements of this melancholic turn come to fruition in Carrol’s new track, “Velvet.”

This slowed-down song swims through hazy, lush textures tinged in gloominess. But at the same time, it’s smooth as heck. A sad kind of sauciness that’s aided by some amazing sax stylings. Continue reading →

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Watch Carroll top off their “blue period” with the tranquil “Private Moon” on the latest Shaking Through

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Miner Street Recordings’ music production web series Shaking Through welcomed the Philly-by-way-of-Minneapolis psych-rockers of Carroll to its most recent episode. In a way, it was a welcome home for the group since their 2014 single “Bad Water” was recorded with Miner Street’s Jon Low. Continue reading →

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Load-In to Load-Out: Carroll settles into their new home with a gig at The Barbary

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Fishtown, Friday night, November 11th. The wind’s got a sharp bite that makes it feel like fall in Philadelphia, finally. It’s record release day for Philly-via-Minneapolis indie rockers Carroll. Their sophomore LP, As Far As Gardens Go, offers listeners a glimpse into their move, recorded in remote waterside cabins and gracious friends’ living rooms, or so the liners suggest — they’re also due to appear on the Shaking Through series on December 14th. But tonight, at the Barbary, the city feels like home. Continue reading →

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Enter Carroll’s primary color world with As Far As Gardens Go

Carroll | photo by Noah Silvestry | courtesy of the artist
Carroll | photo by Noah Silvestry | courtesy of the artist

With great singles like “Talking To My Own Mirage” and “Red Giant” leading up to this album’s release, it was a pretty safe bet that Carroll had cooked up something special. If those songs weren’t enough to convince you, you could have just looked at their producer’s fantastic track record, but let’s not dwell on the past. The Philadelphia-via-Minneapolis psych rockers have put together a stellar ten song set that feels as modern as it does timeless, and they’re calling it As Far As Gardens Go. Continue reading →

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Carroll sound weightless on “Red Giant”

Carroll | photo by Noah Silvestry | courtesy of the artist
Carroll | photo by Noah Silvestry | courtesy of the artist

With an 11/11 release date right around the corner, psychedelic pop rockers Carroll have shared the second single from their upcoming sophomore LP, As Far As Gardens Grow. It’s called “Red Giant”, and it’s every bit as lush as the previously released “Talking To My Own Mirage”. As a child, I thought ear candy was actual candy that you put in your ears, but then I realized people were just talking about music like the kind Carroll makes. If you don’t want to wind up like me, sitting in the emergency room with a half-melted Jolly Rancher in you aural canal, I suggest you stream “Red Giant” below. Continue reading →

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Get your first taste of psych-rockers Carroll with “Talking to my Own Mirage”

Carroll | photo via facebook.com/carrollmusic1
Carroll | photo via https://www.facebook.com/carrollmusic1/

When the indie-rockers of Minneapolis four-piece Carroll caught the ear of producer Jon Low of Miner Street Recordings, they knew they couldn’t ignore his call for them to come to Philadelphia.

Fast forward a few months and the quartet has relocated east, and is gearing up to release their first full-length LP as Philadelphians, As Far as Gardens Go, due to drop on November 11th. They gave us our first taste of the record with their recently released single “Talking to my Own Mirage.” Continue reading →