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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Conjunto Philadelphia at Ardmore Music Hall, Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band at Kung Fu Necktie

Conjunto Philadelphia | photo via conjuntophilly.com

Conjunto Philadelphia is a group dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich musical history of Cuba. They’ve brought their pre-revolutionary-era Cuban tunes to countless regional venues and events over the years, and they’ll be at Ardmore Music Hall tonight for a headlining show. They’re joined by Brazilian-inspired group Ensemble Novo. Watch a video of the band’s performance at the Philadelphia Museum of Art below, and find tickets and more information on tonight’s 21+ show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band guide with guitars on their psychedelic sonic journey

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

I wonder how many guitar strings Chris Forsyth goes through in a year — or a month, or even a day. Because in just the forty-five minute span of today’s Free at Noon performance — or should I say, jam-fest — we lost more than a couple of brave string souls in the name of sweet, sweet music.

After the always-lovely Helen Leicht welcomed the Philly guitarist and his crew, The Solar Motel Band, on stage, hers would be the last voice the crowd would hear for the coming ten minutes. Instead, guitar gladly took its place.

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Dreaming in the Non-Dream” by Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

Chris Forsyth | photo by Maria Dumlao | courtesy of the artist

You like those intricate Richard Thompson solos? How about those sprawling, yet literate ones Jerry Garcia plays? Are you a fan of Television’s Marquee Moon? Then look no further for inspired, awesome guitar jams than Philly’s Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band and their new album, Dreaming In The Non-Dream. Continue reading →

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Watch Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band perform for NPR’s Tiny Desk, catch them tonight at Johnny Brenda’s

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band
Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Kait Privatera | courtesy of the artist

No song is too big for NPR’s Tiny Desk, not even the spacey psych rock marathons of Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band. The Philly locals’ session at NPR Music headquarters was released on Friday, and in it they perform “Harmonious Dance,” “The First Ten Minutes of Cocksucker Blues,” and “Boston Street Lullaby.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Double Decker Records anniversary fest, Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band at Johnny Brenda’s, Song Dogs at Boot & Saddle

Spill
Spill | Photo courtesy of the artist

Allentown record store Double Decker Records is celebrating its 20th year and Lehigh Valley label Square of Opposition is celebrating its 15th year, so why not throw a giant, weekend-long fest to celebrate? Things kick off this evening at St Bernard’s in Bethlehem with Kids, Spill, Pete and Nate (of Snowing, Algernon Cadwallader and Dogs on Acid), and continue on Saturday and Sunday with sets from Mischief Brew, Marge, Pissed Jeans, Plow United, Soul Glo, Thin Lips, a surprise return from Snowing and so much more. Information for the full fest can be found here, with tonight’s pre-fest info available here. Watch Spill’s “Big Boss” video below.

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Chris Forsyth shares “High Castle Rock” from new LP

 

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Kait Privatera | courtesy of the artist
Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Kait Privatera | courtesy of the artist

Chris Forsyth‘s music has always been pretty cosmic in the sense that listening to his songs is like getting on the Magic School Bus with Ms Frizzle; you start out with only a general idea of where you’re headed but you know it will be a wild ride. The next trip starts with “High Castle Rock,” premiered this week by Pitchfork and taken from Forsyth’s forthcoming double LP The Rarity of Experience.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. World Cafe’s Sense of Place: Philadelphia, Church Girls and more…

World Cafe
Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

This week on World Cafe, host David Dye focused on our own town with Sense of Place: Philadelphia. We heard interviews with The Roots and The Districts, listened to a lot of local music and maybe were even introduced to some new bands. Check out a collection of downloads from the series here (including live tracks from Cayetana) and listen back to the special program here.

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Stream Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band’s set at Baby’s All Right via NYC Taper

 

Chris Forsyth | Photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Forsyth
Chris Forsyth | Photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Forsyth

Local space rock four-piece Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band just announced a short hiatus in order to finish their upcoming album, which is due out some time in 2016 on No Quarter Records. But that doesn’t mean that fans have to wait until the release of The Island, Forsyth’s side-collaboration with experimental multi-instrumentalist Koen Holtkamp, out this fall via Trouble In Mind Records. The group recently played a set of all new material at Baby’s All Right in New York, is now streaming over at NYCtaper. Continue reading →

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Listen to Chris Forsyth cover Captain Beefheart’s “Alice in Blunderland”

Christ Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band
Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Constance Mensh

Local instrumentalists Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band played a tribute to the late Captain Beefheart during a show at Johnny Brenda’s earlier this month, covering “Alice in Blunderland” off of 1972’s The Spotlight Kid. Forsyth’s exploratory guitar playing is a great fit for Beefheart’s wandering, melodic compositions and the Solar Motel Band sends the song down a scruffy, heavy rabbit hole. This isn’t the first time a Philly band covered a song by the Frank Zappa collaborator; check out Dr. Dog jamming on “Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles” here and listen to “Alice in Blunderland” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Screaming Females at Johnny Brenda’s, Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band at Boot and Saddle, Jonah Delso at Bourbon and Branch

Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

New Brunswick, NJ rockers Screaming Females have been hitting the road pretty hard this year, which means possibly two things. Either they just really love playing (if you’ve ever seen them in concert or heard Live at the Hideout, clearly they do). Or, perhaps, they’re also getting ready to follow up 2012’s raging LP Ugly. Definitely hoping it’s the latter, especially considering the recent “Wishing Well” that is available as a tour-only 7″. Listen to the track here via RollingStone.com, check out a recent live video from their current tour with Pujol and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →