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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 →

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Listen to Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band’s “The Ballad of Freer Hollow”

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

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band are currently out on the road in support of Intensity Ghost, an LP set for release tomorrow via No Quarter.  The record is the first from Forsyth and his all-star band, assembled a year ago to allow the live playing of 2013’s Solar Motel solo effort from the Philadelphia guitarist.  In addition to August’s “I Ain’t Waiting,” we now have “The Ballad of Freer Hollow” to prime us for the full-length.

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Listen Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band’s celestial new song “I Ain’t Waiting”

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

With a full band debut release set for October with Intensity Ghost, local experimental rockers Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel band have shared the first song from the record with “I Ain’t Waiting.”  The 5-track LP will be out on October 28th through No Quarter and follows Forsyth’s 2013 Solar Motel effort.

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Chris Forsyth to release new full-band LP this October

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

Local guitarist Chris Forsyth has announced a few details of his next explosive and exploratory studio LP Intensity Ghost, out this October on No Quarter Records.  The album follows last year’s Solar Motel effort and is the first recording to feature the band Forsyth assembled for touring, including drummer Steve Urgo, guitarist Paul Sukeena (both of whom are known in the Philly for their own projects as well) and Brooklyn bassist Peter Kerlin.  From No Quarter:

Intensity Ghost is the follow-up to last years critically acclaimed Solar Motel album, which made year ends lists at The New YorkerUncut Magazine and Popmatters and provoked ecstatic comparisons; from Television and Neil Young & Crazy Horse to Richard Thompson and The Grateful Dead…. Forsyth brought the group into the studio in late 2013 to capture what became Intensity Ghost, a 5-track masterwork of grace and power.

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band close out a summer tour with two hometown dates this month: a free show at the new Spruce Street Harbor Park on Thursday, July 24th and a show with Oneida at Boot & Saddle on July 25th.  Check out a live video of “Little Johnny Jewel” below and take a listen to Forsyth’s 2013 Key Studio Session here.