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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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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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Chris Forsyth unveils “Dreaming In the Non-Dream,” the first single from his new LP

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Chris Forsyth | photo via No Quarter Records

We had a feeling guitarist Chris Forsyth was in the studio late last year, and today we get some details about the outcome of those sessions via NPR. Along with a thoughtful interview about engaging with the world rather than trying to escape from it through music, the Philadelphian shared a new composition called “Dreaming In the Non-Dream” that acts as lead single and title track to his forthcoming Solar Motel Band effort.

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Listen to new material from Chris Forsyth in this NYCTaper recording

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Chris Forsyth | photo via Facebook

In what might be his last show of 2016, Chris Forsyth debuted a new Solar Motel Band configuration and a chunk of new songs at Union Pool in Brooklyn earlier this month. Joined by Peter Kerlin on bass and Ray Kubian on drums, the local guitarist shared three extended compositions, which, if this photo featuring producer Jeff Zeigler is any indication, might appear on a forthcoming follow-up to this year’s The Rarity of Experience LP.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, The Silence Kit at The Pharmacy, Patty Larkin at Steel City Coffeehouse and more

Laser Background | Photo via Facebook.com/laserbackground
Laser Background | Photo via Facebook.com/laserbackground

Laser Background is a psych-pop band from right here in Philly that sound like they belong back in the ’90s toiling away in Athens, Georgia with the Elephant 6 crew (Apples In Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, ect.). The band fuses ’60s inspired psych-pop with some truly strange arrangements to make something all together fascinating. You can check them out tonight at Johnny Brenda’s in support of TEEN and Ava Luna. For more details on the show click here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ruby The Hatchet at Union Transfer, Chris Forsyth at FringeArts, Emmylou Harris at Keswick Theatre and more

Ruby The Hatchet via facebook.com
Ruby The Hatchet via facebook.com

Psychedelic rock quintet Ruby The Hatchet will be getting nice and weird tonight at Union Transfer in support of Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats at 7 p.m. The show will features tracks off the Philly-based band’s album Valley of the Snake which came out back in February. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more information. Continue reading →

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Chris Forsyth and Koen Holtkamp blend psychedelic tunes with “Long Beach Idyll”

Chris Forsyth and Koen Holtkamp | photo courtesy of the artist
Chris Forsyth and Koen Holtkamp | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly psychedelic guitarist Chris Forsyth first worked with Koen Holtkamp on 2012’s Early Astral album, and they are back again, this time with the forthcoming collaboration The Island.  Where their previous collaboration was harder and heavier, the first single from the new one, “Long Beach Idyll,” is a beautiful spacewalk. Continue reading →

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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 →