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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 →

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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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Watch Gretchen Lohse and Chris Forsyth’s Double Decker Music Series performance care of Bob Sweeney

Photo by Scott Troyan | via instagram.com/gretchenlohse
Photo by Scott Troyan | via instagram.com/gretchenlohse

A couple weeks back, we posted about this the latest installment of the Double Decker Music Series, a new mobile concert event created by local tour guide Sebastian Petsu. In it, local artists perform their music on top of an open-top double decker bus as it drives through the streets of Philadelphia. The latest installment took place on June 1st and featured folk singer/songwriter Gretchen Lohse and experimental guitarist Chris Forsyth, and if you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets (or if you did attend and want to relive the experience), you can watch a few clips of the performance care of local filmmaker Bob Sweeney’s Tumblr.  Take a peek below.

Double Decker Music Series: Gretchen Lohse “Two Travelers” (June 1, 2014) from Bob Sweeney on Vimeo.

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Double Decker Music Series returns on June 1st with Gretchen Lohse and Chris Forsyth

Gretchen Lohse | photo by Vince Miesejewski
Gretchen Lohse | photo by Vince Miesejewski

One of the more unique live music happenings of the autumn returns next month as Gretchen Lohse and Chris Forsyth perform on top of an open-top double-decker tour bus as it drives around Philadelphia. The Double Decker Music Series was launched last fall by local tour guide and music scene regular Sebastian Petsu; the inaugural show / ride took place in October and featured singer-songwriter Birdie Busch and local experimental / jazz player Charles Cohen. Staging a show in this setting combines the freewheeling nature of an outdoor performance with ever-changing scenery of a drive around town; the music combines with the shifting skyline of center city, almost like a drive with the radio on (except the people making the music are actually driving with you).

In between Lohse’s set of haunting folk songs and Forsyth’s set of cerebral guitar rock, Petsu “will share dry wit and music history about the City of Brotherly Love.” The show is limited to 40 tickets, and are only available in advance; boarding begins at 7:45 on June 1st at 5th and Market Streets, and prompt arrival is encourages (“you can’t show up late, or the venue will be gone”); and in the case of rain, the performance will take place on Monday, June 2nd. You can check out video from that performance here, and get tickets and information on the show here.