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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kamasi Washington at Union Transfer, Soraia at MilkBoy, Secret American At Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Kamasi Washington
Kamasi Washington | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Following the release of his latest EP Harmony of Difference in September, Los Angeles-based jazz master Kamasi Washington brings his saxophone-driven tunes to Union Transfer tonight. Philly’s own Sun Ra Arkestra opens the show. Read The Key’s interview with Washington here, listen to “Truth” off the new EP below and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Underground Arts, Circa Survive at Electric Factory, Deadfellow at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Hardwork Movement | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Known for their energetic performances, Philly hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement will bring the party to Underground Arts tonight; Kuf Knotz also plays. The band recently released For The People, their first recording as a full band. Hardwork Movement members Becca Imani and Dani Gershkoff recently joined The Key to perform an a cappella rendition of “Don’t Block the Sun” — listen below, and watch the full band Key Studio Sessions performance of “Walk It Off”. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Circa Survive share new b-sides amidst On Letting Go 10th Anniversary Tour

Circa Survive | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Circa Survive | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Doylestown post-hardcore act Circa Surive are currently on tour celebrating the tenth anniversary of On Letting Go, their sophomore record. It included a stop at The Fillmore last week with Turnover and mewithoutYou. Now, they’ve shared a new pair of b-sides on their Bandcamp page, “1000 Witnesses” and “The Most Dangerous Commercials.”

If you’ve been a fan of Circa Survive up to now, neither of these songs should come as too much of a surprise — which is to say, they’re big and bold, the arrangements are winding and the dramatic, the vocals soar, and the drums pummel you like a machine gun. You can stream both tracks below. Continue reading →

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Circa Survive, Beach Slang, and more to appear on Nirvana tribute compilation

Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach cover art

Over the past couple years, Robotic Empire has made their way backwards through Nirvana‘s short but dense catalog of music by releasing tribute compilations of their entire albums. Their next undertaking will be the grunge pioneers’ first LP, Bleach, and they’ve enlisted Circa Survive, Beach Slang, and many more to cover songs from the album.

Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach will also feature bands such as Defeater, Basement, Daughters, Young Widows, and many more. Robotic Empire also released the first single from the compilation, Circa Survive’s cover of a cover of “Love Buzz.” Anthony Green and crew remain faithful to the original while at the same time beefing up the instrumentation and adding extra noise to the mix.

The tribute compilation, which also features Beach Slang covering the classic “About A Girl”, will be released for Record Store Day on April 16th. Continue reading →

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The End of America record gorgeously harmonized folk-rock cover of Circa Survive’s “Act Appalled”

The End of America | photo by Roger Wingman
The End of America | photo by Roger Wingman

The End of America, a folk-rock band from Philadelphia, recently started a video cover series called “The Decade Sessions.” Each month, the trio records a cover of a 10-year-old song that has influenced them personally as well as their music. This month, the band covers “Act Appalled” by Philly’s own Circa Survive. The video features two microphones in the middle of the room surrounded by the band, who powerfully play two guitars and a banjo to create a unique, folk-infused cover of the iconic song. Maybe even more impressively, the band uses harmonies to make the acoustic cover feel big and dynamic. Continue reading →

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Pitchfork gazes into the future of Will Yip and Studio 4

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Pitchfork recently published a feature story about Will Yip, the celebrated and highly-regarded producer based in Conshohocken, and the studio and scene surrounding his work.

Yip has produced albums for numerous Pennsylvania bands, including Circa Survive, Title Fight, Tigers Jaw, Balance and Composure, Nothing, and Superheaven. He works out of Studio 4, a legendary area recording space run by Phil Nicolo. The article explores his work with some of these bands in-depth, observing their genre-bending tendencies that draw heavily from music of the latter 20th century. It also touches on the fact that Yip’s bands have reached younger generations that are constantly told underground music scenes are “dead”. Continue reading →

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Anthony Green of Circa Survive will headline JUMP Philly’s Sound Select show at Underground Arts

Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Red Bull Sound Select has teamed up with JUMP Philly to bring one heck of a party to Underground Arts July 16th. Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green will be headlining, and will be accompanied by Boom Forest, Cruisr, and West Philly shredders Mannequin Pussy. Tickets are only $3 if you RSPV here in advance so you better jump on it. Check out music from the artists on the bill below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Circa Survive at Chameleon Club, Liz & the Lost Boys at Johnny Brenda’s and Delco Pacers at Bourbon and Branch

Circa Survive | photo via facebook.com/CircaSurvive
Circa Survive | photo via facebook.com/CircaSurvive

Circa Survive headlines the Chameleon Club in Lancaster tonight. The Bucks County punk rock favorites are currently on tour giving fans a taste of new material from the album they’ve been working on since the spring. Earlier this year, Circa released Live from the Shrine, while frontman Anthony Green released Young Legs last year. Tickets for the show can be be found here. Continue reading →

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My Morning Download: “Breaker” by Anthony Green (playing Union Transfer 12/14)

Photo by Meredith Green
Photo by Meredith Green
Circa Survive lead vocalist Anthony Green just released his third solo album, Young Legs. This week, Green is being featured in our Unlocked series on The Key. In her review of the album, Beth Ann Downey calls Young Legs “mature, piano-driven rock music with unexpected influences throughout, showing that Green is more than just the Circa Survive frontman, the punk rock artist, the husband, the dad, and definitely, more than just the guy with a guitar.” The album is thick with dramatic, colorful sounds, sophisticated rhythms, taut melodies, with touches of psychedelia and Green’s voice wrapped in warm reverb and soaring harmonies, especially on songs like “100 Steps,” and “Anytime.” The Doylestown native musician plays Union Transfer on Saturday, December 14th, with members of his band including Circa Survive’s Brendan Ekstrom and Good Old War.

You can get a download of “I’ll Miss You” from Anthony’s album in our Unlocked feature here. Below, in exchange for your e-mail address, download “Breaker.”