Sept 14 in Music History: Genesis make their live debut, Counting Crows release August and Everything After

Counting Crows August and Everything After

1955 – Little Richard enters a New Orleans studio to begin two days of recording. The sessions don’t start well, but they end fantastically. During a break, he and his producer Bumps Blackwell go to the Dew Drop Inn for lunch. Richard starts wildly playing the piano in the bar, singing a loud and lewd version of “Tutti Frutti.” With only fifteen minutes left in the session, Richard records this version of the song with the phrase, “a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom.”

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Delco Pacers release debut LP “Stereo Streets,” perform record release show at Milkboy 11/14

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Suburban Philly natives Delco Pacers will release their debut LP Stereo Streets on Tuesday, November 19, the follow-up to last year’s acclaimed Riddlewood EP.

In celebration of the release of their full length Delco Pacers will hold a special record release show at Milkboy on November 14, with special guests Morning River Band (Philadelphia) and The Naked Sun (Philadelphia).

Delco Pacers- comprised of singer/guitarist Jonathan Pitts, bassist Evan Dick, and Philly raised drummer Pavlo Demkiv- have managed to revitalize early to mid 90’s indie pop/rock while adding millennial flare. Pitt’s uncanny vocal resemblance to early REM and Mr. Jones’ era Counting Crows, combined with catchy acoustic melodies and banging, syncopated drumming makes Stereo Streets an immediate upbeat favorite. But what really stands out on the LP are the tracks that digress from the usual, with heavier bass and electric guitar influence. On the track “Rooftops” the bass is palpable the whole way through, adding a darker undertone and balance to the more feel-good Americana style record. Take out the vocals, and you’d swear you heard some Smashing Pumpkins’ riffs.

The final track of the LP, a 6:39 number titled “Walls,” features and electric guitar/bass intro with intermittent drums that is so smooth, and so lulling, it’s like Explosions in the Sky jumped in for a quick opening before easily transitioning into quintessential Delco Pacers sound. The band has clearly grown in their last two years of touring, and it is fully audible in their debut LP Stereo Streets. You won’t want to miss the record release show at Milkboy!


Tonights Concert Picks: Counting Crows / The Wallflowers at The Borgata, Bronze Radio Return at World Cafe Live

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90’s alt-rockers Counting Crows are bringing their great live show to The Borgata in Atlantic City tonight. Their last musical endeavor was a 2012 album of covers titled Underwater Sun. Below, check out a video of the band’s South by Southwest cover of “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” by Bob Dylan. Speaking of Dylan, his son Jakob’s band The Wallflowers will be joining the Counting Crows on tour. Watch the music video for the single “Love is a Country” off of their latest album, 2012’s Glad All Over.

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Chris Porterfield comes full circle with Field Report (playing World Cafe Live on 11/9)

Standing out among this year’s breakout acts is Field Report, the new folk project from Minnesota native Chris Porterfield. Formerly a member of the Eau Claire band DeYarmond Edison (which also featured Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and members of Megafaun), Porterfield relocated to Milwaukee where he rekindled his love for music . When its eponymous debut was released in September, critics hailed Field Report as an artist to watch for its rich, poetic lyrics and quiet-yet-powerful sound. Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, who Field Report supported on tour this summer, said “There’s such a perfection in the songs that I wonder how long Chris spent.” This week we caught up with Porterfield over the phone about his experience working with a new group of musicians, his surprise at the success of album, and the band’s resolve to remain true to their Wisconsin roots. Continue reading →


XPoNential Fest Photo Recap: Counting Crows and Delta Spirit at Susquehanna Bank Center

Bringing the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival to a close was an exciting lineup of American rock music at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Counting Crows and Delta Spirit played in the amphitheater, while their companions on the Outlaw Road Show tour – emerging artists We Are Augustines, Kasey Anderson and Field Report – delivered punchy and enthusiastically-received sets on The Key Stage. Check out a photo gallery of the two headliners above.


Listen to Philly music critic Elliott Sharp sing “Rain King” by Counting Crows (playing XPoNential Music Festival on Sunday)

If you’re a Twitter follower of Philadelphia music scribe Elliott Sharp – who covers everything from hip-hop to heavy metal for Philadelphia Weekly, The Metro and Magnet Magazine – you know he’s an incisive, analytical and often very irreverent dude. So when I notice his periodic Tweets about dropping “an archival recording” of him performing “Rain King” from Counting Crows‘ 1993 debut August and Everything After…well, I’ve got to wonder if he’s serious or not. Earlier this week, the Crows cover came up again in my timeline, when Sharp tweeted “If I don’t lose any followers today before 6pm” the track was being released. I couldn’t tell if this was a clever means of means of weeding down his Twitter list, or an honest attempt at maintaining it, but had to ask…is this for real? And can I hear it? Sharp was quick to respond with an mp3 and some explanation.

This was recorded in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 2008. It’s the first take of me singing and playing acoustic guitar. My friend James — who I record with under the name Abandoned Ships — sings backup vocals at the choruses. And, for the record, I think that the Counting Crows album August & Everything After is one of the best albums ever made.

He’ll get no arguments from me on that one. And really, it’s a pretty decent rendition. Way better than I ever could have done, for certain. And while we are sad to report that Sharp, to our knowledge, will not be joining Counting Crows onstage for their XPoNential Music Festival appearance on Sunday, maybe his recording (which you can hear below) will get us all psyched for the massive singalong that is bound to ensue. Counting Crows plays the Susquehanna Bank Center on Sunday July 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available at the XPoNential Music Festival box office.


Watch the Counting Crows on tour from their Outlaw Roadshow (playing XPoNential Music Festival July 22nd)

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Counting Crows roll in to Camden, NJ at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Sunday, July 22nd as part of this year’s XPoNential Music Festival. The Crows are out with their Outlaw Roadshow including the bands Field Report, Kasey Anderson and The Honkies and We Are Augustines. All three of those bands are also playing at SBC along with Delta Spirit. Via Rolling Stone watch the Crows (and members of the bands from the Roadshow lineup) perform a version of “Frankie Miller Goes to Hollywood.” Go here for tickets to the festival.



Just Announced: Good Old War to tour with Counting Crows in June

Philly’s own Good Old War—who, just a week ago, we announced as one of the performing artists in the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival—has just been selected to open for Counting Crows during a series of dates in June. You can check out the full tour schedule below. The band recently wrapped up a headlining tour in support of its third full-length album, Come Back As Rain. From the band:

Philadelphia indie-folk trio Good Old War is heading back out on the road, this time joining Counting Crows on the first leg of their summer tour, The Outlaw Roadshow. Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz teamed up with Ryan Spaulding ( to handpick the bands and venues that they loved.  Spaulding said, “Sitting down and talking with Adam Duritz about the selection, it was a real no-brainer.” And on May 2nd, Adam tweeted “I love this band @GoodOldWar. They had me the first time I heard ‘Coney Island’ and you’re gonna dig ’em too.”

Back in March, Good Old War performed a Free At Noon concert at World Cafe Live, which you can listen to here. You can also listen to the band’s interview and performance on the Philly Local Hour—during which they discussed how the band was formed, what their writing process is like, how they lean on each other, and what they did differently for the new album—from last November here.

June 9th Stone Pony Summerstage Asbury Park, NJ
12th Ives Concert Park Danbury, CT
13th Saranac Brewery Utica, NY
15th Echo Beach Toronto, ON
16th Centennial Terrace Sylvania, OH
18th Cain Park Cleveland, OH
20th The Filene Center @ Wolftrap Vienna, VA
22nd Meadow Brook Rochester Hills, MI
23rd LC Pavilion Columbus, OH
25th Iroquois Amphitheater Louisville, KY
26th Carter Amphitheater Simpsonville, SC
28th Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Tuscaloosa, AL
29th Snowden Grove Amphitheater Snowden Grove, MS
July 1st The Lawn @ White River Indianapolis, IN


Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog, and Counting Crows to headline the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival

The partial lineup for the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival—which will take place on July 20th-July 22nd at Wiggins Park and Susquehanna Bank Center on the Camden Waterfront—has just been announced. The headlining acts include Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog, and Counting Crows; you can check out the rest of the lineup below. You can get full ticket info on three-day passes, early-bird tickets, and benefits for WXPN members here.

*Wilco – The Avett Brothers – Dr. Dog – 7/21 at SBC
*Counting Crows – 7/22 at SBC
The Hold Steady
Kathleen Edwards
Diego Garcia
War On Drugs
John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders
Patterson Hood
Mike Doughty
Lee Ranaldo Band
JD Souther
The Lumineers
Good Old War
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
JD McPherson
Work Drugs
Delta Rae
City Rain
Matt Santry Band
Dana Alexandra
+ more


Stream the new Counting Crows album (playing Atlantic City in April)

Counting Crows are releasing their first new studio album in four years on April 10th called Underwater Sunshine (or what we did on our summer vacation). The album is a collection of 15 covers of songs by some well-known artists including Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, Teenage Fanclub, and Dawes and some lesser known artists like the Romany Rye and Kasey Anderson. The band is playing the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City on Saturday, April 28th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, stream the album in its entirety.