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XPN Fest Recap: Darlingside has the best of the best of times on the Marina Stage

Darlingside | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Darlingside is a somewhat unique group in this era of music. The four-piece group formed in Boston, Massachusetts, but their folk-pop genre is what makes them stand out. Their use of folk instruments, such as a violin and cello and their strong vocal harmonies define their sound.

The band brought all of these elements to the Wiggins Park Marina Stage to play the last day of the festival, and people of all ages could be seen enjoying their performance. Continue reading →

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Watch #XPNFest artists Darlingside make a long-awaited appearance at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk

Darlingside at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert | photo by Eslah Attar via NPR Music

Just one song into Darlingside‘s Tiny Desk Concert, it becomes clear that the band has been waiting a long time for this moment. And they came prepared — with some banter about a quiche, far-reach comparisons of themselves and NPR’s Bob Boilen, and three delicate, harmony-filled songs. Continue reading →

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XPNFest adds artists incl. Darlingside, Blind Boys of Alabama, Harmony Woods, &More

clockwise from left: Darlingside | photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN // Blind Boys of Alabama | photo by Jim Herrington | courtesy of the artist // Harmony Woods | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN // &More | photo by Dejanaya Spicer | courtesy of the artist

These are exciting times, folks. As if this year’s XPoNential Music Festival lineup wasn’t already stacked enough, today we’re thrilled to announce several more artists that will be joining us this summer on the Camden Waterfront. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Eschaton” by Darlingside

Darlingside | Photo by Gaelle Beri | courtesy of the artist

Just over two years ago, a little know four piece folk group from Boston came on the scene with an album that cemented itself into the collective consciousness of XPN members and listeners. Darlingside’s Birds Say was a standout amongst the indie-folk scene with its rich vocal harmonies, warm musical textures, and stunning songwriting. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Darlingside saves the day and woos the crowd with a stunning performance

Darlingside | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Darlingside | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

No matter how profusely Darlingside refuses to accept that their playing a show today was a huge favor to us, don’t believe a word they say. WXPN is thankful to the Cambridge-based band for playing our Free at Noon show on such short notice after Adia Victoria got sick and was forced to back out of the show.

The four man indie-folk outfit charmed over the summer at XPN Fest and did so again today at World Cafe Live. Their set gave the audience a taste of the autumn air that we’ve been missing (especially on 70 degree days like today) with their warm performance, their grassroots brand of folk music, and nostalgia-inducing lyrics like “Apple cider signs” from their song “White Horses” — which was inspired by an apple orchard that one of the band members used to go to as a child. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Darlingside brings harmonies and charm to the Marina Stage heat

Darlingside | Photo by Sydney Schaefer | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Darlingside | Photo by Sydney Schaefer | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

It was the third song of Darlingside’s set. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based harmonizers were beautifully belting their “Good For You,” a song written about the band’s fascination with the places they visit while traveling. In that same spirit, the sounds of Darlingside were able to transport listeners as if they were on the road with the band themselves. And then, to draw everyone back to reality, the stench of porta-potty septic trucks filled the air —  because port-potty septic trucks were driving right behind the Jerseyarts.com Marina Stage. It’s funny how timing works in this world.  Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Darlingside brings both laughs and music to World Cafe upstairs

Darlingside | Photo Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | <a href=http://jeremy-zim.com target="_blank">jeremy-zim.com</a>
Darlingside | Photo Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

“We love Philadelphia, and we love radio!” exclaimed Darlingside vocalist/guitarist Harris Paseltiner at the beginning of the band’s NonCOMM opening set on the upstairs stage at World Cafe Live. After a rousing introduction from NPR Music’s Bob Boilen and a few jokes from the band (“We wonder who has more hair, Kurt Vile or all four of us combined”), the band broke into a short but sweet set, adorned not only with laughs but beautiful music from their debut, Birds Say. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ron Gallo at Boot and Saddle, Darlingside at MilkBoy and The Arcs at The Fillmore

Photo via www.facebook.com/rongallomusic
Photo via www.facebook.com/rongallomusic

Former Toy Soldiers frontman Ron Gallo is a Philadelphian through and through, and that will not change even as he is set to head south to live in the bustling music town of Nashville, TN. You can say goodbye to the fuzz-rocker tonight at Boot & Saddle alongside old friends and former Toy Soldiers band-mates Matt Kelly and Dom Billet now of Coin Purse. Head to the XPN Concert Calendar for details on the farewell show tonight. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Bilal, Nathaniel Rateliff and more

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Bilal | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Local singer-songwriter Bilal stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session. He brought with him songs from his latest effort In Another Life, performing acoustic versions of “Satellites,” “Love Child” and more. Download the full session here and catch Bilal live at the WXPN-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Underground Arts on August 20th.

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