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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Delorean and City Rain at Morgan’s Pier, Douglas Thomas at The Fire, Evening River Band at Kung Fu Necktie

Delorean
Photo by Nacho Vidal via facebook.com/dlrean

Spanish dance group Delorean plays a free show at Morgan’s Pier tonight. Last year, the group released its second album, Apar, produced in the band’s private studio in El Poblenou. The title is a Basque term that means to froth or foam. The sounds in the album, a very minimum instrumentation and vocals, has a feeling of being destroyed yet remaining strong. The band released a playlist of some of the fantastic remixes they’ve done this year, as well as a warped video for “Unhold” featuring Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek. They will be joined by Philly’s City Rain, who were featured on the Key’s Unlocked Series. Similar to Delorean, City Rain recorded its newest album High School Dance near a family shore house. Catch both bands for their free show at Morgan’s Pier. Get more details at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Lancaster’s Douglas Thomas goes elegantly inward on “Amphibious”

Douglas Thomas | Photo via facebook.com/douglasthomasmusic
Douglas Thomas | Photo via facebook.com/douglasthomasmusic

A sparse, gentle piano, and cautious voice are how we are introduced to Douglas Thomas on his new track, “Amphibious”.  Budding from the musical groundwork is a lush string section that transitions from playful to driving and back again. When Thomas sings, “It’s a little bit lonely to be everywhere,” you can hear the uncertainty in his gossamer tone. By the chorus the previously restrained instrumentals fully bloom, finding Thomas struggling with his own identity, pleading for understanding. The song lands softly, like a falling feather, waiting for the next gust of wind to take it away.

This is the first single from Douglas Thomas’ second album Gone To Seed, which is currently slated for a September 30th release date. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Divers at Johnny Brenda’s, The Tressels and Low Cut Connie at The Note, Douglas Thomas at World Cafe Live, Patty Griffin at The Kimmel Center

Photos by Abi Reimold | www.abireimoldphoto.com
Photo by Abi Reimold | www.abireimoldphoto.com

Featuring members from The Weeds, Birdie Busch’s band and Buried Beds, Divers are about as local as a group of musicians can get. Their music falls somewhere in between folk, rock and a little country and can go from ambient tones to straight up rock in a heartbeat. They’re playing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight; for more information on the 21+ show, click here. Below, watch Divers perform “Take Me Back” for Kettle Pot Tracks’ studio’s On the Hill series.

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Download the “Live at XPN2” EP from Lancaster singer-songwriter Douglas Thomas (plays Millport Conservancy tonight)

Fans of the greater Philadelphia region’s pool of talented indie-chamber singer-songwriters (see also: Ben Smith, Andrew Lipke) would do well to acquaint themselves with Lancaster newcomer Douglas Thomas. His music is a unique mix of 20th century classical influences, folk-pop song structures and lyrics that find room for both romantic yearning and ecological nerdery. For instance, “Paulownia” – it’s named for a species of tree considered by some to be invasive, others to be a good source of material for making musical instruments, and Thomas turns it into a broader metaphor on top of that. Considering that he focused on both environmental studies and music at Franklin & Marshall, it’s a fitting blend, and Thomas makes it work. This past Tuesday night, he appeared on the air on XPN2 with DJ Adam G, and the live session has already made its way online. Listen below, and grab a free download of it at Thomas’ Bandcamp page. While you’re there, you should also check out Thomas’ brand new Trimmings EP, which is celebrating its release tonight in fittingly pastoral surroundings – the Millport Conservancy in Lititz. Douglas Thomas and Mount Gomery play The Millport Conservancy in Lititz, Pa., tonight at 6 p.m. Admission to the all-ages show is $15.