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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eleanor Friedberger at Johnny Brenda’s, Control Top at The Galleries at Moore, Ronnie Vega at LAVA Space

Eleanor Friedberger| Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Eleanor Friedberger| Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Singer-songwriter Eleanor Friedberger makes a solo stop at Johnny Brenda’s tonight, on the road sans band after releasing her latest album New View last year. Local solo artist Jesse Hale Moore opens, so it’ll be a night full of raw and stripped-down tunes. Read The Key’s interview with Friedberger here, watch the video for “He Didn’t Mention His Mother” below, and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Eleanor Friedberger takes charge at Milkboy on Friday

Eleanor Friedberger Show @ Milkboy, 2/19/16 | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Eleanor Friedberger Show @ Milkboy, 2/19/16 | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

MilkBoy is the kind of venue where if you’re not careful, you might accidentally knock over an opening band’s gear. It’s the kind of place that does apparently soundchecks in real time for a live studio audience.

Eleanor Friedberger’s band grappled with that soundcheck early in their set, as she complained with good reason about the levels, and the random fog machine, while at the same time apologizing for boring the crowd with the details that in the end were never fully resolved. “It should all be show business, I know,” she said, “all just happen magically.” Continue reading →

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Watch Eleanor Friedberger perform “Because I Asked You” on Seth Meyers

Eleanor Friedberger Photo by Joe DeNardo
Eleanor Friedberger | Photo by Joe DeNardo | courtesy of the artist

Currently in full promotion mode, singer-songwriter Eleanor Friedberger made an appearance on Late Night with Seth Myers earlier this week to perform her new single “Because I Asked You.” The track comes from the Chicago native’s third solo LP New View, which was released last month. An official video for the song was also shared this week and shows the former Fiery Furnaces member performing at Millvale, PA’s Good Time Bar. Friedberger recently spoke with The Key’s Josh Pelta-Heller about the new record; read that interview here, check out the videos below and pick up tickets to see her at MilkBoy tomorrow night.

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Being Novel: Eleanor Friedberger discusses the hard work of a singular songwriter

Eleanor Friedberger Photo by Joe DeNardo
Eleanor Friedberger | Photo by Joe DeNardo | courtesy of the artist

Eleanor Friedberger has impugned the Philadelphia Grand Jury, and roundly rejects Philly Councilman Mark Squilla’s now notorious (and already-dead) legislation proposal.

Take that, Philly. She’ll do what she wants here.

You’d have only to listen briefly to almost any of Friedberger’s work to hear something novel, enduring and for the most part accessible too — arguably a rare combination of qualities in pop music. Her three solo records are ear candy for audiophiles that never seems to wear thin, buoyant and quirky, with her trademark asynchronous lyrical delivery that manages to offer something new with each listen. And together with her brother Matthew, Friedberger’s bountiful catalog as half of the The Fiery Furnaces features eight intense studio records to date, often layered with discord and din, musical conversations of meandering meters masterfully woven with Friedberger’s bright vocal melodies, that serve to challenge and expand the listener’s sense of euphony.

In advance of her upcoming appearance at MilkBoy in Center City, our conversation with Friedberger covers everything from pop production to college keg stories, and she even offers her advice on the best way to come up with something new. Continue reading →

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Shack up with Savages, Eleanor Friedberger & Woods on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Savages | Photo by Dustin Cohen, courtesy of the artist
Savages | Photo by Dustin Cohen, courtesy of the artist

Not even the “Blizzard of the Century” can stop the Indie Rock Hit Parade from coming your way at 11pm ET tonight on WXPN! We’ve got plenty of sizzling treats to keep you warm, like an Album Spotlight on Adore Life, the new full-length from UK noise rockers Savages! Also some of these freshly roasted tracks will be in the mix, so look out below!

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Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding) releases new track “Stare at the Sun”

johnwesleyhardingRenaissance man Wesley Stace – formerly known by the stage name of John Wesley Harding but more recently going under his birth name – is set to release his latest solo record in September. This week he premiered the single “Stare at the Sun,” co-written by Eleanor Friedberger, via the New York Times website.  Friedberger, previously of the Fiery Furnaces, recently released her own version of the track on her critically acclaimed solo sophomore LP Personal Record. Stace’s own solo-endeavor, Self-Titled, is slated for release on September 17th via Yep Roc Records. While Friedberger’s version rocks out in classic 4/4 time signature, Stace’s take on in the song is much more subdued, peacefully waltzing along in 3. Check it out below via Soundcloud.

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My Morning Download: “Stare At The Sun” by Eleanor Friedberger (with help from John Wesley Harding)

Photo by Roger Kisby
Photo by Roger Kisby
Eleanor Friedberger will release her second solo album, Personal Record, on June 4th on Merge Records. The twelve song collection was written with musician and novelist John Wesley Harding (AKA Wesley Stace). Eleanor met Wes at a Bob Dylan tribute concert last year where they were both performing and soon after began collaborating together on songs for the album. “Stare At Sun” is a driving guitar fueled three minute instant classic. It’s like a cross between The Wedding Present and The Raspberries with a momentary Thin Lizzy-esque guitar solo. Download it below, lower those car windows, and blast it.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Eleanor Friedberger (of The Fiery Furnaces) at Kung Fu Necktie

Eleanor Friedberger may be best known as one half of the brother/sister indie pop-rock duo The Fiery Furnaces, but this July will mark a new direction for the Brooklyn-based musician. With her first solo album, Last Summer, out tomorrow on Merge Records, Friedberger is kicking off a 10-stop tour in support. The album has a sound unique to that of the Furnaces, and is full of pretty guitars and keyboards, New York City themes, and thoughtful lyrics. The first single “My Mistakes” is a light, feel-good track that proves Friedberger’s aptitude as a solo artist. Eleanor Friedberger performs at Kung Fu Necktie at 8 p.m.; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.

Eleanor Friedberger – My Mistakes from Merge Records on Vimeo.