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Free At Noon Flashback: Ezra Furman and The Boy-Friends preview their MilkBoy set with a high-voltage performance

Ezra Furman and the Boyfriends | Photo by Megan Lynch | meglynchart.tumblr.com
Ezra Furman and the Boyfriends | Photo by Megan Lynch | meglynchart.tumblr.com

The always fun and brilliantly flamboyant Chicago son Ezra Furman soared high in his Free At Noon set this Friday. The crowd embraced the quirkiness and sometimes listless personality that has defined Ezra throughout his career.

Successful as both a solo artist and a member of both Ezra Furman and the Harpoons (as well as his current group, Ezra Furman and The Boy-Friends), he continues to prove his relevance in the alt-pop/rock genre in just about every which-way possible.  Smearing the sleep from his eyes and peering up to see the crowd, Ezra’s outlook seemed to be of someone ready for bed rather than a live radio show – but then he began to sing and all sense of doubt (even if it was for a second) was quickly thrown out the window. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon guest Ezra Furman covers LCD Soundsystem’s “I Can Change”

Photo via http://ezrafurman.com/
Photo via ezrafurman.com

This week’s Free at Noon performer, Ezra Furman, just shared his cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “I Can Change” – a great song from their final album This Is Happening. The recording is part of a five-song covers EP Furman released alongside his latest release Perpetual Motion People; also featured is Beck’s “Devil’s Haircut,” The Replacements’ “Androgynous” and Arcade Fire’s “Crown of Love.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Powerhouse featuring Meek Mill at Wells Fargo Center, Kristen Sylvester at Random Tea Room, San Fermin at Boot and Saddle and more

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Meek Mill | Photo by Clay Patrick McBride | www.claypatrickmcbride.com

Philly rapper Meek Mill will bask in hometown glory as he rocks tonight’s Powerhouse event at the Wells Fargo Center. He released his highly anticipated Dreamchasers 3 mixtape on Maybach Music last month and was featured on the label’s collaborative album, Self-Made Vol. 3. The event, which also features performances from the top acts in hip-hop and R&B such as Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Wale, and 2 Chainz, is certainly a must-see. Get tickets here and watch Meek’s video for “Levels” below.

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Review: The “Thunderstorm Tour” with SSLYBY, Ha Ha Tonka, and Ezra Furman

“We’ve been calling this the thunderstorm tour.” Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s Phil Dickey slightly chuckles while thanking the audience for coming out in a downpour. He goes on to explain that every venue on this tour, so far, has had terrible weather, and every night he gets extremely nervous that all three bands will die in a van. But a little bit of rain and thunder has not deterred the trio-band group from playing a show yet.

Braving the elements together, SSLYBY, Ha Ha Tonka, and Ezra Furman have been touring this month to preview their newest albums, all coming out this Fall. Thursday night, they played at the chic, intimate MilkBoy Philly, leaving 2 more shows in the tour at Boston and New York.

Raising the stakes high, Ezra Furman opened the high energy show. With only a singer/guitarist and a drummer on a dimly lit stage, each song was surprisingly packed with a punch and immersed with eccentricity while Furman stood up on the edge of speakers and kick-jumped across the stage. Continue reading →