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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lone Bellow at Union Transfer, Friendship at Everybody Hits, AllegrA at Planet Phitness, and more

The Lone Bellow
The Lone Bellow | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

The wait is almost over for The Lone Bellow‘s long-anticipated Union Transfer appearance, the band’s first Philly show in two years. If you missed out on today’s sold out Free at Noon, you can still catch the folk rockers tonight, along with openers The Wild Reeds. The Lone Bellow released their third studio album Walk Into A Storm in September. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Stream Friendship’s Shock Out of Season

Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist
Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist

Ahead of its Friday release, Philly’s Friendship have shared their new album Shock Out of Season in full with an early stream. Known for their minimalist narrative-driven folk tunes, the latest release is a steady progression of the solid foundation the band has built over the last few years, filling out their sound with a more robust, atmospheric sound. Shock Out of Season follows the band’s two previous releases: 2015’s You’re Going to Have to Trust Me and recent EP F/V Hope. Continue reading →

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Power Animal wraps us in a buzzing electric blanket of comfort with “Light Elating Everything”

Power Animal | photo courtesy of artist

The last time we heard from Keith Hampson’s experimental lo-fi project, Power Animal, it was breathing as a solo entitiy. Now, Power Animal is back, and though the upcoming material is the most personal Hampson has been, he’s enlisted the help of friends for a move back to full-band territory, which comes to fruition in the album, Good Wind Pt. 1.

Set for a Nov. 10th release date via the band’s charity label Human Kindness Overflowing, today we hear the beautiful first track titled, “Light Elating Everything.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Kath Bloom at Johnny Brenda’s

Kath Bloom | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Veteran singer-songwriter Kath Bloom put out new material this past spring with an album titled This Dream Of Life. Tonight she’ll be gracing us plebeians with her powerful songstress presence at Johnny Brenda’s, alongside a bill including Friendship and Most Selfless Cheerleader.  Find info on the show here, and watch the heartbreaking and touching video for Bloom’s new track “I Just Can’t Make It Without You,” below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Friendship’s steady-going, emotional new single “If You See My Beloved”

Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist
Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist

Philly indie folk outfit Friendship have just shared a new single in addition to announcing a release date for their sophomore album, Shock Out of Season, which will be out on November 3rd via Orindal Records.

“If You See My Beloved” is a five minute long track that edges along to a steady beat and a static electro atmosphere. The power of the song lies in the lyrics, however, with frontman Dan Wriggins’ conversational, stream-of-conscious words painting a picture of a deteriorating relationship through his realistic recount of a rainy day excursion. Continue reading →

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Friendship debut “Rich Man,” the first single from new F/V Hope EP

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Friendship | photo courtesy of the artist

Local outfit Friendship are out on the road right now for a pretty serious national tour, but when they return on May 27th it’s to release a new EP called F/V Hope via Sleeper Records. While in Galveston, TX (according to their tour flier) a few days ago the country-tinged folk rockers shared a lead single from the record called “Rich Man,” which you can listen to below.

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Folkadelphia Session: Friendship (ft. Abi Reimold)

Friendship (sans Reimold), courtesy of the artist.
Friendship (sans Reimold), courtesy of the artist.

Back during the first half of 2015, we only knew Friendship as a social concept that we were bad at participating in. We ended 2015 with a new favorite band. Thanks to a “mysterious EP” (as posted by The Key) and a Folkadelphia house concert with Maine’s Jacob Augustine, Friendship really held our attention as we greatly anticipated their eventual debut full length, You’re Going to Have to Trust Me. With its somber country sound somewhere between Jason Molina and Gram Parsons (as WXPN’s John Vettese nicely describes it), Friendship hits that sweet spot where our interests in existentialism and pedal steel guitar converge.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Friendship at All Night Diner, Jarekus Singleton at Sellersville Theater

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Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist

Local favs Friendship play All Night Diner tonight in a rare six-piece set-up. The (mostly) Maine natives will be joined by their Ohio-based keyboardist and a recently added flautist, giving the already hauntingly structured songs that populate last year’s stand out You’re Going To Have To Trust Me LP even more nuanced depth. Revisit “Responsible” from the record below and get more information for the show here. The Dove & The Wolf, Field Sleeper and Curtis Cooper also play.

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Watch Friendship perform “Fuzzy” live, see them at Everybody Hits

Friendship
Friendship | Photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist

As we prepare to send Friendship off on a summer tour in a few weeks, why not look back at a video filmed on their last east coast journey?

The Philadelphia-based band of Maine, Florida and Ohio natives spent the better parts of March and April taking their 2015 debut LP You’re Going To Have To Trust Me from Savannah to Toronto, making a midway-stop in Tennessee where they recorded this live version of “Fuzzy.” Nashville’s Little Light Shows captured the song on the first floor of a sparsely lit home, casting the soft-spoken musings in a dewy glow. It’s the kind of recording that relays the intimacy of a Friendship set.

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