XPN MusicNotes: Drummer Grant Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit talks about his late brother and mental health awareness

Scott and Grant Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit | via NME

“Now is the time for men to be as gentle and open and emotionally fluent as they can be, I suppose.”- Grant Hutchison

A year after the late Scott Hutchison formed the Scottish indie band Frightened Rabbit in 2003, his brother Grant became its drummer. Now, Grant Hutchison has given his first interview since his brother’s death this past May 10th. Continue reading →


Savage Intimacy: Frightened Rabbit returns to the Electric Factory

Frightened Rabbit | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |
Frightened Rabbit | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

“It’s been a while, Philadelphia,” said Frightened Rabbit‘s Scott Hutchison early on Friday night, “Three years, if I recall correctly. How’ve you been?” And while it’s been not quite a full three years since they last took the Electric Factory stage in October of 2013, things have changed for the Scottish indie titans. Even though it was the same stage they trod, the band was back and sounding bigger and better than ever on Friday evening, working the crowd with aplomb. Continue reading →


Scottish troubadours Frightened Rabbit step up their show at Electric Factory (photos, review, setlist)

Frightened Rabbit | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.comAll photos by Rachel Barrish |

On Sunday evening the Scottish brethren in Frightened Rabbit consumed the stage at the Electric Factory. Having previously played at a sold out show at the smaller Union Transfer back in February, the 3,000 capacity venue felt a bit less packed with bodies but more filled with genuine fans.

Going back in time to 2003, Scott Hutchison chose to play a song off the band’s first album, Sing the Greys early in the set. He asked the audience if they remembered that album and the crowd cheered, but Hutchison jokingly responded “Yeah, yeah, you probably just think it’s Midnight Organ Fight. But that’s okay”. His interactions with audience members are always entertaining and amusing, poking fun at the loud hecklers shouting out requests. He even started off after the first song by taking off his shoes, gearing up for the evening ahead.

Surprisingly there seems to be good amount of songs missing from the setlist that would have been expected, specifically “Late March, Death March” that stood out from their most recent LP Pedestrian Verse with its triumphant chorus and harmonious vocals. They instead brought out “Backyard Skulls” and “The Oil Slick”, two other stand out numbers from the latest LP. Hutchison also did two solo numbers, “Fuck this Place” from the 2011 Frightened Rabbit EP and “Poke” off The Midnight Organ Fight, the album that stands out in most of our minds as Hutchison’s best lyrical endeavor.

“Keep Yourself Warm” closed out the show during the encore; it is a song that literally brought me to tears at one point. Although the lyrics are a bit graphic and the metaphors brings to mind an uncomfortable visual, the epitome of the song is about staying true to oneself and learning to be happy, because you won’t find happiness or love with just anyone. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below and the setlist after the jump.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sir Sly at Boot and Saddle, Frightened Rabbit at the Electric Factory, Animal Collective at Union Transfer


Alt-pop rockers Sir Sly will electrify the Boot and Saddle stage tonight. The band released its Gold EP back in May. Their sound is poppy and electronic but they contrast it with melancholic lyrics (much like Tegan and Sara’s latest album Heartthrob). Get ticket information here and check out “Ghost” below.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Big Footprints Project, Make Music Philly, Light Heat)


Photo by Nina Sabatino
Photo by Nina Sabatino

The Dead Milkmen continue their sudden streak of new recordings with Welcome to Undertown [link]

Light Heat recorded a psych-rock Key Studio Session with some help from members of The Walkmen and Fleet Foxes [link]

Local musicians give back to the community with Modern Baseball-frontman Brendan Lukens’ new label Big Footprints Project [link]

Balto and Holly Williams turn in a pair of great live sessions for Folkadelphia [link and link]

Get to know Sylvia Platypus, Vikesh Kapoor and more in our Make Music Philly Spotlight [link]

Stream Rosu Lup‘s new Currents EP ahead of their record release show at The Fire on July 13th [link]

Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit announced a fall show at the Electric Factory on October 27th [link]

The Key highlights the Firefly Festival undercard with The Key’s week-long Firefly Under the Radar feature [link]

Third Thursdays Live and Local kicks off tomorrow night at Race Street Pier with Dice Raw, Lushlife and more [link]

Stephen Marley remixes his father’s “Three Little Birds” for a new collaborative release in the latest installment of XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week [link]

Check out recaps and reviews of this week’s live concerts, including The Postal Service and Junip [link]

Catnaps say goodbye with a new EP called Forget About It [link]


Frightened Rabbit play Electric Factory this October (tickets on sale 6/22)

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Frightened Rabbit performs Free at Noon | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Frightened Rabbit truly live up to their name, constantly touring and releasing new material.  In the last year alone, they’ve released three EPs and an album, their most recent being Late March, Death March.  Today, the group announced a show at Philly’s Electric Factory October 27th.  This is one band you don’t want to miss live; their shows are always energetic, passionate and full of Scottish accents.  Tickets go on sale June 22nd.  Below, watch their new video for “Late March, Death March” and hear the airy and somber tune, “Architect,” played with The Manchester Orchestra from their latest EP.

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Photo Recap: Frightened Rabbit headlined a sold-out Union Transfer

Photos by Rachel Barrish |

Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit headlined a sold-out Union Transfer on Saturday night, touring in support of their new LP Pedestrian Verse. With an impressive light show and an interactive rapport with the crowd (singer-guitarist Scott Hutchison asked the crowd to hold a G note en masse as they led into “Good Arms vs. Bad Arms”), the band raced through a 20-song setlist. Hutchinson performed “Scottish Winds” and “Poke” solo acoustic, while Canadian openers Wintersleep joined the band onstage for the closing song “The Loneliness and the Scream.” Check out scenes from the show in the photo gallery above and see the set list after the jump. Continue reading →


Photo Recap: Frightened Rabbit play Free at Noon

Warming up for their sold out show tonight at the Union Transfer; Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit played this Friday’s Free at Noon concert. The band was accompanied by Brooklyn based alt-rock band They Might Be Giants. Check out the photo gallery above and the set list below. Continue reading →