A highly anticipated album suddenly popping up on NPR Music’s First Listen feature is always the most welcome surprise — even more so when it’s the joyful sounds of Josh Ritter. If you’ve been waiting patiently for Ritter’s upcoming ninth studio album Gathering, the wait is over a little bit earlier than we thought. Yes, the album will still be officially released Friday, Sept. 22 via Pytheas Recordings, but until then, you can enjoy a free stream of the Gathering in its entirety over at NPR. Continue reading →
Remember that super secret, super cool Sofar Sounds Philly show in partnership with Amnesty International we let you know about a few weeks back? You know, the one with the winning recipe of: a heaping of community, a splash of mystery, and a million cups of good tunes. Well, friends, the lineup has been revealed, and it’s pretty dang tasty. Continue reading →
A Belle and Sebastian performnce is reason enough to head out to the Mann Center on any night, but throw in Andrew Bird and Porches to the lineup and you’ve got an unmissable show on your hands. The Scottish seven-piece’s last record was 2015’s Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, and they have a new album promised later in 2017 on Matador. Listen to the new single “We Were Beautiful” that the group dropped over the weekend, and check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →
Today’s Free at Noon featured a double-header, opening up with Empty Houses, a three piece group introduced as Detroit’s “best kept secret.” Consisting of the soulful vocals of Ali Shea, the sassy guitar of David Mackinder, and the smooth keyboard work of Adam Mercer, Empty Houses produced a sometimes cute but always captivating motown-pop sound as they shared songs from their upcoming debut Daydream. They’ll play in support of Good Old war again tonight, and considering they also were one of the openers for Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties last night at Underground Arts, it’ll be the band’s third Philadelphia performance in 24 hours.Continue reading →
Chill vibes all around as Good Old War, Gabriel Garzón-Montano and The Morelings performed at The Foundry at The Fillmore on Thursday for the latest Red Bull Sound Select show curated by WXPN.
The Morelings started the night off with some psychedelic tunes, which we recently heard when they visited for a Key Studio Session. Their spacey sounds filled the room as the crowd bobbed their heads and swayed to the music. Gabriel Garzón-Montano then switched it up, giving the night an R&B twist. Joined by a percussionist, Garzón-Montano played keys. The acoustic set really showcased his strong vocals, and he performed songs off of his EP Bishouné: Alma del Hula, including his song “6 8,” which was sampled by Drake Last but not least, Good Old War took the stage as Keith Goodwin led vocals and Dan Schwartz on guitar. Fans were up close and personal against the barrier in front of the intimate stage as the duo performed their folk-pop love ballads.
It’s been a minute since we’ve thrown a proper party with the Red Bull Sound Select folks, and we’re super excited to return to their series of gigs this winter with the XPN-curated showcase on Thursday, March 17th, featuring an acoustic set from folk-pop faves Good Old War, the stirring electronic soul of Gabriel Garzón-Montano and blissed-out psychedelia from Philadelphia’s The Morelings.
The show takes place in The Foundry at The Fillmore Philly and is $3 when you RSVP here, so do that right now, and read more about the artists below. Continue reading →
Folk-pop Philadelphians Good Old War headline their final hometown show of the year tonight at Union Transfer. Earlier this year the band released Broken Into Better Shape, its fifth LP and most polished to date. Watch video from their 2015 Free at Noon below. Tickets and information on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Philly’s own Good Old War received a warm hometown welcome at today’s Free at Noon, and delivered a dazzling set. Tim Arnold – who left the band last year to raise his family – was back on the drums, once again adding his voice to the band’s signature 3-part harmonies.
Good Old War just returned from a tour in support of their fourth studio album, Broken Into Better Shape, which was released this past June. They played several cuts off that record, as well as old favorites.
The band was quite spirited on stage – vocalist/keyboardist Keith Goodwin showed off his dance moves, and guitarist Dan Schwartz kept an electric guitar on a stand, occasionally stepping up to shred some electric solos. Continue reading →
What kind of world is it where clowns are the ones having the bad time? In Good Old War’s latest video for “Tell Me What You Want From Me,” their single off of Broken Into Better Shape, we see an escape effort from different clowns as they try to weave and maneuver their way from being zapped and disintegrated into colorful dust. Continue reading →
This weekend, a couple Philly musicians will take the field at Citizens’ Bank Park to serenade baseball fans. Both Good Old War and Vita and the Woolf will be performing “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch of separate Phillies games; Good Old War will perform on Friday, June 26th in the Phils’ game versus the Nationals (the game starts at 7:05 p.m.), while Vita and the Woolf will play on Sunday, June 28th (the game starts at 1:35 p.m.). Continue reading →