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XPN Fest Recap: Joseph’s sisterly harmonies mesmerize the Marina Stage crowd

Joseph | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

In an obvious way, Joseph‘s Closner sisters are a single unit. In watching them during a Sunday afternoon set at XPoNential Festival’s Marina Stage, their bond was detectable past their similar faces. Their harmonies intertwined by more than any certain key or pitch. There was something about the connection that wasn’t necessarily visible, but felt or understood.

Yet just as they exist as one, the three sisters also shined individually. Natalie, the eldest and clear leader — she was the one to announce, “these are my sisters” — flanked the right. Only she sported an instrument beyond her human abilities, equipped with an acoustic guitar and bass drum stomping pad. With those tools, she guided the 11-song set through each twist and turn like an older sister should. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Camp Candle at Boot & Saddle, Joseph at World Cafe Live, Palm at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist
Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist

Local electro-pop duo Camp Candle headline Boot & Saddle tonight. The band released its debut EP ERE this past summer, sharing a collection of atmospheric, synth-driven songs that highlight Hetepsa and Nu Ra’s sonic chemistry. Watch a video for the more recent “One Day, My Friend” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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The Key Presents: Joseph

Joseph | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Joseph | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Joseph is the band you can’t forget. Whether you saw them first on Jimmy Fallon or during our own NonCOMM this past spring, it’s likely that the haunting harmonies created by the Closner sisters are stuck in your mind for good. And they’re just getting started. With this year’s sophomore release I’m Alone, No You’re Not out on ATO Records, the Oregonians are taking hold of hearts and minds across the country — and with good reason. Catchy folk licks and haunting harmonies aren’t the only thing that Joseph brings to the table. With an ear for striking songwriting, the band doesn’t back down. Continue reading →

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Joseph look back on their past, and towards the future, with new single, “Blood and Tears”

Joseph | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Joseph | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

NonCOMM 2016 act Joseph will release their sophomore album, and first with ATO Records, next Friday, August 26th. On Monday, the sisterly trio shared “Blood and Tears,” their third single off the forthcoming I’m Alone, No You’re Not. The song follows “White Flag” and “SOS (Overboard),” each of which were put out earlier this summer.

The Oregon natives’ music was labeled by many as folk-pop after their 2014 self-released debut Native Dreamer Kin put them on the map. Tracks like “Cloudline” had dark vibes and spine-tingling harmonies, bringing the trio closer to the folk half of that genre. But with these new singles, “Blood and Tears” proving no exception, Joseph’s sound has developed into a poppier classification. Finger snaps line the verses while soaring choruses feel much more produced than some of the older material. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Newcomers Joseph give an enchanting performance

Joseph | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | <a href=http://racheldelsordophotography.com target="_blank">racheldelsordophotography.com</a>
Joseph | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Knowing that they hail from Portland, Oregon, puts Joseph into a certain organic light when you’re listening to them. But the trio of sisters, who will release their debut album I’m Alone, No You’re Not this summer via ATO, really do embody a naturalness at the root of their sound. They opened the downstairs stage of NonCOMM’s second night with songs from that new LP, pairing a simple acoustic guitar with three stunning voices.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joseph at Tin Angel, Killiam Shakespeare at Johnny Brenda’s, Matthew Logan Vazquez at Boot & Saddle

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Joseph | photo courtesy of the artist

Oregon sister trio Joseph play the Tin Angel tonight. Family heritage runs deep in the band’s indentity; they borrow the name Joseph from their Grandfather, as well as from a town in their native state where they spent time camping as kids. The group’s debut album will be out this year on ATO; get a taste of their jaw-dropping harmonies in the video for “Honest” below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show here. Continue reading →