Free at Noon Flashback: Langhorne Slim and the Law got everyone’s hips shaking

Langhorne Slim | Photo by Megan Lynch |
Langhorne Slim | Photo by Megan Lynch |

Langhorne Slim, a Philly native, returned to his hometown for our Free at Noon doubleheader today. His performance was received quite warmly, and the crowd was dancing like they just didn’t care.

Slim’s music spread like wildfire after years of touring with bands like Cake, The Avett Brothers, The Violent Femmes, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. He’s been to huge festivals like Bonnaroo, but his music is just as magical and intimate when played in a smaller setting like the World Cafe. The performance was even more special because his mom and grandmother were in the audience. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Holychild at Ortlieb’s, Langhorne Slim at Chameleon Club, Jaill at Kung Fu Necktie

Holychild | photo via Facebook

LA’s Holychild play Ortlieb’s tonight. The duo released its debut EP last year after their single “Happy With Me” blew up the Hype Machine Popular Charts. A signing with Glassnote Records followed and produced this year’s full-length The Shape of Brat Pop to Come, a nod to the band’s self-assigned genre. Check out the video for “Money All Around” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show here.

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Langhorne Slim announces new tour (playing Union Transfer 9/25)

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Bucks County-born, New York-based Langhorne Slim brings his band The Law and his bluesy folk sound to Union Transfer on September 25th. Langhorne Slim’s last album, The Way We Move,is a collection of awesome folk tunes – some bluegrass tinged, others full of rock n roll. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, June 28th at noon. Meanwhile, rock out with Langhorne Slim’s raspy belting in the seriously fun music video for “The Way We Move.”


Langhorne Slim gets the Daytrotter treatment in Illinois, performs with Otis Taylor in Colorado


Bucks County native Langhorne Slim is no stranger to the Horseshack studio in Rock Island, Illinois where Daytrotter Sessions are recorded.  Making his first appearance in 2006, Slim (real name Sean Scolnick) has become a frequent guest of the in-studio audio archivists and recently recorded his fourth Daytrotter session following the release of his latest The Way We Move LP.  For Daytrotter members, the session is available for streaming and as a download here.  During a show in Denver last week, the local musician and his band The Law were joined on stage by blues legend Otis Taylor – check out a clip of the show below.


Interview: Bing & Ruth’s David Moore on creating an all-encompassing live show (playing The Barnes Foundation on 12/14)

“If I don’t keep myself busy, I’ll go crazy,” says David Moore, the Brooklyn-based composer and musician. “It has to be music all the time.” Depending on which day of the week it is, you can find Moore playing in one of the following bands: the Piledrivers, which he calls a “skate-punk/old-time fiddle band”; Langhorne Slim, the folk group led by Pennsylvanian Sean Scolnick; or Pepper Johnson, the folk/country project Moore recently started.

And there’s also Bing & Ruth, the 11-piece ensemble (woodwinds, strings, voice, guitar, percussion, synthesizers) that plays Moore’s ambient, classical and experimental compositions. Given the complications associated with touring such a large ensemble, it’s an extremely rare occasion that Bing & Ruth is performing at The Barnes Foundation on December 14. The group will play two sets, one focusing on new material from an upcoming album, and the other showcasing pieces from 2010’s illuminative and entrancing City Lake.

In a recent phone conversation, I spoke with Moore about Bing & Ruth, the challenges of working with a large ensemble, and creating live experiences where unpredictable things can happen. Detours in the conversation took us, naturally, to boomerangs and Jimmy Buffett. Continue reading →


Listen to Langhorne Slim’s Free At Noon (and photo recap)

When local boy Langhorne Slim (real name Sean Scolnick) took the stage at World Cafe Live for today’s Free At Noon concert, his face was obscured by a brown derby hat pulled low over his brow. But for all the enigma of his visage, the songs that he brought forth were resonatingly clear. Langhorne Slim and the Law offer no gimmicks, no glitter. Theirs is a feel-good folk rock sound, simple and clean. That simplicity gives their music the power to shoot straight to the heart, to — as Slim said — “lift your spirits, and then bring ’em back down.” He sings with deep earnestness to the lost loves of his life: his grandfather, old lovers, and some ambiguous other who — for all his sincerity in performing — could be us. And though many of his songs contain enough emotion to move one close to tears, the band establishes that poignancy is not their only stomping ground. The band offered plenty of joyous, rollicking numbers spiced with tambourine and claw-hammer banjo. Slim tromped around the stage in tall black cowboy boots, taking in the crowd and accidentally unplugging microphones in his excitement. As the set came to a close, he surveyed the congregation of those who had escaped the hot afternoon to hear him play. Laughing, he took up the mic. “I called all your bosses, and you do not have jobs any more.” Listen to the audio here. All photos by Melody Chiang for WXPN.


Tonight’s concert picks: XPN Welcomes Michael Kiwanuka to World Cafe Live, Eternal Summers at Milkboy Philly, Langhorne Slim and Bootsy Collins

WXPN welcomes British soul singer and songwriter Michael Kiwanuka to World Cafe Live. Kiwanuka is WXPN’s current Artist to Watch this month. The show begins at 8PM and tickets are $15.00. Listen to Michael’s session with David Dye on World Cafe here

Eternal Summers at Milkboy Philly with Bedroom Problems and CATNAPS opening; the 21+ show is $10, pick up tickets here. Download a new song from Eternal Summers here.

Langhorne Slim performs at Union Transfer, 9PM, $15

Funk legend Bootsy Collins performs at the Keswick Theatre 8 PM, tickets are $33.50-49.50


Six new Union Transfer shows announced, on sale now

Philly’s next-to-open venue, Union Transfer, announced six new shows this morning. The venue is set to officially open on September 21st with a (WXPN presents) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah concert, and has already announced over 30 shows running through December. UT will be located at the former Spaghetti Warehouse (1026 Spring Garden Street), and will have a capacity of approximately 600 people. Better yet, it’s going to be air-conditioned.

Today’s newly announced shows include dates for Toronto electro duo Zeds Dead, locally-based festival favorite Langhorne Slim, indie-folk world fusion group Enter the Haggis, Jamaican-inspired ska band The Slackers, and several more artists. A full schedule of the newly announced shows can be found below.

9/30: Zeds Dead – $15 – tickets
10/12: Langhorne Slim w/ Dan Mangan – $15 – tickets
10/26: Butch Walker and the Black Widows – $20 – tickets
11/4: Enter the Haggis w/ Scythian – $20 – tickets
11/20: Chris Robinson Brotherhood – $20 – tickets
12/15: The Slackers + The Pietasters – $15 – tickets