Listen to the new Oh! Pears record, Wild Part of the World

Oh! Pears - Photo by Chris Sikich -
Oh! Pears | Photo by Chris Sikich |

Yesterday on his Facebook page, former Philly resident Corey Duncan of Oh! Pears, shared his new album, Wild Part of the World. A month ago Duncan was back in Philly and played a show at Ortlieb’s. Here’s what Duncan wrote:

Ok so I’m getting a little tired of keeping this thing to myself. This is the new Oh! Pears record, which I’ve had finished, chillin on my computer, for like a year. It should be coming out very soon, but details are a little hazy right now. I’m really proud of it, and I figure there’s no harm in showing it to my FB pals while it’s waiting to come out. Feel free to let me know what you think. I’ve got a bunch of new songs since recording this, and an extremely exciting new collab project with a wonderful friend of mine, which I’ll tell yallz more about soon. Anyway, I hope you guys like this record. It’s called Wild Part Of The World.

Listen to Wild Part of the World below.


Review: A homecoming for Oh! Pears at Ortlieb’s

Oh! Pears | Photo by Chris Sikich |
Oh! Pears | Photo by Chris Sikich |

On Wednesday night, Ortlieb’s played host to a free early show featuring a sort of Philadelphia homecoming for Corey Duncan and his musical guise of Oh! Pears. Though he left Philly to return to his home of Seattle in 2012, the crowd on Thanksgiving Eve was quite enthralled with his solo moments and his viola and cello accompaniment.

Among the highlights was his performance of “Conjurer,” a song featured on a split 7-inch with Heyward Howkins. Duncan regaled the audience with stories of eating loads of pizza while filming the video for the song earlier in the day. Replete with folk and indie-rock stylings, Oh! Pears were a sweet early Turkey Day treat. Philly locals Katrina Bauer (aka Comes a Time) and Joey Sweeney opened.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Amos Lee at Tower Theater, Oh! Pears at Ortliebs, Slackwater News at Chameleon Club and more

Amos Lee | Photo by John Vettese
Amos Lee | Photo by John Vettese

Philly’s own Amos Lee will take to the Tower Theater stage for a night of soulful folk tunes. Lee released his fifth album Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song on Blue Note Records last month and treated fans at World Cafe Live to a live set of new material at his Free at Noon concert. Get tickets to tonight’s show here and watch him peform “Chill In The Air” below.

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Today’s Concert Picks: Chris Harford, Oh! Pears, Toy Soldiers at JB’s; Kevin Killen at North Star; Gemini Wolf at Silk City

Local orchestral rock favorites Oh! Pears will play their last hometown show before frontman Corey Duncan ships on out to the west coast. His band — along with soul rockers Toy Soldiers — will open for Princeton-based singer, songwriter and visual artist Chris Harford and his Band of Changes (which features members of Ween and Dr. Dog). Doors at Johnny Brenda’s open at 8 and the show starts at 9; tickets to the 21+ event are available for $10 here. Below, stream “The Sounding of the Earth” from Oh! Pears European Tour release.

Philly americana artist Kevin Killen will serenade the night away with a free show at the North Star Bar Victorian Dining Room. He’ll be opening for Elkins Park artist Christopher Michael, who has played for a number of Philly area hard-indie bands but has recently taken the folky road himself. The 21+ show is free and starts at 8pm (more information is available on the Facebook event page). Below, stream Christopher Michael’s “Home.”

Finally, glitchy Philly psych-pop duo Gemini Wolf will rock Silk City tonight with local psych-rock team A Study In Terror. Get your fill of psyched-out vibes presented by BITBY, who are also hosting DJs to round out the set. Admission to the 21+ event is $7; show starts at 9. Below, stream Gemini Wolf’s “Thirst” from their album Infinite Sand Dunes.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dave Matthews Band, Purling Hiss, Exitmusic, and Oh! Pears

Tonight there are some excellent shows going on in the city of Brotherly Love.

Although not quite in Philly, not too far away is the annual Dave Matthews Band concert series. There is no way to describe the incomparable group and the mass effect they have had globally, both with their music and their strong ambition to create a more peaceful world. Last year in the summer of 2011 they took a break from their yearly tour, instead celebrating their 20th anniversary by playing multi-day shows along with other artists for a Caravan Tour, one which took place in Atlantic City. This summer, DMB’s tour is back, the first of a two night residency is tonight at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Brandi Carlile opens for them; she played at our Non-Comm this year and you can listen to her live performance here. General admission tickets to the show can be purchased here, show starts at 7 PM.

Purling Hiss, the most recent Shaking Through all-stars, play at Johnny Brenda’s. You can check out their episode curated by The War on Drugs, Adam Granduciel, here and purchase tickets to the 21+ show here. Purling Hiss plays with The Young and Far-Out Fangtooth at 9 PM.

Over at Milkboy Philly, the electronic indie project, Exitmusic will be playing with Stagnant Pools and Lockets. Tickets to the 21+ show can be purchased here. Doors at 8 PM. Listen to the session WXPN’s Eric Schuman did with the band here.

PhilaMOCA hosts the weekly Tuesday Tune-Out, tonight featuring a local favorite, Oh! Pears. Show at 8 PM; tickets to the all ages show can be purchased at the door for $5.


Support the Little Berlin/BITBY Kickstarter


Little Berlin is a non-profit arts and community organization founded in 2007. A gallery located in the heart of Kensington, it features local artists curated monthly by a different Little Berlin member. This past year, they received a $10,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to fund the Little Berlin Fairgrounds project, transforming a vacant lot across from the gallery into an open community art space and sculpture garden. The fairgrounds will be designed around featuring live performances, film screenings, children’s workshops, musical events, and more.

To help raise the matching money they need for the Knight Foundation grant, BITBY, Bands in the Backyard, is creating a 12″ vinyl, featuring all of the artists from the monthly series over the past year. Some of the proceeds funded by the vinyl will go towards the fairgrounds project. The acts on the album include: Break it Up, Wigwams, Heyward Howkins, Pet Milk, Oh! Pears, Arc in Round, Faux Slang, Psychic Teens, Ports of Call, Summer Fiction, Blayer Pointdujour, and Streetwalkers.

The kickstarter will run until Monday, July 23rd to raise their goal of $5,000. Watch the video for the kickstarter here. Below, you can watch BITBY videos from: Ports of Call and Oh! Pears


The Key Studio Sessions: Heyward Howkins

The rare combination of a warm southern storyteller and a cool northern soul, Heyward Howkins is a longtime player in Philadelphia’s music scene who is coming into his own on the debut LP he’ll release later this month. The Hale and The Hearty is an album that rewards multiple listens – particularly the selections that Howkins recorded spaciously arranged versions of for his Key Studio Session with guitarist Severin Tucker and drummer Erik Schmidt. “Spanish Moss,” one of the best songs I’ve heard this year, is simultaneously a nod to the songwriter’s family roots in Georgia, as well as a vignette of working class life in Philadelphia. It’s so lyrically subtle, you almost have to be from the 215 to pick up on all the clever turns of phrase it contains (the line “My city’s way hungover / still sore from red October” is a good one), but the song is also melodic and sublime in a way that transcends its regional references. Likewise, “The Live Oak” makes a solid case for naming Howkins poet laureate of Oaklyn, N.J. The album is in stores and online on June 26, but you can get a copy early with the price of admission at this weekend’s album pre-release show at the Maas Building in Fishtown. Heyward Howkins performs with Oh! Pears, Le Fits and Juliet Hope Wayne at The Maas Building, 1320 N. 5th St., on Sat. June 9 at 8 p.m. Admission to the show is $10.


Philebrity presents The Music Stage at the Art Star Craft Bazaar this weekend at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

This coming Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th is the Art Star Craft Bazaar at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. The Bazaar is an outdoor retail art and craft show that is organized & juried by Philadelphia’s Art Star Gallery & Boutique. Over 140 local & national artists will be selling their work along the riverfront at Penn’s Landing. The live music for the day is being curated by and will include performances from local bands including Oh! Pears, Attia Taylor, City Rain, Market East, Blayer Pointdujour & Rockers Galore and more. The music begins at Noon on Saturday and Sunday; you can check out the complete schedule here. Philebrity has put together a tasty 8 song sampler of bands performing at the Art Star Craft Bazaar that you can listen to below. Go here for more information about the Art Star Craft Bazaar.


SXSW Dispatch: Greetings from the BITBY Backyard

Our video-blogger friends at Bands In The Backyard are big supporters of Philadelphia music, even when they’re in Austin. For its inaugural (and unofficial) SXSW showcase—which was presented by WXPN and The Key—BITBY put a half dozen Delaware Valley artists on a backyard stage (more like a back porch) in a quiet neighborhood just outside of Austin’s bustling downtown. The vibe was tremendously positive, from next-door neighbors extending warm welcomes early in the day, to Key favorite Attia Taylor performing her first-ever solo electronic set (which was mesmerizing). South Jersey rockers The Warhawks even stopped by to check out the show and squeezed in an unplanned set at the encouragement of the BITBY crew. Also on the bill were Brooklyn post-rockers The Veda Rays, Denmark indie folkie Dad Rocks!, and Spain experimentalists Za!. Check out a gallery of the afternoon above, and listen to greetings recorded by each of the artists below.








Photo by Kyle Costill