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Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Sessions return this week

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Oldermost | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Fans of awesome, live local music rejoice — the Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Sessions Live Music Series is returning this week with a stacked lineup of artists from throughout the area. Every Thursday evening from June to August, Spruce Street Harbor Park will be showcasing a myriad of talent right on the Waterfront, kicking off on June 9th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. with rock ‘n’ rollers Oldermost and singer-songwriter Joey Sweeney. Continue reading →

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I found the heart of rock ‘n’ roll: The Humble, Commonwealth Choir and Pine Barons at The Foundry

Commonwealth Choir | Photo by Wendy McCardle | wendymccardle.com
Commonwealth Choir | Photo by Wendy McCardle | wendymccardle.com

The current state of rock ‘n roll is questionable. With so many sub-genres to choose from, how do you define rock music in 2016? I know I found the heart of it on Sunday night as three of Philadelphia’s most promising rock bands, Pine Barons, Commonwealth Choir and The Humble gathered at The Foundry in celebration of the latter’s upcoming EP, Act Accordingly, due March 11th. Continue reading →

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Pine Barons are headlining Boot & Saddle for a show you won’t want to miss

Pine Barons | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Pine Barons | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

One of our favorite up-and-coming local bands Pine Barons first first introduced themselves to a larger audience this summer when they played an electric set at the XPoNential Music Festival. If you missed out on that show or just need more Pine Barons in your life — who doesn’t? — than this weekend’s show at Boot & Saddle will quench your thirst for indie rock awesomeness. Continue reading →

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Rock, Roll and spooks aplenty at the 6th annual TJ Kong Halloween Murder Show

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | photo via www.facebook.com/tjkongandtheatomicbomb
TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | photo via www.facebook.com/tjkongandtheatomicbomb

Get out your costume and get ready for some creepy, kooky and all around raucous Halloween fun at Underground Arts for the 6th annual TJ Kong Halloween Murder Show. Six Philly bands will be taking over two stages for what promises to be the best rock and roll party this All Hallows’ Eve. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Pine Barons kick things off on the River Stage

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Pine Barons | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

South Jersey’s Pine Barons brought an energetic rock set to the start of XPN Fest day three. Comprised of Keith Abrams (vocals and guitar), Brad Pulley (guitar and backup vocals), Shane Hower (bass and percussion), and Collin Smith (drums), the band played tracks from their self-titled debut, as well as new single “Clowns”. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Pine Barons cover mewithoutYou’s “January 1979”

Pine Barons | Photo by Dan McGurk | Root Down In The Shadow
Pine Barons | Photo by Dan McGurk | Root Down In The Shadow

One of my favorite aspects of the innumerable cover song projects out their on the web is getting artists out of their comfort zone and breaking down the preconceived notions we’ve built up about them. Getting them to do do away with concepts like scene and genre and just focus on the idea of connecting with songs.

Our buds over at Root Down in the Shadow are well into their third season of their Philly-centric Cover Club webseries, and it’s already had some sweet entries – Hezekiah Jones doing a track by his good buddy Johnny Miles in the studio, Jersey’s Anthony D’Amato tipping a cap to Philly’s Marah along the Manayunk Canal on a windy Record Store Day.

Both those videos are great, but not necessarily far from the tree for either performer. Enter the latest episode of Cover Club, featuring XPoNential Music Festival artists Pine BaronsContinue reading →

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Pine Barons played shimmering psychedelic rock for the Live at Lunch series

Pine Barons | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Pine Barons | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

As part of the Live @ Lunch series curated by WXPN, Shamong NJ psych-folk rockers Pine Barons played a set to a sun-drenched crowd in Dilworth Park Wednesday afternoon.

The band stood out in the heat, jamming on songs from their self-titled debut, as well as their upcoming record. They played their new single “Clowns”, which you can download for free from our Sense of Place – Philly series. Continue reading →

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Sense of Place Philly: Download brand new songs from Pine Barons and Kate Faust

Pine Barons | via https://www.facebook.com/pinebarons
Pine Barons | via https://www.facebook.com/pinebarons

To celebrate the Sense of Place: Philly series on World Cafe this week, we’re bringing you free downloads from up-and-coming Philly area artists.

Today’s downloads are BRAND NEW! The spotlight is on rock n’ roll four-piece Pine Barons and singer-songwriter Kate Faust.

Pine Barons were on tour with PA favorites The Districts this winter, and it makes sense why the Districts boys chose them as an opener. Their songs have a classic rock base, indie rock pop and bop, and off-the-wall live energy. Their debut record, which they are currently recording, has enough fresh dynamics, chemistry, and psychedelic power to last a couple spins per day. They will also be performing at this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →

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Six Philadelphia artists who crushed it at SXSW 2015

Sheer Mag | Photo by John Vettese
Sheer Mag | Photo by John Vettese

This time last week, I was traveling home from Austin after a jam-packed three days of nonstop music at SXSW 2015. Many who make the trek to the annual industry rodeo do it with an eye on discovering new artists. That certainly fits in the mix when I’m down there – and the sets I caught by California rapper Boogie and Indiana singer-songwriter Elephant Micah were impressive – but my primary focus is catching up with Philadelphians at the festival to see how they fared. Continue reading →