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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 →

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Bold: The Districts Take Charge at Union Transfer

The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Even though I’ve seen The Districts five or six times in the past year, Saturday night was something else entirely. Anyone who’s seen them—whether it was at the Church or XPNFest or somebody’s basement or warehouse—knows that they put on one hell of a show. But where The Districts strength has previously seemed to flow from an introspective fount, the very sold-out release show for A Flourish and A Spoil on Saturday night at Union Transfer seemed powered by a limitless well of incredible proportions. Continue reading →

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Philadelphia is blowing up NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest and it’s amazing

Levee Drivers' Tiny Desk submission | photo by Bob Sweeney
Levee Drivers’ Tiny Desk submission | photo by Bob Sweeney

For those of you who don’t know about NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, you may want to head over to their site and root through their enormous and equally impressive archive. Their 15-minute videos feature live performances from artists of all genres held in the quaint offices of NPR at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen’s desk.

Ranging from big names like Adele and Alt-J to up-and-coming artists such as Angel Olsen and Rubblebucket, viewers are able to watch the artists perform in the intimate setting, giving the performances a stripped-down, no B.S. vibe. While these videos are ultra fun to watch (perhaps continuously, one after another…), NPR kept things interesting this winter by kicking off a contest to feature a new artist in their series.

Based entirely off of video submissions from all over the United States, an artist will be chosen to perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C. as well as snag a slot in the big Lagunitas Couchtrippin’ showcase in Austin, Texas. Philadelphia, brimming with the amazing musical talent that it is, seems to have jumped at this opportunity. Continue reading →

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The 4th Annual Philly Sings Philly is coming

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Created to explore the music, past and present, and the storied legacy of the City of Brotherly Love, the 4th Annual Philly Sings Philly event returns to The Fire during the month of November. Across four Tuesdays, local musicians will pay homage to their idols, adding a personal touch to their favorite songs by Philly-born artists. Each week is curated by a different local music organization. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nas at The Keswick, Cloud Nothings at Union Transfer, and Little Strike at Little Berlin

Photo via NAS Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Nas)
photo via facebook.com/Nas

Brooklyn-born MC Nas will be taking the stage at The Keswick tonight. After the release of his debut album Illmatic in 1994, which has been consistently referenced as one of the best hip-hop albums of all time, the famous rapper quickly emerged into the hip hop game. He continued to rise to fame after making his second album, It Was Written, which went platinum twice in one month. Nas has also reached out to work with other artists including Damien Marley, whom he collaborated on an album with and donated earnings to charity in Africa. To find more information on tonight’s show, visit the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out Nas’ video for his song “Daughters” below. Continue reading →