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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pinegrove at Union Transfer, Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells at The Barbary, The Roddenberries at Ardmore Music Hall

Pinegrove
Pinegrove | photo by Andrew Piccone | courtesy of the artist

New Jersey outfit Pinegrove join Kevin Devine and Petal at Union Transfer tonight. Just off of a Tiny Desk Concert appearance, the almost-hometown show wraps up a month and a half of touring behind this year’s excellent Cardinal LP. Album cut “Then Again” was captured on the roof of PhilaMOCA in June by The Key’s Jeremy Zimmerman; watch that video below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Pinegrove puts their folk foot forward in new Tiny Desk Concert

Pinegrove | still from video
Pinegrove | still from video

There’s always been a strong country and folk influence in Pinegrove‘s music, but in their new Tiny Desk Concert, that influence is more apparent than ever before. From the short, sweet “Angelina” to the cathartic “Old Friends”, this is Pinegrove doing what they do best–bringing the feels. As is often the case with these sessions, the New Jersey sextet ditches the electric guitars and puts the emphasis back on the music’s core elements. Continue reading →

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The Key Presents: Pinegrove

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

“I’m a happy guy that makes sad music,” jokes Evan Stephens Hall with a smile. Spending time with someone as effervescent as Hall in person, you might never even realize the fact that the songs he writes for Pinegrove bring together packed rooms of yelling, sometimes tearful people. But over the past year, Pinegrove catapulted from their hometown of Montclair, NJ to the big time — signing to Run For Cover Records, selling out almost every date of a massive summer tour of the US and appearing at festivals like Lollapalooza. The reception speaks volumes to the relatability and maturity that Evan brings to the project. These aren’t just sad songs for sad people, or an attempt to jump on the “emo revival” bandwagon. These songs are holistically approached pieces of work, that touch on every emotion under the sun — good and bad. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Pinegrove and Petal will join Kevin Devine at Union Transfer in December

Pinegrove
Pinegrove | photo by Andrew Piccone | courtesy of the artist

New Jersey indie studs Pinegrove and Scranton favs Petal will join Kevin Devine on a November/December tour that ends at Union Transfer on Sunday, December 11. Sheesh. Now that’s an awesome show.

Devine announced the tour Monday in support of his his ninth studio album, Instigator, of which the release date has not yet been revealed. He also put out two live albums in the past year. Matter Of Time was recorded a few years back with The Goddam Band in studio, while Live at St. Pancras Old Church came from the recordings of a few solo performances across the pond. Both are very well done and span Devine’s lengthy discography. Continue reading →

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Pinegrove will headline PhilaMOCA this summer

Pinegrove
Pinegrove | photo by Andrew Piccone | courtesy of the artist

New Jersey indie rockers Pinegrove have plans for a full U.S. tour this summer, beginning here in the Northeast and hitting PhilaMOCA on June 28th. The band released its Run for Cover Records debut LP Cardinal in February, though their catalog of recordings reaches back to 2010. Read a review of the album here and listen to it below. Tickets for the all-ages show with Ratboys go on sale Friday, April 29th at 10:00 a.m.; more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pinegrove at The Petting Zoo, Heavy Temple at Ortlieb’s, Dressy Bessy at Boot and Saddle, and more…

Pinegrove | courtesy of the artist
Pinegrove | courtesy of the artist

Pinegrove just released their great new album Cardinal yesterday, and they are bringing it to The Petting Zoo tonight. Their introspective indie rock is sure to bring fire to the Zoo basement, and it may be one of the last times they will play such an intimate setting (the venues will only get bigger for them). For more information, go here. Continue reading →

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Stream Pinegrove’s debut LP “Cardinal”

Pinegrove | courtesy of the artist
Pinegrove | courtesy of the artist

New Jersey Indie rock luminaries Pinegrove have released their debut record with Run For Cover Records, Cardinal.

The Montclair band has been making waves recently with signing to RFC and coverage on publications such as Stereogum and Pitchfork. Since 2010 they’ve been releasing a steady stream of intimate and beleaguered rock and roll songs, making their release of Cardinal so monumental.

Cardinal consists of two older songs, “New Friends” and “Size Of The Moon,” and six new ones. The record opens with the toe-tapping “Old Friends”, a woodsy rocker accented with the plucking of banjo-strings and heart-strings alike with lyrics such as, “I should call my parents when I think of them, I should tell my friends when I love them.”

As they say on their Bandcamp, Pinegrove promotes “introspective partying.” On songs like “Cadmium” and “Waveform”, the music creates a dreamy reverb for the brain, almost forcing the listener to think and look inward. It searches for direction and promises hope. This is headphones music. Bus riding music. Continue reading →