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Free At Noon Flashback: Quilt creates a groovin’ dreamscape of sound

Quilt | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Quilt | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

After a dreamy psychedelic performance at Johnny Brenda’s in March and as one of the must hear new acts at Firefly Music Festival last month, we were more than excited to welcome back the New England indie rockers Quilt for a Free At Noon show before their headlining gig at The Foundry later this evening. Riding a wave opportunities following the February release of their third LP Plaza, the band is back and ready to inspire with a fresh batch of airy tracks that exude their mellow rock influences.

More than half of the band’s set was dedicated to the new material, including the Plaza standout “Roller” near the end of the set, where vocalist and guitarist Anna Fox Rochinski floats through this impossibly light song. Throughout the set, Rochiniski and vocalist and guitarist Shane Butler would swap vocal duties, even having drummer John Andrews join in on the fun for his own verses. But the band was its strongest when it came together for group vocals, a perfectly synced listening delight. Continue reading →

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More Maraqopa: Damien Jurado, Bent Shapes & Black Mountain on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Damien Jurado | Photo by Elise Tyler, courtesy of the artist
Damien Jurado | Photo by Elise Tyler, courtesy of the artist

You better believe that the Indie Rock Hit Parade will be coming your way tonight on WXPN. Tune in at 11pm ET for a full two-hour show that’s sure to be jam-packed with the good stuff (I picked the playlist, so I can vouch for it). In our Weekly Album Spotlight, we’ll hear a few tracks from Visions Of Us On The Land, the latest album from spaced-out Seattle singer-songwriter Damien Jurado. It’a another trip to the mystical land of Maraqopa, produced by Richard Swift. Also in the mix are new tracks from La Sera, Quilt, Black Mountain and more! Check out a few of the new things below…

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Quilt brings earnest energy and evocative songcraft to Johnny Brenda’s on Friday

Quilt | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Quilt | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

New England four-piece Quilt seemed in some ways to strike a happy medium between its two openers at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday night, making for a fine night of retrofitted psychedelic indie rock.

The Philly-based trio Hello Shark started last night out by quietly hustling through a spare and scruffy set of lo-fi, at turns quirky and catchy, lead singer Lincoln Halloran part Mangum and part Malkmus.

Weekender opened up on the throttle, erring on the side of lush. Also Philly-based, they worked in a video element manipulated in real time against their full-throated psychedelia, as bassist Brendan McGeehan doubled up in places on a second keyboard. Think Kula Shaker with a lead singer in socks and hair cut just like Danny Partridge. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Quilt at Johnny Brenda’s, Ryan Tennis at Milkboy, Selwyn Birchwood at Sellersville theater, and more…

Quilt | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Quilt | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Boston indie rock band Quilt will be at Johnny Brenda’s tonight with Weekender and Hello Shark. The band, fronted by vocalist Anna Fox Rochinski, formed in college at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and just released their new album, Plaza. More information here. Continue reading →

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Bridging the Gaps: Take a deep dive with Quilt ahead of their Johnny Brenda’s show

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Quilt | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Most people who have written about Quilt say that their music comes from a different time. It’s “vintage.” “Woodstock-era.” “You can practically smell the patchouli burning.” And they’re right: Quilt have mastered the art of musical time travel. But they also do their fair share of teleportation.

Their patchwork breed of psych-rock revival is rife with sounds from the East— singer and guitarist Shane Butler spent the first year of his life in India and practices Mantra chanting to this day. The strings on their 2016 LP Plaza are inspired by the music of Serge Gainsbourg, Butler’s fellow front-person Anna Rochinski told me.

Though their songwriting has grown more poised and their production more polished with each record, Quilt is a band that likes to wonder. “Are you looking for an answer? Are you looking for a cure?” they all sing on the “O’Connor’s Barn” chorus, “Maybe you should want more.” And I do. Plaza is just two minutes more brief than 2014’s Held In Splendor at 40 minutes, but it’s been glued to my turntable since it came out (not to mention I had to leave their set early to catch a train home from Brooklyn).

Last night, I sat down with the members of Quilt before their record release show at Baby’s All Right to talk game shows, Baudelaire, and the making of Plaza. You can check them out tomorrow night in Philly at Johnny Brenda’s. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Quilt (Encore Appearance)

Welcome to a historic Folkadelphia Session. Before this point, we have never recorded a repeat session with any artist. Sure, they always say that they will write or call, but bands get wrapped up in being in a band, hitting that dusty road. We’re just a transitory frequency on their dial en route to another city. Truly we’d like to think that we’re the “going steady” type, but thus far we have had only “one session stands.” That all changes today. Enter Boston-based psych-rockers Quilt, officially a trio of Shane Butler, Anna Rochinski, and John Andrews, but who tour as a quartet featuring Keven Lareau on bass. They finally got us to settle down – at least for an encore session. They told us they were going out for cigarettes and would be right back, and they actually came back! Less than a year passed between our sessions, but it’s obvious that the Quilt have grown into formidible and rightful torchbearers of the contemporary psychedelia genre. On their just-released second album, Held In Splendor, Quilt focuses on mastering the long playing record format as a singular sonic portrait instead of a collection of singles. The result is an intrepid effort where there is no designated start or stopping point, but a sunlight-bathed, ruby-gleaming swirl of musical materials. Get on the ride and get off the ride whenever you choose. Your friends in Quilt will always welcome you back for a new adventure.

On their recent Folkadelphia Session, the band gave us a taste of their new record, holding us in rapture. They couldn’t hear us through the soundproof glass of the studio, but we were applauding loudly. Bravo Quilt – don’t forget us on your cosmic journey down the river of life.

Quilt performs tonight, February 27th, at Boot & Saddle with Lazer Background and Mike Bruno & The Magic Family Band for a night of supremely transcendent trance-inducing tunes.

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Your February folk concert calendar and an encore session from Quilt, tonight on Folkadelphia Radio

Courtesy of Quilt
Courtesy of Quilt

Calling all fans of live folk and acoustic music: this is your week(end)! Throughout the radio show, we’ll preview a few of the more notable concert choices you can make as we close the book on February. You’ll hear from roots-rocker Caroline Rose (playing World Cafe Live on Thu. 2/27), raucous electric country from The Whiskey Gentry (playing Milkboy Philly on Fri. 2/28), and indie folk star Sera Cahoone (supporting Band of Horses at the Merriam Theater on Sat. 3/1). While we aren’t playing Mark Fosson or Nathaniel Earl Bowles, we also recommend their evening of American Primitivism folk at the Rotunda this Friday, 2/28. Listen to Caroline Rose and Sera Cahoone’s previous Folkadelphia Sessions:

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Listen to Quilt’s new single “Tie Up the Tides” (playing Boot & Saddle on 2/27)

Quilt | photo via www.facebook.com/quiltmusic
Quilt | photo via www.facebook.com/quiltmusic
With the release of their sophomore effort Held In Splendor just two weeks away, Quilt has shared a third song called “Tie Up the Tides.”  The Boston psych rock band draws things out a bit on the new track, complementing the frantic, nervy playing on previous single “Tired & Buttered” with fluid and mellow instrumentation on “Tie Up the Tides.”  Take a listen below and pick up tickets for Quilt’s February 27th show at Boot & Saddle with Mike Bruno & the Black Magic Family Band here.