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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Saintseneca at Johnny Brenda’s, Deerhoof at Union Transfer, Robyn Hitchcock at World Cafe Live and more

Saintseneca | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Saintseneca | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Columbus, Ohio indie-folk collective Saintseneca has had a heavy year of touring since releasing its latest LP, Dark Arc, back in the spring. Tonight, the band makes its third visit to Johnny Brenda’s in the past year. Fronted by singer and songwriter Zac Little with a rotating cast of accompanying players, the band fuses traditional sounds with a contemporary outlook; download a live version of “Happy Alone” performed on NPR’s World Cafe below, and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Columbus alt folk five-piece Saintseneca brings Dark Arc to Johnny Brenda’s

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Saintseneca | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Columbus, Ohio-based indie folk band Saintseneca returned to Philly on Wednesday night. Playing a show at Johnny Brenda’s in support of their latest LP, Dark Arc, the multi-instrumental band led by frontman Zac Little played a lively set of alt folk songs. Throughout the show, each member of the band swapped instruments between songs. Indie pop group Memory Map opened second with an energetic set of music off of their new album,The Sky As Well As Space. Scranton 4-piece band Three Man Cannon opened the show playing a set in support of their latest release, Pretty Many People. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Saintseneca at Johnny Brenda’s, Streets of Laredo at Boot and Saddle and JD McPherson at Haddon Lake Park

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Folk band Saintseneca returns to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band released its latest LP, Dark Arc, back in April under Anti- Records and has been touring consistently since its release. Ticket information is on the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the single, “Happy Alone,” off the new album below.

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Download “Happy Alone” by Saintseneca

Photo courtesy of the artist.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Columbus, Ohio pop band Saintseneca released their latest album Dark Arc in March and have just begun a tour that brings them to Johnny Brenda’s tomorrow night, June 4th. Go here for tickets. Saintseneca have been described as “folk-inspired post punk…informed by Appalachian mountain music and the explosive recklessness of punk.” On the band’s songs, light acoustic touches brush up against dark hues of sounds and energetic bursts of noise are swept back in control by catchy melodies. One of the best examples of this is “Happy Alone,” that you download below via NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Saintseneca at World Cafe Live, Cruiser at Kung Fu Necktie, and The Felice Brothers at Chameleon Club

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Ohio’s Saintseneca, led by singer-songwriter Zac Little, brings its indie-folk tunes to World Cafe Live tonight. The band recently signed to Anti- Records and plan to release their new LP Dark Arc this year. They released a two-track single a few months back which featured “Uppercutter” and “Visions”. Stream the former below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Saintseneca at Johnny Brenda’s, Pocket at PhilaMOCA, Over the Rhine at World Cafe Live, and more.

Rustic indie quartet Saintseneca kicks off its fall tour in Philly tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. Inspired by childhoods spent in the Appalachia region of central, Ohio, singer/songwriter Zac Little brings that same starry-night folk element to life through a mix of violin-mandolin-electric guitar-dulcimer-synths that you just can’t get anywhere else. Stop by to say hello, and be sure to pick up their new 7″ Uppercutter at the merch table.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hey Marseilles at Sellersville Theater, Joey Bada$$ at the Trocadero, Joan Baez at the Mann Center, Saintseneca at Moonbase Nix

MG_7783-HEY MARSEILLESWEB2013Seattle indie band Hey Marseilles play Sellersville Theater tonight with stellar duo Lucius.  After releasing a highly acclaimed debut, To Travel and Trunks back in 2010, Hey Marseilles followed up with another gorgeous record, Lines We Trace last March.  This band has mastered the art of making songs that are both catchy and meaningful.  Check out the video for their latest single, “Heart Beats” below (watch Lucius’ “Don’t Just Sit There” video too) and click here for tickets and more information.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Crooked Fingers at Johnny Brenda’s, Quarry Street Hymnal at World Cafe Live, Slingshot Dakota with Saintseneca at The Barbary, The Lemonheads with Birdie Busch at the Capitol Theater

Nomadic rock outfit Crooked Fingers comes to Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Led by Eric Bachmann, Crooked Fingers is the sometimes-solo, sometimes-full-band project of the former Archers of Loaf lead singer.  Currently touring in support of his 2011 album Breaks in the Armor, Bachmann spent recent months with his former bandmates for an Archers of Loaf reunion tour coinciding with the re-release of the 1990s band’s discography.  Tonight’s show will feature Bachmann and a full band alongside John Vanderslice.  Tickets for the 21+ show are $15 here, doors are at 8:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 9:15 p.m.  Below, watch a rooftop video for “Your Apocalypse” off of Breaks in the Armor.


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Photo Recap: Saintseneca, On the Water and Bad Braids at St. George’s Church

Ohio’s own Saintseneca were joined by local folk outfits On the Water and Bad Braids for a Folkadelphia Presents concert Wednesday night at Historic St. George’s Church in Old City. Check out our photos from a night full of pickin’ and grinnin’ in a beautiful space.