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Sea Wolf solo tour comes to Philadelphia and Wilmington in February

Sea Wolf | Photo by John Vettese
Sea Wolf | Photo by John Vettese

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Alex Brown Church found great success as Sea Wolf with his 2012 LP Old World Romance.  His dreamy, aching tales of longing entranced crowds during his Free at Noon performance a year ago, and Church has been back in town several times since with his band.  In February, though, Sea Wolf be traveling alone as he supports a new “stripped down” album funded by fans via Kickstarter.  Tickets and information for his February 13th show at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington and his February 14th show at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia (both upstairs) are available here.  Below, watch a rehearsal video of the band performing “Old Friend.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Best Coast at TLA, Cheers Elephant at City Hall, Sea Wolf at Sundown Concert Series, Tayyib Ali and Mr. Lif at The Blockley

best_coastTonight, California rockers Best Coast head to the TLA for what’s sure to be a high energy concert.  The group, who take a page from lo-fi, garage and surf rock released their sophomore album, The Only Place, last year.  Joining them will be the NY band Guards and another California group The Lovely Bad Things.  You can find tickets for the concert here.  Check out the title track to their second album below.

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Revisit Sea Wolf’s World Cafe Session (playing a free show on Wednesday)

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After releasing his third full-length Old World Romance last year, Sea Wolf‘s Alex Brown Church stopped by World Cafe to talk with David Dye about what makes the new album different from his previous releases, an important lesson he learned regarding backing up hard drives and his time spent in Montreal.  The conversation is paired with live recordings from Sea Wolf’s Free at Noon concert, which includes performances of album single “Old Friend,” “Priscilla” and more.  XPN welcomes Sea Wolf to the Camden County Sundown Music Series for a free show on Wednesday, June 5th.  More information can be found here.  Listen back to the World Cafe appearance here and watch a live performance of “Old Friend” below.

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The Week’s Best MP3s, incl. Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore, Son Volt, Spirit and Dust

BlayerLocal band Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore welcomed the release of their debut full-length The Bull last fall and are already back in the studio working on its follow-up.  “Big Haiti’s Dream” is a teaser track for the new album, with an up-front horn section and a guest appearance by Kuf Knotz.  Stream and download the song below and check out the band live when they kick off their SXSW trip at MilkBoy on March 9th.  Tickets and information can be found here.

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My Morning Download: “Middle Distance Runner” by Sea Wolf (from a limited time only collection of World Cafe downloads)

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Today’s download is a World Cafe performance of “Middle Distance Runner” by Sea Wolf. The band performed it during a World Cafe session it did in September, 2012; listen to the full session here. This month (and this month only) World Cafe is offering free downloads of performances from bands including Calexico, Lord Huron, the Afghan Whigs, Alt-J, John Fullbright, Freelance Whales, Stars, Nick Waterhouse, Allen Stone, The Kopecky Family Band and others. Download the entire collection, while they last until March 1st, here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Indigo Girls to Scottish Rite Auditorium, Father John Misty at Union Transfer, Kimbra at TLA, Sea Wolf at North Star Bar


XPN Welcomes the Indigo Girls to the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood tonight. The folk rock duo, whose career spans over two decades, are on tour playing old favorites like “Closer to Fine” and “Power of Two” in addition to tracks from their 2011 record Beauty Queen Sister. Tickets for the 7:30 show are available here. Below, check out the video for their “Making Promises” from Beauty Queen Sister.  Continue reading →

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Recap: Sea Wolf struck a contemplative chord at Free at Noon (photos, setlist, audio)

Alex Brown Church’s indie folk ensemble Sea Wolf kicked off a double-header free at noon show today with a six-song set that drew from its new LP Old World Romance, and dipped back to 2009′s White Water, White Bloom for “Dew in the Grass” and 2007′s Leaves in the River for “Middle Distance Runner” and “You’re A Wolf.” Check out a photo gallery from the performance above, see the setlist below and listen to the band’s set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Sea Wolf performs Sunday at the North Star Bar, tickets and information on the show are available here. Continue reading →

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Listen to the new album by Sea Wolf album, Old World Romance in its entirety (playing North Star Bar in October)

Photo by Alex Prager (2007)

Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Alex Brown Church – AKA Sea Wolf – recently released a new album, Old World Romance. Sea Wolf is playing the North Star Bar on Sunday, October 21st. Go here for tickets to the show and more information. Pick up a copy of Sea Wolf’s new album here. Below, listen to the album in its entirety.

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Sea Wolf playing the North Star Bar in October; listen to a new song, “Old Friend”


Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Sea Wolf is playing the North Star Bar on Sunday, October 21st. Sea Wolf is the stage name of Alex Brown Church; he releases his new album Old World Romance on Dangerbird Records on September 11th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Listen to a new song, “Old Friend” below.

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Weekend Picks: Pavement, Hezekiah Jones + Birdie Busch, Kid Congo, Those Darlins

pavementFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Before the term “indie rock” entered the cultural lexicon—and subsequently came to include so many different types of music that it had to be broken down into countless sub-genres—it actually served as an adequate descriptor for a very specific sound. In the early ’90s, you wouldn’t have had to string together a series of seemingly random words (like, say, “lo-fi/post-garage slacker-rock”) to describe a band like Pavement. No, “indie rock” would do just fine. Today—more than 10 years after rising tensions within the band led to its slow, painful death in 1999—the war of one-upmanship between music critics for the crown of “most ridiculous niche-genre name ever created” has taken its toll on the catchall term. But, if the music heard when a reunited Pavement takes the stage at The Mann Center later tonight isn’t honest-to-goodness “indie rock,” we don’t know what is. (And, if you haven’t already read Maggie Serota’s interview with Bob Nastanovich for Philadelphia Weekly, you should.) Pavement performs with Kurt Vile And The Violators at 7:30 p.m. at The Mann Center; tickets to the all-ages show are $37.50.

Also playing: WXPN favorites Hezekiah Jones and Birdie Busch perform with The Welcome Wagon and Andrew Rose Gregory at 8:30 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s (21+, $10); L.A.-based post-rock duo El Ten Eleven performs with Dosh and Baths at 7:30 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie (21+, $12).

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

You might not know Kid Congo Powers‘ name, but chances are you’ve heard him play guitar without even realizing. As his bio points out, “Powers has played guitar for some of the most beloved and influential bands of the past 30 years, including The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick (may his name be forever blessed) Cave And The Bad Seeds, and Angels Of Light.” Surely you’ve heard of some of those bands, right? Kid Congo Powers performs with local lo-fi psyche-pop act Creepoid at 7:30 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are are $10.

Also playing: Sea Wolf‘s Alex Brown Church performs a solo set of acoustic indie folk with Sera Cahoone and Patrick Park at 9 p.m. at North Star Bar (21+, $12)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Can’t get enough of female-fronted country/rock quartet Those Darlins? You’re in luck: the band performs not one but two shows with The Strange Boys and Gentleman Jesse And His Men at Kung Fu Necktie—an all-ages, 3:30 p.m. matinee and a 21+, 8 p.m. evening show; tickets to each show are $10.

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