Free at Noon Flashback: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds bring joyful energy and a commanding presence to World Cafe Live

Sister Sparrow | photo by Taylor Johnson for WXPN

Sister Sparrow and her band the Dirty Birds flew into town for a perfectly-timed Free at Noon performance — “Gold,” the title track off the band’s new album, is XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week this week, and they play a headlining show tonight at the TLA. Though it’s become more of a solo project lately after several of the band members found themselves living too far apart to collaborate as much, this afternoon’s dynamic set proved that with this new album cycle Sister Sparrow is spreading her wings more than ever before.

Okay, bird puns aside: Sister Sparrow is the project of singer-songwriter Arleigh Kincheloe; the Dirty Birds are her soulful seven-piece backing band who cover instrumental duties, ranging from saxophone to harmonica, allowing the frontwoman to focus her energy on her powerfully belted vocals and charismatic performance style. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Gold” by Sister Sparrow

Sister Sparrow | Photo by Shervin Lainez

Fronted by Arleigh Kincheloe since 2011, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds are a soul rock band from Brooklyn. Over the last few years, several of the original Dirty Birds moved away from Brooklyn, leaving Kincheloe on her own to pursue more of a solo-focused project. The results, heard on her new album Gold, have a broader musical appeal, yet maintain the same powerful soul / rock feel to the songs. Continue reading →