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Download an in studio Folkadelphia version of “Milly’s Garden” by Steve Gunn

Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh
Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh

Yesterday saw the release of Folkadelphia Volume II, a collection of in-studio performances from WXPN’s weekly Folkadelphia radio show, hosted by Fred Knittel.

One of the many standout tracks is a version of “Milly’s Garden” by singer, songwriter and guitarist Steve Gunn. Gunn, originally from Lansdowne, released one of 2014′s best albums, Way Out Weather. Now based in Brooklyn, Gunn was a guitarist in the Violators, Kurt Vile’s band, and has been releasing solo records since 2007. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Steve Gunn at PhilaMOCA, Kopecky Family Band at Union Transfer, and The Jawn at Bourbon and Branch

Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh
Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh

Brooklyn-based guitarist Steve Gunn will be playing PhilaMOCA tonight. Known for dabbling in different genres, Gunn has incorporated various styles into his eclectic sound including psychedelic, Gnawa and classical Indian music. He’s had a steady stream of new releases since his initial appearance on the scene and shows no sign of stopping, with this year alone producing three separate albums: a collboration with guitarist Mike Gangloff, Melodies for a Savage Fix; another with Mike Cooper, Cantos de Lisboa; and just this month, his solo album, Way Out Weather. Be sure not to miss this music maniac tonight! For more information, head to the XPN Concert Calendar. You can check out his NPR Tiny Desk Concert performance below. Continue reading →

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Travel to Mongolia in Steve Gunn’s new “Way Out Weather” video

Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensch
Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensch

Steve Gunn has released a new video for “Way Out Weather,” the title track of his latest effort, which is set for release early next month on Paradise of Bachelors.  The clip follows up the album’s first single “Milly’s Garden” and presents the record as a thoughtful, contemplative take on experiencing all corners of the globe.

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Stream a new Steve Gunn song, “Milly’s Garden”

Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh
Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh

Steve Gunn will release the follow-up to last year’s excellent Time Off. Way Out Weather is scheduled for release on October 7th on Paradise of Bachelors.

The Philadelphia native stepped into somewhat of a new role with Time Off, becoming more of a bandleader rather than a solo artist or collaborator.  And with “Milly’s Garden” it feels like Gunn’s confidence, both in this new role and with his singing, has reached an all-time high.

It wouldn’t be a Steve Gunn jam without an impressive showing of instrumental dexterity, though, and “Milly’s Garden” has that in spades thanks to an expanded backing band that introduces Nathan Bowles (Black Twig Pickers), James Elkington (Jeff Tweedy) and Jimy SeiTang (Psychic Ills) to the already established mix of Jason Meagher, Justin Tripp and John Truscinski.  Philadelphia favorite Mary Lattimore also appears on the record to round out the crew.

Gunn will be in town on August 26th for a show at Underground Arts with Kevin Morby.  Tickets and information can be found here. Below, listen to “Milly’s Window.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: David Wax Museum at Ardmore Music Hall, Plastic Little at Underground Arts, Wake Owl at MilkBoy and more

David Wax Museum classifies their own sound as “Mexo-Americana,” claiming a uniqueness that blends Americana folk and Latin influences into one. Upon the release of their fourth album, Knock Knock Get Up, they were named WXPN’s Artist to Watch  – and for obvious reasons you can hear for yourself tonight at Ardmore Music Hall. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the $18 tickets can be purchased here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lee Ranaldo and the Dust at Boot & Saddle, Kevin Devine at Musikfest Cafe, Dirty Dozen Brass Band at World Cafe Live and more

Lee Ranaldo and the Dust | photo via www.facebook.com/leeranaldoandthedust
Lee Ranaldo and the Dust | photo via www.facebook.com/leeranaldoandthedust

Lee Ranaldo and the Dust headline Boot & Saddle tonight.  The founding member Sonic Youth has created an impressive solo career over the last couple of decades, most recently releasing Between the Times and the Tides in 2012 (ahead of an XPoNential Music Festival appearance) and Last Night on Earth in 2013.  In-between, Ranaldo has performed the works of John Cage in intriguing and experimental ways (check out an interview about it here).  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Steve Gunn can be found here.  Watch Ranaldo and his band perform “Lecce, Leaving” on Conan below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Toy Soldiers at Johnny Brenda’s, Steve Gunn at Little Berlin, XPN Welcomes Shovels & Rope at Union Transfer and more

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Toy Soldiers celebrate the release of The Maybe Boys at Johnny Brenda’s.  The local roots / rock outfit recorded the LP with Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man) this year,  capturing most of the songs in a live set-up.  Live is the best way to experience the band – they’ve clocked in hundreds of shows on the road and know how to get the crowd invested.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Check out Toy Soldiers’ Key Studio Session from earlier this week here and watch them perform “Tell the Teller” and “Forget How it Used to Be” below.

Steve Gunn returns to his home city for a show with Cian Nugent and Chris Forsyth at Little Berlin tonight.  The guitarist / singer has reached a new audience with his latest Time Off release, which he put out earlier this year through Paradise of Bachelors.  As he proved at the record’s release show in June, Gunn has a knack for blending playing styles from all over the world in an enthralling and transcendent way.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Below, watch Gunn’s Tiny Desk Concert, presented by NPR Music.

Cold Roses headline MilkBoy Philly tonight.  The gravely-voiced local band released its debut EP The Georgia Fugue earlier this year and recently followed it up with August’s “The One You Love” single, taken from an upcoming LP.  Cold Roses echo the hard-lived grit of deep country rock but temper the edge with upbeat, danceable melodies.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Listen to “Lose That Man” below.

XPN welcomes Shovels and Rope to Union Transfer.  The husband and wife duo have toured with Dawes, Jack White and Justin Townes Earle since releasing their debut LP O’ Be Joyful but are striking out on a headlining tour across the States this fall.  Based in South Carolina, Shovels & Rope perform foot-stomping , twangy and heartfelt country that is easy to sing along to.  Tickets and information for the show can be found here.  Watch the band perform “Gasoline” below.

Also happening: Hard Skin at Boot & Saddle; Randall Bramblett at the Sellersville Theater; Cheers Elephant at Ortlieb’s.  Tickets and information for all shows can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Listen to “Cat Mask at Huggie Temple” by Steve Gunn and Cian Nugent (playing Little Berlin on 9/13)

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Cian Nugent

Road trips have long been the source of creative inspiration: for Jack Keruoac and On the Road, Peter Fonda / Dennis Hopper and Easy Rider, and now guitarists Cian Nugent and Steve Gunn with their upcoming LP Cat Mask at Huggie Temple.  Joined by drummer John Truscinski, the trio recorded two expansive and exploratory tracks as Desert Heat inspired by a joint tour that crossed continents and oceans.  The title track, now streaming on Soundcloud via distributing label MIE Music, stirs together the drone-y, meditative and wordless storytelling structures of Dublin’s Nugent and Brooklyn’s Gunn, reaching from the blues of the Delta to the ragas of India.  Nugent, Gunn and Philly’s Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band will perform at Little Berlin on Friday, September 13th; more information can be found here.  Listen to “Cat Mask at Huggie Temple” below.

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Review: Steve Gunn celebrated the release of Time Off at Johnny Brenda’s

After set opener “Trailways Ramble” came to a stirring close at his Time Off record release show on Saturday night, Steve Gunn asked the crowd gathered at Johnny Brenda’s if the volume was “Black Sabbath” enough.  And though the Brooklyn-based guitarist was likely joking, he has more in common with the heavy metal pioneers than just a new album.  Like the Birmingham trio, Gunn is a master of longevity.  His fifteen-year career, now marked by many strong releases with a variety of collaborators, began in high school hardcore bands that were probably influenced by Ozzy and his crew to some degree.  But unlike the metal rockers, Gunn is a musical chameleon; he works not so much within the framework of a genre as he does around the capabilities of an instrument – and in his case that instrument is a guitar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Steve Gunn at Johnny Brenda’s, The Felice Brothers at Mauch Chunk Opera House, Cough Cool at Kung Fu Necktie

Steve Gunn

Indie singer-songwriter/guitar virtuoso Steve Gunn is playing a record release show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The New York musician and his band are releasing Time Off on June 25th, not long after finishing up a tour with Kurt Vile. Gunn has a classic, old-soul sound to his music, along with a lot of solo acoustic jamming out – all of which you can hear in his recent studio session with The Key. Below, check out Gunn performing in Philly earlier this year. Tonight’s show will also include performances by Endless Boogie and Psalmships. Tickets and information can be found here.

Americana/Folk-rock outfit The Felice Brothers will be performing at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. Their last album, God Bless You Amigo, is available only online. It is an effort to raise some money after the band’s home and equipment were almost destroyed in a hurricane, among other unfortunate events you can read about on the album page. Below, you can listen to a song off of the new album called “Lincoln Continental.” Tickets and information can be found here.

Another album release party – local poppy fuzz rock outfit Cough Cool is dropping their album 29 this weekend and is celebrating with a show at the Kung Fu Necktie! The album is already streaming on soundcloud, which you can check out below. Tickets are to be purchased at the door, but you can find some more information here.