Steve Gunn may live in New York. Meg Baird may live in San Francisco. Mary Lattimore may live in Marin County. No one, however considers the guitarist, vocalist and harpist — respectively — as anything but dyed-in-the-wool forever Philadelphians. Therefore, their shared bill Union Transfer showcase on Saturday February 2 isn’t a homecoming. It’s a block party. Gunn and Baird phoned in from their respective homes to discuss their new albums (Gunn’s The Unseen In between, Baird and Lattimore’s Ghost Forests) and their friendly harp slinging pal. Continue reading →
Philly-area native Steve Gunn is back with the news that his next album, called The Unseen In Between, will be released January 18. The follow up to 2016’s Eyes on the Lines, the new LP will be Gunn’s second release on Matador Records and his fourth solo album. The Brooklyn-based songwriter, who’s currently playing a hometown residency at the borough’s Union Pool, has also announced a string of US tour dates throughout the winter, with a show at Union Transfer on February 2. Continue reading →
We’re almost at the 100th day Donald Trump’s presidency, but there are still a few artists making their voice heard before the Our First 100 Days project is complete. Rounding out the remaining contributions includes Lansdowne native, Steve Gunn, who is slotted as number ninety-one in the lineup for this Secretly Group-produced compilation. Continue reading →
Lansdowne native / Brooklyn resident Steve Gunn is the latest artist to take on Aquarium Drunkard’s Lagniappe Sessions, a cover series that has seen some pretty eclectic combinations. For his part, Gunn selected two Smiths tracks: “This Night Has Opened My Eyes” from Louder Than Bombs and “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle” from the self-titled debut.
If there’s one thing I know about Steve Gunn, it’s that his capacity for performing in beautifully shot live sessions is boundless. A few months ago, NPR shared a trio of solo, acoustic renditions of tracks from Eyes On The Lines as part of their Field Recordings series, and now, The Bluegrass situation is following suit with a Downtown Los Angeles performance of “Full Moon Tide.” Stream the session below. Continue reading →
This past June, Steve Gunn released Eyes On The Lines, an album featuring frequent references to travel and lonesomeness. In his new Field Recording with NPR, Gunn performs stripped-down selections from that album on top of abandoned train tracks in Queens. It’s intimate and serene, and you’d be hard-pressed to think of a more on-the-nose space for these songs to exist.The often electrified folk rock explorations on Eyes On The Lines are thrown out here in favor of simple acoustic guitar and vocals, illuminating the gorgeous finger-picked melodies at the core of these songs. Continue reading →
Philadelphia born alternative hip-hop group Hardwork Movement is sure to draw a crowd tonight at South Philly’s Boot and Saddle. The group promotes the importance of togetherness and striving for uniqueness. Hardwork Movement draws increasingly larger crowds each show they play, from venues like Kung Fu Necktie to Spruce Street Harbor Park. With fellow hip-hop inspired openers Ill Doots and TubaFresh, this is not a gig to miss. Get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
When psych rock guitarist and songwriter Steve Gunn was growing up in Delaware County, the Lansdowne Theater was something of an anchor. It’s where he went to the movies as a child. Down the street is the telephone company where his mother worked for 40 years. Across the way is Todero’s Music, where he took guitar lessons.
“The theater closed in ’87, and it’s right on Lansdowne Ave, which is really the main thoroughfare of the town,” remembers Gun. “So when the 90s came around, things seemed a bit more muted, a lot of the older businesses started leaving. And things kind of changed.”
At the time it was shuttered, the Lansdowne Theater had been operating for 60 years — a classic, single-screen movie house with brightly colored seats and ceilings and ornate architectural flourishes. The sort that thrived all across the country in the earlier part of the 20th century. The sort that then began universally disappearing and falling into disrepair with the advent of the multiplex age.
The catalyst in this particular theater’s demise was actually an electrical fire in a neighboring businesses that spread up the block — it happened during a screening of Beverly Hills Cop II, and the 100 patrons had to be evacuated — but repairing and reopening the space at that time was not an option. That same year, it received a designation on the national register of historic places, but sat dormant until about 2007, when a local nonprofit began raising money for the restoration. When Gunn caught wind of the project, he says he was super excited.
One of his best friends from childhood, visual artist Anthony Campuzano, helped connect him with the group campaigning for the restoration — Campuzano’s father is the mayor of Lansdowne — and through them, he coordinated a photo shoot for his most recent LP Eyes on the Lines inside the old theater. He also organized a benefit gig, and this Saturday night, Gunn will perform a solo set in the lobby, with proceeds benefiting the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation. Continue reading →
In his recent interview on World Cafe with David Dye, psych-folk guitar maestro Steve Gunn reminisces at length about growing up in the Philadelphia region, getting his musical start locally in the same circles as Kurt Vile, and how – even though he’s lived in New York for close to a decade – the Delaware Valley will always be home to him.
What better way to solidify that bond than a benefit gig in his actual hometown of Lansdowne – the most awesome DelCo borough just beyond West Philly – to support the restoration of the Historic Lansdowne Theater? Continue reading →
Love on the Streets Festival is back for its second year today with a super packed schedule of awesome performances, food and drinks, a flea market and more, all right here at Paines Park. The event features the likes of Creepoid, Steady Hands (which features Sean Huber and Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball), Mercury Girls, Amanda X, Vicky Speedboat, Hurry, Endless Taile, Weller and RFA on the XPN Mad Dragon Stage. More info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar and check out songs off of Creepoid’s 2015 Cemetery Highrise Slum below. Continue reading →