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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. The Fleeting Ends, Dr. Dog, XPoNential Music Festival)

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine

Philly favorites Dr. Dog announce next LP B-Room, release lyric video for “The Truth” [link]

The Fleeting Ends stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session [link]

Check out this week’s show reviews and photo recaps including The Swirlies and Fun. [link]

Get psyched for this weekend’s XPoNential Music Festival by listening to past fest performances by Dr. Dog, Dawes and more [link]

The Civil Wars‘ track “Dust to Dust” is XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week [link]

Stornoway recorded a stripped down Folkadelphia Session, performing songs from their latest Tales From Terra Firma LP [link]

Wednesday’s My Morning Download featured San Francisco band The Family Crest and their song “Love Don’t Go” [link]

Brighton Sound Sessions went down a new path with their latest recording of jazz/funk trio ill Delta’s “Dark Chocolate” [link]

A slew of Philly dates were announced this week for bands including Animal Collective, Zola Jesus, Built to Spill and more [link]

The Dead Milkmen will headline a free show at Liberty Lands Park in support of music education on August 24th [link]

Instrumental Philly outfit North End will release their Cognoscere EP next month – get a preview with single “Gabardine [link]

Download Hezekiah Jones‘ cover of Damien Jurado’s “Shannon Rhodes” [link]

 

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Listen to the Latest Episode of Folkadelphia (ft. Stornoway, Plates of Cake, and more)

Screen shot 2013-07-24 at 8.25.32 AMThis week’s episode of Folkadelphia is available to stream from SoundCloud, and features a block of Folkadelphia studio sessions from UK alt-folk outfit Stornoway. Also in this two hour block you’ll find songs from a Folkadelphia session with garage-y indie rock band Plates of Cake. This episode includes songs from the upcoming XPoNential Music Festival performers Erin McKeown, Phosphorescent, and Trampled by Turtles. Listen to the show and check out full playlist below. You can catch Folkadelphia Sundays 3-5 p.m. and Mondays 9-11 p.m. live on XPN2 Singer-Songwriter Radio.

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Choose Your Own Adventure with Stornoway’s Folkadelphia Session

The titles of Oxford, UK based Stornoway‘s two full length albums, their new Tales From Terra Firma and debut Beachcomber’s Windowsill, conjure up images of adventure, of what might be glimpsed through the pane of glass, of what might be discovered just a bit further down the road. It is through this intrepid spirit that the band is able to inject a certain energy, part courageous, part temerarious, yet always good-hearted, into their branded sound. You get the impression that the band is equally influenced by the classic stories from Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, H. Rider Haggard, and Arthur Conan Doyle, as they are from the pantheon of UK folklore and balladry. Stornoway combines these influences, whittles them down into something more intimate, the quintessence of these epic adventures, and sets them to music – their chamber folk-pop stylings.

A word on their music – Stornoway is often times lumped in with or criticized for being too closely related to the current wave of pop that co-opts elements from the folk music tradition, particularly prevalent in the UK. To that point, I would say that while some comparisons and musical similarities do exist, Stornoway has bridged out far beyond this rigid structure and have created a musical language that is unique to the band. Plus, they are just much better. The harmonies shine more vibrantly, the instrumentation and attention to detail with additional orchestration are more interesting, and the stories are much more exciting and bold. On their latest album, Tales From Terra Firma, the band, now worldly experienced, takes you along for the journey. They maintain that spirit of discovery, but this time around, it is often colored with nostalgia, a sense of longing, and, from time to time, hints of sorrow – a more mature adventure to behold.

Stornoway ventured to the XPN Performance Studio on May 2nd before their concert at Kung Fu Necktie with Field Report (who we have also had in for a Folkadelphia Session). These acoustic session takes are wonderful introduction to their Tales From Terra Firma.

 

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Stornoway with Field Report at Kung Fu Necktie, A Benefit Concert for Lentil with Tommy Conwell and more at The Blockley, West Philadelphia Orchestra at Underground Arts

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Oxfordian Oxonian folk / pop group Stornoway headline Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  Following up their 2010 debut Beachcomber’s Windowsill, the academically-minded quartet (led by an ornithologist) released Tales from Terra Firma earlier this month.  Field Report continue to tour in support of last year’s self-titled debut.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Watch Stornoway’s video for “Knock Me On the Head” below.

Several local musicians come together at The Blockley tonight for a concert benefiting Lentil Fest.  Tommy Conwell, Pete Donnelly, Ben Arnold and Travel Lanes will perform sets in support of Lentil the French bulldog, who was born with a cleft palate.  All proceeds will be donated to a variety of charities including the French Bulldog Rescue Network and the Children’s Craniofacial Association.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Below, watch Pete Donnelly’s video for “Can’t Talk At All.”

West Philadelphia Orchestra brings their monthly Balkan dance party back to Underground Arts tonight.  As a collective of Philadelphia musicians, WPO blends traditional Eastern European influences withe modern jazz and classical sensibilities.  Tickets and more information for tonight’s 21+ show with Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret can be found here or on the Facebook event page here.  Watch West Philadelphia Orchestra perform “Burkan Cocek” below.

 

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Stornoway share new video for “The Bigger Picture” (playing Kung Fu Necktie tomorrow)

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After posting on Facebook about their arrival to Philadelphia earlier this morning, Oxford’s Stornoway shared the new video for “The Bigger Picture.”  The song comes from the folk / pop band’s latest Tales From Terra Firma LP and the video depicts sweeping landscape shots and  photographs taken from The Evacuation of St. Kilda, courtesy of The National Library of Scotland.  St. Kilda is the outermost island group in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, which also lays claim to Stornoway’s namesake town.  Tickets and information for the band’s show at Kung Fu Necktie with Field Report are still available here.  Watch the video for “The Bigger Picture” below.

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Field Report added to Stornoway show at Kung Fu Necktie on 5/2

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Wisconsin’s Field Report have been added as support to Stornoway‘s Kung Fu Necktie show, bringing the folk project of Chris Porterfield back to Philadelphia in support of their 2012 debut album.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show on Thursday, May 2nd are available here.  Listen back to Field Report’s appearance on World Cafe here and watch their Out Of Town Films video for “Fergus Falls” below, recorded during last year’s XPoNential Music Festival.

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Stream Stornoway’s Tales From Terra Firma (playing Kung Fu Necktie on 5/2)

Stornoway1_011 PipSet for release on March 19th, Stornoway‘s full-length Tales From Terra Firma is now streaming in full over at GQ MagazineTales follows-up the British folk four-piece’s 2010 debut Beachcomber’s Windowsill with “an album of stories about rites of passage” that often explores its theme through the lens of traveling, a la Windowsill fan-favorites “Fuel Up” and “Boats and Trains.”  Stornoway will be in Philly for a show at Kung Fu Necktie on Thursday, May 2nd; tickets and information can be found here.  Stream Tales From Terra Firma here and watch the video for lead single “Knock Me On the Head” below.

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Just Announced: Stornoway to headline U.S. tour, playing Kung Fu Necktie on 5/2

StornowayQuirky U.K. folk outfit Stornoway have announced they will tour North America in May behind their upcoming sophomore record Tales From Terra Firma.  The Oxford bunch originally formed around a mutual love of Teenage Fanclub though the music that found its way onto their 2010 debut Beachcomber’s Windowsill is much more naturalistic in sound and substance, most likely due to primary lyricist and frontman Brian Briggs’ background in Ornithology.  Taking their name from a town on the Isle of Lewis on Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, Stornoway’s affinity for the organic extends to their instrumentation choices – the percussive beat on “Hear Comes the Blackout…!” is actually a recording of the band chopping carrots.  Tickets and information for their May 2nd, 21+ show at Kung Fu Necktie will be available here.  Below, watch their new video for “Knock Me  On the Head” off of Tales From Terra Firma (out March 19th via 4AD).