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Huffamoose to reunite for a benefit at Ardmore Music Hall

Huffamoose | Photo courtesy of the band
Huffamoose | Photo courtesy of the band

On Sunday, November 23rd at the Ardmore Music Hall, Huffamoose will reunite, with special guests Jim Boggia, Ben Arnold and The Fractals. 100% of all the ticket sales will benefit Dan’s Voice, a memorial fund for the treatment and research of head and neck cancer. A Chapter of the Board of Associates of Fox Chase Cancer Center, Dan’s Voice was founded in memory of Dan Rich, who lost his voice and his life to laryngeal/esophageal cancer.

Huffamoose – lead singer and guitarist Craig Elkins, guitarist and singer Kevin Hanson, bassist Jim Stager and drummer Erik Johnson – formed in 1992, and were signed to Interscope Records in 1994. The band debuted in 1993 with their self-titled independent release, and had several songs, including “James” and “I Want To Buy You A Ring,” that got a lot of airplay on WXPN. After signing with Interscope, they released their major label debut, We’ve Been Had Again, in June 1997. The band, known for their mix of rock with jazz influences, had rocky times on the label. After relocating to Los Angeles to work with producer Joe Chiccarelli, unhappy with the results, they convinced their A&R representative to let them re-record the album in Ardmore at the now defunct Chill Factor studios. While the making of the record more aptly fit the band’s musical vision, it strained relations with the label even further.

In a June 1997 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Craig Elkins told writer Tom Moon:

“We definitely came to appreciate the uphill battle for an unknown band,” Elkins says. “At any point along the way we could have gone along with some advice we didn’t feel comfortable with. We listened to all the options, but most of the time we ended up sticking to our guns, for better or worse. Having to fight for what you believe in, that helps you grow.”

Members of the band are still active in music. After moving to California, Elkins has enjoyed a solo career. Kevin Hanson formed The Fractals in 2010, teaches guitar at the University of the Arts, and, as an in demand session player, has played on records by The Roots, Jill Scott, Usher, Trey Songz and Jay Z. Johnson and Stager also perform with Hanson in The Fractals.

Below, watch a video of the band perform “Wait,” from an appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas Bonus Stocking Stuffer: download “Christmas Has Changed” by The Fractals

For today’s Twelve Days of Christmas bonus stocking stuffer, we’ve got a tune from The Fractals called “Christmas Has Changed.” This was performed by the band on the fourth annual WXPN Home for the Holidays special, which also included songs from York Street Hustle, High Kick, Modern Inventors and more. Download the song below, and tune in to 88.5 FM in Philadelphia or XPN.org anywhere to hear the special rebroadcast today at 10 a.m. and tomorrow at 5 p.m.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ryan Shaw at Mt. Airy Night Market, Turning Violet Violet at Kung Fu Necktie, and The Fractals at Underground Arts

Night Market Philly, a free, food-centric street festival, is coming to Mt. Airy tonight. The event features 50+ food trucks and restaurants, as well as a music provided by WXPN. Grammy-nominated R&B artist Ryan Shaw, singer Ginger Coyle and Americana band Reckless Amateurs will be playing live sets throughout the night. The event is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. For more information visit the Night Market Philly website here.

Philly indie rock band Turning Violet Violet is playing Kung Fu Necktie tonight with Birthmark (Nate Kinsella from Joan of Arc) and The Sky Drops. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are available here for $8. Listen to Turning Violet Violet’s new album, Double Cure, in the player below and, if you like what you hear, the album is available for pay-what-you-want download on the band’s BandCamp page here. You can also download their Key Studio Session here.

Philly alt-rockers The Fractals recently joined WXPN’s Helen Leicht in the studio to perform live on her show, Leicht Lunch. Now the band are joined by local bands The Lowlands, and Modern Inventors for a show at Underground Arts tonight. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the 21+ show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are available here for $6. Listen to The Fractals’ on Leicht Lunch, download their acoustic performance of the new song “Twila Darlin’”, get an mp3 of their studio recording of “Miss Kensington,” and hear an archive of their entire appearance here.

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Listen to The Fractals recorded live on the Leicht Lunch

The members of The Fractals are veterans in the Philly rock scene, from the 90s alt-rock act Huffamoose up to their collective role as session players and music teachers today. With a show coming up at new Philly venue Underground Arts this Thursday Aug. 16, The Fractals paid a visit to the Leicht Lunch today to perform and chat with XPN’s Helen Leicht. Below, you can download their acoustic performance of the new song “Twila Darlin’”, get an mp3 of their studio recording “Miss Kensington,” and hear an archive of their entire appearance.