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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Hundred Acre Woods at Tin Angel, Impressionist at Boot & Saddle, The Flatmates at Connie’s Ric Rac and more…

Photo via facebook.com/thehundredacrewoodsband
Photo via facebook.com/thehundredacrewoodsband

The Hundred Acre Woods top an all local bill at the Tin Angel with Former Belle and Steady Hands.  The West Philly folk-punk band’s frontman, Winthrop Stevens, recently trekked out to the banks of the Schuylkill River to perform a live version of “All I Love” for a new video series.  Check it out below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show here.

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Schuylkill Sessions releases acoustic version of “All I Love” by The Hundred Acre Woods

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Folksy DIY band The Hundred Acre Woods performed an acoustic version of its song “All I Love” for the first ever Schuylkill Sessions. The sessions will feature local Philly artists performing live acoustic versions of their songs along the Schuylkill River. The track is a mix of emo and folk and for this session, the environment was the perfect backdrop. The river added to the rustic atmosphere of the music and the bare foliage in the background paralleled the sad, disheartened lyrics. Check out the performance below and see The Hundred Acre Woods perform at Tin Angel tomorrow night. Tickets and other information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Steady Hands and The Hundred Acre Woods will shake up the Tin Angel

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Steady Hands | photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

Pop / punk outfit Steady Hands - the solo project of Modern Baseball drummer Sean Huber – is joining forces with folky DIY scene faves The Hundred Acre Woods for a coheadlining at Tin Angel on May 29th. This is probably the most raucous lineup the laid-back Old City venue has seen. Ever.

In addition, Huber has promised to play some new jams for the performance, which is always a bonus. For more info check out the facebook event page here. Get tickets for the performance here. Watch Sean Huber of Steady Hands perform “Southern Dream” for FeedbackLoop below.

Steady Hands – “Southern Dream” – FeedbackLoop Sessions from FeedbackLoop on Vimeo.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Hundred Acre Woods at Kung Fu Necktie, Commonwealth Choir at MilkBoy, Marissa Nadler at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

Philly folk outfit The Hundred Acre Woods recently joined us for their stellar Key Studio Session and tonight they play at Kung Fu Necktie. A folksy take on pop-rock, their sound is lively and fresh as heard on their latest 7″ Cold In The Morning. Check out a video of the band performing “All I Love” at their session and get $5 tickets tonight at the door before the show kicks off at 8:00 p.m.

Milkboy welcomes Commonwealth Choir to its stage tonight. The Doylestown natives released their Shirtless EP with a rock-based pop sound reminiscent of The Smiths and The Replacements. Watch a performance of “Pacers” below from their recent Key Studio Session and get tickets here.

Fresh off the release of her new album July which Stereogum calls “an ethereal spine-tingler”, Marissa Nadler brings her folksy dream pop to Johnny Brenda’s stage tonight. With underlying gothic themes, Nadler’s music is haunting and pretty all at once. Watch the video for “Dead City Emily” below and get tickets here.

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You Do You at Boot and Saddle (8:30 p.m., $10, 21+)

Hogmaw at The Depot (9:00 p.m., $5, 21+)

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Mock Suns, Gillian Grassie, Lake Street Dive

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

The Hundred Acre Woods brought their thoughtful and upbeat folk punk in for a Key Studio Session this week.  The West Philly five-piece recorded six songs, some off of their recent Cold in the Morning 7″ along with a selection of singles from various splits.  Check out “Base of My Heart” below and download the full set here.

Lake Street Dive celebrated the release of their new record Bad Self Portraits with a free download of the title track.  The soulful pop outfit will be performing in Philadelphia when XPN welcomes them to Union Transfer on April 2nd.  Pick up tickets here and download “Bad Self Portraits” below.

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The Key Studio Sessions: The Hundred Acre Woods

Philly five-piece The Hundred Acre Woods doesn’t fall neatly into a single category. It’s bred in punk scene basements, but the music it writes is rustic and Americana-inspired. You’ll notice nods to folk tradition in its arrangements and multi-part harmonies, but it’s done in a pop-rock context – something that gets further amplified when the band plays live care of Brandon Harrison’s aggressive drumming and Pat Loundas’ rumbling bass.

While they’re not the easiest to pin down – Will Davis plays banjo, Zack Reinhardt plays electric guitar – at the root The Hundred Acre Woods are an undeniably sensitive and thoughtful bunch. In the past they’ve sung about Henry David Thoreau and westward expansion, and in this week’s Key Session singer and songwriter Winthrop Stevens gets self-effacing in the aching “Base of My Heart” and waxes philosophical on family matters in the vibrant “All I Love” (which we have a video for below).

This winter The Hundred Acre Woods released a delightful 7″ called Cold In The Morning on local upstart label Lame-O Records. Word is they are prepping even more new music for release later on this year; they joked recently that a working title is Sunglasses Emoji,”so you know it’s going to be terminally chill.” Dig in to the session below, and keep tabs on the band at its Facebook page.

“All I Love” by The Hundred Acre Woods: The Key Studio Sessions from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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Watch Winthrop of The Hundred Acre Woods perform an acoustic version of “Base of My Heart” (playing Golden Tea House tonight)

The Hundred Acre Woods | via Facebook

Folky Philly indie rock outfit The Hundred Acre Woods recently visited Space Jam Sessions – the new video project of local photographer (and Key contributor) Allison Newbold – where frontman Winthrop Stevens performed the gut-wrenching “Base of My Heart.” Totally stripped down to an acoustic and his voice, the music thrives with its simply heavenly melody. The band throws a release party for its new EP Cold In the Morning tonight at Golden Tea House alongside Alex G, I Kill Giants, Au Revoir, and SHMNS. For more info, check out the Facebook event.

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Listen to Cold In The Morning by The Hundred Acre Woods via Property Of Zack

Photo via facebook.com/thehundredacrewoodsband
Photo via facebook.com/thehundredacrewoodsband

I’ve been enjoying the new Cold In The Morning EP from Philly DIY scene folkies The Hundred Acre Woods since an advance copy showed up at The Key a couple weeks back, so it was a treat to see it getting an early stream via Property of Zack yesterday afternoon. The band is a bit of an anomaly in some ways – its plays basement shows and goes on tour with raucous rockers Modern Baseball, but its sound is far from amplified. Cold is a tight three-song set of jangling acoustic pop with rousing gang vocal choruses and a touch of banjo. “City Lights” recalls the chamber-emo tones of Matt Pond PA’s Emblems, while “Loose Parts” is beautifully harmonized with a spry, percussive strum. The best thing about these guys – it never feels like they’re doing the acoustic urban folk thing in an opportunistic trend-chasing post-Lumineers way. There’s no kitsch about The Hundred Acre Woods, no baby boomer-baiting Dylan-isms. They don’t wear derby hats or suspenders, their vocals are decidedly un-raspy. They’re just five dudes writing solid pop songs and it happens that this is instrumentation and an aesthetic that works really well with the music they make. Stream Cold in the Morning here, and watch a live acoustic video of The Hundred Acre Woods performing in a basement last fall via Big Footprints Records below.

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Modern Baseball will release the new You’re Gonna Miss It All LP on 2/11, tour with The Wonder Years in the spring

Modern Baseball | photo via band's Facebook
Modern Baseball | photo facebook.com/modernbaseball

After releasing Sports last year, Modern Baseball kept the ball rolling in 2013 by signing to Run For Cover Records, touring all this past summer, and releasing a split with The Hundred Acre Woods. Now, Modern Baseball has announced their next album You’re Gonna Miss It All, which is due out February 11 via Run For Cover Records.

Truly a Philadelphia production, the album was produced by Modern Baseball’s own Ian Farmer and Jake Ewald, mixed by Philadelphia’s Jon Low, and mastered by Will Yip at Studio 4. Listen to “Your Graduation,” the first single off the album, below. Like most Modern Baseball material, it is instantly catchy and has a great chorus. Unlike Sports, however, the song is less polished, adding a sense of grittiness that and even a bit of yelling. Keep an eye out for the album, and catch up on Sports below while you wait for the new record.

Catch Modern Baseball at the TLA on 12/30 with Man Overboard, Real Friends, Young Statues, and Fireworks or at The Electric Factory on 4/12 with The Wonder Years, Defeater, Citizen, and Real Friends.

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The Hundred Acre Woods set to release Cold In The Morning EP January 14th (playing Rock Bottom II on 1/1)

The Hundred Acre Woods | photo by Ally Newbold Photography
The Hundred Acre Woods | photo by Ally Newbold Photography

Chester County natives The Hundred Acre Woods just announced plans to release their new EP Cold In The Morning on January 14th via Lame-O Records. They maintain their folksy pop-punk sound on their new track “City Lights” which you can stream here. In the weeks leading up to the new release, the band will head out on a winter tour with fellow Philadelphians Modern Baseball, with whom they released a split 7″ over the summer, and play an acoustic show here in their hometown on New Year’s Day at Rock Bottom 2. Pre-order Cold In The Morning here and stay tuned to the band’s Facebook for more details on the show.

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