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Folkadelphia Session: The Sun Flights

Photo by Neil Kohl.
Photo by Neil Kohl.

On Monday, I heard from Claire Duncombe, one of the original duo of Philadelphia’s The Sun Flights that,with the release of this Folkadelphia in-studio session, they would be closing the book on this portion of their musical journey. Over the past handful of years, The Sun Flights, first just Natalie Butts and Claire, and then adding Tim Leslie and Jake Hager, became a staple in my area of the Philadelphia music scene. I’ve seen them play in bars, on porches, on top of a bus, in tiny shops. I’ve heard them play a song for the first time and I’ve seen them refine and rework it until it clicks like tumblers in a lock moving into place. I’m only one of many listeners that have fallen deeply for their easy harmonies, vibrant community spirit, and wild imagination, not even to speak of their songs and albums. The Sun Flights just made it so effortless to enjoy their performances, to root for them to succeed in winning over everyone in the room, so it is extremely bittersweet to watch it come to an end. But as they say, one door closes and another opens. I know that we’ll be closely following Claire, Natalie, Tim, and Jake on whatever it is that comes next because it is going to be great.
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Double Decker Music Series returns on May 31 with Christopher Sean Powell and The Sun Flights

Gretchen Lohse | Photo via bowerbird.org/newsite/events/doubledecker/
Gretchen Lohse | Photo by Scott Troyan | via bowerbird.org

The beloved Double Decker Music Series, “an intimate mobile concert experience,” is returning on May 31 with Christopher Sean Powell and The Sun Flights on board.

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The Sun Flights will release House of Man on April 3rd at Bourbon & Branch

Sun Flights
The Sun Flights | photo via Facebook

It’s been a long road to this point, but The Sun Flights are ready to release their new record House of Man at Bourbon & Branch on April 3rd. The LP was written over the course of a nine-month cross-country trip that took the folk duo of Claire Duncombe and Natalie Butts from Philadelphia to Seattle and many places in-between.

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Watch The Sun Flights perform “Changing” for a Random Tea Session

The Sun Flights
The Sun Flights | photo via Facebook

The Sun Flights have returned from a nine-month journey across the country, a “musical adventure” that saw the creation of a new record called House of Man.  The album is set to be recorded later this month and upon their return home to Philadelphia the duo, comprised of Natalie Butts and Claire Duncombe, stopped in at the Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop to film a Random Tea Session in anticipation of the LP.

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Download “Gavel” by The Sun Flights from their On the Hill Series (playing Hubbub 11/10)

The Sun Flights | photo via www.kettlepottracks.com
The Sun Flights | photo via www.kettlepottracks.com

Local duo The Sun Flights will help University City’s Hubbub Coffee kick off their music showcases on November 10th alongside Boog and Dirty Dirges.  Following the release of their debut EP, the folk project of Natalie Butts and Claire Duncombe went out to Lafayette Hill in early January to record an On the Hill Series with Kettle Pot Tracks.  The session resulted in two previously unreleased songs called “Gavel” (which you can stream and download below) and “Circles.”  “Gavel” is playful, direct track where the only flourishes are sublime harmonies and the balance between two distinct voices.  More information for their show at Hubbub can be found on the Facebook event page.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Districts at North Star Bar, Commonwealth Choir at The Fire, The Sun Flights and Maitland at Melodies Cafe

Photo by Eric Ashleigh
Photo by Eric Ashleigh

The Districts return home for a show at North Star Bar tonight.  The Lancaster outfit spent the time since their knock-out XPoNential Music Fest appearance touring from Detroit down to New Orleans, even stopping in Rock Island, IL to record a Daytrotter Session.  Tonight the young roots rock band will play alongside Rosu Lup, Coronado and Pine Barons – tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Watch The Districts’ recent Out of Town Films video below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nightlands at Johnny Brenda’s, The Sun Flights at MilkBoy Ardmore, Mean Lady at Mojo Main, In the Pocket at 23 East

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Nightlands play a hometown show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight, backed by a choir and supported by local bands Ape School and Our Griffins.  Dave Hartley’s “dream science” solo project released its latest LP Oak Island earlier this year after he closed out a multi-year tour with his main band The War on Drugs.  For tonight’s show, he’ll be performing with choral group The Sighborg Singers, who were featured on Oak Island as well.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Below, watch Nightlands’ new video for “Born to Love.”

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Watch Our Griffins perform “Blood on My Sleeve” in a Random Tea Room session (playing a free show at North Star Bar on 3/25)

OGTaking a quick break from recording a new LP, Our Griffins (the project of Easton, PA’s DJ Brown) performed a quietly poetic rendition of “Blood on My Sleeve” for The Random Tea Room‘s new video series.  Brown was backed by Travis Hobbie (guitar/vox), Alex Luquet (bass) and Eric Slick (drums) for the series’ tenth installment.  Watch the video below and revisit Our Griffins’ Key Studio Session from last December here.  More information for the free 21+ show at North Star Bar with Penrose and The Sun Flights on March 25th can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheap Dinosaurs at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune-Out, Swift Techniqe at The Blockley, The Gallerist at Kung Fu Necktie

CheapDsContinuing their month of Tuesday Tune-Outs, 8static presents Cheap Dinosaurs tonight at PhilaMOCA.  The local chiptune / rock band will perform a set of their “wall of sound” productions before screening the 1982 independent sci-fi film Liquid Sky.  Like their Tuesday Tune-Out predecessor Chipocrite, Cheap Dinosaurs recently performed at Mag Fest in NYC where they participated in a showcase of chiptune music makers.  Admission for tonight’s all-ages event is a suggested $5 donation at the door; more information can be found here.  Watch a live video of Cheap Dinosaurs performing at PhilaMOCA from April 2011 below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: St. James & The Apostles at RUBA, Folkadelphia presents ((TACO)), Prairie Empire and The Sun Flights at Green Line Cafe, We’re About 9 at PSALM Salon, XPN Welcomes Garland Jeffreys at World Cafe Live at The Queen, Many Arms at The Rotunda

St. James & the ApostlesHardworking Philly outfit St. James & The Apostles play RUBA Club Studios tonight alongside Themuffinmanisaband.  St. James is Jamie Mahon and The Apostles are Mahon’s cousin Mike Kiker and second-cousin Jeff Castner.  Together, the trio fuses anthematic rock with moments of twang and the refreshing power of Kiker’s organ playing on their latest record Baphomet.  More information about the 21+ show can be found here.  Below, watch St. James & The Apostles’ BITBY video filmed this past October.

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