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Tin Bird Choir celebrates the anniversary of their debut album with a sale and exclusive releases

Tin Bird Choir | via bandcamp

It’s the seven-year anniversary of the debut album of Pennsylvania folk outfit Tin Bird Choir. Well, October 9th was the actual anniversary, but the band is celebrating all the same, selling Barn Rock for seven dollars all week long.

Tin Bird Choir references the likes of Sandra Cisneros and Kurt Vonnegut as some of the people who influence them most. This can be heard in the artful nature of their lyrics. In addition to the killer sale, the album will include a never-before-heard version of “New York Times” that was recorded live at the Moonlight Forest Festival in 2009. Continue reading →

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Watch Tin Bird Choir cover Ani DiFranco at Burlap and Bean

Tin Bird Choir | via bandcamp

Philly folkies Tin Bird Choir have been making waves in the area for a while now, and are known for their long list of delicate cover songs. They have taken on everyone from The Rolling Stones to Christmas classics such as “We Three Kings”, and their latest video showcases a performance of Ani DiFranco‘s “Hour Follows Hour.”

The song, which was performed by the band at Burlap and Bean back in March, was originally on DiFranco’s 1995 album “Not A Pretty Girl.” TBC’s cover comes as a duet between vocalist and guitarist husband-wife duo Heather and Eric Hurlock, and features Heather’s honest and melodic vocals. Continue reading →

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Merry Christmas from Philly! Listen to holiday songs by Amos Lee, The Districts, Good Old War, Hemming and more

The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Over the years many of our favorite Philly local musicians have covered holiday classics or have written their own seasonal songs. We’ve compiled some of our favorites from the last few years that we’ve posted on The Key, including some highlights from WXPN’s Home For the Holidays, the annual broadcast hosted by WXPN’s Helen Leicht, featuring songs by Amos Lee, The Districts, Good Old War, Ginger Coyle, Hemming, and more. Continue reading →

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Tin Bird Choir release sing-along song “Agency”

Tin Bird Choir

Central-PA folk four-piece, Tin Bird Choir, just released a fun new single called “Agency.” Describing themselves as “organic, free range, Pennsylvania barn rock,” Tin Bird Choir exude that in “Agency.” With a sing-song, upbeat rhythm, the track feels like a melodic version of an Aesop’s fable conclusion, imparting moral wisdom on someone who has clearly done something wrong. This brief barnyard sing-along feels like it would pair nicely with a hot apple cider while pumpkin-picking by a corn maze. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tin Bird Choir at Burlap and Bean, Planes Mistaken for Stars at Boot & Saddle, Kishi Bashi at Musikfest Cafe

Tin Bird Choir | Photo courtesy of artist's Facebook
Tin Bird Choir | Photo courtesy of artist’s Facebook

Barn rock band Tin Bird Choir headline Burlap and Bean Coffee this evening. Though their latest album was released in the summer of 2013, they recently covered the Rolling Stone’s “Sway” and have promised an enticing setlist. Tin Bird Choir will be joined by Elspeth Tremblay & the Satellites and Ginger Coyle for a night of Philly area folk. For tickets to the Philadelphia Folk Society and Dull Dime-presented show, head over to the XPN Concert Calendar, and be sure to listen to their cover of “Sway” below. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Tin Bird Choir

Eight years ago, Eric and Heather Hurlock set up a four-track in their Coventryville living room and committed a handful of Christmas songs to tape. Though they had been home recording since the mid-90s, their band Tin Bird Choir did not properly exist yet. They were just making these compilations to share with friends for the holidays. But those friends liked what they heard, and encouraged them to pursue their music more seriously. Because of those musical holiday favors, their friend Todd Bartolo of the band Youngers asked them to open a up for a show at Chaplin’s coffee shop in Spring City, and the band was born. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tin Bird Choir at Steel City Coffeehouse, Mumblr at Kung Fu Necktie, Los Lonely Boys at Keswick Theater and more

Tin Bird Choir | Photo courtesy of the artist
Tin Bird Choir | Photo courtesy of the artist

Tin Bird Choir describes themselves as “organic, free-range, Pennsylvania barn rock.” And quite frankly, that’s pretty spot on. The folky four-piece is performing tonight at Steel City Coffeehouse, but they won’t be alone. Joining the band will be A Fistful of Sugar, Sweetbriar Rose and Kicking Down Doors who are coming together to perform a benefit show for Phoenixville Area Community Services, or PACS. Tonight’s show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the $14 can be purchased here.

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Tin Bird Choir, A Fistful of Sugar, Sweetbriar Rose, and Kicking Down Doors set to rock a benefit show this Friday at Steel City Coffee House

Tin Bird Choir | Photo courtesy of the artist
Tin Bird Choir | Photo courtesy of the artist

When a bunch of Philly folk bands team up, only good things can come of it and this Friday’s benefit show in Phoenixville is just that. Tin Bird Choir, A Fistful of Sugar, Sweetbriar Rose, and Kicking Down Doors will play at Steel City Coffee House to raise money for Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) which works to provide basic necessities for those in need. Tin Bird Choir’s Heather Hurlock says of the event:

“We really wanted to do something to raise awareness for PACS. They’re a local organization that helps the working poor of Phoenixville with everything from food, housing, utilities, and health needs. Their mission is to empower the people to achieve self-sufficiency. Our song ‘We Are the Working Poor’ resonates with people for a reason. There are a lot of us (working poor) and we need to help each other out when we can.”

Watch Tin Bird Choir’s video for “We Are the Working Poor” below and get tickets here.

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: “Christmas at the Wawa” by Tin Bird Choir

Tin Bird ChoirThe second week of WXPN’s 12 Days of Local Christmas begins today with Chester County folk four-piece Tin Bird Choir. Their strummy new number “Christmas at the Wawa” tells the story of wearied holiday travelers driving through the night and celebrating Christmas at the break of dawn in the parking lot of the ubiquitous Delaware Valley convenience store. Download the song below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Savages at Union Transfer, A Flock of Seagulls at The Trocadero, Tin Bird Choir at Upper Merion Township Concert Under The Stars

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Savages are a post-punk band hailing from London who released their debut album, Silence Yourself, back in May.  Even though they’re fairly new on the music scene, Savages are already gaining a lot of attention and appeared on Jimmy Fallon a few weeks back.  Tonight, the group plays at Union Transfer.  If you’re looking to keep the weekend going into Sunday night, you’ll definitely want to check out this concert tonight.  Click here for ticket info and listen to their song “Shut Up” below.

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