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Get a double dose of local genius this Sunday night at Doyletown’s Siren Records with Anthony Green and Commonwealth Choir

Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

With the overall positive response to his album Young Legs, Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green ended 2013 on a high note. The Doylestown native was praised for his growth in songwriting and musicianship. Although his distinct high-pitched voice may be an acquired taste for some, Green has always been a master of conveying emotion which becomes even more clear in a live setting. This Sunday night, he’ll play an intimate show in the cozy confines of Siren Records in his native Doylestown.

Also on Sunday night’s bill is indie rock five-piece Commonwealth Choir. Since releasing its Shirtless EP late last year, the band (also Doylestown natives) established its local presence by playing tons of live shows across the region. If one show leaves you wanting more, don’t fret. XPN welcomes Commonwealth Choir back to Philly on March 15th at Milkboy (tickets here). Listen to Anthony Green’s “Young Legs” and Commonwealth Choir’s “Pacers” below and get tickets to Sunday night’s show at Siren Records here.

Pacers by Commonwealth Choir from James Powers on Vimeo.

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Watch Anthony Green perform six songs off Young Legs live for Audiotree

Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Back in November, Anthony Green and Good Old War stopped by Audiotree in Chicago to perform six songs off Green’s newest album Young Legs and discuss the importance of writing honest music kong other topics. A tight set and a stellar vocal take by Anthony Green make this live session a must-see for anyone who was not able to make it out to his huge show at Union Transfer. Check out the video below.

Anthony Green – Audiotree Live from Audiotree Live on Vimeo.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Rachel Barrish’s Top Five Concert Photographs of 2013

Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Year End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2013 awesome. In this installment, photographer Rachel Barrish shares her favorite shots of the year.

I’ve been photographing concerts for almost two years, and I started out right here at The Key. There is nothing I love more than being able to capture a moment during a concert by a musician I admire, and these are my top 5 photos from various shows I shot this year.

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs at River Stage at Great Plaza
Being on a Tuesday, you didn’t really know what type of show this was going to be or how many people were going to show up. The place seemed fairly empty for such a large scale when Karen O first came on stage, but it felt like bliss. Seeing a band that big on a large stage with a fairly intimate audience is special and memorable. When the paper “Y” confetti exploded onto the audience I knew that I was lucky to have had the chance to capture this show. Continue reading →

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Review: Anthony Green receives a warm homecoming at Union Transfer on Saturday

Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

On Saturday evening, Doylestown native Anthony Green played a homecoming show at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer, on tour in support of his third solo album, Young Legs. The Circa Survive frontman brought along friends Keith Goodwin, Dan Schwartz, and Tim Arnold from Good Old War, as well as Brendan Ekstrom from Circa Survive and Dave Davison to serve as his backing band. They were a super collaboration that sounded in top form as they wrapped their five-week  among friends.

The set started with two love ballads from Green’s first album, Avalon. They were songs written about his wife, Meredith; she came on the road with the band along with their two sons, Luke and James. Green then delved into his second solo album, Beautiful Things, which got the crowd singing along to “Get Yours While You Can” and “Moon Song”. The crowd hushed down for the new “Conversation Piece,” so much so that Green thanked them for being so respectful. He then led them in a singalong of the “Anytime” in different tempos: “Do it like you just drank a bunch of coffee! Now like you just smoked a bunch of weed!”

Green’s sincere nature and joyful stage presence made this show one for the record books. It felt like watching a family on stage, and it was clear that he and his tour mates have been friends for a long time. The camaraderie extended to both sides of the stage, which were lined with friends and family showing their support. Green ended the night with songs from both of his other projects including “Seven Years” by Saosin and “Get Out” by Circa Survive. Below, check out a gallery of photos from the show and read the setlist after the jump.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Anthony Green at Union Transfer, Yah Mos Def at Boot & Saddle, Work Drugs at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Anthony Green | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green plays a solo hometown show tonight at Union Transfer.  Green released his third solo record Young Legs last month, which was recorded with Will Yip at his Conshohocken studio.  The Key profiled Young Legs in an Unlocked segment during the release week, talking with Green about his creative process, how Sinatra influenced the record and how he’s matured over his decade-plus career.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here.  Watch the video for “Young Legs” below.

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Watch Anthony Green mix musicianship and fatherhood in the new music video for “Young Legs” (playing Union Transfer on 12/14)

Anthony Green with sons James and Luke | photo via Facebook

 

If you live in the Philadelphia area you’ve probably been exposed to the numerous feats of Anthony Green, including his recent release of Young Legs, national tour dates and the bigger task of parenting two boys. In the new music video for “Young Legs,” we see that the Greens are seamlessly mixing parenthood and music by bringing the entire family on tour. Laced with spectacular images of fireworks and live footage, the video also shows Green sound checking with the kids on stage and walking through the backstage corridors holding his sons. It is awesome to see a guy who is equal parts rock star and father continue to grow musically, especially since he’s from Philly.  Tickets and information for Anthony Green’s show at Union Transfer on December 14th can be found here.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Anthony Green, La Maison Tellier, Oldermost

 

Anthony Green | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

In a new edition of Unlocked, we got the inside story on Anthony Green‘s new LP Young Legs.  The Circa Survive vocalist and Doylestown native shared two free downloads with The Key alongside an interview and some glimpses into the album’s recording process.  Stream and download “I’ll Miss You” below and check out the full feature here.

A double dose of Folkadelphia brings us a session with Mary Lattimore / Jeff Zeigler / Chris Forsyth, followed by a bonus solo Forsyth session.  The three local musicians embarked on a deep improvisational trajectory that resulted in, as Folkadelphia noted, an “Ultimate Session.”  Stream and download the two sets below.

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Unlocked: Five songs you need to hear Anthony Green sing live

Photo by Brian Fantana via Anthony Green’s Instagram | instagram.com/anthonygreen666

Seeing Anthony Green live might make you laugh, might make you dance, and might even make you cry.

Whether he’s playing with Circa Survive, solo full-band or stripped-down acoustic, there’s no doubt that part of his popularity has been built by his ability to connect with the audience.

Another key factor for his fandom are his distinctive vocals. Hearing Green go into his high register is an experience in itself.

Here are five Anthony Green songs that, when witnessed in a live setting, are guaranteed to give you chills.

The chorus of this tune from Avalon is probably the best example of Green’s incomparable vocal abilities. And though the original instrumentation is great, seeing him belt out those notes with just a guitar in his hand is incredible. Continue reading →

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Unlocked: What does maturity mean for Anthony Green?

Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

From every angle, it seems pretty great being Anthony Green.

On the night we caught up with him, he had just finished playing a set in his hometown record store, Doylestown’s Siren Records. A hundred or so fans wait around after the show for a meet-and-greet with the solo songwriter and Circa Survive frontman. Many have their brand new copy of Young Legs — Green’s new solo record released Tuesday — clutched in their arms, awaiting the chance to have it marked with the broad brushstrokes of Green’s signature.

He receives plenty of compliments from fans. “I’m from here, so you proved to me that anything is possible,” one kid says after stating that Green is one of his main influences for his own music. And Green doesn’t just take the kind words. “Family doing stuff together is cool,” he says to a young girl and her mom, thanking the mom for bringing the teenager to the show.

He poses for plenty of pictures, gives out handshakes and smiles through it all. Greeting the last of the fans, he hastily tries to gather his things so that he can get home and help his wife Meredith put their two little boys to bed after they also had fun rocking out at daddy’s show.

“On normal nights, we look forward to putting the boys to bed and getting time together more than anything,” Green says of home life between puffs of a cigarette he bums outside of the store before taking off. “When I’m not home and I’m on tour, she’s by herself. She puts the kids to bed and she’s not hanging out with anybody or she just has a couple friends over, it’s different. When I’m on tour and I’ve done a show and they’re not there and I don’t have someone to snuggle with, I don’t have her to snuggle with, it’s a weird feeling. So, she’s going to come out on this tour and I don’t have to worry about missing them.”

He’s a rock star who has it all — a great career, a happy family and enough freedom to serve both of these things, doing things like having his family out on the road with him.

But if it’s so good being Green, why did he draw entirely from outside experiences when writing the 11 tracks featured on Young Legs? It’s simple. For him, walking a mile in someone else’s shoes became a new and much-needed source of inspiration.

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The Sound Of Animals Fighting announce their first shows in seven years (playing The Trocadero 3/20)

Experimental rock outfit The Sound Of Animals Fighting recently announced that they will play a string of five shows this upcoming March, and that they will kick it all off at The Trocadero. The band has not been active in recent years; their most recent performance was in 2006, and their most recent release was The Ocean and the Sun back in 2008. Despite the seemingly short life span of the band, they have a cult following for their bizarre samples and time signatures. Oh, and for Anthony Green screaming over breakneck riffs and spastic drums. Fronted by the Circa Survive frontman (who we’re featuring this week in the Unlocked series), the band consists of current and former RX Bandits members Matt Embree, Chris Tsagakis and Rich Balling. From the band’s Facebook page:

In the signature spirit of The Sound of Animals Fighting’s always unique ventures, fans can again expect a one-of-a-kind experience at the upcoming tour dates, complete with intimate vignette solo performances by the likes of Embree, Green, and C-Gak as they enter the shows.

If you need more evidence that this show is going to be crazy, check out a video of one of their older performances below. Buy tickets to the show at The Troc here starting Friday November 15th at noon.