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Free At Noon Flashback: The James Hunter Six performs from new record, Whatever It Takes

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Free At Noon Flashback: The James Hunter Six performs from new record, Whatever It Takes

James Hunter Six | photos by Ashley Gellman | agellmanphotos.com

Following jazz-funk trio Hambone Relay’s set, today’s Free At Noon doubleheader continued with blues and soul outfit the James Hunter Six. The afternoon performance kicks off the English group’s US tour in support of their brand new record, Whatever It Takes.

James Hunter’s gritty, soulful voice continuously and effortlessly moved between commanding the crowd’s attention and serving as an instrument itself, thrown around in incredible range and style that was difficult to mimic when he led a call-and-answer bit during the last song.

The rest of the Six included an upright bass, both tenor and baritone saxophones, and the classic keys and drums. For a minute, there were two upright basses – as the set came to an end, Hunter teased the audience with “I’m about to do something really crazy,” and crazy it was. He slung his guitar around and down to the ground where he continued to play, an impressive feat of flexibility and finesse that became even more so when he did so standing on only one leg.

The James Hunter Six will be playing ArtsQuest in Bethlehem, PA on February 22nd. Watch the performance and check out photos below.

Free At Noon Flashback: The James Hunter Six performs from new record, Whatever It Takes
Free At Noon Flashback: The James Hunter Six performs from new record, Whatever It Takes
Free At Noon Flashback: The James Hunter Six performs from new record, Whatever It Takes
Free At Noon Flashback: The James Hunter Six performs from new record, Whatever It Takes
Free At Noon Flashback: The James Hunter Six performs from new record, Whatever It Takes
Free At Noon Flashback: The James Hunter Six performs from new record, Whatever It Takes
Free At Noon Flashback: The James Hunter Six performs from new record, Whatever It Takes
Free At Noon Flashback: The James Hunter Six performs from new record, Whatever It Takes
Free At Noon Flashback: The James Hunter Six performs from new record, Whatever It Takes
Free At Noon Flashback: The James Hunter Six performs from new record, Whatever It Takes
Free At Noon Flashback: The James Hunter Six performs from new record, Whatever It Takes
Free At Noon Flashback: The James Hunter Six performs from new record, Whatever It Takes

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Free At Noon Flashback: Philly’s Hambone Relay brings sunshine on a cloudy day

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Free At Noon Flashback: Philly’s Hambone Relay brings sunshine on a cloudy day

Hambone Relay | photos by Ashley Gellman | agellmanphotos.com

“I was you guys every week,” said Rob Tait, now onstage behind the drums instead of part of the Free At Noon crowd gathered in World Cafe Live. Tait was joined by organist Mark Brown and guitarist Luke Ferracone, who together are Hambone Relay.

The Philadelphia-based trio’s modern, jazz-funk-psychedelic grooves in no way matched the gray skies outside. Their dynamic, up-tempo tracks immediately heightened the energy in the room and never let it drop during the set. The trio performed tracks from their 2013 self-titled debut and their 2016 record Free Hugs all the way to their latest release, American Hi-Fi.

Tait also made sure to give a special shout-out to XPN’s Dan Reed. Hambone Relay had been covering “Come Together” at Dawson St. Pub when a man was handed a mic and took over the vocals – that man turned out to be Dan Reed, whose show Tait listened to avidly but had never before seen in person.

The James Hunter Six continued the Free At Noon doubleheader.

You can catch Hambone Relay performing tonight at the very same Dawson St. Pub, or at the Ardmore Music Hall on the 18th. Watch their Free at Noon performance and see photos below.

Free At Noon Flashback: Philly’s Hambone Relay brings sunshine on a cloudy day
Free At Noon Flashback: Philly’s Hambone Relay brings sunshine on a cloudy day
Free At Noon Flashback: Philly’s Hambone Relay brings sunshine on a cloudy day
Free At Noon Flashback: Philly’s Hambone Relay brings sunshine on a cloudy day
Free At Noon Flashback: Philly’s Hambone Relay brings sunshine on a cloudy day
Free At Noon Flashback: Philly’s Hambone Relay brings sunshine on a cloudy day
Free At Noon Flashback: Philly’s Hambone Relay brings sunshine on a cloudy day
Free At Noon Flashback: Philly’s Hambone Relay brings sunshine on a cloudy day
Free At Noon Flashback: Philly’s Hambone Relay brings sunshine on a cloudy day
Free At Noon Flashback: Philly’s Hambone Relay brings sunshine on a cloudy day
Free At Noon Flashback: Philly’s Hambone Relay brings sunshine on a cloudy day

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Quit sleepin’ on our “nasty boys”: Philly’s CERAMIC ANIMAL breaking out in 2018

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Photo courtesy of Andrew Herman

Those who follow the Philly music scene closely have probably heard of Doylestown psych rock outfit Ceramic Animal. And soon…very soon… so will everyone else.

For a few years now the suit-clad foursome known as Ceramic Animal has been kicking around Philly and New York City. These self-proclaimed “couple a nasty boys” look anything but–in their signature matching three-piece-suits-and-ties. But it’s far from a gimmick. From where I sit these guys just might have what it takes.

Here is why I’m betting on these boys to have a breakout 2018:

They are polished, and ...

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Soccer Mommy shows she’s not “Your Dog” in kickass, self-assured single

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Soccer Mommy shows she’s not “Your Dog” in kickass, self-assured single

Soccer Mommy | photo via artist’s Facebook

Nashville-bred NYU student Sophie Allison has been releasing “chill but kinda sad” lo-fi tunes on Bandcamp for years now under the moniker Soccer Mommy. Less than a year after the release of her debut full length Collection, Soccer Mommy’s biting new track,”Your Dog,” not only anticipates the upcoming album, Clean — out on March 2nd via Fat Possum Records — but also hints at a more expansive, no-nonsense direction.

Remastering some tracks from earlier EPs, last year’s Collection flowed in the same kind of hopelessly heartsick blue vein of Soccer Mommy’s bedroom-recorded ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shamir at the First Unitarian Church, Work Drugs at Boot & Saddle, Leif Vollebekk at World Cafe Live, and many, many more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shamir at the First Unitarian Church, Work Drugs at Boot & Saddle, Leif Vollebekk at World Cafe Live, and many, many more

Shamir | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Recent Philly-via-Vegas transplant Shamir closes out a busy year of touring with a hometown show at the Church tonight, following the release of their new album Revelations last month. Shamir’s vibrant and introspective pop songs touch on everything from queer identity to being a millennial, all with a blunt and witty honesty. Read The Key’s interview with Shamir here, watch the video for “90’s Kids” below and find more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar.

In the mood for a festive show this holiday season? Philly indie pop ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Weather Station at Boot & Saddle, Emily Haines at Union Transfer, Loudon Wainwright III at World Cafe Live, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Weather Station at Boot & Saddle, Emily Haines at Union Transfer, Loudon Wainwright III at World Cafe Live, and more

The Weather Station | photo by Yuula Benivolski | courtesy of the artist

After releasing a self-titled album earlier this fall, The Weather Station bring their folk-rooted tunes to Boot & Saddle tonight. The project of Toronto-based songwriter Tamara Lindeman, The Weather Station is known for its energetic and forthright yet soft and delicate sounds. The latest release, the project’s fourth LP, is perhaps its boldest yet — though Lindeman refers to it as a “rock and roll” record, it still maintains its laid-back folk vibes. James Elkington also plays tonight’s show. Listen to “Thirty” below and find tickets and more ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Weather Station at Boot & Saddle, Emily Haines at Union Transfer, Loudon Wainwright III at World Cafe Live, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Weather Station at Boot & Saddle, Emily Haines at Union Transfer, Loudon Wainwright III at World Cafe Live, and more

The Weather Station | photo by Yuula Benivolski | courtesy of the artist

After releasing a self-titled album earlier this fall, The Weather Station bring their folk-rooted tunes to Boot & Saddle tonight. The project of Toronto-based songwriter Tamara Lindeman, The Weather Station is known for its energetic and forthright yet soft and delicate sounds. The latest release, the project’s fourth LP, is perhaps its boldest yet — though Lindeman refers to it as a “rock and roll” record, it still maintains its laid-back folk vibes. James Elkington also plays tonight’s show. Listen to “Thirty” below and find tickets and more ...

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Just Announced: Phoebe Bridgers brings Stranger in the Alps to World Cafe Live in February

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Just Announced: Phoebe Bridgers brings Stranger in the Alps to World Cafe Live in February

Phoebe Bridgers | Photo by Frank Ockenfels | via Dead Oceans

Los Angeles based alt-folk artist Phoebe Bridgers released her debut full-length Stranger in the Alps to wide acclaim earlier this fall. The single “Motion Sickness” was named XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week in August. Bridgers will bring the sounds of the new album to Philly on February 21, 2018 for a headlining show at World Cafe Live.

If you caught Conor Oberst’s set at this year’s XPoNential Festival, you may have seen Bridgers join the singer onstage to add her sweeping vocals to Bright Eyes fan ...

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Dessa plays to the fans at a sold-out World Cafe Live

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Dessa plays to the fans at a sold-out World Cafe Live

Dessa | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN

I had a chance to speak to Dessa before her show at World Cafe Live on Thursday night, and in my moment of terrible small talk, I mentioned how uncomfortable I sometimes feel at venues like the upstairs. It is a stage that is barely elevated, with direct crowd access, and I know I’m blocking people (I’m 6’2”). I always try to be mindful of that, and move off to the side/back after a song or two, to get out of the way.  Color me surprised when Dessa stopped the show, ...

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Free At Noon Flashback: Dhani Harrison’s guitar doesn’t weep, it wails

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Free At Noon Flashback: Dhani Harrison’s guitar doesn’t weep, it wails

Dhani Harrison | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

A slice (of a slice) of Beatlemania descended upon 31st and Walnut on this pleasantly frigid Friday as the crowd that had lined the street shed their layers and traded in coffees for beers, fortunate to be among the few to have secured a spot at a show that had sold out days before. Nothing less could be expected for Dhani Harrison, and this boundless enthusiasm never wavered during his Free At Noon set – the applause heard after each song was near equivalent to what another band might expect to earn ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grizzly Bear at The Fillmore, Habib Koité at World Café Live, Taxes at Connie’s Ric Rac

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grizzly Bear at The Fillmore, Habib Koité at World Café Live, Taxes at Connie’s Ric Rac

Grizzly Bear | photo via the artist’s Facebook page

Following the release of their new LP Painted Ruins, widely acclaimed indie rock act Grizzly Bear will make a stop at The Fillmore tonight. The band spent two years working on the highly anticipated new album, which is their first release since 2012’s Shields. Find more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “Mourning Sound” below. 

Malian guitarist Habib Koité is one of Africa’s most celebrated musicians, coming from a long line of traditional troubadours. He’ll make an appearance at World Café Live downstairs tonight, ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cool Moon at Lava Space, Worriers at Johnny Brenda’s, The Hooters at Keswick Theater, and a whole bunch more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cool Moon at Lava Space, Worriers at Johnny Brenda’s, The Hooters at Keswick Theater, and a whole bunch more

Cool Moon | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Houston’s Cool Moon is passing through Philly tonight at West Philly’s Lava Space. Helmed by frontwoman Andrea Lisi — who was the lead singer of the early aughties’ DIY D.C. power trio, Del Cielo — this new trio still rocks just as hard. Find more info on the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar, then stream their latest album Postparty Depression on Spotify below.

Philly punks Worriers released their new album Survival Pop a month back, which features such jams as singles “Gaslight” and “The Possibility.” Celebrating ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Harmony Woods at Everybody Hits, Curtis Harding at World Cafe Live, Aster More at Boot & Saddle

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Harmony Woods at Everybody Hits, Curtis Harding at World Cafe Live, Aster More at Boot & Saddle

Harmony Woods | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

If you missed Harmony Woods on the big stage opening for Modern Baseball a few weeks ago, you can still catch them tonight at Everybody Hits. The project of Philadelphia’s Sofia Verbilla, Harmony Woods has been making strides this year following the release of Nothing Special. Verbilla and band joined us for a Folkadelphia + Key Studio session a few months ago, listen below and read The Key’s feature on Harmony Woods hereSave Face, Secret Stuff and Brackish also play tonight; find more information ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Julien Baker at Union Transfer, Latin Roots Live at World Cafe Live, Caroline Rose at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Julien Baker at Union Transfer, Latin Roots Live at World Cafe Live, Caroline Rose at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Julien Baker | photo by Nolan Knight | courtesy of the artist

The day is finally here, folks. It’s time to cry our eyes out to Julien Baker at Union Transfer. The Tennessee songwriter released her second LP Turn Out The Lights a few days ago, and if you haven’t had it’s stunningly sad songs on repeat, you’re missing out. Baker has enlisted an incredibly talent-filled lineup of supporting acts for this tour; you’ll want to arrive early to catch Half Waif and Petal. Watch the video for “Appointments” below, and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar ...

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Free At Noon Flashback: Nick Hakim, soul machine, introduces himself to World Cafe Live

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Free At Noon Flashback: Nick Hakim, soul machine, introduces himself to World Cafe Live

Nick Hakim | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

Sensual funkiness: a combination of words I’d never expect to throw together but that fully encapsulates the sound of Nick Hakim and his four-piece backing band during today’s Free At Noon performance. The New York-based artist released his debut full-length Green Twins in May and wrapped up a US headlining tour in Seattle on Tuesday, and beginning next week he can be found opening for Fleet Foxes during the European leg of their Crack-Up tour.

Nick Hakim’s sound immediately calls for comparisons to James Blake, Moses Sumney, and even the latest iteration of Bon ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sammus at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Hezekiah Jones at Underground Arts, Beach Fossils at The Church, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sammus at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Hezekiah Jones at Underground Arts, Beach Fossils at The Church, and more

Sammus | from the “Qualified” music video

Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo wowed us as the unapologetically herself beat-maker / spoken-word-style lyricist Sammus, at her recent Folk_KEY-delphia Studio Session. Tonight, she’ll no doubt do the same at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for tonight’s Afrofuturist Affair Costume Ball, which is organized by Black Quantum Futurism and presented as part of Philadelphia Assembled. The night will also feature performances by Moor MotherKing Britt / Fhloston ParadigmMovaKween, and :3LON; along with tarot card reading, body paintings, mask making, a fashion show, and a ton more. Find additional info on ...

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Free At Noon Flashback: Rostam delivers expansive experience with Half-Light

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Free At Noon Flashback: Rostam delivers expansive experience with Half-Light

Rostam | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

Rostam Batmanglij released his debut LP Half-Light on September 15th, and to say that it was a long time coming is a definite understatement. It was six years ago this month that Rostam’s first solo track – and now Half-Light track – “Wood” was released on Soundcloud, as his band Vampire Weekend recorded their chart-topping Modern Vampires of the City. 

The years since have seen Rostam leave Vampire Weekend in 2016 to pursue solo work, produce tracks on a number of records for genre-spanning artists from Solange to Carly Rae Jepson to Hamilton Leithauser, and all ...

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Strand of Oaks, Cayetana and More @ World Cafe Live for the Philly Music Fest.

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Video by Cady Elliott. Images by G.W. Miller III. The inaugural Philly Music Fest happened last weekend at World Cafe Live, with hundreds of people experiencing the likes of Strand of Oaks (below), Cayetana, Ceramic Animal, Ivy Sole, New Sound Brass, Pine Barons, Skull Eclipses and more … all under one roof. For those in […]Strand of Oaks, Cayetana and More @ World Cafe Live for the Philly Music Fest.

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Free At Noon Flashback: Josh Ritter celebrates his new Gathering at World Cafe Live

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Free At Noon Flashback: Josh Ritter celebrates his new Gathering at World Cafe Live

Josh Ritter | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

Friday was a big day for Josh Ritter: it marked the official release of his ninth studio album Gathering following 2015’s excellent Sermon on the Rocks, and he and the Royal City Band were able to bring their foot-stomping, fast-talking tunes to World Cafe Live before flying to Minneapolis to kick off the record’s tour.

The singer-songwriter has long been a favorite of XPN and its members, and the crowd that had been steadily lining up outside quickly filled the venue to capacity in anticipation of his triumphant return. As one of the ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Union Transfer, Ms. Lauryn Hill at BB&T, Bastille at The Fillmore, plus more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Union Transfer, Ms. Lauryn Hill at BB&T, Bastille at The Fillmore, plus more

Ted Leo | photo courtesy of the artist

Ted Leo is back and bringing his trusty crew, the Pharmacists, with him to Union Transfer tonight. This past week, Leo smashed his seven year hiatus with the new record, The Hanging Tree, which was funded through the generosity of his fans via a successful Kickstarter campaign. Watch his latest video for “Can’t Go Back,” below, then find info on tonight’s show here.

It’s been nineteen years since Ms. Lauryn Hill released her classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. But tonight, the legend will be spinning her poetic verses with ...

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More Than Jake: Jake Clemons goes beyond what you think you know of Fear + Love

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More Than Jake: Jake Clemons goes beyond what you think you know of Fear + Love

Jake Clemons | photo courtesy of the artist

Calling from a solo tour stop in Montreal, saxophonist-singer Jake Clemons offered up a smart and pleasant, conversation and a humble man’s attitude when it came to being a guy you (think) you know from brand-name family ties, literal and figurative. Soft-spoken and easy to laugh, Clemons seemed pleased to open up about the studied songwriting process and the emotional connections to the songs on his new album, Fear + Love, a record he’ll pull form at World Café Live this Wednesday September 13.

The Key: Quick first question. Can you ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: West Philadelphia Orchestra at Spruce Street Harbor Park, MH the Verb’s Vibe House at South Bowl, Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: West Philadelphia Orchestra at Spruce Street Harbor Park, MH the Verb’s Vibe House at South Bowl, Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

West Philadelphia Orchestra | photo courtesy of the artist

West Philadelphia Orchestra are this week’s featured headliner at Spruce Street Harbor Park’s Waterfront Sessions. The mammoth sized crew will be rocking two sets of their horn-heavy Balkan dance. Check out info for the show on the Facebook event page, and watch their Tiny Desk Concert entry below.

MH the Verb will be hosting the “electronic jam session” called Vibe House at South Bowl tonight, along with GR Stone, Buscrates 16-Bit Ensemble, Attic Tapes, and more for some electro covers, mash-ups, and of course, jams. Find more ...

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Why Henry Jamison Will Be Your New Favorite Singer-Songwriter

Source: Rock On Philly

All photos credit to Patrick McCormack 

Henry Jamison speaks from his soul. Sure, singer-songwriters are a dime a dozen these days, but Jamison’s songwriting stands out from the rest. In his upcoming debut full-length record, The Wilds, Jamison shares unique, visual details in his lyrics that are reminiscent of the British Romantic Period in poetry. Considering his ancestors include George Frederick Root (one of the most popular songwriters of the Civil War era) and the 14th Century British poet John Gower, there might be something intuitive to his songwriting abilities. 

Jamison, who writes all of his lyrics, claims is ...

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Tremellow’s new track “Look Up” is a folky, outerspace sonic adventure

Tremellow’s new track “Look Up” is a folky, outerspace sonic adventure

Tremellow | photo via artist’s Bandcamp

When Keith Abrams isn’t rocking out as frontman for Pine Barons, or helping to produce other legendary albums (i.e. The Districts Popular Manipulations,) he gets strange and experimentally lo-fi as his side-project, Tremellow. From all the recent and much deserved hooplah of Pine Barons’ and The Districts’ new releases, it’s crazy that Abrams has time to let alone breathe. But here he is, releasing a new Tremellow track — which is unsurprisingly a total jam.

Titled “Look Up,” the song is an amalgamation of a whole lot of sounds that work oddly, yet perfectly, together. Beginning with a spooky eighties synth atmosphere speckled with 8-bit beeps, integral banjo plucks easily slice through the song to add an earnest folk essence. Then there’s also the super typical element of what sounds like warped alien choruses singing off in the distance, and an overall indie pop feel reminiscent of Bleachers.

Listen to this wonderful concoction for yourself below. Although there aren’t currently any shows on the horizon for Tremellow, you can catch Abrams with Pine Barons at the PHL Music and Arts fest on September 23rd. Tickets and info can be found here.

Free At Noon Flashback: The Districts redefine “explosive” at World Cafe Live

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Free At Noon Flashback: The Districts redefine “explosive” at World Cafe Live

The Districts | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

I had long resigned myself to the bittersweet fact that since I’ve always been unlucky in catching The Districts live, the first time I’d finally see them would be in some large, sold out venue given the skyrocketing trajectory of their career and fanbase around the world that will only grow once their newest release Popular Manipulations reaches the ears and hearts of the masses.

Fortunately, this was not the case. A week after the crazy sold out Union Transfer record release show (read our review here) found The Districts ...

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