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Pine Barons

Communion w/Pine Barons, Foxtrot & The Get Down, and More at MilkBoy Philly June 3

The latest monthly installment of Communion Residency Philadelphia takes place this evening at Milkboy Philly. Pine Barons and Foxtrot & The Get Down represent the hometown music on this night. As they work on their debut LP, Pine Barons’s latest single, “Clown,” captures your ear with its casual jangly riff-percussion combination that shifts into a higher gear, while using smooth backing harmonies to display a polished pop-rock sensibility. Former Deli Philly Featured Artist(s) Poll Winners, Foxtrot & The Get Down, hold true to a blues rock tradition as thick, memorable guitar work is balanced by a steady backend and earnest vocals pulled from the inside-out. The gothic soul of Detroit’s Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas shells out an eclectic energy and infused musicality that are unified by sultry vocals that pack a mean punch. The intricate yet easily consumed indie rock of Dan Mangan + Blacksmith serves as the headliner. Milkboy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 7pm, $13, 21+ (Pine Barons Photo by Caitlin McCann) - Michael Colavita

Shark Tape Album Release Show at MilkBoy Philly Nov. 22

The last few days have frozen the surroundings. However, Shark Tape’s new LP Marathon, produced by local aficionado Jeff Zeigler as well as Phil Nicolo (The Police), provides the type of sonic heat required to get listeners locked in a deep freeze up and out. Now that you’re ready to move, head to Milkboy to catch the band's record release this evening. The trio of Stephen Lorek, Dylan Mulcahy & Niles Weiss generates a refined, powerful rock sound that covers a lot of musical terrain, with no shortage of catchy hooks. Their constant moving aesthetic gets you on your feet, and has the hard-churning instrumentation to keep you there. So step outside and let Shark Tape’s Marathon thaw you out, because these songs could transform into anthems. Tonight, they'll be joined by youthful, folk-rock crew Pine Barons. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 8:30pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita


The 9th Annual GreenFest Philly at Headhouse Square Sept. 7

Clean Air Council’s GreenFest Philly returns to Headhouse Square for its ninth year today, and this year is set to be the biggest one yet. Victory Brewing will be hosting a ping pong-filled beer garden, and local, organic foods will be provided by a few of the city’s favorite food trucks. There will be a rest and recharge station with free coffee and solar-powered chargers, and 100+ exhibitors will be on hand to sell eco-friendly fashion and homemade arts & crafts. You’ll find plenty of educational seminars for young and old as well as children’s activities, and advocacy groups will be teaching awareness about environmental causes. The festival will also feature musical entertainment in the form of Balkan dance beats by Slavic soul masters West Philadelphia Orchestra. Former Toy Soldiers frontman Ron Gallo will be laying down tunes from his latest album RONNY on this beautiful day, and Pine Barons might just preview some of the new songs that they’ve been recording in the studio. Rounding out the music lineup will be No Stranger. Headhouse Square, 2nd St. (between Lombard & South Sts.), 10am, Free, All Ages - Bill McThrill

Fun indie folk from New Jersey: Pine Barons

Forming in the basement of Keith’s parents house whilst the guys were still at school in New Jersey, Pine Barons (Keith Abrams, Brad Pulley, Shane Hower and Collin Smith) write tunes constructed of off beat rhythms underneath simple chord structures: the product is a sound reminiscent of Frank Turner or City and Colour. Last year they put out their seven track debut EP, a collection of rugged tracks from a group of like minded souls who see themselves as troubadours. ‘Carnival’ twinkles with electrics as it fuzzes, but this is probably the only track (together with lo-fi piece ‘Chamber Choir’) to veer off piste, even momentarily, from the record's folk’n’roll vibe. Despite appearing to be buoyant and rhapsodic, the lyrics are not always so happy, the most pertinent and powerful perhaps being on ‘Smile America’ (‘the end told me that I don’t deserve to breath’) and the most radio friendly ‘Since I’ve Been Away’ (streaming): 'it’s raining on my head sometimes I wish my head was dead.' Bounding along with positive boisterousness, Pine Barons is perfect for intimate end of summer festivals when the sun is dipping and the rugs come out (although there are a heck of a lot of references to rain.) Folk with a hint of attitude; we like. - Francesca Baker

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BITBY Summer Sounds at TLA Aug. 15

This evening, at the Theatre of Living Arts, you’ll find Doylestown’s Commonwealth Choir as the featured headliners of a stacked local area bill. The guys are still living off the buzz of their debut EP Shirtless and their energetic live performances. Shorty boy-boy has been taking a bit of hiatus while frontman Joshua Pannepacker has joined the band Cheerleader. But they have recently resurfaced with a new music video for “Crickets,” and will be back to deliver a live set where you can expect the unexpected. Since Air is Human unveiled an unreleased track from their upcoming album on Y-Not Radio, there’s a good chance that you may be treated to more new material. The rest of BITBY Summer Sounds will be rounded out by Pine Barons, Weekender, and Mark Lanky. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St., 7pm, $11, All Ages - Bill McThrill


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