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June 19 - Frightened Rabbit joins host David Dye in the studio. In 2008 Frightened Rabbit gained fame in indie music circles with the mournful album The Midnight Organ Fight.
Glasgow’s Frightened Rabbit Plays Pedestrian Verse Live!

May 17, 2013 - Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchinson has been telling us too much about his love life since the Scottish band’s first album Sing The Greys in 2006.

XPN presents a SOLD OUT double-header concert with scottish rockers, Frightened Rabbit, and They Might Be Giants on Friday, April 5, 2013! Listen on your radio or online...

Scottish indie-folk band Frightened Rabbit made their major label debut last month on Atlantic Records with Pedestrian Verse, and have already made it into the UK top ten. It's their fourth LP, and features production by English musician and composer Leo Abrahams. Led by Scott Hutchinson, Frightened Rabbit has embarked on a worldwide tour to promote the album, which brings them to Union Transfer on Saturday, April 6 for a sold-out show. They will be playing Free At Noon on Friday, April 5. Enjoy the riveting sounds of Scott and Grant Hutchison, Billy Kennedy, Andy Monaghan and Gordon Skene at the performance, and watch their Conan performance of "The Woodpile" on The Key.

This event is sold out.


Recent Release: Pedestrian Verse
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Label: Atlantic

Hailing from Brooklyn, the alternative rock band They Might Be Giants has won two Grammy Awards, one in 2002 for the "Malcolm in the Middle" theme song "Boss of Me," and one in 2009 for their album "Here Comes the 123s." Their newest release, "Nanobots," is the band's 16th and newest studio album. In promotion of the album, TMBG has launched a North American tour, plus stops in Australia, and New Zealand up through mid June and will play the TLA Friday night, April 5 at 7pm.


Recent Release: Nanobots
Release Date: March 5th, 2013
Label: Idlewild Recordings
Band Origin: Brooklyn, NY

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An Acoustic Session with Frightened Rabbit

Frightened Rabbit is in town supporting Death Cab for Cutie, and plays the Mann Music Center on Friday night at 7:30pm - opening for Death Cab for Cutie. They will be here for a live "Free At Noon" show Friday, August 5.

Frightened Rabbit (credit Dave Gourley)Since their formation in 2004, Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit have been lauded for their folk-tinged introspection. Their breakthrough album, "Midnight Organ Fight," launched the band into international acclaim. Led by singer/guitarist Scott Hutchison, Frightened Rabbit recently released "The Winter of Mixed Drinks" to critical acclaim. A grand, sweeping album, "The Winter of Mixed Drinks" finds Frightened Rabbit adding an uplifting, optimistic tone to their music that was previously not to be found. This works well for Frightened Rabbit too; their music sounds urgent and important, while still being very soulful and emotive. Featuring intelligent wordplay, densely layered guitars, and fervent choruses, the album's themes of liberation and escape are highlighted throughout. Complete with smooth, slick production, "The Winter of Mixed Drinks" serves as a sort of bridge for these Scottish musicians from their more lo-fi, folk roots. Thanks to many years spent honing and polishing their sound, Frightened Rabbit have created an impressive, complex album worthy of all its hype.

"The Winter of Mixed Drinks" has done very well since its release, charting very high on the US and UK Independent Albums. Critics are not holding back the praise either, first calling it a contender for the Best of 2010 and often noting the 'sharp' songwriting. As best put by Dave Simpson from The Guardian, "...most of their songs – with themes of escape, freedom and reinvention – have huge impassioned choruses that are made to be shouted from the nearest available mountain." Their live performances are just as passionate.

Currently, Frightened Rabbit is touring the US, headlining as well as sharing the stage with names as big as Death Cab for Cutie. Don't miss them this Friday as the light up the stage at World Cafe--it's the Free at Noon, Scottish style! There can't be a better way to start the weekend.

Recent Release: The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Release Date: March 1, 2010
Label: Fat Cat Records
Origin: Se lkirk, Scotland

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