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Vintage Cafe Refocuses On The Artful Pop Of San Fermin
San Fermin – Artfully Arranged Indie Pop Performed Live
Every week we pick a new band or artist to showcase because we think their music needs to be heard.

December 23, 2013 - Here are five that got a little traction in 2013. Parquet Courts released an album and an EP in 2013 and their shambolic punk influenced attitude caught many rock and roll fans.
Brooklyn orchestral indie rock outfit San Fermin released the sleeper hit record of 2014 with its self-titled debut.

The project of songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone, it dabbles in storytelling, multiple singers, beautiful orchestrations and styles that range from jazzy and cinematic to pop and rock. San Fermin is almost like a mini-opera, with the beautiful and infectious single "Sonsick" being the show-stopper. Influenced by records like Abbey Road, Graceland and Sufjan Stevens' Come On Feel The Illinoise, the 24-year-old Ludwig-Leone wrote the album after receiving classical training at Yale. He collaborated with a cast of musicians on the record - including singer Allen Tate, as well as Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of last week's F@N artist Lucius. At some points the album recalls Dirty Projectors, at others its very reminiscent of The National, at others still it is a collection of music unto itself. The band is on a mini east-coast run taking it to the Mansion at Strathmore in Bethseda, Maryland tonight, but they make a stop on the way to play Free at Noon.

Recent Release: San Fermin
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Label: Downtown


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World Cafe: Next Brooklyn’s San Fermin

September 30, 2013 - Our World Cafe: Next for this week, San Fermin, is not actually a band. Instead it is the realization of the writing and arranging of Brooklyn based composer, songwriter and arranger Ellis Ludwig-Leone.

Philly Local Covers 2014

Philly Local Covers 2014 Looking back on 2014, we asked some Philly local musicians to cover their favorite songs of the year. Listen to their studio recordings on The Key.

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