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Sunflower Bean Redefines “Openers”

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Depending how much of an ear you’ve had to the ground, there’s a good chance that you’ve at least heard of NYC indie rock trio Sunflower Bean. if you attend lots of indie rock concerts, you’ve probably caught them open for one of your favorite headliners. The other night we saw Sunflower Bean open for Courtney Barnett, but the performance they put on showed us that this band doesn’t need to open for anyone anymore.

While the band stayed close to their latest release, last years Twentytwo in Blue, they did play a couple of older tracks, and their energy alone is noteworthy. This was the fourth time we’d caught Sunflower Bean in the last year alone, and the way they owned the stage showcased a band that’s ready to headline pretty much any room they wish to play. The stage presence between the members, the way they interacted with those in attendance and the way they played their songs with an intensity and passion was hard not to take note of. Sunflower Bean is ready for something larger, an audience who’s hanging on their every word, and plenty of dates where they’re the headliners.

You can stream Twentytwo in Blue on all streaming sites, you can purchase it in all digital shops, or you can pick it up on physical formats directly from Mom+Pop Records. Sunflower Bean is on tour March 01 at First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, PA until August 30 at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL. A complete list of their upcoming performances can be accessed here

Image Credits: Photos by Daniel Jackson.

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David Garrick

David Garrick has spent the last five years interviewing some of the most intriguing and engaging artists performing today. Everyone from Angel Olsen to Phoebe Bridgers, Wire to Yo La Tengo, Snail Mail to Soccer Mommy, Ghost to First Aid Kit, The Breeders to Protomartyr, and many more. He's a giant fan of music of pretty much any genre; but especially to the underdogs. He's been known to see more concerts in a week than many people will see in a year.

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