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one of the things that i admire and respect most about musicians, is the fact that they are able to not only write music that is often intensely personal, but they perform it, on stage, in front of crowds – sometimes alone.  that thought terrifies me… but it’s also incredibly inspiring.  geron hoy, today’s featured artist, is not only a talented singer/songwriter but i happen to know him personally and he’s one of the most humble, thoughtful and hilarious people i’ve ever met.   he inspires me because he is accomplishing his dream of putting out an album and because of the passion he shows for his music both on and off the stage.  it definitely comes across when he performs, leaving you with the feeling that you just witnessed something very special.  his debut album came out today on itunes and i have been listening to it all morning – his thoughtful lyrics and skillful guitar playing seem to have a wisdom beyond his years. oh and he also plays the harmonica – my weakness!

read on for an interview with geron to get a better idea of what he’s all about, and as you read, listen to the first single from his album, “lady crow.” it’s addicting!

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when did you write your first song, and what was it called?

oh man… a pretty wretched little ditty called ‘near to you.’ god, it was awful. i knew three chords and i took a complete shot in the dark just to see what would happen. but some of the friends i had back then would sing along to it and ask me to play it. that was enough to get me to write another.

if your music was a place, where would it be?

there’s an image on the back of a record i have. i think it’s james taylor but i can’t be sure.  i’d go look, but all my records are in a storage unit in texas. but it’s of these musicians jamming in a dingy room with a wooden floor, an old beat-up piano with a glass of whiskey on it, speakers hanging from the ceiling, the sunlight battling through the cigarette smoke. it just looks like the perfect environment. where i’d want to spend every day. and i remember pointing the photo out to friends and saying, ‘why cant we be there, right now?’

why did you decide to name your album “soldier”?

there’s a track on the album called ‘soldier.’ i recorded that song with my friends about four years ago in new york before i had a label, and it’s the song that got me signed because one of the owners of the label fell in love with it.  the song itself is about fighting with everything you’ve got for something when you have no control over the end result.

is there a certain song you’re most proud of?

they’re all my babies and i constantly tell them to keep cool…

you’ve lived in a bunch of different places, is there one that has had the most influence on you personally and/or musically?

i went to new york when i was eighteen. that was my songwriting school. i probably wrote at least a hundred songs in the five years i was there. and kept fifteen of them. there was so much inspiration… living in the city was like being on cruise control at 300 mph.

what’s your favorite venue you’ve ever played in? and is there a particular venue you dream of playing in one day?

if i played at the beacon theater in new york i’d die a happy man. and my favorite place so far i think would be this small bar in the upper west side in new york where i used to play every thursday with some of my closest friends. it was in a basement surrounded by stone walls. we’d drink and play all night and the audience always asked for more. it was a great time.

if you could jam with any musician, dead or alive, who would you pick?

well, i automatically start sifting through all my heroes and i’m incredibly intimidated and awestruck by all of them. so i’m not quite sure who i would pick. townes van zandt? but what about neil young?? but what about mozart??!!! would i have to wear a puffy shirt?? i’d be down…

if your life was a movie what would the theme song be?

“changes” or “ziggy stardust”?, “space oddity”? pretty much anything by david bowie.

if you had a time machine where would you go?

2015 so i could ride a hover board with michael j. only four more years! i can’t wait for the self-drying jacket!!!

if you were deserted on an island what three things would you want with you?

a fire-breathing dragon, a saddle, and wilson.

tell me something most people don’t know about you.

i own a fire-breathing dragon named wilson.

mee

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the album, soldier, is available now on itunes – get it here!

and check him out on facebook or his website!

thank you so much geron!

kesha -Apr 27, 2011, 3:56PM
WOW. Love it! Everyone go check it out!
bunny -Apr 27, 2011, 2:20PM
Love is an understatement!

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it has been way too long since the last fleet foxes album came out – going on three years, to be precise.  it’s rare that i fall so hard for a band after only one album, but their debut had me hooked from the opening notes of “sun it rises.” i wore out that album in the summer of ’08… it was the soundtrack to a very transitional time in my life when i moved out to nor cal.  their music lifts my spirits and i still listen to “ragged wood” pretty frequently. well, their new album, “helplessness blues” comes out may third but we can get a taste of it now with this video for the song “grown ocean”! i really like the dreamy feel of this video, check it out and listen to the title track from the new album as well, below.

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Eva @ Four Leaf Clover -Apr 19, 2011, 7:23PM
So great to see Fleet Foxes, one of my very favorite bands, on here! I was wondering when they'd show up. ;)
! -Apr 19, 2011, 2:14PM
That video is sensational! Very excited for the new album. Yip!

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even though we didn’t get to go to coachella this year, we were still there in spirit, and in the form of these lovely ladies rocking free people at the festival!

i am in love with this look! our eyelet crop top looks amazing with a printed skirt, and bare feet are a bonus :)

left – our runaway lace kaftan is perfect for the beach or festivals; right – head to toe fp in the directions in lace maxi skirt and fp-1 bralette from our holiday book.

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lovely lace! the dress on the left is a january item that’s currently unavailable but we will be getting more in june! the maxi on the right is a may catalog item – it has arrived in some of our stores and should be online soon :)

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cute skirts and dresses look awesome paired with converse kicks.

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this is one of my fave fp tops ever – i wore it all last summer! love how it looks with the polka dot shorts.

images via harper’s bazaar, refinery 29 and elle.

Adell -Jun 27, 2012, 10:15PM
I love all of that fashion desins!
honey -Jun 01, 2011, 10:55PM
I feel summer just around the bend!!! great new desktop :) hope I survive the hot Arkansas weekend ahead!

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i feel like i’ve been hearing a lot about stevie nicks lately… maybe its because she’s touring right now so she’s at the forefront of people’s minds.   even my boyfriend has a crush on her- which is totally fine, she’s amazing (the first concert he ever went to was fleetwood mac, isn’t that cute?). one of my friends posted this video on facebook today and watching it, i’ve got a bit of a crush on her too.  so, since we could all use a little stevie every once in a while, here’s that video and some of my fave quotes and pics of her. she will always be one of those inspirations that never, ever goes out of style.

“She is like a cat in the dark
And then she is the darkness”

“Like a heartbeat drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering
What you had
And what you lost…”

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“And it all comes down to you
Well you know that it does, well…
Lightning strikes…maybe once…maybe twice…
Oh and it lights up the night
And you see your gypsy”

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“She broke down and let me in
Made me see where I’ve been
Been down one time
Been down two times
I’m never going back again”

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“rock on, gold dust woman”

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brittany Keating -Apr 14, 2011, 1:53PM
just did a photo project inspired by stevie! love her spirit. she IS everywhere..and i'm lovin' every minute of it! the weather is perfect for some fleetwood mac and buckingham nicks tunes..i can feel that summer is around the corner :) xo
-Apr 14, 2011, 10:43AM
such a beautiful free woman

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who’s going to coachella this weekend?! unfortunately we aren’t going this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t get in the mindset… here’s a look at what i would bring if i were heading to coachella…

i drew most of my inspiration from the two outfits pictured above.  the outfit at far right is PERFECT- our little plaid cropped bralettes can be worn on their own, over a tank, or under some cute overalls like the puddle jumper romper! add the romana fest sandal and gorgeous rio brillante bag to complete the look. then the next day, wear it with some bright blue cutoff shorts and the embroidered mesh crop top like sasha pivovarova from our april catalog :)

packing lightly and being able to mix and match is key for music festivals – the sophia bikini top would look great with the overalls or just with the cutoffs as well! i would also bring a scarf to either sit on or cover up my hair, which would surely be a mess after dancing in the hot sun all day and into the night. the feather straw fedora and sunglasses would also be in my bag to keep the california sun out of my eyes. and in addition to the sandals i’d bring along some comfy kicks like the muddy waters sneakers.

when i’m at a festival, sometimes i don’t want to worry about carrying a bag so the artists and revolutionaries fanny pack would be ideal, and would hold my small journal and some sunblock. and i’m loving these candy-colored shades of nail polish by chanel! finally, i’m obsessed with the bag charms by the 2 bandits and the cute saba feather clips (on the straw hat and in sasha’s hair above)! clip ’em to your bag, hat, belt loop or right into your hair! the perfect festival accessory.

those are my picks,  click here to go to our festival shop for more inspiration :)

Casey -Apr 14, 2011, 2:28AM
Love this idea. Absolutely love. I am doing a give away on my blog- featuring YOUR clothing :-) Love you guys. strawberry freckleface
tala -Apr 13, 2011, 1:26AM
i cant wait!! thanks for the suggestions ;)

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C O A C H E L L A fashion show is finally here!!!

*Fashion show is April 2nd at 1pm sharp

*DJ in stores from 1-4pm

*Exclusive limited edition Free People Gift Bags with every purchase of $100 or more while supplies last (pictured above)

*Free People Feather Hair Extensions with every $50 or more while supplies last

We are so excited to have you attend our Coachella fashion show, it’s going to be a BLAST. Free People models, amazing music, and tons of new product, it doesn’t get better than that!

It’s also our store’s third BIRTHDAY so in celebration we are going to have light refreshments and tons of sweets:)

Don’t be camera shy either, we are going to have a photographer at the event to document the show for our Free People blog

Come early to the event so you don’t miss out!

Can’t wait to see you at the show :)

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last week my friend geron played a short set at the north star bar- it’s been a while since i’ve been to a show there, actually. i think it’s because of the location- it’s a little out of the way, over in the art museum area -but it’s such a great venue to see bands in before they get big.

upon entering the corner pub you’re met with the same bar that has been there since prohibition, mahogany bar top, wooden ceiling fans, tin roof and all.  walk towards the back and go through a door on your right to get to the stage area, a wide open room with wood floors.  the stage is covered with well worn oriental carpets and in front, a staircase leads down to a lounge area with bright green walls that could probably tell some great stories… i thought i’d share a few pics from the other night!

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geron’s first single will be available very soon on itunes!

margarita -Mar 29, 2011, 10:07PM
WOW!!!!!!!!! great song!
amity -Mar 29, 2011, 9:29PM
The first single from Geron's new album is now available on iTunes. Search "Geron Hoy" or "Lady Crow." Enjoy!

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although it has been available for download for a few weeks now, today is the official release date of radiohead’s 8th studio album titled “the king of limbs.”  i of course downloaded it the moment it was available, but i held off on writing about it till now because to be quite honest i needed more time to digest it.

it has always been my opinion that the best bands are the ones who make albums that you listen to from start to finish without skipping a track… and if you were to take one song away, the album wouldn’t feel complete.  like reading a book – if you skip a chapter, or cut straight to the ending, the whole thing is ruined.

there are some bands that excel at this, and radiohead is at the top of that pack.  i have all eight of their studio albums, and i love every minute of every one of them.  to this day, when i hear the song “high and dry” on the radio, my brain expects “fake plastic trees” to come next.

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with “the king of limbs” they have created another album where the sum is better than its parts.  this album needs to be listened to in its entirety.  and also true to form, this record sounds different from anything they’ve done, with a more abstract and electronic sound that snaps you up from the start in a whirlwind of beats with “bloom,” tosses you around with “morning mr. magpie” and “little by little” and then soothes you with gorgeous piano and lyrics on songs like “codex” and “give up the ghost.” the last song, “separator,” is my favorite on the album.

and just like that, it’s over.  37 minutes.  or is it? according to rumors, this is only part one, and i sure as hell hope so.  but if thom yorke is sending a message in the lyrics of “separator,” there could be truth to those rumors.

“if you think this is over then you’re wrong.”


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p.s. to celebrate the release, radiohead has produced a special newspaper that will be available today only (in the US and Canada; it was available yesterday elsewhere)! more info on where to find it here.

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jhed -Mar 29, 2011, 9:24PM
Psyched to get new Radiohead! You know what else is sweet? This... http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=4725486232A57EBA
Keely -Mar 29, 2011, 8:56PM
I absolutely Love this album! it has been on repeat in my car computer..everywhere!, Codex, Lotus Flower, and Give up the Ghost...purely amazing..I agree with you tammy I have been watching lotus flowers music video over and over again..it is the best thing and it just makes me so happy the whole thing just puts you in a trance watching him! Heres a post I actually did about the album http://kaleidoscopekanvas-kk.blogspot.com/2011/03/i-cant-get-you-outta-my-head.html

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i have a bit of a band crush right now on warpaint.  not only will they blow your mind with their music – haunting psychedelic rock sweetened by thoughtful lyrics and ethereal voices, but they will make you want to be a part of their group with their gypsy-rocker style.  i can’t stop saving pictures of them on my computer because they are so inspiring! originally formed by childhood friends emily kokal and theresa wayman and sisters jenny lee lindberg and actress shannyn sossamon (who has since left the group) in 2004, they are definitely a group to watch – they will be performing at the coachella and glastonbury music festivals this year, and i’m hoping to catch them in philly at the TLA april 1st!

listen to some of their tunes in the playlist below, and check them out on myspace here.

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lauren -Mar 23, 2011, 12:34AM
yes! finally some warpaint on fp
er -Mar 22, 2011, 6:54PM
I've been in love with them since I was introduced to them last year! I was wondering why you hadn't mentioned them on here. You girls are the best!!!

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music festival season is here! the SXSW music festival kicks off today in austin. this festival has always eluded me – there’s always some reason why i don’t go. last year i was supposed to go, but instead i was on the couch recovering from ankle surgery. anyway, i’m kicking myself for not going this year. the lineup is so extensive it can seem a little overwhelming but there are soooo many good bands playing, and it’s a great opportunity to catch them in a small, intimate venue.

i made a playlist below of some of the bands i’m into who will be there, and if i was going to austin, here are the items i would pack!

for me, the key to packing for festivals is picking a few easy items i can mix and match, like skinny jeans, white top, denim shirt, a little black dress in case i feel like dressing up at night, and a pair of boots.  i would definitely bring the cara pocket hip belt – a perfect festival belt so you don’t need to bother with a bag! and i would accessorize with some rad boot riders and a bag charm by the 2 bandits. throw everything in the mali pattern messenger, along with the aventurine pendant, bowie band ring, sunglasses and a journal, and hit the road!


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cool pictures -Mar 17, 2011, 10:33AM
yep...amazing again
Abby -Mar 15, 2011, 3:46PM
don't miss the brahms! tomorrow 10pm maggie mae's then a few more times this week. they are great!

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“raindrops might fall on my head sometimes, but i don’t pay ’em any mind. then again, i guess it ain’t always that way.”

kurt vile may be one of the best artists to come out of philly in a long time.  after hearing his newest album, smoke ring for my halo, i feel that i can say that. i thought his last album was great, but it sort of fell into that lo-fi, psychedelic rock category that you hear so much of, it all starts to sound the same (in my opinion).  this album has a much cleaner sound and that’s a good thing- it allows vile’s guitar playing and lyrics to shine.  in some songs on this album he actually reminds me a lot of richard ashcroft, who i love.  you can stream the entire album right now on NPR, or listen to a few of the tracks below!


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let me know what you think!

erin -Mar 09, 2011, 8:00PM
I happened to stumble upon a band recently that really captures the free people spirit. They are called Stonefield and they are a band of 4 sisters from Australia ages 20-12 but these girls rock hard, siting bands like Led Zeppelin and Frank Zappa as their major inflences. Check out Stonefield here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Stonefieldband
Paige -Mar 09, 2011, 4:09PM
Kurt Vile is good guy. He played a house show here in Arkansas at my friend's house. He just hung out with us and then went and did he thing. So cool and great music!

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today’s tunesday post is from our office coordinator! enjoy :)

I consider myself rock and roll. I convey a rock and roll attitude and enjoy rock and roll music. I have been described by my closest friend as “likes to look like she rides motorcycles” and “I think her favorite color is black.” I know it may be a little too early to be divulging secrets, but I’m going to anyway; I do love me some pop music.

Florrie’s “Give Me Your Love” is, in a word, awesomlycatchygetupanddancefun.

After doing a little digging on this soon-to-be pop sensation, all I could think was “GINGER! GINGER! GINGER!” I mean c’monnn look at the two pictures. Not only is she a hot, fun, POP singer, but they rock the same shades!

Florrie is the quintessential FP girl. She believes that her music should be spread as much as possible, so all her music is free to download. She also wants to be able to create music her way, without any constraints that a label might have. Right now she is staying an independent artist even though she has been offered contracts with numerous record companies. She writes and sings her own music and plays her own guitar and drum parts in some songs too! There are many remixes of her songs out there and some she has remixed herself!

I don’t consider myself a Ginger all of the time, but I do think the perfect time to play Ginger is a Friday night. Florrie’s music is definitely a party must-play; or a pre-party-putting-on-your-FP Animal Knit Bodycon-dress must-play!

So check it out: http://florrie.com/free-music-downloads/

I recommend her four “Introduction” tracks as well as “You Wanna Start Something” and “Call 911 (Florrie Remix).” Listen to a few of her songs below, including “Give Me Your Love,” which is on our new store playlist!


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Shea Nicole -Mar 02, 2011, 9:02PM
Listened to her music once... now I'm addicted!
ariellie -Mar 02, 2011, 8:47PM
love florrie..great post

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