Staff Picks: Matt Pond and Peggie O'Neill's "Juggle Without Struggle"
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March 15 at Union Transfer
Matt Pond PA was among the best bands affiliated with Miner Street Recordings, a Philadelphia studio that takes its name from the West Chester street where its co-founders once shared a house as students at WCU. An indie-rock dude with rather erudite aspirations, leader Matt Pond liked to play sitting down, and strings played a major role in the group’s languid yet sophisticated sound. Since leaving Philly and parting ways with the “PA,” Pond has found moderate success in unlikely places, including a Starbucks TV ad campaign. His latest CD, The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand, is beautifully rendered, artfully accessible folk-pop that deserves a wider audience—especially now that Pond is playing standing up. Visit utphilly.com. —Hobart Rowland