3 Artists You Need to Know: October Picks

Featured Image of Modern Colour by Amanda Silberling

Now that we’ve officially fallen into fall, the changing seasons warrant a change in music habits. It’s easy to find yourself in a listening rut– going to your usual favorites on Spotify, the playlists you’ve had for over two years–however, we’ve hand-picked a few of our artists from Philly and beyond to add a little something that’s not pumpkin spice to your music arsenal.

San Fermin

San Fermin is an 8-piece band that formed in Brooklyn in 2012. They initially came together to produce a single show but it was such a hit, they soon found themselves signed to a record deal and touring nationally, opening for acts like St. Vincent and The National. Their latest record, Jackrabbit, was released in April of 2015. They will be coming to perform at World Cafe Live at the Queen on December 2nd. Check out their song “Emily” below.

Modern Colour

Modern Colour is a Philly- based band with a lot of promise. Their live shows are electrifying with a rock and roll sound that infuses elements of soul and blues. They’ve opened for acts like Tom Keifer of Cinderella and received airplay on stations like Radio 104.5. They recently performed an ROP’s Official CMJ Showcase in New York and it seems they may have a fate to PA natives, The Districts, as a top indie breakthrough band. Check out their song “Mercury” below.


The Arkells is a rock band out of Ontario, Canada. They formed back in 2006 while they were still studying at McMaster University. Their sound is upbeat and feel good and slightly reminiscent of Franz Ferdinand. If you’re a fan of melodic pop/rock, you will be a fan of the Arkells. Check out their song “Leather Jacket” off of their third album, High Noon,  below.

1 Comment

  1. Kathleen Binard

    October 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    I saw the Arkells for the free at noon show at WCL on 10/9/15. I went to see the John Lennon tribute and was fortunate to catch the opening act ” the Arkells”. I had never heard of them and was so enamored I had to buy their cd. They are fantastic. Thank you, Free at Noon for the introduction!

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