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Caroline Reese seeks forgiveness on new “What I Did” track

Caroline Reese
Caroline Reese | Photo courtesy of the artist

In the second release from her forthcoming Tenderfoot album, Caroline Reese melds the pop hooks we heard in lead single “Snake Eyes” with the Americana roots of her Drifting Fifth band. “What I Did” is already a favorite of Reese’s live crowds, its twang and reflective lyrics no doubt inspiring sing alongs during the Reading native’s shows.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: West Philadelphia Orchestra at Ruba Club, Psychic TV at Boot & Saddle, David Crosby at The Keswick and more…

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West Philadelphia Orchestra | photo courtesy of the artist

Fly Bottle Records has curated a line-up of music to benefit Philabundance tonight at Ruba Club. West Philadelphia Orchestra lead the Shake Your Brass Festival pack, sharing the infectiously fun Baltic folk / brass band songs that most recently appeared on this year’s Tour de Filli LP. If you’ve been to a WPO show, then you know. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. Tickets and information for the benefit event can be found here; check out WPO below.

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Aster More bring punk hooks and shoegaze instrumentation on self-titled debut

Aster More | via their Facebook page
Aster More | via their Facebook page

Philadelphia’s Aster More may have just hit the scene a few months ago, but they’ve already shared their debut, self-titled EP, and it’s a promising start for the sextet. If you like your guitars blaring, your vocals passionate, and your lyrics confessional, then stop whatever you’re currently doing–this is more important. Find somewhere private, put on your headphones, and slam dance your troubles away. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cam’ron at Ardmore Music Hall, Endless Boogie at Kung Fu Necktie, Joy Ike at Burlap and Bean, and more…

Cam'ron | via his Facebook page
Cam’ron | via his Facebook page

Harlem rapper Cam’ron will headline a stacked bill at Ardmore Music Hall tonight with support from Kong, Jae Mansa, Smoke Bulga, Chill Moody, and Voss. His latest, Killa Pink, was set for a November 2016 release date, but he has recently announced that it will be pushed back to March of 2017. Listen to his new single “Oh Yeah” below to tide you over. Then head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →

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Norah Jones brings new songs, eclectic covers and a winning jazz to the Academy of Music

Amazing show. Thanks @norahjones for a great evening and bringing pieces of my childhood back with your music.

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Singer-songwriter Norah Jones brought a gripping performance to the Academy of Music this past Saturday. Currently on her Day Breaks Tour with The Candles as her opener, she premiered an array of songs from much of her new album, Day Breaks, as well as a number of covers that compliment her style and range.

The Academy of Music is the perfect setting for Jones, allowing her jazzy vocal timbre to resonate throughout the floor and top balconies. As she opened her set with her lyrically driven “Sinkin Soon,” she set the tone for a smoky heartfelt evening of jazz and pop. Going right into a sultry “I’ve Got to See You Again,” the band paused and she sang the chorus to the background of just her piano and drums with drummer, Greg Wieczorek. Continue reading →

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Oxblood and Cabbage walk through the journey of love with self-titled split EP

Oxblood | from oxbloody.bandcamp.com
Oxblood | from oxbloody.bandcamp.com

Philadelphia’s basement scene breeds collaboration, and when bands aren’t lugging pounds of equipment down Mantua’s splintery stairs, they’re coming together to make some honest-to-goodness indie rock. Newcomers Cabbage and Oxblood recently released a self-titled and self-produced split EP, sharing their intimate bedroom pop with the world.

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Meg Baird hops on board the Lee Ranaldo / Steve Gunn acoustic tour

Meg Baird | courtesy of the artist
Meg Baird | courtesy of the artist

San Francisco by way of Philadelphia songwriter Meg Baird is hopping on the already stacked co-headlining tour of Lee Ranaldo and Steve Gunn this January. Aside from her solo career, Baird is also known a lead vocalist in psychedelic folk rock band Espers. Her latest solo effort, Don’t Weigh Down the Light, was released last summer. For tickets and more information on her PhilaMOCA set, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →