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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bird and The Bee at Underground Arts, Whaler at Boot & Saddle, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry at Union Transfer

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The Bird and The Bee | photo courtesy of the artist

California indie pop outfit The Bird and The Bee headline Underground Arts tonight. The duo of Inara George and Greg Kurstin released their fourth studio LP Recreational Love last year, following a 2010 Hall & Oates tribute album (check out “I Can’t Go For That” here). This tour features Inara sans Greg, though she’ll still be joined by her stellar backing band. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch “Will You Dance?” below.

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PREMIERE: Dirty Dollhouse takes different direction on “Moonshine” from new LP

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Dirty Dollhouse | photo by Kristina Beese

Local singer/songwriter Chelsea Mitchell is gearing up to release a new LP as Dirty Dollhouse, the moniker for a project we first fell in love with in 2014 when it was trio with Amber Twait and Vanessa Winters. Back then the songs were folk-pop angled with earworm harmonies and an overall twang, but Mitchell is shedding that aesthetic in favor of a broader range for the new record, as you’ll hear in the premiere of Vinyl Child lead single “Moonshine” below.

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King Britt announces Sylk 130 greatest hits LP, plays Johnny Brenda’s this week

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King Britt | Photo by John Vettese

After putting together a 20th year reunion show at The TLA earlier this month, King Britt has announced the release of a Sylk 130 greatest hits album called What Happened Was…The LP is a collection of unreleased recordings of songs from the Sylk 130 catalog, featuring the legendary Philadelphia musician / DJ / producer’s many collaborators like Ursula Rucker and the late Grover Washington Jr.

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Strand of Oaks announce return of the Winter Classic, playing two nights at Boot & Saddle

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For the second year in a row, hometown hero Strand of Oaks will close out twelve months of big moments with back to back shows at Boot & Saddle, dubbed the “Winter Classic.” Tim Showalter will perform two nights of “stripped way down” sets on December 2nd and 3rd, playing songs from his own catalog as well as some covers (and maybe even a few new tracks, if we’re extra lucky).

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Brian John McBrearty at Bourbon & Branch

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Brian John McBrearty | photo by Sean McBrearty | courtesy of the artist

Local guitarist Brian John McBrearty opens the night at Bourbon & Branch. Schooled in jazz at NYU and inspired by fellow Philadelphians like Chris Forsyth, McBrearty released his debut record of guitar meditations last year. Things I Recall shows the depths of both acoustic and electric guitars through its series of improvised and composed instrumental songs. Listen to “Second Story Tune” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Dann Pell and Andrew Duhon Trio here.

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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Same Old Lie” by Jim James

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Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Jim James announced last week that he’ll be releasing a new solo record called Eternally Even on November 4th, a follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed Regions of Light and Sound of God. “Same Old Lie” is the first single from the LP and sees the My Morning Jacket frontman embracing a more political tone in his lyrics.

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Fresh Air will open its archives for an interactive tour at WHYY HQ

Terry Gross and President Barack Obama | via NPR.org

ICYMI, earlier this week President Obama awarded an Arts & Humanities Medal to Terry Gross, host of WHYY’s venerable Fresh Air program. Gross has been at the helm of the beloved radio interview show for over 40 years, sharing stories from folks like fellow medal winner Mel Brooks, comedian Robin Williams, legendary musician Allen Toussaint and so many more. Continue reading →

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Mumblr created a rap about their upcoming tour, name drop LeBron James

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Mumblr | photo by Ian Amidon | courtesy of the artist

In less than a week Mumblr will be out on the road for two months of “family fun, beer, beach, sand, sun” as they tour around the country in support of June’s The Never Ending Get Down LP. Of course, they’ll be playing shows too – over three dozen in fact – and the four piece has shared an entertaining pre-tour video that shows frontman Nick Morrison and bassist Sean Reilly rapping through the list of states they’ll be hitting.

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Explore a summer carnival with Little Strike in “Come Out Alright”

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Little Strike | photo courtesy of the artist

The moments of inspiration behind Little Strike‘s art are usually global – time spent in Israel, a sojourn in Ecuador, or friendships made in China. But to film a new video for this year’s “Come Out Alright” single, Philly-based musician Tamar Dart traveled just 35 miles to Hammonton, NJ to capture the experience of the town’s annual summer carnival.

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Listen to two vibey new songs from Matt Magarahan

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Matt Magarahan | photo courtesy of the artist

When we first heard from Chester County’s Matt Magarahan it was with 2014’s trio of recordings on Songs To Forget, Vol. 1. Magarahan showed his knack for eclectic songwriting across the EP, moving from quietly acoustic to lushly electronic. He keeps that diversity alive on his two latest singles as well, “Pen and Paper” and “We Might Not Always Feel In Love.”

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