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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shannen Moser at The Pharmacy, Taxes at Ortlieb’s, Screaming Females at The Chameleon Club and more…

Shannen Moser | photo courtesy of the artist
Shannen Moser | photo courtesy of the artist

Local musician Shannen Moser leads tonight’s bill at The Pharmacy down in Point Breeze. Moser brought her latest Oh, My Heart release to the WXPN studios recently, sharing three of her beautifully, emotionally intimate songs in a joint Folkadelphia / Key Studio Session. Stream the session below and get more info for the all-ages show, also featuring Harmony Woods, here.

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Happy release day to Bardo Pond, stream the new Under the Pines LP now

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Bardo Pond | photo by Michael Gibbons | courtesy of the artist

Local psych rockers Bardo Pond release their new Under the Pines LP today, following up 2014’s Refulgo reissue with six fiery new tracks. We heard lead single and album opener “Crossover” back in January, and now the record is streaming in full over on Prog. The band will celebrate Under the Pines at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, March 31st. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Sparrow Steeple and Eric Arn can be found here.

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New documentary short highlights Christopher Sean Powell’s experimental sounds

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Christopher Sean Powell | photo courtesy of the artist

Best known for his work as drummer in local avant-pop outfit Man Man, Christopher Sean Powell is an explorer of sounds with projects that reach far beyond his main gig. In a new documentary short called Sound Experimentation from the folks at Parallax, Powell gets some space to discuss his interest in improvisation and his alternative approaches to music structure.

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PREMIERE: Driftwood Soldier unveil new EP with “Wake Up Sinners” single

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Driftwood Soldier | photo by Kyle Cassidy | courtesy of the artist

The self-styled gutter folk duo Driftwood Soldier is back with its second studio album, a seven track EP called Blessings & Blasphemy that navigates the split perspectives of religion and atheism. The record’s Friday, March 24th release will be accompanied by a special one-off collaborative show (details after the jump), but today we’re premiering album cut “Wake Up Sinners” a few days early.

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Cruisr, Suburban Living, Cold Fronts team up for ACLU benefit at Ortlieb’s

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CRUISR | photo by Melissa Tilley | courtesy of the artist

On Wednesday, March 29th, Cruisr, Suburban Living, and Cold Fronts will host a show at Ortlieb’s in Northern Liberties with proceeds supporting the American Civil Liberties Union. The trio of indie pop / rock favorites have added their names to a growing list of local bands that are organizing benefit shows and releases in the days since inauguration.

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Porchfest announces kickoff event to connect West Philadelphians with porches and artists to perform on them

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Porchfest organizers Owen Lyman-Schmidt, Ross Hoffman and Abe Taber in West Philadelphia | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Registration is now open for the second annual Porchfest, happening in West Philly on Saturday, June 3rd. As we reported last month, the day-long event will feature dozens of musical acts performing on the beautiful and spacious front porches situated along the Baltimore Ave corridor.

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PREMIERE: Heavy Harold give a friend a tour of the city in “My Friends Don’t Want Me Around” video

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Heavy Harold | photo by Alex Cotsarelis

Any newcomer to Philadelphia wants to see the classic sights of the city: Love Park, the Liberty Bell, the Ben Franklin Bridge, and of course the steps of the Art Museum. So when Heavy Harold‘s new friend came to town last summer, they gave him the ultimate tour to help him get acquainted with his new digs. Those (mis)adventures are captured in the local outfit’s new video for “My Friends Don’t Want Me Around,” a track taken from last year’s Giants In Our Own Minds record.

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