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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at Everybody Hits, The Districts at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, A.M. Mills at Ortlieb’s, and more

Petal | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Petal | Photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com

You may have caught Petal in stunning solo form recently at that fantastic show with Julien Baker and Half Waif, and now the Scranton-based project of Kiley Lotz returns to Philly for another solo performance — this time on a smaller-scale, at Everybody Hits, but the show is sure to be no less beautiful and even more intimate than it was on the big stage. Born Without Bones, Super American and Tombo Crush will also play the Home Outgrown Presents gig. Petal’s latest release is the Comfort EP, which includes a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs.” Listen below and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lone Bellow at Union Transfer, Friendship at Everybody Hits, AllegrA at Planet Phitness, and more

The Lone Bellow
The Lone Bellow | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

The wait is almost over for The Lone Bellow‘s long-anticipated Union Transfer appearance, the band’s first Philly show in two years. If you missed out on today’s sold out Free at Noon, you can still catch the folk rockers tonight, along with openers The Wild Reeds. The Lone Bellow released their third studio album Walk Into A Storm in September. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Listen to Chill Moody on The Oh Word?! Podcast

Chill Moody | Photo by: ellencm.com | ellencm.com
Chill Moody | Photo by: ellencm.com | ellencm.com

After returning to Philly from a short East Coast tour, local hip-hop master Chill Moody made a stop on the most recent episode of Joe Manno’s Oh Word?! podcast. Introduced as “rapper, activist, man of mystery,” the West Philly native delves deep into his music career in the hour-long conversation with Manno, talking candidly about everything from his career milestones to social media to the NBA. Continue reading →

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Listen to Brandi Carlile’s epic “The Joke” from her new album By The Way, I Forgive You

Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjenh | courtesy of the artist
Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjenh | courtesy of the artist

It’s been ten years since singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile captured our hearts with her breakthrough album The Story. After five studio albums, a Grammy nomination, and, in more recent memory, a breathtaking XPN Fest set, Carlile is back with her latest effort — her highly anticipated forthcoming album By The Way, I Forgive You will be released early next year. Continue reading →

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ILL DOOTS to stage multimedia performance as part of Painted Bride arts and advocacy project

ILL DOOTS | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
ILL DOOTS | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Painted Bride Art Center has been building its BrideNext arts and advocacy project throughout the year, and the initiative will celebrate with a culminating showcase featuring Philly hip-hop collective ILL DOOTS. The double presentation and gallery showcase will take place over two nights later this month, with ILL DOOTS and the other featured artists presenting programming that addresses local issues.

ILL DOOTS will present Existence, Resistance and the Sounds of Surroundings, a multimedia concert on the theme of gentrification that “uses music to amplify the stories, grievances, and desires of the residents neighboring the ever-expanding campus of Temple University,” along with an accompanying installation in the gallery space. Choreographer Belle Alvarez will present Ageless Dream: Historias Nuestras, which comments on the issue of immigration. Alvarez also worked with The Key’s own Jeremy Zimmerman on a series of portraits and interviews that follows the stories of millennial organizers. Continue reading →

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Listen to AllegrA’s self-titled debut ahead of their record release show

AllegrA | photo by A.W. Klass | via facebook.com/allegrabandmusic

AllegrA announced their new LP just a few weeks ago, but with enough time for quite a bit of excitement to build. The solo project of former Yes Yes A Thousand Times Yes bassist Allegra Eidinger, AllegrA released their first EP a year ago and returned recently with a few singles from the new album, “My Pillow is My Punching Bag” and “I’m An Introvert” (which has a delightful video to go along with it). After moving back to their native Philly after a few years in Pittsburgh, they’ve been previewing the new tunes at shows around town — including an appearance at Weller’s record release gig last weekend — and now we can treat our ears to the LP in full. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Soccer Mommy at Everybody Hits, Bob Dylan at Tower Theater, Modern English at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Soccer Mommy | photo via sopharela.bandcamp.com
Soccer Mommy, the project of Sophie Allison, was in town recently opening for Jay Som, and now they’ll headline their own gig tonight at Everybody Hits. Past Life and Witch Bomb also play. Soccer Mommy, known for their “chill but kinda sad bedroom-pop jams,” released Collection in August; listen to standout track “Out Worn” below. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diane Coffee at Boot & Saddle, Olivia Neutron John at PhilaMOCA, The Lawsuits farewell show at Underground Arts, and more

Diane Coffee | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

XPN Fest alums Diane Coffee bring their glam-rock sound and theatrical aesthetic to Boot & Saddle tonight. The full-band project of Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming, Diane Coffee released a new 7″, Peel, a few weeks ago, and they’ve brought Canadian indie pop act Peach Pit along on this tour, too. Watch their performance of “Everyday” from the 2016 XPoNential Music Festival below, and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Strawberry Runners documents a carefree Colorado afternoon in the new “Garden Hose” video

Strawberry Runners | photo via the artist’s Facebook page

Somewhere in the middle of Strawberry Runners‘ recent tour, which included an appearance at Radiator Hospital‘s record release gig a few weeks back, bandleader Emi Night found time to relocate to Philadelphia. This makes Strawberry Runners one of, if not the, newest Philly bands, and the move couldn’t have come at a better time — the band released five-track EP In the Garden, In the Night just a few weeks ago, and now they have a video out for “Garden Hose.” Continue reading →

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A Philly indie supergroup of sorts, Zinskē says Screw the Golden Years on its debut EP

Zinskē | photo via zinske.bandcamp.com

Zinskē may be one of the newest bands in town, but its members are far from newcomers to the scene. The four-piece includes Chris Lipczynski and Derek Salazar of Seagulls, Emily Cahill of The Morelings and Iseult, and Kevin O’Halloran of Little Big League and Mercury Girls — and that probably doesn’t even cover the extent of each artist’s past and current projects. The supergroup lineup came together recently and has been playing some shows around Philly, and now they’ve released an EP — Screw the Golden Years is streaming now on Bandcamp. Continue reading →