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Indie rockers Circadian Rhythms release groovy new single “Easily” off upcoming EP

Photo via Circadian Rhythms Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CircadianRhythmsPA)
Photo via Circadian Rhythms Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CircadianRhythmsPA)

Upbeat indie rockers Circadian Rhythms have just released their new single “Easily” off their upcoming EP A Passing Thought via Soundcloud, and it’s not one to miss. The Philly-based seven-piece create a lovely, vintage-pop sound with an array of instruments ranging from organ to clarinet, a groovy bassline and easy breezy vocals. The atmosphere of the song is intoxicating, sort of like stepping outside on the first day of spring. Have a listen to “Easily” below. Continue reading →

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Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie are repping Philly at 2015′s SXSW Music Festival

Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

The first round of artist announcements for the annual SXSW music festival came out today and Philadelphia is officially on the bill; locally-based outfits Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie will be playing official showcases in Austin. If you’ve never been, the enormous event strives to give independent bands much-needed attention, with last year’s bringing out over 28,000 music industry professionals and supporting over 2,300 acts. For more information on this year’s SXSW music festival, you can visit their official site here. Check out music from Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie after the jump. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purling Hiss at Johnny Brenda’s, Orenda Fink at First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, and Shakey Graves at World Cafe Live

Purling Hiss
Purling Hiss | photo by Aaron Biscoe

Philly garage rock outfit Purling Hiss will take on Johnny Brenda’s this evening. The band’s distortion-infused sound has made the group a Philly favorite and they have continued to gain a following around the country thanks to relentless touring. Their recent album Weirdon, released by label Drag City in September, has received enthusiastic reviews, with Consequence of Sound saying that it proves frontman Mike Polizze  “to be one of Philadelphia’s best, a tough feat considering the talent bursting out of the city.” For more information on tonight’s show, head over to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Literature at Johnny Brenda’s, Benjamin Booker at World Cafe Live, and Merchandise at First Unitarian Church

Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman
Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman
Philly indie pop foursome Literature will play Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The group’s classic 60′s style pop has been building buzz after the release of their sophomore album Chorus back in August, snagging attention from the likes of Stereogum and Pitchfork who commended them for their fresh take on a classic genre. The group’s quirky music is sure to entertain tonight. For more information on tonight’s show, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch them perform their song “Cincinnati” on a Ferris wheel below. Continue reading →
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Irreverent indie rockers Wilbur release their new EP Bueno Para Ti

Photo by Dan Lidon
Wilbur | Photo by Dan Lidon

Irreverent Philly four-piece Wilbur just released its latest EP, Bueno Para Ti, via Bandcamp. The band first caught our attention back in February with their honest, catchy songs filled with everyday humor and wittiness. The new material that stays true to their comedic approach to music-making, but perhaps with more of an indie rock flare – a shift from their earlier bluegrass-inspired sound. Check out the EP below and bounce over to their Bandcamp page to give it a listen and / or purchase it. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: The Stray Birds preview Best Medicine at World Cafe Live

 

The Stray Birds | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
The Stray Birds | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

The Stray Birds kicked off today’s double-header Free at Noon with their organic, room-filling folk sound. The Lancaster trio played songs off their new album, Best Medicine, which comes out this Tuesday on Yep Roc Records, and the group brought immense energy to the stage with a booming upright bass by Charles Muench, jangling guitar by Oliver Craven and spot-on classic Americana harmonies and all around. They whipped out some jaw-dropping solos as well, cheers bursting from the crowd as they would each come to an end. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Kopecky Family Band got the crowd riled up for tonight’s Union Transfer show

Kopecky Family Band | Photo by Brittany Salerno
Kopecky Family Band | Photo by Brittany Salerno

Nashville’s Kopecky Family Band played a solid set at today’s double-header Free At Noon concert with The Stray Birds. All six members of the Nashville band trickled on stage, got into position and launched into their trademark high-energy performance, quickly snatching the attention of the audience. Their energy was infectious as they played, with lead vocalist Kelsey Kopecky urging the crowd to sing along and multi-instrumentalist Markus Midkiff utilizing heavy tom drum hits and rim clicks, crafting a beat you couldn’t help but groove to. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Steve Gunn at PhilaMOCA, Kopecky Family Band at Union Transfer, and The Jawn at Bourbon and Branch

Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh
Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh

Brooklyn-based guitarist Steve Gunn will be playing PhilaMOCA tonight. Known for dabbling in different genres, Gunn has incorporated various styles into his eclectic sound including psychedelic, Gnawa and classical Indian music. He’s had a steady stream of new releases since his initial appearance on the scene and shows no sign of stopping, with this year alone producing three separate albums: a collboration with guitarist Mike Gangloff, Melodies for a Savage Fix; another with Mike Cooper, Cantos de Lisboa; and just this month, his solo album, Way Out Weather. Be sure not to miss this music maniac tonight! For more information, head to the XPN Concert Calendar. You can check out his NPR Tiny Desk Concert performance below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joan Shelley at Random Tea Room, Jeffrey Lewis at Boot and Saddle, and Lil Dicky at The TLA

Photo via Joan Shelley Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joan-Shelley/125626087477374?sk=timeline)
Photo via facebook.com/pages/Joan-Shelley/125626087477374

Kentucky folk singer and songwriter Joan Shelley will play a Folkadelphia-presents show at Random Tea Room this evening. After drawing a crowd in her native town of Louisville, Shelley’s sound reminiscent of Joni Mitchell quickly caught the attention of folk fans and indie fans alike. She was recently praised by World Cafe’s David Dye, who relished in her sound off her latest album, Electric Ursa, which was released last month. Dye called it “a quiet, intimate record that reflects Shelley’s knowledge of folk history.” You can get tickets and information about tonight’s show by visiting the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch her perform “Electric Ursa” below. Continue reading →

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Help end world poverty with Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and Moosh & Twist this weekend at The Piazza

Photo via OCD: Moosh & Twist Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/teamocd/)
Photo via OCD: Moosh & Twist Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/teamocd/)

Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and Philly’s OCD: Moosh and Twist have all come together to put on an enticing show for a good cause this weekend at the Piazza at Schmidt’s.  The free, 21+ event kicks off the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit and is part of a series of free concerts held by Global Citizen Nights.

Yep, I said it. You can see all of these big-ticket artists for free this weekend. Some big names in a such small venue, right? Well, the aim of these shows is to involve major artists with intimate concerts to join the movement to end severe poverty by 2030. Continue reading →