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Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Brightest Diamond at World Cafe Live, The Dandy Warhols at the TLA, and The Cave Singers at Boot and Saddle

Photo via My Brightest Diamond Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mybrightestdiamond/)
photo via facebook.com/mybrightestdiamond

My Brightest Diamond will be performing in Philadelphia this evening at World Cafe Live. Shara Worden, the multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter behind the eccentric band, has proved her ability to think outside the box with her mix of chamber music, rock, pop and electronic elements. Worden has just released her new album this month, This Is My Hand, which Pitchfork described as a  “successful exercise in percussive, jagged art-pop that explores themes of self-acceptance, sensuality, and community”. For more information on tonight’s show, have a look at the XPN Concert Calendar and check out her music video for “Pressure” below! Continue reading →

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Listen to “Misprint,” another song from Restorations’ LP3

Restorations | Photo by Andy Johnson
Restorations | Photo by Andy Johnson

Restorations has continued to pump out new material this past month, including a music video and a new single called “Separate Songs,” all leading up to the eagerly-anticipated October release of LP3. The Philly-based punk outfit last week teased a second song from the album; this one is called “Misprint,” and it’s a winner. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: OutBeat Festival w/ Fred Hersch Trio at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Lily Allen at Electric Factory, and How to Dress Well at District N9NE and more

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Fred Hersch | Photo by Vincent Soyez via facebook.com/fredherschmusic

Tonight, Fred Hersch Trio will be performing at the OutBeat Jazz Festival at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The composer and jazz pianist has garnered attention since the late 1970′s, working as a side man with popular jazz artists such as Stan Getz and Janis Siegel and gained notoriety as he continued to compose and produce new music, for which he has been recognized as a five-time Grammy nominee including this year’s Best Jazz Solo nomination for his latest album Free Flying. Watch him perform his beautiful piece “The Song Is You” at the Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival in 2013 below and for more event information, have a look at the XPN Concert Calendar. The OutBeat festival – the nation’s first LGBT jazz festival – continues all weekend at various venues in Philadelphia, get more information here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Strand of Oaks at Arden Gild Hall, Zion 80 at World Cafe Live, Scott and Charlene’s Wedding at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Strand Of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren
Strand Of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren

Philly rockers Strand Of Oaks will headline Arden Gild Hall in Wilmington this evening. The project of lead singer Timothy Showalter continues to capture listeners’ attention, especially with the release of their recent album HEAL, Showalter’s nod towards his cathartic healing process after overcoming a dark period in his life. The album’s anthemic tracks carry heavy topics easily with stream-of-consciousness lyrics, emotive drumming and raw guitar riffs. Most recently, Showalter released his personal cover of The National’s “Pink Rabbits,” hinting at the song’s importance in his own life. For more information on tonight’s performance, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch Strand Of Oaks’ music video for “Goshen ’97″ below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Strand Of Oaks cover The National’s “Pink Rabbits”

Strand of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren
Strand of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren

Strand of Oaks frontman Tim Showalter just released a powerful cover of The National’s “Pink Rabbits,” a song from the Brooklyn epic rock band’s 2013 album Trouble Will Find Me. The Oaks version is immediately original from the get-go, drawn out in layered synths and 80′s-style backbeats and centered around Showalter’s raw vocals. Noted by Stereogum for its powerful nature, Showalter alludes to the song’s personal relevance in his life. Continue reading →

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Listen to Ryan Adams open up about life and hash out new tunage on World Cafe

Photo by David Black
Photo by David Black

Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and producer Ryan Adams is back in the music game. After a stellar set at our XPoNential music festival this summer and the release of his new self-titled album, Adams recently appeared on NPR’s World Cafe and had a wide-ranging interview with host David Dye. Continue reading →

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Download Roland Greco’s poppy new tune “With You Now” featuring Mark Joseph

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Roland Greco, the promising young electronic pop artist from Scranton, has recently put out a new track that will make you want to get up and dance around your room/office/street/whathaveyou. Following up his Forever EP that we reviewed a few months back, “With You Now” takes you on a synth-filled journey through the stars with groovy backbeats and the smooth, pleasant falsetto of Mark Joseph. Give a listen to the fun, dancey track by streaming it or checking out his new music video below! You can also download the track here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gliss at The Fire, Mineral at Union Transfer, & Cult Choir at Bourbon and Branch

Photo via Young Gliss Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gliss/108320526723)
Young Gliss | photo via facebook.com/pages/Gliss/108320526723

Trinell Byrd, more popularly known as Gliss, is an indie hip-hop artist from Philadelphia who has gained a loyal following in recent years. Nephew to Lee Andrews of Lee Andrews and the Hearts and cousin to Questlove, Byrd has been turning heads with his sound similar to that of early Kid Cudi, though still managing to create a style all his own in the up-and-coming Philadelphia hip hop scene. You can check out his recent music video for “Death to Wack Rappers” below and find more information on tonight’s show at The Fire here. Continue reading →

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This year’s TJ Kong Murdershow is going to be a rager; check out the lineup

Northern Arms will perform at this year's TJ Kong Halloween Murdershow
Northern Arms will perform at this year’s TJ Kong Halloween Murdershow | photo by Max Gaines | thechurchofmax.com

TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb this week announced via Facebook the performers for their 5th annual Halloween Murdershow and its quite the lineup. Featuring a full list of Philly locals and such a large array of genres, from TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb’s folk tunes to Lantern‘s distortion-infused rock to Tutlie‘s imaginative, surreal indie music, the eclectic sounds of this show are sure to attract a crowd. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Hold Steady at Underground Arts, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 at Union Transfer

The Hold Steady photo courtesy of the artist
The Hold Steady | via facebook.com/TheHoldSteady

Following up on their XPoNential Music Festival set this summer, XPN favorites The Hold Steady will headline a 21+ show tonight at Underground Arts. The Brooklyn-based band most recently released its sixth studio album, Teeth Dreams, back in March and will be showcasing the new music -  check out this performance of “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You” from their appearance on Conan in July – as well as old favorites like “Your Little Hoodrat Friend” and “Stuck Between Stations.” Tonight is sure to be a fantastic show. Tickets are $20 and can be found via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →