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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lemuria at Boot and Saddle, HighKick at World Cafe Live, Liz Longley at Ardmore Music Hall and more

Lemuria | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Lemuria | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Buffalo-bred indie pop trio Lemuria return to Philly tonight for a headlining gig at Boot and Saddle. The band has been touring pretty hard in support of its 2013 outing The Distance is So Big, released on Bridge 9 records, so they’re likely due for a follow-up in 2015. Maybe they’ll introduce some new songs in their set tonight. In the meantime, listen to “Oahu, Hawaii” below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheerleader at Johnny Brenda’s, Kalob Griffin Band at Union Transfer, York Street Hustle at World Cafe Live and more…

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

Cheerleader headline a night of local music at Johnny Brenda’s. The band just announced that they will be making the journey down to SXSW next March to showcase their new EP On Your Side. Cheerleader has been tightening their hazy dream-pop sound for a couple of years now after founding members and Connecticut natives Joe Haller and Chris Duran pulled together a full band here in Philadelphia.  Listen to their recent single “Tomorrow Always Knows” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show with Dream Safari and Louds here.

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Nicole Atkins played an intimate, festive show at World Cafe Live

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Nicole Atkins | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography

XPN favorite Nicole Atkins headlined World Cafe Live on Thursday night. Touring in support of her 2014 LP Slow Phaser, Atkins performed a mix of new songs and favorites from Mondo Amore (2011) and Neptune City (2007). As the crowd excitedly awaited her entrance on stage, she surprised everyone by coming onto the floor and introducing herself in the midst of the crowd. Barefoot and dressed in a flowing white gown, she opened up the show singing a stripped down, acoustic version of “Neptune City” while completely surrounded by the audience. Once she stepped on stage, she delivered an energetic, heartfelt performance. With only a two-piece backing band, Atkins’ powerful and soulful vocals perfectly soared over the drums and guitar creating a full, rich sound. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Bobby Long serenades World Cafe Live upstairs with his rootsy jams

Bobby Long | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Bobby Long | Photo by Cameron Pollack

UK folk artist Bobby Long played a striking and sincere show upstairs at World Cafe Live for today’s Free At Noon. The set was a mix of the old and new, the opener coming from his yet-to-be-titled crowd-funded album, followed with some of Long’s older tracks from his debut, A Winter Tale, and second, Wishbone. He jokingly commented on their central theme of death this close to the holidays, jibing “Happy holidays, everyone.” Continue reading →

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The Arbor Christmas Show: Spreading Christmas spirit and a sense of community in South Jersey

Photo by Mark Martucci | markmartucciphoto.com
The Arbor Christmas Show cast performs at the Audubon Auction House in 2012 | Photo by Mark Martucci | markmartucciphoto.com

The show was Jon’s idea.

That’s what Mike Maier writes, first and foremost, about the annual Arbor Christmas Show on the event’s website, and it’s the first thing he says when asked about it.

It was his idea, so Maier helped his friend Jon Montague put that first show on 15 years ago. They’d worked on other things together in the past, and were both fans of sketch comedy in the vein of  “The Kids in the Hall” and “Monty Python.” They wanted Arbor Christmas to be like a variety show or Christmas special you’d see on TV, but feature their friends, most of whom were accomplished musicians who lived in South Jersey. Continue reading →

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Christmas Carol around Fishtown with Rock to the Future and Broad Street Music Group

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Rock to the Future’s Holiday Showcase | photo via www.starnewsphilly.com

Broad Street Music Group is putting a call out to local musicians and music fans who want to spread some holiday cheer tomorrow evening. The students of local music education program Rock to the Future will be holding a Christmas caroling event around the Fishtown section of Philadelphia, joined by musicians including RECphilly artists Faylin Johnson, Patrick Donovan.

Those interested in caroling should meet at St. Michaels Lutheran Church at 4:00 p.m. (the caravan will be returning here at the end of the event as well). To catch the merrymakers along their route, hang out in PizzaBrain, Philadelphia Record Exchange or near the Front & Girard Transportation Station. Learn more about Rock to the Future in the video below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: GoGo Morrow at The TLA, Restorations at Melodies Cafe, Kate Faust at Ortlieb’s and more

GoGoMorrow | Photo via facebook.com/GoGoMorrow
GoGoMorrow | Photo via facebook.com/GoGoMorrow
Philly pop artist GoGo Morrow has had a busy 2014, touring, recording, working as a music community ambassador on the PHL Live project, and this fall dropping her latest single, “Replay.” Tonight she headlines the TLA on South Street, the site of a high-energy set she played last year. Watch that show in its entirety below and get tickets and more information on tonight’s GoGo experience at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Winter solstice bonfire, General Washington’s winter camp, FrostFest and more, seasonal and otherwise

bonfire-notes-and-queries-001[1]The winter solstice is Sunday and on Friday Manayunk celebrates with the Solstice Fire festival. It starts just after sunset with a show of live birds of prey, a dance performance, and storytelling at Canal View Park…and ends with throwing sticks adorned with wishes for the new year into a bonfire.  It’s free but you need to register for the wishing sticks. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nicole Atkins at World Cafe Live, The Guild’s Holiday Show at Kung Fu Necktie, Alright Junior at MilkBoy

Nicole Atkins | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Nicole Atkins | Photo by Cameron Pollack

Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins brings her holiday throwdown to World Cafe Live tonight. Though she’s never released a Christmas album proper over the course of her 12-year career, she frequently mixes in seasonal favorites during her December sets. With music from this year’s acclaimed Slow Phaser in the mix, its sure to be a particularly festive night. Get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Red Fang at the Electric Factory, Justin Timberlake at Wells Fargo Center

Red Fang | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
Red Fang | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

Portland metallurgists Red Fang play first at the Opeth / In Flames show tonight at the Electric Factory tonight, but they’re easily the most exciting part of the bill. The band does crushing, riff-oriented progressive metal, and does it right. Their third release, Whales and Leeches, got a deluxe edition released this year via Relapse Records, and our Matthew Shaver recently featured them in The Key’s occasional Load in to Load Out series. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the adventurous animated video for “Crows in Swine.” Continue reading →