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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marshall Crenshaw at The Sellersville Theater, Citizen at Electric Factory, The Retinas at North Star Bar and more

Marshall Crenshaw | Photo by Lisa Tanner
Marshall Crenshaw | Photo by Lisa Tanner

Power pop favorite Marshall Crenshaw and his band The Bottle Rockets take the stage at The Sellersville Theater tonight. Sprouting up in the early 80s amid iconic pub rockers Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, Crenshaw had a hit with his 1982 self-titled album and it’s single “Someday, Someday” but continued releasing records consistently across the 80s and 90s and into the aughts. His most recent offerings were two EPs in 2014, Red Wine and Move Now, and his show tonight will likely be a delightful mix of old and new. Get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar and watch a vintage performance of “Someday, Someday” on Letterman below. Continue reading →

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Expanding the vocabulary of the bass with Julie Slick and Marco Machera

Julie Slick and Marco Machera | photo via facebook.com/slickmachera
Julie Slick and Marco Machera | photo via facebook.com/slickmachera

Maybe it’s something in the genes, but the two greatest success stories to come out of the Paul Green School of Rock have been siblings Eric and Julie Slick. Both caught the ear of Adrian Belew when the former Zappa and King Crimson guitarist/vocalist stopped into the school to teach in 2006, and went on to form the core of his Power Trio. Drummer Eric left in 2009 and landed in a number of Philly bands including Dr. Dog and Norwegian Arms, but bassist Julie has continued to orbit King Crimson in the years since.

In 2011 she attended the “3 of a Perfect Pair Camp” organized by Belew and Crimson-mates Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto and went on to tour with the three (as well as new Belew Power Trio drummer Tobias Ralph) as the Crimson ProjeKCt, the latest iteration of Crimson’s spin-off incarnation.

While at the camp Julie also met Italian bassist Marco Machera, forming a duo around the pair’s shared interest in expanding the vocabulary of the bass. Continue reading →

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Edelweiss, Blankbook and Cyberbully Mom Club rock the ballroom of a Drexel dorm

Cyberbully Mom Club | Photo by Emily Ivy Scott
Cyberbully Mom Club | Photo by Emily Ivy Scott

Dominique Galluscio is serious about her music gear. When she needed to borrow a can of condensed air from her Residential Director to fix her headphones, she realized it would also be a great opportunity to inquire about hosting a punk show in the ballroom of Drexel University’s Van Rensselaer Hall. Continue reading →

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Fire Museum presents Fursaxa, Tropical Rock and Itasca at The First Banana

Fursaxa
Fursaxa | photo courtesy of the artist

Fire Museum will present a line-up of avant-garde musicians at The First Banana in Kensington on February 21st. The concert will feature the meditative, acid-washed compositions of Philadelphia / upstate artist Fursaxa, supported by Brooklyn “cyberjungle” duo Tropical Rock and their minimalist electronic cassette 3 Lewej. L.A.’s Itasca brings her recent Unmoored by the Wind LP to life through intricate finger-picking and lo-fi folk songs, rounding out a night of natural-world inspiration and other-world exploration. More information can be found on the Facebook event page here. Listen to the artists below.

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Dave Hause will guest DJ tonight’s Philly Local show on WXPN

Dave Hause on stage at The High Dive during his FEST 13 set | Photo by John Vettese
Dave Hause on stage at The High Dive during his FEST 13 set | Photo by John Vettese

This week’s WXPN Philly Local show on WXPN will feature special guest DJ Dave Hause spinning an hour-long set with a lot of variety: some singer-songwriters, some rock bands, some punk and hip-hop, all chosen from the albums the Philly native has been listening to over the past year and change on the road in support of his excellent 2013 record Devour.

“When that album came out, I toured for ten straight weeks, and any new record that came out, I tried to check it out because we had those long van rides,” Hause says. “Now I’m off for a while making a new record, but most of 2014 I spent touring. It’s become such a big part of my lifestyle in general that if I don’t tour for too long it starts to feel weird. It’s about establishing some kind of balance between playing shows, writing and being home.” Continue reading →

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Primal Scream return to The TLA on 5/19

Primal Scream
Primal Scream | Photo by Piper Ferguson

With decades of psych-rock twists and turns behind them, groundbreaking Glasgow natives Primal Scream kept things fresh on their 2013 LP More Light. Pitchfork called it their “most impassioned, holistic and ambitious album since XTRMNTR,” the record that marked a turning point in the band’s career as they began using their voice for more than just party-starting. Continue reading →