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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Coping Skills at Trash House, Brain Candle at Kung Fu Necktie

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Coping Skills | photo by Julia Leiby | courtesy of the band

Bummer pop duo Coping Skills will play DIY space Trash House tonight  along with Central PA faves The Mellowells. Coping Skills released the excellent LP Relatable Web Content earlier this year; watch the “Drop Out of College” video below. The Mellowells latest, Head Space, came out this past September, but check out a live rendition of past single “Alexander Supertramp” below. In addition, the show will also features performances by Harmony Woods and Bloom, so head over to the Facebook event and get to the gig. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mannequin Pussy at Everybody Hits, Soraia at The TLA, Steady Hands at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Mannequin Pussy | photo by Sam Rudich | courtesy of the band

Digging last week’s Key Studio Session with Mannequin Pussy? Catch the local outfit at Everybody Hits tonight to welcome them home from a long tour and celebrate the release of their stellar new LP Romantic. More information for the all-ages show with Spirit of the Beehive and Beth Israel can be found here. Stream the Key Session here and listen to “Emotional High” below. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Jezabels at World Cafe Live, The Menzingers at Sands Bethlehem, Tim Reynolds at Sherman Theater

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The Jezabels | photo by Cybele Malinowski | via Facebook

Australian rockers The Jezabels headline World Cafe Live tonight. The four-piece is touring in support of a new record called Synthia, a buzzing follow-up to 2014’s The Brink. The last time the band trekked through Philly, they played a nearly sold-out set at Johnny Brenda’s so expect big things from the poppy Aussies in this larger space. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here; watch “Pleasure Drive” below.

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Free at Noon Flashback: December’s Artist to Watch Dawg Yawp mesmerizes with their unique brand of sitar-heavy rock

Dawg Yawp | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Dawg Yawp | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

WXPN’s December Artist to Watch Dawg Yawp certainly did not disappoint today at their Free at Noon show.

Helen Leicht said it best, “They had me at sitar.” The duo from Cincinnati consisted of Tyler Randall, Rob Keenan, a sitar, an acoustic guitar and an array of homemade productions that  created the illusion of a much larger band than stood before the crowd that day. I typically try to draw comparisons between the band I’m writing about and another well-known artist so that readers can get a better grasp on the sound of the group set before them. I say this with the utmost sincerity, Dawg Yawp’s sound can be categorized as nothing except completely original. A feat very difficult to achieve in today’s scene that is so densely saturated in guitar rock. Continue reading →

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Strand of Oaks rise with new material, message at Arden Gild Hall

Strand of Oaks | photo by Joe del Tufo | www.moonloopphoto.com
Strand of Oaks | photo by Joe del Tufo | www.moonloopphoto.com

Well Philly, you are in for a treat. But it happened in Delaware first.

The debut of Strand of Oaks‘ new material from the forthcoming Hard Love album happened in a barn in Delaware in front of a crowd that ranged in age from 10 to 70. “This music is for everyone who needs it right now,” frontman Timothy Showalter mentioned before the show. “As much as Heal was pointing inward, Hard Love [points straight out]. It’s an important time for that, we’re not playing around anymore.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hoots and Hellmouth at Ardmore Music Hall, Vessna Scheff at Bourbon and Branch, and Norah Jones at the Academy of Music

Hoots and Hellmouth | courtesy of the artist
Hoots and Hellmouth | courtesy of the artist

Philly folk rockers Hoots and Hellmouth reached new heights on their latest album In The Trees, and tonight, they’ll demonstrate that newfound altitude by headlining Ardmore Music Hall with support from Cris Jacobs. Stream the video for groovy, new single “Diction” below, and read our interview with frontman Sean Hoots here. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more info on the 21+ gig. Continue reading →

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Rosali preps December residency at Ortileb’s with rotating cast of openers

Rosali | photo by Ben Cortese | via her Facebook page
Rosali | photo by Ben Cortese | via her Facebook page

Philly folk singer Rosali‘s latest EP, Out of Love was released over a year ago, but this December, she’ll be performing a weekly residency at Ortileb’s. The shows will take place each Wednesday–December 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, and she’s brought along her friends to help out. Show one will feature support from Birdie Busch, show two from Oldermost, show three from Kiel Everett of Tin Horses, and show four from The Writhing Squares. Music begins at 8:00 p.m. each week, so come down, grab a beer, and get your folk on. Continue reading →

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Allison Crutchfield & The Fizz will celebrate their record release with stacked First Unitarian Church bill

Allison Crutchfield | courtesy of the artist
Allison Crutchfield | courtesy of the artist

Tourist in This Town, the latest from Philadelphia’s Allison Crutchfield, is out this January 27th via Merge Records. She and her backing band The Fizz will celebrate its release on February 10th at First Unitarian Church with support from Radiator Hospital, Pinkwash, Try The Pie, and Empath. Continue reading →