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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gold Lake at North Star Bar, Six Organs of Admittance at Boot & Saddle

Gold Lake
Gold Lake | photo by Blanca del Amo

Gold Lake perform at North Star Bar tonight. The Madrid / Brooklyn based band released its debut record Years last year, a dreamy collection of indie pop songs in the vein of Local Natives with wisps of Warpaint’s elusiveness. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch Gold Lake perform “We Already Exist” below.

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Scenes from the Center City Jazz Festival

Ernest Stuart at Center City Jazz Fest | Photo by John Vettese
Center City Jazz Fest founder Ernest Stuart performs at Time | Photo by John Vettese

The best Philadelphia music festival you haven’t checked out yet, Center City Jazz Festival took over the Sansom Street corridor on Saturday afternoon with 20 performers stationed at five different venues. In terms of bang for your buck, it’s an incredible deal: a $15 ticket lets you bounce from space to space, maximizing the music you take in.

If you know nothing about jazz, it’s a robust introduction to the scene – ultra-modern originals mixed with traditional standards and crossover covers of Sigur Ros, Aphex Twin and Nirvana. If you’re more versed in the jazz world, CCJF shines a light on the variety our community has to offer.
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The inaugural Key Fest was a blast and here are our favorite photos from the weekend

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

It’s Tuesday and we’re still recovering from an incredible weekend at MilkBoy, where we had the pleasure of curating the first-ever Key Fest and bringing a cross-section of Philly music to the stage.

Thursday was the loud kickoff with fuzz-pop trio Hurry, power pop good ol’ boys Commonwealth Choir, piano-driven rockers Slingshot Dakota and punk favorites Cayetana; Friday, we went rootsy / Americana with singer-songwriter Dylan Jane, chamber-folk ensemble Rosu Lup and swaggery favorites The Lawsuits; Saturday it was a hip-hop / R&B dance party with rapper Tiani Victoria - including a surprise appearance by Roots crew affiliate Dice Raw - sound loop artist Jacqueline Constance, MC The Bul Bey (who was backed by the great DJ Phsh) and eclectic soul singer Brielle. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pile at Johnny Brenda’s, The English Beat at World Cafe Live

Pile | photo via consequenceofsound.net

Hard-hitting Boston punks Pile take the stage at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band has been kicking around for eight years, and dropped its latest – the abrasive and aggressive You’re Better than This – back in March. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Speedy Ortiz at Johnny Brenda’s, Jazmine Sullivan at The TLA, Ex Hex at Union Transfer

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete

Northampton rock four-piece Speedy Ortiz have an awesome new record called Foil Deer and a headlining show tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The band gets the 90s tag a lot, and in a sense, rightfully so – their sound can be mind-bendy and experimental as easily as it can be super hooky and poppy, not unlike Helium or Throwing Muses. But they make it something contemporary and unique, especially on jams like the slick “Puffer,” which you can listen to below. Joining the band tonight is buzzing artist Mitski, whose LP Bury Me at Makeout Creek won hearts like crazy last year. Tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s (non-#KeyFest) Concert Picks: Lithuania at Bourbon and Branch, Song Dogs at Franky Bradley’s, Feelies at World Cafe Live and more

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

Okay, it’s night three, and by now you know the drill: #KeyFest is happening, and we obviously want you all to come there – it’s a great cross-section of the Philly R&B and hip-hop scene. But, you know, there are other shows too. And you should know about them as well. Dom Angelella and Eric Slick’s band Lithuania hits up Bourbon and Branch tonight for the last week of Suburban Living’s April residency. Their ten-years-in-the-making debut LP Hardcore Friends is coming out this summer on Lame-O Records, and it finds the duo at its most polished and rockingist. Read my interview with Slick and Angelella here and get more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Philly Free Song Friday is bringing a free show to Bourbon & Branch next Friday

 

Paul Hocynec | via Soundcloud.com/paulhocynec
Paul Hocynec | via Soundcloud.com/paulhocynec

Paul Hocynec admitted that he was, at one point, negative about the local music scene.

“I wasn’t really the best supporter. I’d complain that nobody was at my shows, but wasn’t necessarily going out to shows and supporting other people,” Hocynec said. “I came to a bit of a weird time in my life and I realized I wanted to be part of a community more than anything else. I just wanted to be connected with other local bands.”

Starting in August, he began Philly Free Song Friday, inviting musicians to his local studio space, Woodbrook Recording, under a few conditions: they have a few hours to record whatever they want, but it must be an original song, and they have to be okay with Hocynec releasing it as a free download come Friday. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s (Non-#KeyFest) Concert Picks: Spirit Family Reunion at Ardmore Music Hall, Milton at Hard Rock Cafe, Wild Orphan at Tin Angel and more

Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Lauren Slusher
Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Lauren Slusher

Okay, so #KeyFest night one was a smashing success last night, and it continues tonight with The Lawsuits, Rosu Lup and Dylan Jane. But I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight some of the other amazing live music happenings in the area tonight, beginning with Brooklyn folkies Spirit Family Reunion‘s gig at Ardmore Music Hall. They emerged in 2010 right around the music world’s fascination with folk, but unlike the big names that quickly went pop (you know who I mean), Spirit Family Reunion’s sound always leaned a bit more traditional, and they stuck with it over their ensuing albums – including the new Hands Together. Two years ago, their dance tent set was a Philly Folk Fest highlight; tonight, they bring the show to Ardmore Music Hall. Tickets and information can be found here. Continue reading →