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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cynthia G. Mason at World Cafe Live, The Daylight Savings and Loan at The Fire, El Malito at MilkBoy

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

After an eight-year hiatus from writing and performing, Philly singer-songwriter Cynthia G. Mason is back with a lovely new EP called Cinematic Turn. In this interview with The Key’s Skye Leppo, she talks about her time off and what brought her back, tells us about recording the new EP with Brian McTear and other Philly friends like Man Man drummer Chris Powell, and shares what the Philly scene is like now versus eight years ago. Tickets and more information on tonight’s show can be found here. Below, listen to “One More Trip Back East.” Continue reading →

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Paul Jost will put a jazz spin on Bruce Springsteen for the Exit 0 Festival

Paul Jost | Photo by Paul Dempsey
Paul Jost | Photo by Paul Dempsey

Under normal circumstances, a jazz festival might not seem like the most appropriate occasion to celebrate the 40th anniversary of a Bruce Springsteen album. But the Exit 0 Jazz Festival happens in New Jersey, and in New Jersey Bruce Springsteen is right for every occasion. And the album in question is Born To Run, which essentially qualifies as an extra gospel in the state.

So on May 29, South Jersey-based vocalist Paul Jost will perform his jazz reimagining of Born To Run in Cape May Convention Hall as the headlining event of the first night of this year’s Exit 0 Festival. Jersey or not, in Jost’s hands the music of the Boss’ most iconic album will actually sound like jazz. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dice Raw at Silk City, Ode to Omni’s Stevie Wonder Tribute at World Cafe Live, Seinabo Sey at Underground Arts

Dice Raw | via diceraw.net

As a sort of warm-up to this weekend’s Roots Picnic, Roots crew affiliate Dice Raw plays a set tonight at Silk City. If you’ve never seen him live, Dice cuts a charismatic figure and we can expect to hear songs from his records Jimmy’s Back and The Greatest Rapper Never, some of his Roots tracks and other collabs. Tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Bucks County four-piece Eunoia will celebrate its new album in a barn in Telford

Photo via Facebook.com/eunoiabandpa
Photo via Facebook.com/eunoiabandpa

Indie/emo quartet Eunoia, hailing from Bucks County, PA, are gearing up for a record release show on June 27 at the Mulberry Hills Farm located in Telford, PA. You can check out more info about the show on the event’s Facebook page. The show is in support of the band’s debut LP, Traces of Blue. The band will be selling physical copies for $7 at the concert, but you can get a digital version on their Bandcamp page now. Also appearing on the bill are Sonnder, Church Girls, and Nathan Earl & Rachel Joy.

Originally the solo effort of Tyler McMaster, the lead vocalist and guitarist enlisted the help of Adam Kelly (guitar), Logan Freund (bass), and Tom Brucker (drums) to create Eunoia. The word “eunoia” means a positive state of mind, or beautiful thinking, and the band hopes to evoke that in their music. With influences ranging from Coheed and Cambria, You Blew It!, Thrice, and Circa Survive, Eunoia emit a positive blend of emo indie that can appeal to a wide audience. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bryant Eugene Vazquez at The Fire, Mohican at Kung Fu Necktie

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Bryant Eugene Vazquez | Photo by Sara Stickley

The Fire’s annual Sundrop Music Festival concludes tonight and singer-songwriter-rock-n-roller Bryant Eugene Vazquez is one of the artists on the bill. Vazquez just released his latest LP, All Damn Day / The Greatest Hits, and it packs a variety of sounds – jagged soul to sunshine pop – centered by classic sounding production. You can listen to the record below and read our interview with Vazquez here, and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Skyes at North Star Bar, Denison Witmer at World Cafe Live, Little Strike at the Sundrop Music Festival and more…

Skyes
Skyes | photo via Facebook

Indie electro pop band Skyes play North Star Bar tonight. The band got its start in Philadelphia before moving to Brooklyn, where they released a debut self-titled EP in 2013. The record jumps from MGMT-esque synth pop with 90s alt singer-songwriter vocals to a blend of industrial rock and pop, keeping listeners on their toes. Check out EP opener “Secondhander” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Phameless Records Fest showcases the best of east coast punk

Aspiga
Aspiga | photo via Facebook

It is no secret that Philadelphia is known for its thriving underground punk scene, and has become the hub of all things DIY. Philly-based record label Phameless Records, a new project founded by members of Seeing Snakes, has announced the Phameless Records Fest, a two-day music festival featuring punk acts that represent some of the best sounds coming from the east coast. Continue reading →