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Testing out new tuneage with Madalean Gauze and Family Vacation at Ortlieb’s

Family Vacation | Photo by John Vettese
Family Vacation | Photo by John Vettese

It was a quiet pre-Labor Day Thursday night and Ortlieb’s wasn’t exactly packed, but that didn’t daunt singer-songwriter Madalean Gauze or indie rock four-piece Family Vacation. The two Philly artists used their time and the warmly receptive group of folks listening to test out new tunes from their respective projects in progress. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Jukebox the Ghost gives the audience a sneak peak of its new record

Jukebox the Ghost | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Jukebox the Ghost | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Today’s Free At Noon concert presented Jukebox the Ghost, the indie-pop trio from D.C. who came in support of their new, self-titled album, out October 21st.

The boys kicked off their set with their popular tune “Somebody”, which immediately garnered the attention throughout the room. After, they gave the audience a sneak peak at some of their brand new songs from their aforementioned album, it was clear that they were excited to be there. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Circa Survive at Chameleon Club, Liz & the Lost Boys at Johnny Brenda’s and Delco Pacers at Bourbon and Branch

Circa Survive | photo via facebook.com/CircaSurvive
Circa Survive | photo via facebook.com/CircaSurvive

Circa Survive headlines the Chameleon Club in Lancaster tonight. The Bucks County punk rock favorites are currently on tour giving fans a taste of new material from the album they’ve been working on since the spring. Earlier this year, Circa released Live from the Shrine, while frontman Anthony Green released Young Legs last year. Tickets for the show can be be found here. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Made in America, sold in Longs Park, Labor Day parade…and more!

kings of leon shot for nme magazine, location elms lester painting roomsKings of Leon are the final performers in a music filled weekend on the Parkway as Jay Z brings his Made In America Festival to Philadelphia for the third time Saturday and Sunday (and this year to Los Angeles for the first time).  The three music stages present diverse genres and bands that include Mayer Hawthorne, The National, Spoon, Pharell Williams, Kanye West and area talent like The Menzingers  There are beer gardens, food trucks, and merch booths galore, and XPN staffers are covering the fest here on The Key. Continue reading →

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The Polyphonic Spree brings euphoric spectacle to The Prince

The Polyphonic Spree | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
The Polyphonic Spree | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

You never know what you are going to get when you attend a Polyphonic Spree show. Part concert, part spectacle, a stage filled with close to 20 musicians is not something you are likely to see again. They have been known to play Rocky Horror straight through, bust out unexpected covers, and completely fill a venue with fake snow for Christmas performances. You may remember their big hit Light and Day, with its euphoric “Follow the day and reach for the sun” chorus that was made popular in the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Continue reading →

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Illvibe Collective’s new monthly party launches at MilkBoy with STS, Hezekiah and more

S.T.S. | Photo by John Vettese
S.T.S. at the Illvibe Collective party | Photo by John Vettese

“The Philly hip-hop scene needs something fresh,” Hezekiah told the audience at MilkBoy. The Philly MC was in literal master of ceremonies mode at the center city venue last night, hosting the launch of a new party organized by Illvibe Collective that had clever wordsmith S.T.S. (Sugar Tongue Slim) in the headlining spot. Hezekiah explained to the crowd that their goal was a new showcase of the city’s emerging talent that also celebrated its established names on a planned monthly basis. Last night’s kickoff was modestly attended – decent for a Wednesday night though – but the people who went were pumped to be there. “We’re family,” Hezekiah and DJ PHSH said throughout the night, and indeed there was a warm and engaged vibe among the people on the floor, and the talent on stage did not disappoint. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Madalean Gauze at Ortlieb’s, Made In Philly at World Cafe Live, and Perfect Pussy at First Unitarian Church

Photo via facebook.com/madaleangauzemusic
Photo via facebook.com/madaleangauzemusic

Madalean Gauze, a rumbling rock and roll singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, headlines Ortlieb’s tonight. The 23-year-old Gauze is currently promoting her latest EP, entitled American War, a stunning set of songs she recorded with members of War on Drugs and The Dead Milkmen. Ortolan and Family Vacation are also on the bill for the show. Ticket information for the 21+ is available here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: S.T.S. at MilkBoy, OhBree at Kung Fu Necktie, Polyphonic Spree at Prince Music Theater

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Sugar Tongue Slim | photo via stsisgold.bandcamp.com

We were already a fan of outside-the-box Philly rapper S.T.S. (AKA Sugar Tongue Slim), and then this summer he took his artistic scope to a prolific new level – and with it, our enthusiasm was amped even further. First, there was his weekly “In The Lab” series of remixes, collaborations and other audio ephemera he’s been releasing on pretty much a weekly basis since June. His latest – “How Philly Use To Sound” – features cuts from DJ Jazzy Jeff, alongside verses from up and coming rappers Dayne Jordan and Son Little, celebrating the jazz and soul roots of the city: “this was a renaissance town / full of seekers who found / a soul song in they heart / a sort of hip to their hop / a certain je ne sais quoi / a touch of jazz in the park / a saxophone in the dark.” Slim and his collaborators paint a vivid picture here, and especially so on We Can Talk Politics and World Affairs, the incredible EP he dropped this summer that’s equally parts hard-hitting beats, high-energy rock and thought provoking rhymes unpacking a bevy of social issues from religion to racial profiling. Tonight Slim headlines MilkBoy on a stacked bill that also features Hezekiah, The Bul Bey and more. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “How Philly Use To Sound.” Continue reading →