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Just Announced: Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers will bring Brought to Rot to Underground Arts in April

Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers | photo by Katie Hovland | courtesy of the artist

Laura Jane Grace, best known as the frontwoman of Against Me!, has been performing solo with her band the Devouring Mothers for a few years, and just released the project’s first album. Bought to Rot is out today, and Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers will head out on a lengthy US tour next spring, with a show at Underground Arts on April 19. Continue reading →

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Raekwon will appear at Han Dynasty’s fifth annual 36 Chambers of Flava events next weekend

flyer by Hanah Jang | instagram.com/hanahjang | via facebook.com/Han-Dynasty-247950394192

Lest we forget, his full name is Raekwon da Chef. So does that mean that the legendary founding member of the Wu Tang Clan is going to be preparing dandan noodles in the back of Han Dynasty next weekend? Or is he going to be in the front of dining room, rocking the house with his music? Or is he just going to be enjoying food and company?

We’re not totally sure, to be honest. But Han Dynasty’s Wu-themed party 36 Chambers of Flava event has been going on for five years now, and is always full of surprises. Last year, Ghostface Killah was in attendance, and the flyer for this year’s events — November 19th in Brooklyn’s Han Dynasty at DeKalb Market Food Hall, November 20th at Han Dynasty’s Old City location — very simply promises “20 courses, 16 beers, 1 hip hop legend.” That is a metric ton of food and drink. Continue reading →

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J Pope and Songs in the Key of Free will play Weathervane Music’s winter studio concert

J Pope (left) and Songs in The Key of Free will play Weathervane’s winter studio concert | via Facebook

Local nonprofit Weathervane Music invites us to close out 2018 with them at an intimate studio concert next month at Miner Street Recordings, the organization’s home-base studio in Fishtown which you may recognize as the backdrop to their Shaking Through series. The December 7 show will feature performances by “artists we think have an important message to share through their music,” as Weathervane writes on Facebook.

The show includes a headlining set by J Pope and the HearNow, the project of Baltimore singer and rapper Jasmine Pope, who blends activism into her music with backing from her jazz/funk ensemble. A performance by local collaborative venture Songs in the Key of Free will open the evening; the collective’s justice-focused music works to challenge mass incarceration and reform the prison system. Continue reading →

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Billie Eilish brings the unexpected to Union Transfer

Billie Eilish | photo by Isaiah Spicer for WXPN | iospicer.com

With nearly every single tour date sold out, 16-year-old Billie Eilish has proven that she has a huge and devoted fan base all around the world, and especially so in Philadelphia. As I entered Union Transfer, I was struck by an overwhelmingly young crowd wandering the venue. A majority of them were females that definitely fell in between the categories of tween and teen. I took a spot up-top in the 21+ section, which was populated by a majority of parent chaperones, who were 100% dragged to the show by their kids. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties will ring in 2019 at Boot & Saddle

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

The New Year’s Eve gigs are starting to roll onto the concert calendar, and the newly announced one is sure to be a wild one. Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, the storytelling project of singer-songwriter Dan Cambpell (who you might also know from his acclaimed punk band The Wonder Years) will headline Boot and Saddle to ring in 2019, with Boston indie rock four-piece Future Teens opening the show. Tickets come with a signed poster and admission to the after party — which we’re guessing is in the B&S restaurant space? Details are scant on that part of the night, but the music is going to be tight regardless. Continue reading →

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Anger Is A Healthy Emotion: Get a taste of Ellen Siberian Tiger’s Shaking Through session in this short trailer

Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

Indie rock trio Ellen Siberian Tiger will be featured in the next episode of the Shaking Through Sessionns from Weathervane Music Organization, and this week, the band shared a short trailer showing up what we can expect. In the clip, vocalist Ellen Tiberio-Shultz discusses how to channel feeling angry into something healthy, like artistic expression. The band recorded their song “Everybody Always” for the upcoming episode. Continue reading →

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Watch Latin fusion group Interminable disrupt time itself in new music video “Buscando un Futuro”

Interminable | via facebook.com/interminablemusic

The futuristic Philly fusion project Interminable is adept at Latin, jazz, folk, and rock, and mixes them all on Rebirth, their new studio LP which releases November 16. So far we’ve heard two singles from the upcoming record, and the band just shared a video for “Buscando un Futuro,” filmed and directed by Koof Ibi (of Random Tea Sessions and a Key photographer as well).

The song showcases the stirring, powerful vocals of Ximena Violante accompanied by a complex, intertwining trumpet arrangement. In the video, dancer Bella Alvarez embodies Past while Sam Cogdon represents Future, the two futilely chasing each other in a forest meant to be allegorical of Time itself. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Girlpool, Shannon and the Clams, Low, Richard Thompson and more

Shannon & The Clams album cover designed by Perry Shall | photo courtesy of the artist

Sure, maybe you aren’t going to attend all 17 shows we’re recommending this week — that would be an impressive feat. But with a variety of sounds from roots to retro rock to indie rock to jazz to punk to global folk fusion, you’ve got no excuse for not seeing at least once concert in the next seven days. Read on for our recommendations. Continue reading →

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Christine and the Queens hold court at Union Transfer

Christine and the Queens | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN

Héloïse Letissier is a star. That may not be news to you if you’ve been following her work as Christine and the Queens since her 2014 debut Chaleur Humaine, or even its English 2015 translation simply titled Christine and the Queens. It might not even be a surprise if you’re just getting acquainted with her via this year’s commanding, life-affirming sophomore album Chris. There is a difference, however, between recognizing stardom and witnessing stardom, in real time, on stage. Letissier’s performance at Union Transfer last Friday was a showcase of stardom at its best. Equal parts vivacious, vulnerable, and virtuosic, it saw the radiant French popstart bring the kind of spectacle usually reserved for big arenas and amphitheaters to an indie club without losing any of its grandeur. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Massive Attack’s Mezzanine anniversary tour will come to The Met this spring

Massive Attack | courtesy of the artist

Remember when, a few weeks ago, Massive Attack encoded their 1998 album Mezzanine as DNA and then bottled it into a spray paint to celebrate its upcoming 21st anniversary? That’s an, uh, inventive way to reissue an album to say the least, but if you prefer a more traditional form of album anniversary celebration, good news is coming your way in the form of a tour: Massive Attack will tour Europe and North America throughout the winter and spring, with a show at The Met on March 19. Special guests lined up for the tour include Liz Fraser of Cocteau Twins, who sang on the album. Continue reading →