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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jacob Augustine at Trinity Place, E. Grizzly at Kung Fu Necktie

Jacob Augustine | Photo by Shervin Lainez | via facebook.com/jacobaugustine
Jacob Augustine | Photo by Shervin Lainez | via facebook.com/jacobaugustine

Northern Maine singer-songwriter Jacob Augustine brings his band and his powerful voice to Philly tonight for a Folkadelphia showcase with promising locals Friendship. This spring, Augustine released a split single with Philly’s Bad Braids – listen to the emotive “Salvation” below and get more information on the show at its Facebook event page. Continue reading →

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Lauryn Peacock plays The Random Tea Sessions and Daytrotter

Lauryn Peacock | Photo courtesy of the artist
Lauryn Peacock | Photo courtesy of the artist

Former Philadelphian Lauryn Peacock recently went out on tour in support of her awesome new record Euphonia, and stopped by The Random Tea Sessions when she was in Philly to perform her song “Six Month Quandry.”  The very intimate performance included an accompanying violin which propelled Peacock’s somber vocals and guitar strums to new levels, both despairing and beautiful.

Oh her way back to Nashville, Peacock also spent some time in Rock Island, Illinois, playing a couple songs at Daytrotter Studios. Continue reading →

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Listen to W.C. Lindsay’s high-voltage new song “Sister”

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W.C. Lindsay | Photo via facebook.com/wclinsday

The first release since Easy Victims, Charitable Deceptions dropped last year, W.C. Lindsay’s new single “Sister” really shows the diversity and growth in sound the group has been striving for.  It’s the first song off a series of singles set to be released in the fall; check it out  here via PureVolume. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Yo La Tengo brings Stuff Like That There to World Cafe Live

Yo La Tengo | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.tumblr.com
Yo La Tengo | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.tumblr.com

Today is record release day for Yo La Tengo’s new collection of covers and re-workings, Stuff Like That There, and the Hoboken indie rock heroes celebrated with a performance in front of a sold-out Free at Noon crowd. The album explores the decidedly mellowest side of YLT’s sonic palette, but the crowd was hushed and attentive, nodding along to the doo-wop flavored cover of The Cosmic Rays’ “Somebody In Love” that opened the show, and singing along to Georgia Hubley’s wistful, breezy version of “Friday I’m In Love” by The Cure. Continue reading →

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Meet Philadelphia’s Mike Muli, listen to his new single “I Realize”

Mike Muli
Mike Muli | photo courtesy of the artist

Mike Muli is a storyteller. He sings and plays guitar, but his songs are centered around the kind of characters and plot-lines that help us better understand our own world. Today we have the premiere of “I Realize,” a song from Muli’s forthcoming debut acoustic record that is just one vignette of the story he is sharing.

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Listen to Laura Stevenson’s “Torch Song,” get stoked to see her play The Foundry at Fillmore Philly

Laura Stevenson | Photo by Christopher Hainey | courtesy of the artist
Laura Stevenson | Photo by Christopher Hainey | courtesy of the artist

Brooklynite Laura Stevenson often gets pulled under the umbrella of punk rock, not so much for how her music sounds but more for the company she keeps: Don Giovanni Records, Against Me!, Gaslight Anthem, Gainesville’s annual FEST. But take a listen to any point in her catalog and you’ll hear smart, sophisticated songwriting with appeal that stretches beyond scenes and subgenres.

2013′s Wheel had a jangling folk-pop vibe in the vein of Aimee Mann, Bright Eyes and Laura Veirs, while her follow-up - Cocksure, due out on October 30th via Don Giovanni – is reportedly more raw. We can definitely pick that up on “Torch Song,” premiered today on Spin, which has a strong power-pop thing going on: a little bit Go-Gos, a little bit Fountains of Wayne. Needless to say, we’ve had it on repeat this afternoon, and are pumped to hear the entire record – and to see Stevenson’s next Philly show, slated for the Foundry at The Fillmore Philly on November 18th. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Get a taste of Kurt Vile’s b’lieve i’m goin down… in a new album trailer

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Kurt “Bae” Vile in the b’lieve i’m goin down album trailer

Personally, I will never get tired of “Pretty Pimpin’.” It’s Kurt Vile‘s best single to date, hands down. But he’s got a whole new record of music about to drop next month, and from this new trailer released today, it’s sounding pretty promising. Matched with footage of the band goofing around in the desert and working in the studio, we hear bits of songs “I’m An Outlaw” and “Lost my Head there.” Check it out below, and pre-order b’lieve i’m goin down…over at Kurt’s website. He headlines Union Transfer with Waxahatchee on Friday, October 9th. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kamasi Washington at World Cafe Live, Meg Baird at Johnny Brenda’s, Set and Setting at Kung Fu Necktie

Kamasi Washington | Photo by Mike Park | courtesy of the artist
Kamasi Washington | Photo by Mike Park | courtesy of the artist

Tonight, LA saxophonist and acclaimed band leader Kamasi Washington brings his aptly-titled debut LP The Epic to World Cafe Live with an eight-piece band. In an interview earlier this week with The Key’s Shaun Brady, Washington talked about breaking down the boundaries of genre:

The word ‘jazz’ and the word ‘hip-hop’ have a separation, but the music doesn’t really have that same separation. You can’t talk about hip-hop without talking about A Tribe Called Quest, and their music is inundated with jazz. You can’t talk about west coast hip-hop without talking about James Brown and Parliament.

Read the whole interview here, listen to “Miss Understanding” below and get tickets and more information on the show via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →