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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lil John Roberts at World Cafe Live, Arbor Christmas Show, Joint Chiefs of Math at PhilaMOCA

Lil' John Roberts | Photo via facebook.com/LilJohnRobertsfanpage
Lil’ John Roberts | Photo via facebook.com/LilJohnRobertsfanpage

Accomplished jazz drummer Lil John Roberts headlines World Cafe Live downstairs today. His 20-year career has included collaborations with a variety of pop, R&B and jazz legends, from Janet Jackson to Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder. This year, however, marked the first time the Philly-born Roberts released an LP under his own name. Heartbeats is a collection of slick, suave grooves that incorporate funk and soul into expansive songs. He also worked with a slew of collaborators on this outing, including Robert Glasper, Eric Roberson Musiq Soulchild and Ursula Rucker. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the music video for “Space,” the opening track on Heartbeats. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheerleader at Johnny Brenda’s, Kalob Griffin Band at Union Transfer, York Street Hustle at World Cafe Live and more…

Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

Cheerleader headline a night of local music at Johnny Brenda’s. The band just announced that they will be making the journey down to SXSW next March to showcase their new EP On Your Side. Cheerleader has been tightening their hazy dream-pop sound for a couple of years now after founding members and Connecticut natives Joe Haller and Chris Duran pulled together a full band here in Philadelphia.  Listen to their recent single “Tomorrow Always Knows” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show with Dream Safari and Louds here.

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Christmas Carol around Fishtown with Rock to the Future and Broad Street Music Group

Rock to the Future
Rock to the Future’s Holiday Showcase | photo via www.starnewsphilly.com

Broad Street Music Group is putting a call out to local musicians and music fans who want to spread some holiday cheer tomorrow evening. The students of local music education program Rock to the Future will be holding a Christmas caroling event around the Fishtown section of Philadelphia, joined by musicians including RECphilly artists Faylin Johnson, Patrick Donovan.

Those interested in caroling should meet at St. Michaels Lutheran Church at 4:00 p.m. (the caravan will be returning here at the end of the event as well). To catch the merrymakers along their route, hang out in PizzaBrain, Philadelphia Record Exchange or near the Front & Girard Transportation Station. Learn more about Rock to the Future in the video below.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Thin Lips

Before Thin Lips, there was Dangerous Ponies. Frontwoman and songwriter Chrissy Tashjian, her brother Mikey on the drums and bassist Kyle Pulley were all part of Philly’s premiere indie rock carnival from 2008 till about 2013. That band was a total blast and a spectacle; glitter, brightly colored costumes, singalong hooks, big arrangements. When that crew split, Tashjian refocused her energy into a more simplified, straightforward punk rock direction. Continue reading →

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Alex G’s tour with Teen Suicide comes to PhilaMOCA on February 3rd

Alex G in his music video for "Harvey"
Alex G in his music video for “Harvey”

Philly’s Alex G recently announced an east coast/mid-west tour with Maryland noise-pop band, Teen Suicide. Frontman Alex Giannascoli received high praise from press for his June 2014 full-length debut, DSU. Spin, Rolling Stone, and Pitchfork are a few magazines to pick up on his DIY-sound, and the record is his first label-backed release off Orchid Tapes.

Rolling Stone named “Harvey” – a bedroom-pop, airy sound off DSU – one of the top 50 songs of 2014. The 21-year-old lo-fi artist recently put out a video for “Harvey”, in which a model house burns down while he strums his acoustic guitar in a bedroom. Continue reading →

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Some band called Thy Foes Profanely Rage is playing the Church basement and we have no idea who they are (maybe)

So this is a mondo bizarro concert announcement on the R5 Productions website, for sure. A three-band bill headed up by two question mark bands on December 30th. I mean, we know who Lithuania is – it’s the long-running experimental rock duo of Dominic Angelella (of DRGN King) and Eric Slick (of Dr. Dog). Then there’s Eight Legged Prawn; their bio says “We’re from a little town called Lititz. We write honest music and are passionate about doing so.” HMM, I WONDER WHO THAT MIGHT BE.

The kicker is the headliner, Thy Foes Profanely Rage, which is simply listed as “Long time band from Philly” with no other supporting clues. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rockers Galore and Chelsea Reed at Winterfest, Glitter at Kung Fu Necktie, Ben Smith at Melodies Cafe

Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five | Photo by Cameron Pollack

The Key’s Fireside Sessions continue tonight at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, this month featuring jazz vocal combo Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five, as well as Rockers Galore, which fuses kompa, dub, hip-hop and hard rock with Blayer Pointdujour at the mic. The all-ages event is free and begins at 8 p.m., more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Justin Townes Earle’s winter tour brings him to Arden Hall, Strand Capitol

Justin Townes Earle | Photo courtesy of the artist
Justin Townes Earle | Photo courtesy of the artist

Americana troubadour Justin Townes Earle is releasing his latest record, Absent Fathers, in January. It’s a companion LP to his September record Single Mothers, and in support of the new collection, Earle is going on a winter tour that brings him through our area twice. He’ll hit up Arden Gild Hall in Arden Delaware on February 26th, and then will play the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center in York on February 27th; Gill Landry opens both shows. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. This fall, Earle played a World Cafe Session while on tour through Philadelphia; listen to the session here and watch a video for “My Baby Drives” below. Continue reading →

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Yikes The Zero, E. Grizzly join forces in Radio Ghost

Yikes the Zero: a Philly hip hop artist to watch
Yikes the Zero | Photo courtesy of the artist

The majority of the music you’ll hear from Radio Ghost – a new collective made up of Philly MCs Yikes The Zero, Tommy Tucker, O-Severe and E. Grizzly – sounds like a cypher. It’s four artists with distinctive sounds coming together on each track to not only annihilate the beat but to also show who’s the better rapper. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Quiet Life at Milkboy, Marco Benevento at Johnny Brenda’s, The Holy Mess at Boot & Saddle

Quiet Life
Quiet Life | photo by E Ryan McMackin

Portland, Oregon’s Quiet Life headline Milkboy tonight.  The folk rockers just released a deluxe edition of their 2013 LP Wild Pack, featuring previously unreleased tracks and following this year’s Housebroken Man EP.  In the coming months Quiet Life will be working with Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken on new full-length.  As busy as they are with recordings, this is a band that lives off of the road.  They’ve toured with Hayes Carll, Dr. Dog and The Lumineers and have lived in New Jersey, Connecticut, California and now Oregon.  Listen to their new song “Big Mistake” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show with The Bailey Hounds and Mike Quinn here.

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