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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mayer Hawthorne at Union Transfer, Liz Longley at Chameleon Club

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Mayer Hawthorne

It’s about to get real funky at Union Transfer tonight as we welcome singer / producer / multi-instrumentalist Mayer Hawthorne to the stage. His fourth studio album, Man About Town, is an impressive display, not just for its downright groovin’ tracks and old school vibes, but because Hawthorne wrote every single song and played nearly every instrument in the process. Head over to the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on the show and check out the animated music video for “Robot Love” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Orion Tango at Ortlieb’s, Mali Music at World Cafe Live

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Orion Tango | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

Philly guitarist Tim Motzer takes his experimental three piece Orion Tango to Ortlieb’s tonight, making its first performance in Philly proper. We did a studio session with the band back in February and we can’t wait to see how they’ve grown since we last saw them. Get ready for the show by listening to the session recordings below and check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →

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Grand Slam Trio honor swing bandleaders with new CD, release show at Fergie’s

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Trio bassist Joe Plowman | photo by Lisa Schaffer | courtesy of the artist

With their debut album finally ready for release, the Grand Slam Trio will share their love of swing-era masters at Fergie’s Pub on Friday, July 1st. The CD pulls songs from the catalogs of great players like Leroy “Slam” Stewart and Benny Goodman, to which Trio members Joe Plowman, Ryan McNeely and Austin Wagner added their own studied flair.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rosali at Ortlieb’s, Modern Baseball at The Fillmore, Good Girl at The Trocadero

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Rosali Middleman | photo by Alyssa Maloof Photography | courtesy of the artist

With the release of her debut LP Out of Love just last month, Rosali is in Philly tonight for a hometown record release show at Ortlieb’s. The folk singer songwriter premiered her music video for the track “Black As Ashes” with us earlier this month and you can check out the kaleidoscopic world she creates below. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on this show. Continue reading →

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Missed Gallant at Firefly? Catch him around town this summer

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Gallant | photo courtesy of the artist

Los Angeles R&B artist Gallant wowed the Firefly crowed in Delaware last week, performing two sets of songs from his breakthrough Ology LP. But if you missed out on the three-day gathering (or if you just want more Gallant in your summer) you’re in luck – he’ll be in town a few more times before we say goodbye to hot days and music festivals.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ani DiFranco at World Cafe Live at the Queen, Creepoid at The Fillmore, Dave Matthews Band at BB&T Pavilion and more…

Ani DeFranco | photo by Charles Waldorf
Ani DeFranco | photo by Charles Waldorf

She’s done it all over the course of here career, and now Ani DiFranco brings her massive catalog (over 20 albums) to World Cafe Live in Wilmington. Rooted in folk, DiFranco has gone from jazz to funk to spoken word to even some electronic stuff over the decades. Her most recent release is 2014’s Allergic to Water. The XPN Concert Calendar has you covered with tickets and more info on the show, at which Chasity Brown will play in support. We have you covered with a little Ani DiFranco sampling — listen to “Woe Be Gone” below. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Liz De Lise

Philly singer-guitarist Liz de Lise writes arresting songs rooted in observational honesty – whatever tone they happen to take. When we first met her early this winter, the music was jazzy folk-pop, and reminded us of 70s Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro records. The project at hand was a series of monthly DIY videos completed across the course of 2015, preceded by 2014’s To & Fro – an acoustic collection based on stories the songwriter gathered from homeless youth she encountered in Portland, Oregon.

In the time since, de Lise has developed her sound into something more cerebral – yet no less catchy. As we hear in this Key Studio Session, she has two chief collaborators: Mark Watter on bass and vocals (you might know him from Rosu Lup, Caroline Reese + the Drifting Fifth, and his own band Howlish), and a tight network of effects pedals and loopers, which she works with skill and finesse (I guess that’s more of a tool than a collaborator, but you get the picture). The set swallows you in sound, with layers of vocal rounds floating alongside askew lead guitar reminiscent of St. Vincent’s Annie Clark. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Local chamber choir The Crossing reflect on 1680 composition with new Seven Responses

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The Crossing | photo by Mark Conti Photography

More and more, contemporary composers seem to be engaging with and drawing inspiration from early music. The ascetic beauty, stark melodicism and raw emotion of pre-Classical music seems to enjoy a particular resonance with the most modern of composers and ensembles. That bridge between future and past can’t help but appeal to The Crossing, Philly’s remarkable new-music chamber choir. Dedicated to both the newest of creative music and the oldest of instruments (the voice), The Crossing engages in that era-spanning dialogue every time they perform.

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Jason Moran leads jazz trio Bandwagon at South tonight

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Bandwagon | photo courtesy of the artist

It’s been a little while since Philly has had the opportunity to see the Bandwagon in action. That’s understandable, given the dizzying breadth of what the trio’s leader, pianist Jason Moran, has been up to since the release of their tenth anniversary album, the aptly titled Ten (Blue Note) in 2010. In the intervening years Moran has taken on the role of artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center, composed the soundtrack for Selma, continued his collaboration with legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd, and hosted a series of dance parties sporting an oversized, cigar-smoking papier-mâché Fats Waller head and playing funked-up versions of Waller songs with help from Meshell Ndegeocello.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Waxahatchee at Chameleon Club, Tunji Ige at The Fillmore, Lisa Loeb at Haddon Lake Park

Waxahatchee | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Waxahatchee | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Indie rock songwriter Katie Crutchfield will be bringing her project Waxahatchee to Philly tonight with a performance at The Chameleon Club. We saw Waxahatchee earlier this month for a spectacular show at Connor Barwin’s 3rd Annual Make the World Better Benefit concert at Union Transfer. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar and check out her song “La Loose” off the album Ivy Tripp below. Continue reading →