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Tonight’s Concert Picks: GoGo Morrow at The TLA, Restorations at Melodies Cafe, Kate Faust at Ortlieb’s and more

GoGoMorrow | Photo via facebook.com/GoGoMorrow
GoGoMorrow | Photo via facebook.com/GoGoMorrow
Philly pop artist GoGo Morrow has had a busy 2014, touring, recording, working as a music community ambassador on the PHL Live project, and this fall dropping her latest single, “Replay.” Tonight she headlines the TLA on South Street, the site of a high-energy set she played last year. Watch that show in its entirety below and get tickets and more information on tonight’s GoGo experience at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nicole Atkins at World Cafe Live, The Guild’s Holiday Show at Kung Fu Necktie, Alright Junior at MilkBoy

Nicole Atkins | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Nicole Atkins | Photo by Cameron Pollack

Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins brings her holiday throwdown to World Cafe Live tonight. Though she’s never released a Christmas album proper over the course of her 12-year career, she frequently mixes in seasonal favorites during her December sets. With music from this year’s acclaimed Slow Phaser in the mix, its sure to be a particularly festive night. Get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Red Fang at the Electric Factory, Justin Timberlake at Wells Fargo Center

Red Fang | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
Red Fang | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

Portland metallurgists Red Fang play first at the Opeth / In Flames show tonight at the Electric Factory tonight, but they’re easily the most exciting part of the bill. The band does crushing, riff-oriented progressive metal, and does it right. Their third release, Whales and Leeches, got a deluxe edition released this year via Relapse Records, and our Matthew Shaver recently featured them in The Key’s occasional Load in to Load Out series. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the adventurous animated video for “Crows in Swine.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Robert DeLong at Boot and Saddle, Fhloston Paradigm at Johnny Brenda’s

Robert DeLonge | Photo by John Vettese
Robert DeLonge | Photo by John Vettese

Pacific Northwestern EDM favorite Robert DeLong makes a return to Philly tonight at Boot and Saddle. Crafting a variety of alluring beats and textures, DeLong also makes an engaging frontman. He’s not the sort of DJ to holler at you between bass drops from behind an LED wall, he steps to the front of the stage, works the crowd with a quirky, Spike Jonze-ish persona, and pulls a few unique tricks from up his sleeve – like using old video game controllers to modify and modulate his songs. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. 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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marian Hill at Boot and Saddle, Modern Baseball at The TLA, Winterpills at Burlap and Bean and more

Marian Hill | Photo courtesy of the artist
Marian Hill | Photo courtesy of the artist

Electronic pop duo Marian Hill headline Boot and Saddle tonight with a brand new single in tow. The simmering “Got It” is backed by the sexy “Lips,” which the band debuted this past summer during their set at the XPoNential Music Festival. Listen to the studio version of “Lips” below and get tickets and info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Oldermost at Johnny Brenda’s, Busses at Boot and Saddle

Oldermost | Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com
Oldermost | Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com

Philly indie rock five-piece Oldermost is playing its final show of 2014 tonight at Johnny Brenda’s; a unique bill with fellow rockers The Rivals and two comedians, Chip Chantry and Doogie Horner. (Read more here.) The band is also introducing new material from its forthcoming EP, It’s Difficult To Know Anything At All, which frontman Bradford Bucknum says will be out in early 2015. The band took three years to record and release its debut LP, I Live Here Now, and Bucknum says with the new material they’re seeking something more immediate. Get more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “Close to the Fire” from I Live Here Now below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Robert Glasper at World Cafe Live, Centro-Matic at Boot and Saddle

Robert Glasper | Photo courtesy of the artist
Robert Glasper | Photo courtesy of the artist

Renaissance man Robert Glasper returns to Philly tonight to headline World Cafe Live. After following up his critically acclaimed Black Radio LP with the equally impressive Black Radio 2 last year, Glasper found out last week that the record netted two Grammy nominations. It’s up for Best R&B Album (the first installment was also nominated and won Best R&B album) and the song “Jesus Children” featuring Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm is up for Best Traditional R&B performance. The eclectic record also features Marsha Ambrosius, Norah Jones, Common, Faith Evans and more. Check out the music video for “Calls” featuring Jill Scott below, and get tickets and information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Common at The TLA, Pompo & The Community College Rejects at Kung Fu Necktie

Common | via twitter.com/common
The cover of Common’s Nobody’s Smiling | via twitter.com/common

After a brief hiatus, Chicago rapper Common re-emerged this year with his tenth studio album, Nobody’s Smiling. Released on Def Jam Records in July, it was a timely artistic statement, as the album deals with the high crime rate in his hometown that hit a peak this summer, with guest collaborations from Jhené Aiko, Big Sean, Vince Staples and more. Tonight Common headlines the TLA in Philly; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “Kingdon” featuring Vince Staples. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: HR at Kung Fu Necktie, Nalani & Sarina at World Cafe Live, I IM EYE MY at Bourbon and Branch

HR of Bad Brains | via kungfunecktie.com
HR of Bad Brains | via kungfunecktie.com

“You have to experience HR,” says rapper Mos Def. “You don’t talk about him, you experience him.” The pioneering punk rocker and lead singer of Bad Brains, HR (short for Human Rights, birth name Paul D. Hudson) performs tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. By fusing dub, reggae and hardcore thrash in the late 70s, HR and Bad Brains charted new territories; he in particular built a rep as a dynamic, compelling frontman. Over the years, his sound has steered more towards the reggae end of his musical palette, which is the show he and his band bring to Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Tickets are $8 at the door, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →