By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Madalean Gauze at Ortlieb’s, Made In Philly at World Cafe Live, and Perfect Pussy at First Unitarian Church

Photo via facebook.com/madaleangauzemusic
Photo via facebook.com/madaleangauzemusic

Madalean Gauze, a rumbling rock and roll singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, headlines Ortlieb’s tonight. The 23-year-old Gauze is currently promoting her latest EP, entitled American War, a stunning set of songs she recorded with members of War on Drugs and The Dead Milkmen. Ortolan and Family Vacation are also on the bill for the show. Ticket information for the 21+ is available here. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: S.T.S. at MilkBoy, OhBree at Kung Fu Necktie, Polyphonic Spree at Prince Music Theater

STS
Sugar Tongue Slim | photo via stsisgold.bandcamp.com

We were already a fan of outside-the-box Philly rapper S.T.S. (AKA Sugar Tongue Slim), and then this summer he took his artistic scope to a prolific new level – and with it, our enthusiasm was amped even further. First, there was his weekly “In The Lab” series of remixes, collaborations and other audio ephemera he’s been releasing on pretty much a weekly basis since June. His latest – “How Philly Use To Sound” – features cuts from DJ Jazzy Jeff, alongside verses from up and coming rappers Dayne Jordan and Son Little, celebrating the jazz and soul roots of the city: “this was a renaissance town / full of seekers who found / a soul song in they heart / a sort of hip to their hop / a certain je ne sais quoi / a touch of jazz in the park / a saxophone in the dark.” Slim and his collaborators paint a vivid picture here, and especially so on We Can Talk Politics and World Affairs, the incredible EP he dropped this summer that’s equally parts hard-hitting beats, high-energy rock and thought provoking rhymes unpacking a bevy of social issues from religion to racial profiling. Tonight Slim headlines MilkBoy on a stacked bill that also features Hezekiah, The Bul Bey and more. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “How Philly Use To Sound.” Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Pick: Thumpers at Johnny Brenda’s

Thumpers | photo via facebook.com/thumpersthumpers
Thumpers | photo via facebook.com/thumpersthumpers

Thumpers is an indie pop duo from London, England, whose high-energy performances are sure to get you dancing. The band is currently on the road in America promoting their debut album, Galore, which has garnered pleasing reviews from outlets such as AllMusic and Under the Radar. Tickets for the 21+ show are available here. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: El Caribefunk at The Clubhouse, Major Van Winkle at North Star Bar and Beta Hi Fi Finals at World Cafe Live

El Caribefunk | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
El Caribefunk | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Tonight’s concert picks start off with the energetic funkers El Caribefunk, who headlines The Clubhouse in South Philly. The eclectic Colombian band – which blends funk, samba, reggae and more – has been in residence at The Clubhouse all summer, and played tremendous sets at Love Park, Musikfest and most recently Philadelphia Folk Festival. Ticket information for the show can be found here, but first check out this awesome music video from the band. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Robbie Basho tribute ft. Daniel Bachman, Arborea at Johnny Brenda’s, Can You Canoe at World Cafe Live at the Queen, and Up the Chain at Tin Angel

arborea
Arborea | photo courtesy of the artist

Tonight, Johnny Brenda’s will help raise money for the documentary-in-progress, Voice Of The Eagle: The Enigma Of Robbie Basho, a study of the late and influential steel guitar player and composer. Performers will include Daniel Bachman, a fingerpicking folk guitar player who is a master of the six strings, along with Arborea, a husband and wife duo from Maine, Check out Daniel Bachman’s amazing NPR Tiny Desk performance below. Tickets for the show can be purchased here. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Echo and the Bunnymen at Union Transfer, Rosanne Cash at Longwood Gardens

Echo and the Bunnymen
Photo by James Christopher | via facebook.com/TheBunnymen

Evocative Liverpool outfit Echo and the Bunnymen headlines Union Transfer tonight, and reports from its summer tour indicate that the band is drawing from across its 36-year catalog of catchy post-punk in this run of shows. Hits like “The Killing Moon” and “Bring on the Dancing Horses” are in the mix, as well as a variety of deep cuts and selections from its new LP Meteroites, released this year. Also listen for some sweet covers – a Brooklyn Vegan rundown of the band’s two-night stand at Irving Plaza showed covers of Bowie’s “The Jean Genie” and The Doors’ “People Are Strange.” Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the music video to “Lips Like Sugar.” Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Delorean and City Rain at Morgan’s Pier, Douglas Thomas at The Fire, Evening River Band at Kung Fu Necktie

Delorean
Photo by Nacho Vidal via facebook.com/dlrean

Spanish dance group Delorean plays a free show at Morgan’s Pier tonight. Last year, the group released its second album, Apar, produced in the band’s private studio in El Poblenou. The title is a Basque term that means to froth or foam. The sounds in the album, a very minimum instrumentation and vocals, has a feeling of being destroyed yet remaining strong. The band released a playlist of some of the fantastic remixes they’ve done this year, as well as a warped video for “Unhold” featuring Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek. They will be joined by Philly’s City Rain, who were featured on the Key’s Unlocked Series. Similar to Delorean, City Rain recorded its newest album High School Dance near a family shore house. Catch both bands for their free show at Morgan’s Pier. Get more details at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Katie Frank and the Pheromones at Rittenhouse Square, Steady Hands and W.C. Lindsay at The Fire, Leana Song at Penn Museum

Katie Frank and the Pheromones
Photo by Will Hoover


Katie Frank and the Pheromones
play a free show tonight at Rittenhouse Square as part of Philadelphia Weekly’s Concerts in the Park series. Last year, the band recorded a rockin’ Key Studio Session and released their debut single, “Tunnel Vision.” This year, the band’s timeless debut LP Counting Your Curses came out. In an interview for the band’s feature on The Key’s Unlocked, Frank explained the difference between performing solo to performing with The Pheromones: ““I feel so much more empowered when I’m onstage with the band. I can be timid when it comes to singing my songs.” Catch the empowered Katie Frank and the Pheromones, along with DJ Lisa Love and Divers tonight. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the title track from Counting Your Curses below. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Beverly at Boot and Saddle, Thin Lips at Kung Fu Necktie, Agnes Obel at World Cafe Live

Photo by Frank Sun via facebook.com/wearebeverly
Photo by Frank Sun via facebook.com/wearebeverly

Brooklyn lo-fi pop band Beverly will headline Boot and Saddle tonight. The group originally started as a project between Drew Citron and Frankie Rose (of Crystal Stilts and Vivian Girls). Since then, Citron has added band members Jamie Ingalls (from Chairlift) on drums and Scott Rosenthal on bass. The band just released their debut album Careers in July. They also released a video for  ”Out on a Ride” off of Careers., shot with a VHS camcorder to give it a vintage, DIY feel. Watch it below. Beverly will be playing with local indie band Roof Doctor and fuzz pop duo Tender Vision. Get more info about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Buddy Guy at Sun Center

buddy guy
Photo via facebook.com/therealbuddyguy

Blues guitar legend Buddy Guy will be playing at the Sun Center tonight with Quinn Sullivan. The now 78 year old recently celebrated his birthday at his venue, Chicago’s Buddy Guy’s Legends. For guitar enthusiasts, he recently released an interesting Squier Challenge where participants try to tell the difference between a low end Squier affinity Series strat and Buddy Guy’s personal polka dot axe. Continue reading →