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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shuggie Otis at Ardmore Music Hall, Aaron Camper at World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Goddamnit at World Cafe Live Wilmington

Photo by B+ for Mochilla.com
Photo by B+ for Mochilla.com

Shuggie Otis, the son of legendary rhythm and blues trailblazer Johnny Otis, is performing at the Ardmore Music Hall tonight! A fantastic guitar player in his own right, Shuggie is back on tour in support of his album re-release Inspiration Information/Wings of Love. Otis also released his first ever live album last year, Live in Williamsburg. Joining Shuggie as a special guest is Philly favorite Nik Greeley. The show is 21+, doors open at 8, show starts at 8:30. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more info, and check the vid below for some sweet guitar by Shuggie himself. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jason Isbell at Electric Factory, Saintseneca at Millworks, The Appleseed Cast at Johnny Brenda’s

Jason Isbell | Photo by Michael Wilson
Jason Isbell | Photo by Michael Wilson

Alternative country musician Jason Isbell will perform at the Electric Factory this evening with Blake Mills. Isbell played Newport Folk Festival this past weekend, performing tracks from his latest release Something More Than Free and from 2013′s Southeastern as well. The set was an upbeat crowd-pleaser, and we’re looking forward to an equally memorable experience tonight! Listen below, and grab tickets here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell at Union Transfer, Delicate Steve at Underground Arts, Milky Chance at The Mann

Ben Bridwell, Iron & Wine | Photo via Facebook.com/ironandwine
Ben Bridwell, Iron & Wine | Photo via Facebook.com/ironandwine

This year, Sam Beam of long running indie folk project Iron & Wine got together with Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses to produce Sing Into My Mouth, a record of covers from Talking Heads’ “Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place)” to Pete Seeger’s “Coyote, My Little Brother.” Tonight, they headline Union Transfer; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: R. Ring at Johnny Brenda’s

R. Ring | Photo via facebook.com/rringsings
R. Ring | Photo via facebook.com/rringsings

A few years back, Kelly Deal of The Breeders and The Kelley Deal 6000 teamed up with Mike Montgomery of Ampline to form the new duo project R. Ring. Though their releases have been somewhat limited – it seems like they get together to write, record and perform when the mood strikes them, rather than forcing EPs and LPs out into the world – the energy is undeniable. You can hear traces of their respective bands, as well as forerunners like The Wipers and The Fall, and Deal and Montgomery’s urgent vocal harmonies carry it all. They’ve currently got a split single out with Detroit badasses Protomartyr and they perform tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Halfro at RiverRink, Myrrias at Johnny Brenda’s, Second Sky at Tellus360

Halfro | Photo via www.facebook.com/HalfroMusic
Halfro | Photo via www.facebook.com/HalfroMusic

Philly hip-hop group Halfro are putting on a free show at the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest tonight with The Bul Bey, as part of The Key’s Waterfront Sessions. Halfro are coming off their latest album release Squalor, while The Bul Bey’s 2014 single “Where I’m From” was a lead-in to this year’s awesome LP Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies. He was also in for a Key Studio Session recently. The show, presented by us here at The Key, is free (did we mention that already?), and all ages, so you have no excuse not to be at the RiverRink tonight for this performance. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more info. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dave Hause at Union Transfer, Sympathy and the Lion at Johnny Brenda’s, Gaslight Anthem at Chameleon Club

Dave Hause | Photo via Facebook.com/DaveHauseMusic
Dave Hause | Photo via Facebook.com/DaveHauseMusic

Philly native and The Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause brings his solo tour to Union Transfer tonight. With Rocky Votolato in support and Chris Farren manning the undercard, Hause will bring the sounds of his second solo record Devour to life for the hometown crowd. Arguably his best release to date, Devour finds Hause sonically and lyrically creating the perfect bridge between punk and anthemic rock. The show is all ages, doors are at 7:30, show is at 8. You can get tickets and more info on the show here, and you can check out the video for Hause’s “We Could Be Kings” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Son Lux at Johnny Brenda’s, Neon Trees at TLA

Son Lux | Photo via Facebook.com/sonlux
Son Lux | Photo via Facebook.com/sonlux

Electro-indie pop producer Ryan Lott, better known by his project name Son Lux, is bringing his experimental soundscapes to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Although he heads the project, Lott will not be alone. Son Lux’s latest release, Bones, is the first to feature the full lineup of Lott, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang. With the help of a full band, Lott is able to bring his expansive sound to life on stage. Opening for Son Lux is the Adam Schatz-fronted Landlady, a band affiliated with local heroes Man Man. Doors open at 8, the show is at 9, and is 21+. You get tickets and more info on the show tonight at the XPN Concert Calendar. Meanwhile, check out Son Lux’s “You Don’t Know Me” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Spraynard at PhilaMOCA, Lake Street Dive at Long’s Park, Dr. John at Ardmore Music Hall and more

Spraynard | photo by Megan Kelly
Spraynard | photo by Megan Kelly

West Chester cult fave punk trio Spraynard are back with Mable, their post hiatus album and tightest work to date. It mixes their massive energy of their live show with introspective lyrics about heartache and aging. The band celebrates with an album release party at PhilaMOCA and as we heard in this week’s Key Studio Session, their live game is on point. Download the session here, listen to “Applebee’s Bar” below and get more info on the show at the Facebook event page. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tin Bird Choir at Burlap and Bean, Planes Mistaken for Stars at Boot & Saddle, Kishi Bashi at Musikfest Cafe

Tin Bird Choir | Photo courtesy of artist's Facebook
Tin Bird Choir | Photo courtesy of artist’s Facebook

Barn rock band Tin Bird Choir headline Burlap and Bean Coffee this evening. Though their latest album was released in the summer of 2013, they recently covered the Rolling Stone’s “Sway” and have promised an enticing setlist. Tin Bird Choir will be joined by Elspeth Tremblay & the Satellites and Ginger Coyle for a night of Philly area folk. For tickets to the Philadelphia Folk Society and Dull Dime-presented show, head over to the XPN Concert Calendar, and be sure to listen to their cover of “Sway” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Weather Station at Johnny Brenda’s, Anthony Green at Underground Arts, Tinmouth at MilkBoy

The Weather Station | Photo courtesy of the artist | https://www.facebook.com/TheWeatherStn
The Weather Station | Photo courtesy of the artist | https://www.facebook.com/TheWeatherStn

The project of Canadian singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman, The Weather Station brings a sense of raw emotive folk music to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Coming off her third album, Loyalty, released in May, Lindeman has been touring with the likes of Bahamas, Basia Bulat, and Timber Timbre. While touring Lindeman also released an EP,  What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know. Tonight she headlines, with Jeff Zeigler & Mary Lattimore and Bad Braids playing in support. You can get tickets to the 21+ show here. Check out her song “What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know” below. Continue reading →