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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Ben Hughes at Ortlieb’s

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Ben Hughes | Photo via benhughes.bandcamp.com

We’ve been following local indie-rock artist Ben Hughes this year as he releases an album a month. Life: Now is his most recent installment; it’s a collection of unreleased songs recorded with his old band A Little Affair. Now he is gearing up to bring his lo-fi sounds to Ortlieb’s. He will be playing alongside Texas Is The Reason’s Garret Klahn and Have Gun Will Travel. The show is 21+ and tickets can be purchased here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tal National at Silk City, Line Leader at PhilaMOCA

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Tal National | Photo via Facebook

Nigerian ensemble Tal National plays Silk City tonight, bringing their unique fusion of West African music styles to Philly – from bright and optimistic highlife melodies to intense Afrobeat rhythmic passages. The band’s latest, Zoy Zoy, came out on Fat Cat Records in April, and they perform tonight with H/PRIZM (High Priest of Antipop Consortium) and the Data Garden DJs. More information can be found at the Facebook event page. Watch Tal National get down on KEXP below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jacob Augustine at Trinity Place, E. Grizzly at Kung Fu Necktie

Jacob Augustine | Photo by Shervin Lainez | via facebook.com/jacobaugustine
Jacob Augustine | Photo by Shervin Lainez | via facebook.com/jacobaugustine

Northern Maine singer-songwriter Jacob Augustine brings his band and his powerful voice to Philly tonight for a Folkadelphia showcase with promising locals Friendship. This spring, Augustine released a split single with Philly’s Bad Braids – listen to the emotive “Salvation” below and get more information on the show at its Facebook event page. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kamasi Washington at World Cafe Live, Meg Baird at Johnny Brenda’s, Set and Setting at Kung Fu Necktie

Kamasi Washington | Photo by Mike Park | courtesy of the artist
Kamasi Washington | Photo by Mike Park | courtesy of the artist

Tonight, LA saxophonist and acclaimed band leader Kamasi Washington brings his aptly-titled debut LP The Epic to World Cafe Live with an eight-piece band. In an interview earlier this week with The Key’s Shaun Brady, Washington talked about breaking down the boundaries of genre:

The word ‘jazz’ and the word ‘hip-hop’ have a separation, but the music doesn’t really have that same separation. You can’t talk about hip-hop without talking about A Tribe Called Quest, and their music is inundated with jazz. You can’t talk about west coast hip-hop without talking about James Brown and Parliament.

Read the whole interview here, listen to “Miss Understanding” below and get tickets and more information on the show via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: La Luz at Underground Arts and A Day Without Love at The Fire

La Luz | Photo by Andrew Imanaka
La Luz | Photo by Andrew Imanaka

Seattle-based hazy rock act La Luz will be taking their soundscapes to Underground Arts. Coming to fruition in 2012, they have since released three records, which each one topping the last. Their latest effort, Weirdo Shrine,  teems with summertime surf melodies. Comprised of members Shana Cleaveland on guitar, Marian Li Pino on drums, Alice Sandahl on keyboard and Lena Simon on bass, La Luz does not fall short. You can get tickets and more information on their show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Brianna Cash at The Fire, Alessia Cara at Underground Arts

Brianna Cash with Ill Fated Natives | Photo by John Vettese
Brianna Cash with Ill Fated Natives | Photo by John Vettese

The final Electric Church party of the summer brings singer-songwriter Brianna Cash to The Fire tonight, along with Ill Fated Natives – the band she’s been collaborating with live and and the studio this year – and rapper The Bul Bey, who just got spotlighted in Kate Bracaglia’s Summertime Sips and Summetime Sounds column. Listen to Cash’s “Beautiful Energy” below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: The ATM Machines at Kung Fu Necktie

The ATM Machines | via artist's official Facebook page
The ATM Machines | via artist’s official Facebook page

Okay, so you’ll have to bear with us. It’s a Monday. It’s late August. And while we normally wouldn’t concert pick a show when there’s no music online that we can share with you, like as if to say “Here, listen, this is pretty cool,” truth be told there’s not a lot going on tonight. And truth be told-er, we’re pretty damn curious about The ATM Machines‘ gig at Kung FU Necktie, even though they have zero presence on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, YouTube…not even the dreaded ReverbNation. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Year of Glad at Kung Fu Necktie, Emmett Dreuding at The Fire, Legs Like Tree Trunks at Bourbon and Branch

Year of Glad | Photo by John Vettese
Year of Glad | Photo by John Vettese

More like year of awesome. You’ll hear hints of Weezer, that dog., and Pavement in Year of Glad, a new Philly punk four piece with an awesome pedigree. The band features alternating lead vocals from Mimi Gallagher of Nona and Chris Diehm of 1994!, with the sick rhythm section of Mike Bell (of The Movies) and Mike Harping of Good Luck. They made a splash opening for Lithuania earlier this month and their debut EP on Lame-O Records is a rager. Tonight they play Kung Fu Necktie upstairs; tickets and info can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kindred the Family Soul at World Cafe Live at the Queen, Country Music Fest at Bob and Barbara’s, Ton Taun at Chameleon Club

Kindred the Family Soul | via kindredthefam.com
Kindred the Family Soul | via kindredthefam.com

Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon have been making sweet harmonies as Kindred the Family Soul since 2002. With five albums under its belt, including 2014′s A Couple Friends, the duo plays World Cafe Live at the Queen tonight. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bilal / Son Little / Kate Faust at Underground Arts, The York Street Hustle at RiverRink, W.C. Lindsay at Boot and Saddle, and more

Bilal | Photo by Kawai Matthews
Bilal | Photo by Kawai Matthews

R&B artists Bilal, Son Little, and Kate Faust play Underground Arts tonight as part of Red Bull’s Sound Select series. All three have released new music in the past few months: Bilal with full-length In Another Life, Son Little’s “Lay Down” (from his upcoming self-titled LP), and Faust’s EP Eros. Each artist brings their own flavor to a genre often pigeonholed as sounding a very specific way; they make R&B expansive. Listen to the artists below, and get tickets at our XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →