By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: July Talk at Boot and Saddle, Something Like A Monument at Ortlieb’s, Leon Chavis and Koray Broussard at World Cafe Live and more

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Canadian art-rockers July Talk will make a return visit to Philly tonight, headlining a show Boot and Saddle. An acclaimed band in the Toronto scene since they formed in 2012, the band released its self-titled debut LP in 2013, which is finally getting its U.S. release this March via Island Records. The meeting of co-frontpersons Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay blend the aggressive and the ethereal into catchy rock and roll, a catchy blend that cuts through particularly strongly on “Guns and Ammunition.” Check out the music video for that song below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Paul Gless Group at Ortlieb’s, JD McPherson at World Cafe Live, Up the Chain at MilkBoy and more

Paul Gless | via paulgiessmusic.com
Paul Gless | via paulgiessmusic.com

Bringing back some of the jazz history of the newly-remodeled Ortlieb’s, evocative Philly trumpet player Paul Gless plays a set tonight with his eight-piece band. His music ranges from interpretations of songs he heard growing up in a Unitarian Universalist church and emotive, introspective compositions. Outside of this group, Gless’ work has pushed the boundaries of what jazz can be, incorporating electronic textures and synthesizer sounds, and his trumpet playing has scored independent short films – including the surreal Des Images Clairesby Tailor Wilcox, where the score has a sultry Hollywood jazz vibe. Joining the Paul Gless Group tonight is Tom Moon’s Ensemble Novo. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Farah Siraj at World Cafe Live, Superheaven at Voltage Lounge, PRhyme at Underground Arts and more

Farah Siraj | Photo by Ann Blake | www.annblakephotography.com
Farah Siraj | Photo by Ann Blake | www.annblakephotography.com

Farah Siraj grew up in Amman, Jordan, and though her music is rooted in the traditional sounds of her home country, she takes an expansive approach to songwriting. Incorporating bits of jazz, flamenco and folk, Siraj breaks down traditional barriers, and also uses her songs as a means for humanitarian advocacy. Tonight she headlines World Cafe Live; tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hoppin’ John Orchestra at Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra at Verizon Hall

Hoppin' John Orchestra | Photo by Rocco Peditto | <a href=http://roccopeditto.virb.com/ target="_blank">roccopeditto.virb.com</a>
Hoppin’ John Orchestra | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com

It’s going to be a chilly Fat Tuesday tonight, but a couple center city jazz shows will warm up your Mardi Gras celebration. Over at Chris’ Jazz Cafe, the regional crew Hoppin’ John Orchesrta will take the stage for their annual throwdown. The New Orleans-style brass band mixes up traditional and vintage numbers with more contemporary vocal tunes and originals in the spirit of the big easy. Listen to their recent appearance on The Key Studio Sessions and get more information on the show here. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Little Strike at The Sound Hole, Cassandre Xavier at Tin Angel, Ruby the Hatchet at Underground Arts and more

Little Strike | photo via littlestrike.bandcamp.com
Little Strike | photo via littlestrike.bandcamp.com
Philly based experimental electronic pop artist Little Strike plays tonight at West Philly art space The Sound Hole. It’s partly a pre-Valentine’s Day dance party but with a bit of an anti-Valentine’s bent. Little Strike’s EP Forever Always Leaving came out last year and you can listen below. More info on the show can be found here. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bardo Pond at Underground Arts, His Name is Alive at Johnny Brenda’s, Into It. Over It. at The First Unitarian Sanctuary and more

Bardo Pond | Photo by Katie Tapman
Bardo Pond | Photo by Katie Tapman
Philly psych rock favorites Bardo Pond will play their first show of 2015 tonight at Underground Arts. The band’s ninth album, Peace on Venus, was released in 2015 to critical acclaim, and the band performed songs from it on the Key Studio Sessions this week – along with two brand new songs. Listen to the set here and get more info on the show at the XPN concert calendar.
Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells at Boot and Saddle, El Malito at Underground Arts, Beausoleil at World Cafe Live and more

Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells | via facebook.com/meddlesomebells
Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells | via facebook.com/meddlesomebells

Philadelphia-based heavy psych five-piece Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells headlines Boot and Saddle tonight in celebration of its self-titled new LP. It’s the third release from the band – whose brooding, distortion heavy sonic tapestries recall PJ Harvey as easily as Black Sabbath – and it will be available at the show on limited edition pink vinyl. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the single “Willow Willow” below. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jacob Snider at World Cafe Live, Napalm Death at Union Transfer

Jacob Snider | via jacobsnider.com
Jacob Snider | via jacobsnider.com

New York City singer-songwriter Jacob Snider mixes light and breezy jazz-pop with catchy choruses and his easygoing vocals for a winning sound from the acoustic world. His debut record Carrier is due out this year, and he headlines World Cafe Live tonight. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Armalite at Golden Tea House, Three Man Cannon at Kung Fu Necktie

Armalite | via noidearecords.com
Armalite | via noidearecords.com

For the Super Bowl-averse, there are a couple solid punk shows to choose from this evening, headed off by a rare appearance from Philly supergroup Armalite. The project of Adam Goren (Atom and his Package), Dan Yemin (Paint it Black), Mike McKee (Kill the Man Who Questions) and Jeff Ziga (Little Babies Ice Cream) is playing a benefit gig for the show space The Red Barn; if you’ve not heard them, you’re in for some hooky and anthemic pop punk jams in the vein of Dillinger Four and Ted Leo. More information on the show can be found at Facebook. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Church Girls at MilkBoy, The Shondes at PhilaMOCA, Kaki King at World Cafe Live and more

Church Girls
Church Girls | photo by wrznasty.tumblr.com/

Philly indie outfit Church Girls - the rotating-cast lineup led by Mariel Beaumont and Evan Anders – are celebrating the release of their new self-titled EP tonight at MilkBoy. The band writes personal, honest and direct rock songs – a bit singer-songwriter but with a cutting punk edge. Below, listen to “Young Planes” and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →