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Bobby Zankel revives Warriors of the Wonderful Sound for a residency at The Painted Bride and Clef Club

Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound | Photo courtesy of the artist
Bobby Zankel’s Warriors of the Wonderful Sound | Photo courtesy of the artist

When Bobby Zankel ended his decade-long run of monthly performances at Tritone in 2011 (mere months before the South Street club itself went to a better place), the future of the saxophonist’s adventurous Warriors of the Wonderful Sound big band was unclear. The following year brought the first reinvention of the band through a series of commissioned compositions from jazz greats Muhal Richard Abrams, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Steve Coleman.

A more radical reinvention came in 2013, when Zankel scaled down the band to a ten-piece and almost completely overhauled its membership. “The original band had run its course,” Zankel shrugs now. In its first two years the new Warriors maintained its vitality while making fewer appearances, though the more sporadic shows always made an impact: its unveiling at the 2013 Philadelphia United Jazz Festival; an inventive and surprising collaboration with hip-hop choreographer Raphael Xavier and Cuban-born percussionist François Zayas as part of the Kimmel Center’s inaugural Jazz Residency program; a tribute to “New Thing” pioneers Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, and Sun Ra in a powerhouse double-bill with the Sun Ra Arkestra at the Painted Bride. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gene Shay Tribute with Janis Ian and more at First Unitarian Church, Future Punx at Boot & Saddle, Honeyblood at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Janis Ian
Tom Paxton and Janis Ian | photo via www.janisian.com

This afternoon at the First Unitarian Church friends and fans celebrate the 80th birthday and recent retirement of Gene Shay. David Dye hosts performances by Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, John Flynn and more while proceeds from the event benefit the Sing Out! foundation for the preservation and support of folk music. Read more about Gene Shay’s decades behind the Folk Show mic here and get more information about the concert here.

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Colleen Green’s video for “TV” features cameos from Slutever and Girlpool

Colleen Green | Photo by Colleen Green
Colleen Green | Photo by Colleen Green

Colleen Green sure has been busy.  Upon finishing and releasing her album I Want To Grow Up she released a music video for the single “TV” which include cameos from Slutever and Girlpool (who happen to play at Union Transfer on April 28th).  The concept of ”TV” came from exactly what you’d expect, Green’s love for it and the affect it had on her.  “TV is my friend and it has been / with me everyday from an early age” are the first lyrics we hear, and the song continues accompanied by satirical parodies of shows. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Feufollet, Agudos Clef and more

Feufollet
Feufollet | Photo courtesy of the band.

We were introduced to Lafayette, LA band Feufollet earlier this week with a free download of “Know What’s Next” from their upcoming record Two Universes. While XPN’s Zydeco Crossroads spotlights the Creole heritage of the Southwest Louisiana city, Feufollet shows us another side of the musical culture with a blend of pop and indie rock.

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Good Old War, Young Statues, The Early November to play NJ’s Pinelands Music Festival

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

The inaugural Pinelands Music Festival brings a collection of Philly indie rock favorites to Millville in South Jersey on August 15. The event, announced this week, features acoustic pop trio Good Old War – who will be re-joined by founding drummer Tim Arnold and is set to release an album this summer. The bill also includes Young Statues, Locals and The Early November from Hammonton, New Jersey. Continue reading →

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Glocca Morra’s farewell tour ends at First Unitarian Church with Clique, Marge and more

Glocca Morra | via facebook.com/gloccamorraband
Glocca Morra | via facebook.com/gloccamorraband

Glocca Morra has remained pretty dormant the past two years, beside two short tours with Owls and Joyce Manor. Back in November, they publicly announced that they were disbanding, a hard-hitting moment for much of the Philly music scene. But it was something to be expected as well, with Glocca Morra members starting or joining new bands like Spirit of the Beehive, Dogs on Acid and Ghost Gum.

This week, Glocca Morra officially announced their farewell tour, which spans two weeks in May and ends at the First Unitarian Church on May 30. Continue reading →

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Drexel University students rejuvenate classic Philly R&B music

 

Photo via "Uncovering the Philly Groove" event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/914276075280044)
Photo via “Uncovering the Philly Groove” event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/914276075280044)

Drexel University is heading an exciting initiative to reinvigorate the famous “Philly Groove Records,” an R&B and soul music collection from the renowned Sigma Sounds and Philly Groove Labels that is filled with many unfinished musical works.

Students from the school are taking these unfinished pieces and bringing them back to life by completing and releasing the songs into the public. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Milton at Bourbon and Branch, Dan Wilson at World Cafe Live, Bondage and Discipline at Boot and Saddle and more

Milton | Photo by John Vettese
Milton | Photo by John Vettese

It’s a night showcasing the new sound of Philly soul tomorrow at Bourbon and Branch with a performance by Milton, who just a year ago released an impressive, eclectic record called Simple Pleasures. Jacqueline Conatance opens the show, and we’re hoping she does her knockout Sylvan Esso cover. Tickets and more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Matt O’Donnell started a cover band and they’re playing the Phoenixville Molly Maguire’s tonight

Matt O'Donnell | photo courtesy of facebook.com/mattodennelltv
Matt O’Donnell | photo courtesy of facebook.com/mattodonnelltv

You’ll probably recognize Matt O’Donnell either from Channel 6 as the co-anchor of 6ABC’s Morning News, or from XPN’s many blog posts mentioning him. But behind that clean-cut made-for-TV-face is actually a stone-cold rocker and metalhead waiting to be unleashed. Continue reading →

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Watch the winning videos from PhilaMOCA’s first-ever Philly Music Video Showcase

The inaugural Philadelphia Video Music Festival kicked off last night at PhilaMOCA with a massively fun night of local music and filmmaking. Songs spotlighted in the Philly Music Video Showcase came in hip-hop, punk, avant garde or electronic; videos were animated and comic, experimental and surreal, narrative and cinematic; both were all-around impressive. Continue reading →