Inara George delivers a short set of solo indie-pop confection at Boot and Saddle

Inara George | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Inara George returned to a Philadelphia stage as a solo artist for the first time in over a decade this weekend. In that time, the prolific songwriter has certainly been no stranger to the recording studio, having released three records with each of two other projects, including the one for which she’s perhaps best known, LA-based duo The Bird and the Bee.

Those in attendance at Friday’s show were clearly fans of George’s entire catalog, and she expressed her appreciation for that in expressly acknowledging her other work, as well as those who may have been a fan of her father too: the late Lowell George, one of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention and co-founder of legendary ’70s boogie-rock juggernaut Little Feat.

Still, George was intent to focus on her latest solo material that night, as she and her three supporting musicians regaled the rapt Boot-&-Saddle crowd with a short set of solo indie-pop confection pulled with few exceptions from her new record, Dearest Everybody, released only about a week prior. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Pick: John Doe at Boot and Saddle

John Doe
John Doe | Photo by Jim Herrington | courtesy of the artist

John Doe may have the most anonymous of names, but his music is something not to be ignored. Known as a member of the formative punk band X, Doe is currently out on the road celebrating his most recent album album The Westerner and will make a stop at Boot & Saddle tonight for an intimate solo show. Doe’s taken on a variety of roles throughout his extensive career, which includes over 50 film and television appearances in addition to his 10 solo albums, the latest of which is described as “psychedelic soul music from the Arizona desert.” Stephen Maglio of The World Takes opens tonight’s show. Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Retinas at PhilaMOCA, Weaves at Boot and Saddle, The Courtneys at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

The Retinas
The Retinas | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly indie scene fixtures and garage rock masters The Retinas headline The Deli Philly’s 9th Anniversary Bash tonight at PhilaMOCA. Fellow locals Them Jones and So Totally also perform. The Deli will donate all proceeds from the gig to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Listen to The Retinas’ most recent EP chaba below, and find more information on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Son Little at Boot and Saddle, Kid Cudi at Mann Center Skyline Stage, and Two Door Cinema Club at Electric Factory

Son Little | photo by Marc Lemoine | courtesy of the artist
Son Little | photo by Marc Lemoine | courtesy of the artist

XPN favorite singer-songwriter and guitarist Son Little plays his second of two Boot & Saddle headlining shows tonight. On tour for his acclaimed new album New Magic, the Philly native takes influences from gospel,  R&B, and  neo soul artists like D’Angelo and Musiq Soulchild, with a smoky voice to match tight songwriting and soothing melodies. Get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aphra at MilkBoy, Callowhill at Boot and Saddle, Interminable at Dahlak and more

Aphra | photo by Ella Louise | via

The Key’s Philly Music Showcase returns to MilkBoy for our second installment, this month bringing together luminaries from the city’s electronic pop and hip-hop scene. We’ll hear from headliner Ivy Sole in our latest Key Studio Session a little later this morning, but right now we’d like to remind you how much Aphra rules. The project of singer-songwriter-producer Rebecca Way released its dazzling debut Sadness Is A Gesture earlier this year; it’s a set packed with beautiful arrangements and heartrending emotion, which you can see on display in the brilliant “Geronimo” video below. Also in the mix is Cheeky, the like-minded project of local composer and writer Kaylee Sabatino. Tickets for the show are only $5, so it’s a solid deal all around; more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Full Bush at Kung Fu Necktie and Lilly Hiatt at Boot and Saddle

Full Bush | photo via

Philly four-piece Full Bush tore it up at last year’s First Time’s the Charm festival, and in the time since, they’ve continued kicking some serious butt in glorious punk style. Tonight they’ll be doing just that at Kung Fu Necktie alongside Geisha FacadeThe Psychodelics, and The Hell Hole Store. Find info on the show here, and listen to a live version of “Ray’s” below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Verite at Boot and Saddle, Artists Against Islamophobia at Kung Fu Necktie, Brett Dennen at The Ardmore Music Hall, and more

Verite | photo by Eric Ryan Anderson | via artist’s Facebook page

I have a feeling that Brooklyn indie popster Verite is going to blow up very soon. She’s got the voice, electro beats that aren’t just homogenized recyclables, and an edgy weirdness that’s sorely lacking in mainstream pop today. And tonight she’s playing at Boot and Saddle. Don’t miss your chance to see Verite at a smaller scale space before her rise inevitably skyrockets. Tickets and info are available here; watch the video for “When You’re Gone” below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Allison Weiss at Boot and Saddle

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Los Angeles punk rock singer-songwriter Allison Weiss returns east tonight for a headlining gig at South Philly’s Boot & Saddle, and based on her latest, the potential for dancing is high. Weiss released New Love on SideOneDummy in 2015, and it launched her sound into the zone of shimmering power-pop anthems; her latest single, “Runaway,” takes that energy and adds a layer of effervescent synths and electronic production in the mix. It’s undeniably reminiscent of later-era Tegan and Sara, which makes sense as it was a co-write collab with Tegan Quinn; watch the video below, and get info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. It’s a strong lineup, too, as Weiss will be joined by Augusta Koch of Cayetana playing a solo set, as well as Anomie, the project of Field Mouse’s Rachel Browne. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slaughter Beach, Dog at Johnny Brenda’s, Hoots and Hellmouth at Boot and Saddle, plus more

Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Jake Ewald’s side project Slaughter Beach, Dog has been churning out a ton of material lately. From the Motorcycle.jpg EP to a new single off his upcoming record, to his recent rocking off of socks at this week’s The Key Studio Sessions — there’s a ton of music gold to delve into. Seriously, please feast your ears upon the drawn-out, jam-fest of a performance of “104 Degrees.” It’s just too gosh dang good. And if you’re as taken with these tunes as I am, go see them live tonight at Johnny Brenda’s as well as sets from Shannen Moser and No Thank You. Continue reading →