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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joe Jack Talcum at Boot and Saddle, Ross Bellenoit at Ortlieb’s

The Dead Milkmen
The Dead Milkmen | Photo by Morgan Smith for WXPN | phobymo.com

Philly rock scene vet Joe Jack Talcum – guitarist and singer for The Dead Milkmen – wraps up a short spring tour with F. Woods tonight at Boot & Saddle. From acoustic solo cassettes in the 80s and 90s to side projects like Butterfly Fairweather and The Cheesies, and splits with Mischief Brew and Ratboy, Joe is a busy songwriter. Philly’s F. Woods, formerly of Mercury Radio Theater, is working on a followup to his 2015 solo debut Found On Road Dead — read an interview with him about his wildly eclectic project here. Opening the show is a solo set from T.J. Kong, aka grizzleld storytelling songwriter Dan Bruscewicz, who is due for a new release of his own. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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From the contemplative to confrontational, Juliana Hatfield and Laura Stevenson played an inspired show at Boot and Saddle

Juliana Hatfield | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Juliana Hatfield | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

New York songwriter Laura Stevenson stood in front of a sold-out Boot and Saddle Monday night, offering up a set of contemplative, upbeat song which, she explained with a smile, were about clinical depression and spending too much time worrying about death. The soul-baring singer has a voice that reminds you at turns of Feist or Jewel. But better than that: her work avoids stumbling into the conventional pitfalls of tropey, trite pop-folk; normally she plays with a loud rock band; she took it solo acoustic tonight, commanding the full attention of a room filling quickly and quietly with Juliana Hatfield fans. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jesse Hale Moore at Johnny Brenda’s, Emily Wells at Boot and Saddle, Alexi Songs at JD McGillicuddy’s and more

Jesse Hale Moore
Jesse Hale Moore | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Jesse Hale Moore is ready to celebrate his debut record Green End, headlining over at Johnny Brenda’s to party with a bunch of friends including Rosali, Birdie Busch and more. We took at look at the record earlier this week, and my God is it something wonderful, so come on out to hear the future of Philly singer/songwriting. The show is 21+, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Loose Tooth at Johnny Brenda’s, Yikes the Zero at Kung Fu Necktie, Hello Shark at Boot and Saddle

Loose Tooth | photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist
Loose Tooth | photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist

Philly riff ragers Loose Tooth celebrate the release of their sophomore record Big Day tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The band is led by singer-guitarist Kian Sorouri and featuring Kyle Laganella on guitar, Larissa Sapko on bass and Christian Bark on drums; their songs recall a range of artists from Dinosaur Jr. to Yuck. Big Day, which you can listen to below, comes out tomorrow jointly on Father/Daughter Records and Lame-O Records. Tonight the band performs with Dominic opening the show; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Downtown Boys at Everybody Hits, Laura Stevenson at Boot and Saddle, Strange Parts at Bourbon and Branch and more

downtown boys
Downtown Boys | photo courtesy of the band

Providence revolutionary rockers Downtown Boys have been making a lot of noise on the underground level the past few years, and with a new deal on Sub Pop Records, this punk five-piece is poised to fight the good fight at a much bigger level. The band just released its latest single, “Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)” — which it told NPR was “a declaration of one’s ability to decolonize one’s mind, and the importance of fearlessly unlearning the ways white supremacy conditions people to think and exist.” Listen below, wait with baited breath (like us) to get word on Downtown Boys’ upcoming Sub Pop LP (no details are available yet), and check the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and information on the band’s headlining show tonight at Everybody Hits.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jesca Hoop at Boot and Saddle, Mike Doughty at World Cafe Live, JD McPherson at World Cafe Live at the Queen

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com
Jesca Hoop | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

Singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop heads to Boot and Saddle for performance with Brooke Annibale. Her newest Sub Pop released record Memories Are Now finds a simplistic and intimate sound that would make Lorde jealous, posing the evening to be a wonderful anxiety-breaker. The show is 21+, and tickets/more information can be found on the XPN Concert Page. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queen of Jeans at Chameleon Club, Purples at Boot and Saddle, RFA at PiLam and more

Queen of Jeans
Queen of Jeans | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Out west, Lancaster’s Chameleon Club is blessed by a headlining set from Queen of Jeans. Their sweet, sweet 60s styled pop is a refreshing change of pace, squeezing some high-energy drumming between some throwback rhythms. The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Juliana Hatfield will bring new Pussycat LP Boot and Saddle in April

Juliana Hatfield at Boot and Saddle | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Juliana Hatfield at Boot and Saddle | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Veteran singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield will return to the Boot and Saddle stage this April, bringing with her a new LP called Pussycat — her first solo album since 2013’s Wild Animals.

In the time since, she reunited her old band The Juliana Hatfield 3 — which played B&S in March of 2015 — and collaborated with Paul Westerberg on a project called The I Don’t Cares. According to a statementPussycat was inspired by the presidential election. “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cayetana at First Unitarian Church, Hawk Tubley at Boot and Saddle, New Sound Brass at Ortileb’s, and more…

Cayetana | via the artist's Facebook page
Cayetana | via the artist’s Facebook page

Philadelphia indie punks Cayetana will play First Unitarian Church tonight in support of Lemuria.  Earlier this month, they dropped a teaser for their upcoming album New Kind of Normal. It’s out May 5th, but for now, check out their performance of “Hot Dad Calendar” from their recent Audiotree Live session. Find tickets and more information on the show at XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →