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

Aphra | photo by Ella Louise | via facebook.com/aphraphra

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 fullbush.bandcamp.com

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 →

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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 →

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

Allison Weiss | via facebook.com/listentoaw

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 →

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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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Zeshan B at Boot and Saddle, Vivian K at Kung Fu Necktie

Zeshan B | photo via Ticketfly

Chicago singer-songwriter Zeshan B channels the heartfelt big-band soul of classic artists from the 60s and 70s, particularly Sam Cooke. His album Vetted was released back in April on Minty Fresh Records, and tonight he plays a gig at Boot & Saddle that’s free with RSVP. You can do that right here, and if you need motivation, check out Zeshan B on Colbert performing George Perkins’ “Cryin’ In The Streets,” a Civil Rights Movement-era song written in response to Martin Luther King’s funeral. Recorded late last week, it was his network television debut, and with lyrics about marching to the streets in the face of hatred and injustice, it is just as relevant in these turbulent times as it was 50 years ago. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Falsa at Franky Bradley’s, Jade Jackson at Sherman Theater, The Selecter at Boot and Saddle

Falsa
Falsa | photo courtesy of the artist

West Philly singer songwriter Umer Piracha brings his medatative instrumental ensemble Falsa to Franky Bradley’s. Drawing on 14th century Sufi classical music, the band creates a space of warmth and intimacy, whether performing in living rooms or nightclubs — as it will tonight, opening for  West Philadelphia Orchestra.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mars Parker at Underground Arts, Muscle Tough at New Liberty Distillery, Kwesi at Boot and Saddle

Mars Parker | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Mars Parker | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Charismatic Philadelphian Mars Parker headlines tonight at Underground Arts, performing alongside frequent collaborators: pop singer-songwriter Aleana and electronic rock duo Camp Candle. Parker caught our eye last fall at Boot and Saddle, spanning the worlds of R&B croonerdom and hip-hop, and this year turned in an exciting performance for The Key Studio Sessions. Watch video of that below, check out the entire session here and get tickets and more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Fine Motor at Boot and Saddle, Fhloston Paradigm at Johnny Brenda’s, Dweller at Kung Fu Necktie

Fine Motor | photo courtesy of the artist
Fine Motor | photo courtesy of the artist

Singers and songwriters Dan Morse and Casey Bell met in Philadelphia, moved to Reno and began making music as Fine Motor, a new dreampunk project that explores themes of memory, identity and place in a lovely collection of atmospheric pop songs coming out in a self-titled LP via Exotic Fever Records. You can listen to the album in its entirety below and see the band tonight when it headlines Boot and Saddle on South Broad Street. Tickets and more information on the show can be found in the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Get emotionally sucker-punched by Florist’s new track, “What I Wanted To Hold,” see them at Boot and Saddle

Florist | photo via florist.bandcamp.com

You know those songs that just kind of sucker punch you with all of the feels? Indie folk / soft synth outfit Florist’s song “What I Wanted to Hold” is one of them. The NY band just shared the heartbreaking single in anticipation of their upcoming sophomore album If Blue Could Be Happiness, which is out on September 29th.

Opening with floaty acoustic strums and the sounds of a life in rewind, the song immediately conjures an intense nostalgia that rivals the likes of Bon Iver’s “Re: Stacks” or “Towers.” Its gentle, sweet chords grab your heart — piercing it with an ache that was nonexistent just moments ago.

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