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This is the Kit came back to Fishtown for an expansive Johnny Brenda’s gig

This is the Kit - Photo by- Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com
This is the Kit | photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com

Exactly seven months after her last trip across the pond, This is the Kit was back in Fishtown for round two at Johnny Brenda’s. On Saturday night, Kate Stables played new and old songs with her full band to the nearly filled Johnny Brenda’s room fans.

With Kate Stables in the audience, Adam Schatz (of the band Landlady) kicked off the night with an intriguing solo set during he rotated between a tenor saxophone, keys, and vocals. Continue reading →

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Two to Tango: Kate Stables of This Is The Kit and Adam Schatz of Landlady

This Is The Kit | photo by Lucy Sudgen | courtesy of the artist // Landlady | photo courtesy of the artist

Bristol, England’s Kate Stables — the woman behind the alias and floating band membership of This Is The Kit — and Brooklyn’s Adam Schatz  — of the groovy art rocking Landlady — wouldn’t seem likely bedfellows or touring mates from the former’s Moonshine Freeze of 2017 (complex folk signature touches by subtle jazz washes) and the latter’s Upright Behavior of 2014. That’s what will probably make their shared June 26 showcase at Johnny Brenda’s riveting. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: This is the Kit at Johnny Brenda’s, Dane Galloway at Underground Arts, Endless Taile at The Pharmacy

This Is The Kit | photo via thisisthekit.bandcamp.com

UK born, Paris-based Kate Stables works under the moniker, This is the Kit. Whether leading the songs with softly comforting or spritely vocals, lyrical matter isn’t afraid to turn dark corners on her latest release, Moonshine Freeze. Watch the playfully off-kilter video for the groovy recent track, “Hotter Colder,” below. Then, see This Is The Kit tonight at Johnny Brenda’s, with more info on the 21+ show available at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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My Morning Download: “Two Wooden Spoons” by This Is The Kit

Photo by Andy Stables
Photo by Andy Stables
This Is The Kit is the musical project of UK born, Paris based singer-songwriter Kate Stables. Currently gaining some well deserved attention opening for The National in Europe, Stables has a warm and gorgeous voice and two excellent collections of songs that bring to mind some of her UK “folk” music peers like Laura Marling and Cerys Matthews. Musically, Stables’ warm tones come from the same school of sound and high minded songwriting craft as Iron & Wine, Jose Gonzalez and Alexi Murdoch, each of whom This Is The Kit has toured with. What’s the connection to The National you ask? The band have been fans of This Is The Kit for several years, and their recent album – Wriggle Out The Restless – has recently been reissued on Brassland, the label founded by The National’s Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner, along with writer Alec Hanley Bemis. Below, download a free three song collection from Bandcamp including “Two Wooden Spoons.”

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Just Announced: First Aid Kit return to Philly to headline The Fillmore

First Aid Kit | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

It’s only been a few months since we last saw First Aid Kit, but the indie folk favorites are already plotting their return. The sister duo of Johanna and Klara Söderberg released their latest album Ruins earlier this year, and have just announced that their tour behind the new record will extend into the fall, with a Philly stop on September 8. Continue reading →

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El Compadre’s Taste and Sound series bridges the senses with live music from the kitchen

Vincent Op, Shakoor Hakeem and Ben Miller will perform cooking-inspired music at Taste and Sound | photo via PhillyMag

Sometimes a restaurant doesn’t have to just be a restaurant in the traditional sense, especially when its owners have a passion for music and sound, as well as food. Musician and co-owner of the South Philly Mexican restaurant El Compadre, Ben Miller has something up his sleeve — he’s organized an event that combines the best parts of taste and sound, called, fittingly, Taste and Sound.

On normal days, El Compadre is a cash-only, BYOB joint that’s only open for breakfast and lunch. But for three evenings next week, the Bella Vista restaurant will open its doors for a truly unique musical performance that “incorporates the sounds of a meal being prepared,” as Philly Mag’s Foobooz reports. Miller performs as a trio along with North Philly percussionist Shakoor Hakeem and German bassist Vincent Op; the three musicians have played together in unusual spaces like the Free Library and the studio of mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. Continue reading →

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Dan and Dan Go Heavy Metal! Welcome KITTIE founder Morgan Lander to the Podcast

Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!

The Heavy Metal band KITTIE rose to fame while they were teenagers.  In a genre dominated by their male counterparts, KITTIE emerged as one of the most influential metal bands of their time and sisters Morgan and Mercedes Lander have become feminist icons.  With millions of albums sold since their debut, the band is celebrating their 20th Anniversary with the release of a special documentary and live album later this month.  Morgan Lander joins the podcast and reflects on the history of KITTIE with Dan and Dan in this interview. Continue reading →

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First Aid Kit return to Union Transfer with familiar harmonies and newfound fervor

First Aid Kit | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
First Aid Kit | photo by Ellen Miller | ellencm.com

First Aid Kit have a knack for making the kind of sad music that does everything but leave you feeling sad — and they’ve been doing it for ten years. The Swedish sister duo of Johanna and Klara Söderberg took the stage at Union Transfer Saturday night for the first time since 2014, and for the first time as a five-piece band. As the sisters put it, it had been “way too long,” and the sold-out crowd was eager to see what this new era of First Aid Kit would bring. Continue reading →