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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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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 →

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Excursions in Light brings The Morelings, The Silence Kit and more together for a PhilaMOCA show

The Morelings | photo courtesy of the artist

The Morelings are a fixture of the Philly dream pop scene, and this weekend they’ll play a show that matches them in dreaminess. Excursions in Light is the name of the event happening this Saturday, Dec. 9, at PhilaMOCA, and it sounds like just about the most serene show ever, billing itself as “a night of noise, bliss, projections and beauty.”

In addition to The Morelings, fellow Philly acts The Silence Kit and Hidden Lights will also play, along with New York’s Dead Leaf Echo. Excursions in Light will also feature film from local videographer Bob Sweeney and artwork from graphic designer Timothy O’Donnell. The Morelings recently released their debut LP Same Century — listen here. Continue reading →

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First Aid Kit gets self-reflective on its new single “Fireworks”

First Aid Kit | photos by Liz Waldie for WXPN

There’s something special about hearing a new song before a recorded version has been released, and then revisiting it once it does reach public ears. Today we can experience that in the form of First Aid Kit‘s new song “Fireworks,” which the band previewed right here in Philly when they played Free at Noon in October. “Fireworks” follows the first two singles from the XPN perennial fave’s forthcoming album Ruins, “It’s a Shame” and “Postcard.” Continue reading →

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First Aid Kit share “Postcard,” announce new album Ruins

First Aid Kit | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

We heard First Aid Kit unveil their new single “Postcard” during last week’s Free at Noon, and now that there’s a recorded version out in the world, we can listen to it on repeat. “Postcard” is the second single from the Swedish folk duo’s just-announced upcoming LP Ruins, following “It’s a Shame.” Ruins, the duo’s fourth full-length and the long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s Stay Gold, will be released January 19, 2018 via Columbia Records. Continue reading →

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Watch First Aid Kit play “It’s A Shame” at Free At Noon

First Aid Kit | photos by Liz Waldie for WXPN

When you watch a band perform songs from a record that’s yet to be released, you sometimes get the sense that there’s still some sinking in and tinkering to do.

Conversely, First Aid Kit is already so deep in the pocket I imagine by the time the album that houses “It’s A Shame” is released in 2018, they’ll need longer pants. Their live harmonies are stirring, but not at all surprising; sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have already spent one decade crystallizing their intertwining vocals. Continue reading →