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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tove Lo at Electric Factory, Ben Kessler at World Cafe Live, Kool A.D. at Chameleon Club and more

Tove Lo | via windishagency.com

Pop princess Tove Lo is taking over the Electric Factory for an electric performance (heh, get it?) with Phoebe Ryan. She basically owned the Top 40 charts in 2016 with her collabs with Flum, Nick Jonas, and Coldplay, while even charting with her own sexually-charged single “Talking Body”. The Queen of the Clouds’ gig will be all ages, and more information/tickets can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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This Saturday at The Fire: The SunDrop All-Day Block Party featuring Illinois, ill Fated Natives, Ben Kessler and more…

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The SunDrop Music and Arts Festival’s All-Day Block Party will be held this Saturday, June 4th at The Fire. Picky about your music tastes? Not to worry, the more than eight hours of music will bring a lot to the table, from synth-pop to hard rock to hip-hop and everything in between. And if you’re on a tight budget, once again do not fret — this block party won’t cost a dime. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ben Kessler at World Cafe Live, Brandon Can’t Dance at Goldilocks Gallery, Greg Dulli at the First Unitarian Church

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Ben Kessler | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Local singer-songwriter Ben Kessler celebrates his 100th show at World Cafe Live tonight, quite a feat for someone who is still in high school. Kessler will be joined by fellow-Philly musicians Fred Berman, Chico Huff and Ross Bellenoit, a trio that also joined him for last week’s Key Studio Session. Check out “From Me” below and pick up tickets to the all-ages performance here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ben Kessler

Philly-area singer-songwriter Ben Kessler has been on our radar for a couple years now, which is crazy when you consider he has yet to graduate high school. But he’s been at it since he was 14, with a smooth vocal style and a sturdy knack for writing 70s-influenced pop songs. He’s released a handful of EPs on Bandcamp – most recently So It Goes, which debuted a year and a half ago – and his music channels Jackson Browne, Bill Withers, James Taylor – and more contemporarily, fellow Philadelphian Amos Lee. Continue reading →

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Watch Ben Kessler’s stripped down set for In The Library

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Ben Kessler | photo by Howard Pitkow | via https://www.facebook.com/benkesslermusic

Philly singer-songwriter Ben Kessler recently recorded two songs for acoustic performance series In The Library. The first of the two songs is a delicate cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love.” The second song he recorded for the series is an original called “From Me.” Ben shows off his guitar prowess and incredible vocal range in these songs. His style combines early John Mayer influences and John Butler-esque chord progressions. The most impressive thing about Ben’s talent is the fact that he is only seventeen years old, and he has won numerous awards and songwriting competitions, such as winning the 2014 Philadelphia Songwriters Project and the 2014 YoungArts Foundation Award. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ben Kessler at Tin Angel, Shannen Moser at Ortlieb’s, Active Child at World Cafe Live and more…

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Ben Kessler | photo by Howard Pitkow | via https://www.facebook.com/benkesslermusic

Local singer-songwriter Ben Kessler performs at Tin Angel tonight. Though he’s still in high school, Kessler has already released a handful of EPs, sold out a show in Chicago and won the Philadelphia Songwriters Project competition last year. He’ll be performing some new, unreleased songs tonight in addition to fan favorites from last year’s So It Goes. Listen to “These Days” below and pick up tickets to the show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Left & Right at The Pharmacy, Ben Kessler at World Cafe Live, The Devil Makes Three at The TLA

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Left & Right | photo via www.facebook.com/leftandrightva

Virginia-to-Philly transplants Left & Right hit The Pharmacy tonight with The Cloth, Soul Glo and Combine. The show brings the band’s first tour (as well as the second week) of 2015 to a close, which shows just how road-focused this band is. 2014 saw the released of 5 Year Plan, which was featured in a year-long cassette series curated by Casey Wessbuch of Diarrhea Planet. Watch the video for “Low Expectations” below and get more info on tonight’s show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets at PhilaMOCA, Thee Oh Sees at Underground Arts, Ben Kessler at Tin Angel

Pulp, circa early 90s
Pulp, circa early 90s
Pulp fans unite! The eagerly anticipated 2014 documentary on Jarvis Cocker and Co. – Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets – screens tonight at PhilaMOCA at 7:30 p.m. Known best stateside for their mega-hit “Common People,” the band is revered among British rock aficionados for its brilliant fusion of glam, disco and super-literate lyrics. As a storyteller, Cocker details the lives of the working classes, the artists and the generally sexually starved in vivid detail. Set around Pulp’s 2011 reunion while looking back across its career (which spans the early 80s to the late 90s), this retrospective will be a treat for die-hards and will win over new converts. Information at the PhilaMOCA web page. Continue reading →