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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ellen Siberian Tiger at Kung Fu Necktie, Vince Staples at Union Transfer, and King Azaz at Bourbon and Branch

Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo courtesy of the artist
Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo courtesy of the artist

Ellen Siberian Tiger impressed us with her recent EP,  Red-Blooded Woman, in which singer Ellen Tiberio-Schultz takes a more stripped-down, vulnerable and introspective approach. The three bluesy-folk tracks showcase Tiberio-Schultz skills in crafting acoustic, confessional songs along with noisey wonder punk. Don’t miss seeing Ellen Siberian Tiger tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, along with a lineup of Ian Fitzgerald, Driftwood Soldier, and Cult Class. More info can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the beautiful tune, “Grinding My Teeth,” below. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Ellen Siberian Tiger returns to her acoustic roots on the Red Blooded Woman EP

Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo courtesy of the artist
Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo courtesy of the artist

When Ellen Tiberio-Shultz started using the name Ellen Siberian Tiger, she was 15 years old and primarily a solo acoustic performer.

“While I felt certain that writing songs and playing the guitar was something I wanted and needed to do, making acoustic music was never my goal,” she says via email. “The rock band scene in my hometown was dominated by men older than me. I never felt welcomed to jam sessions or entirely accepted at shows. Playing the electric guitar was always what I wanted to do, but doing so felt exposed and dangerous when no other women around me were doing it.”

Eventually, she overcame this fear. She majored in guitar at Berklee College of Music and released an album with a full band where she played lead. “In my teenage years, I desperately wanted to avoid being pigeon holed as another ‘singer/songwriter’ girl with an acoustic guitar,” she says. “And while I am happy that my drive to express myself more accurately has lead me to making the music I do now with my band, I feel sad that I fought so hard to bury the singer/songwriter part of myself.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Black Mountain at Union Transfer, Ellen Siberian Tiger at Bourbon and Branch, Vacationer at Haddon Lake Park

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Black Mountain | photo courtesy of the artist

Vancouver rockers Black Mountain bring their latest album IV to Union Transfer tonight. Released in April, IV includes “Mothers Of The Sun,” which you’ll find below. The vocals of both Stephen McBean and Amber Webber seamlessly blend for an eerie combo in a marathon of a song. Stick around for a while though and it becomes much more than their soothing voices — Black Mountain can really jam. Joining them tonight will be Ruby the Hatchet. For tickets and info, head over to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Talib Kweli at TLA, Bad Bad Hats at Milkboy, Los Hacheros at World Cafe Live, and more…

Talib Kweli| Photo by Joe del Tufo | Moonloop Photography

New York rapper Talib Kweli will headline the TLA tonight as part of his The Seven Tour with Styles P and K’Valentine. He’ll be joined by Philly artists Reef the Lost Cauze and Hardwork Movement. Stream Kweli’s single “Get By” below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more info on the show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Kung Fu Necktie, Peter Hook and the Light at The Trocadero, Mother Moses at Milkboy

Creepoid | photo courtesy of the artist
Creepoid | photo courtesy of the artist

After much anticipation, Creepoid celebrate the release of their new Burner EP at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The local grunge-psych outfit are following up last year’s Cemetery Highrise Slum LP with a collection that is notably more restrained than their more recent output. They shared EP cut “Dripping Eyelids” with Brooklyn Vegan earlier this week – check that out here, watch “Dried Out” from last year’s LP below, and pick up tickets for the 21+ release show here.

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PREMIERE: Mother Moses contemplates mortality in “Gray and Wild”

Mother Moses | photo by Jake McClellan | courtesy of the artist
Mother Moses | photo by Jake McClellan | courtesy of the artist

“Oh, here’s another poem about death,” howls Mother Moses‘ Jon Cox. He’s not singing it sardonically or dismissively — it’s more of a perplexed state. When we make music to make sense of troubles in our lives, but music becomes our living, what does that make of our troubles? I’m reminded of a mewithoutYou song title, “Grist For The Malady Mill,” but certainly neither artist nor audience want to see it that way.

Cox launched Mother Moses in Boston before moving about a year ago to Philadelphia; his band features, at various point, Ellen Tiberio-Shultz of Ellen Siberian Tiger and Adam Shumski of Vita and the Woolf, and it straddles contemplative, Damien Jurado-esque folk and propulsive rock, particularly in the song in question, “Gray and Wild.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chali 2NA at Ardmore Music Hall, Told Slant at PhilaMOCA, Margaret Glaspy at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

chali 2na
Chali 2na | photo via Facebook

Chali 2na performs at the Ardmore Music Hall tonight. The Chicago-born rapper has a collaboration list that includes legendary acts like Jurassic 5, Ozomatli, Run DMT, and Galactic, though his deep voice was most recently heard on Savoy’s “Love Is Killing Me.” Check out that track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with New Orleans jazz / funk outfit Professor Naughty here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Black Lips at Union Transfer, Mother Moses at Bourbon and Branch, Vundabar at Boot and Saddle

The Black Lips | Photo by Kate Bracaglia | underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com
The Black Lips | Photo by Kate Bracaglia | underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com

The Black Lips return to Union Transfer tonight, just over two years after they melted down the same Spring Garden Street venue in April of 2014. The Atlanta garage punk rockers are approaching the midway point in a spring tour that will take them overseas once they finish up the U.S. portion of the dates this week. No new material since 2014’s Underneath the Rainbow, but expect a nice mix from their eight LPs dating back to 2003. New York’s Hank Wood & The Hammerheads will play in support. For all the details on tonight’s all ages show, head over to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tuning In: How Philadelphian Liz Ciavolino uses music to foster community and activism

Ciavolino is a harpist and organizer of local shows, such as the CADBI benefit shows occurring this winter at W/N W/N (Photo by the author)
Ciavolino at Ahimsa House in West Philly | Photo by Kate Bracaglia for WXPN

Liz Ciavolino is who you want as your neighbor. The 20-something Philadelphian is all about fostering community, whether it’s organizing DIY shows in her backyard, playing for tiny, living room crowds, or getting involved in local politics. For her latest project, a series of benefit concerts for the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration, it’s a little of all three—the series, which kicks off January 17, aims to raise awareness for prison sentencing reform as well as introduce Philadelphians to local talent.

For Ciavolino, it’s a natural pairing. A musician since childhood, whose interest in grassroots activism was sparked in college, she grew frustrated upon graduation when she felt forced to pick between the two. Until she realized she didn’t have to.

“When you’re in a band, you can attach your name to so many things. So why not attach it to something important?” explains Ciavolino, who fronts her own band, Liz & The Lost Boys, when not teaching music. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tess Emma at Milkboy, Weyes Blood at Johnny Brenda’s, The Lawsuits at Boot & Saddle

Tess Emma
Tess Emma | photo via Facebook

Local singer-songwriter Tess Emma debuts her self-titled EP and a new full band at Milkboy tonight. The record chronicles a difficult break-up with four original songs and while the overall tone is dark and heartbreaking, a cover of The Ronette’s “Be My Baby” and the undercurrents of springtime chirps and buzzings leave the listener with a sense of hope and optimism for the future. Tess will be joined on stage with her newly formed band Lou, which features members of Modern Colour to flesh out her compositions. Listen to Tess Emma below and pick up tickets to the record release show with Ginger Coyle, Family Vacation and Ellen Siberian Tiger here.

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