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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Downtown Boys at Underground Arts, Grandchildren youth music benefit at Boot & Saddle, Bishop Briggs at The Fillmore, and more

downtown boys
Downtown Boys | photo courtesy of the band

 

Led by feminist activist and vocalist Emma Goldman, Downtown Boys is a hard-hitting punk-rock group hailing from Providence, Rhode Island. The group controls the stage tonight at Underground Arts for the next stop on tour in support of its 2017 record Cost of Living, released this summer on Sub Pop. Listen to it below and check out the show by picking up tickets here. Continue reading →

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Grandchildren and Vessna Scheff benefit shows to support Big Picture Alliance and Aspiring Young Artists

Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist
Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist

Grandchildren‘s Aleks Martray has teamed up with fellow Philly musician Vessna Scheff to put together a short series of benefit shows. In a fundraising effort for local youth film and music programs, the two artists have assembled a variety of local musicians to perform at Boot & Saddle on November 16. The second show, November 17 at Warehouse on Watts, will feature youth films and musical performances. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grandchildren at Parks on Tap, Honeytiger at Kung Fu Necktie

Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist
Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist

It seems local indie art-pop outfit Grandchildren have been steadily releasing new material lately (which we’re more than okay with) such as their acoustic video series and the new side project of Baby & Shylow. And now you can catch them live and in person (and free!) at tonight’s Parks on Tap performance. Find info on the event here, and watch their recent acoustic rendition of new track “Okay I’m Waiting” below. Continue reading →

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Watch Grandchildren unveil an unreleased song for their new acoustic video series

Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist
Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist

The acoustic sessions keep rolling out from Philly art-pop group Grandchildren, and it sure seems like they won’t be stopping soon. After we noticed a new clip from the group’s vocalists Shari Amanda and Aleks Martray as Baby & Shylow earlier this week, Grandchildren have announced a new acoustic vid series called At Home With Grandchildren. It’ll feature tunes from the band’s next album — which as of now does not have an announced release date — and will be filmed all across Philly. Continue reading →

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Watch Grandchildren’s Aleks and Shari perform as Baby & Shylow in a Random Tea Session

Baby & Shylow | photo via artist’s Facebook page

It’s been a year since vocalist Shari Amanda moved from Raleigh, North Carolina to Philadelphia to join local art-pop ensemble Grandchildren. After seeing her debut in the new “Phantom Pains” song and video this spring, we also connected the dots between Shari and Baby & Shylow, a folk-oriented duo project featuring Grandchildren frontman Aleks Martray.  Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Grandchildren close the emotional gap and introduce a new voice on “Phantom Pains”

Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist
Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist

As Philadelphia art rock ensemble Grandchildren puts the finishing touches on their as-yet untitled fourth LP, they’re also introducing a new member to their ranks. Vocalist Shari came on board this year — though she’s been close with the band for six years — and is showcased in Grandchildren’s latest single “Phantom Pains,” which we’re excited to debut for you today.

They met when the band was on tour in 2011 and played a gig in Shari’s hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. She’s stayed in touch with frontman and songwriter Aleks Martray in the time since, developing a friendship over a wide range of musical tastes — classic Motown, modern EDM, Broadway and more. They collaborated in the past on the acoustic project Baby & Shylow, and with Shari’s move to Philadelphia this year, she’s now fully involved in the writing and recording of the band’s next phase.

Over email, Martray tells us that Shari brings a new energy and dynamic to Grandchildren’s process. “She grew up singing in church and harmonizing with family on long drives, so music for her is very intuitive,” he says. “I’ve always been a much more cerebral composer, but collaborating together has brought out a whole new side of us both. It really comes through naturally in the new music, in our harmonies and in our live performances. We’re writing and playing more from the heart, and you can hear it.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Peach Kings at World Cafe Live, Deftones at Sands Bethlehem, Grandchildren at Boot & Saddle

The Peach Kings | via facebook.com/peachkings

The Los Angeles duo The Peach Kings bring The Night Sweat tour to World Cafe Live tonight, featuring Mobley and Bett. Comprised of couple Paige Wood and Steven Dies, the band’s sultry sound pairs well with the lyrical detailing of their life and love story. Tickets and more information can be found over at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out the track “Say What” below. Continue reading →

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Watch Grandchildren’s new video for “Things They Buried”

Grandchildren
Grandchildren | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philly indie rock band Grandchildren embrace a darker yet playful energy on their song, “Things They Buried”, from their recent LP ZUNI, and you can feel it in the new music video the band released for it this week.

Directed by vocalist Aleks Martray, the video depicts a small child’s journey from the backseat of a car into a world of surprises and imagination. The kid’s perspectives of imaginary friends and blanket forts are taken from the carseat to the extraordinary. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ernest Stuart at City Tap House, Grandchildren at Goldilocks Gallery, Drums Like Machine Guns at Boot and Saddle

Ernest Stuart trio | photo by John Vettese

Okay, people, I know it’s New Year’s Day, but it’s also a Friday, and there are actually non-Mummers-related options for those of you who looking to start off 2016 with live music. Let’s begin at City Tap House – not a spot normally known for its gigs – but hey, they’ve got Ernest Stuart rocking their Open House from 1 to 6 p.m. The Center City Jazz Fest founder released the Same Walking Animals EP last year and recorded a sweet Key Studio Session in September. The show is free, more information can be found at its Facebook event page.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grandchildren at Bourbon and Branch, You Do You at World Cafe Live at the Queen, Questlove Supreme at The Foundry and more

Grandchildren | Photo by Megan Lynch
Grandchildren | Photo by Megan Lynch

Philly art-rock ensemble Grandchildren plays one of their final shows of 2015 in the intimate confines of Northern Liberties’ Bourbon and Branch. The band’s eagerly-anticipated third LP Zuni came out earlier this year; watch their performance from The Key Studio Sessions below and get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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