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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bigness at Kung Fu Necktie, Jesse Hale Moore at Bourbon and Branch, A Tribe Called Red at The Fillmore and more…

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The Bigness | photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop Photography | http://www.bklphoto.com/

Philadelphia pop-rock four-piece The Bigness hit the stage at Kung Fu Necktie tonight; their debut LP Time Traveler, released last year, combined loud riffage with infectious hooks in a big (hah) way. Tickets and more information on tonight’s 21+ show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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The Key Studio Sessions: Jesse Hale Moore

The thing about the retro R&B aesthetic that’s surfaced in the indie rock universe over the past five or so years: so many people do it at a merely superficial level. They do it out of irony, they do it to look cool, they do it for funsies. I won’t name names, but if you know what I mean, you probably know who I mean. And you know that Philadelphia’s Jesse Hale Moore is not one of those people.

This singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has a deep appreciation of not only the smooth and suave style of late 80s / early 90s pop, but also the songcraft that lies beneath. Whether your reference points are Sade and Luther Vandross or the more contemporary James Blake, Moore genuinely loves this music, and it shows in Green End, the record he’ll release on April 7th.
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Fall for Jesse Hale Moore’s soulful crooning in the video for “Leave You Lonely”

Jesse Hale Moore | photo courtesy of the artist
Jesse Hale Moore | photo courtesy of the artist

We’ve been smitten with Jesse Hale Moore for quite some time around here. But recently, we’ve fallen completely head over heels for Moore’s passionate, smooth-as-butter R&B ballads.

After premiering his single, “Leave You Lonely” we heard him on NPR’s World Cafe: Next podcast a few weeks back.  And now, he’s released a video for “Leave You Lonely,” which provides a perfectly matched visual to the song’s emotional, sultry vibes. If you haven’t already fallen for those falsettos, this video will do the trick. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sunwatchers at PhilaMOCA, Agnes Obel at Union Transfer, Jesse Hale Moore at Bourbon and Branch and more

Sunwatchers | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN
Sunwatchers | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

New York progressive collective Sunwatchers head to PhilaMOCA for the night with opening sets by Skull Practitioners and Writhing Squares. These free jazz and krautrock inspired musicians define their own genre through jams of epic proportions, making anyone squeezed into Philly’s favorite arthouse freaking lucky. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Also, check out the band’s Studio Sessions when they stopped by last May. Continue reading →

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Watch Jesse Hale Moore play “Leave You Lonely” on a Steinway for Random Tea Sessions

Jesse Hale Moore | still from video
Jesse Hale Moore | still from video

Philly singer and songwriter Jesse Hale Moore has been enchanting us for the past couple years with his moving R&B ballads that fit nicely in the universe of James Blake, How To Dress Well and Autre Ne Veut. His debut album Green End is out on April 7th, he is featured in NPR’s World Cafe: Next podcast today and he just released a Random Tea Session video — a stripped down rendition of his single “Leave You Lonely,” which we premiered earlier this month, performed on a Steinway grand piano. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Jesse Hale Moore oozes emotion in single “Leave You Lonely”

Jesse Hale Moore | photo courtesy of the artist
Jesse Hale Moore | photo courtesy of the artist

In Jesse Hale Moore‘s new single, “Leave You Lonely,” sultry falsettos and a steady, simple drum beat combine with hints of organ and sax to make the perfect moody tune. Reminiscent of James Vincent McMorrow and James Blake, the track paints an emotional and honest portrayal of the end of a long-term relationship. Continue reading →

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Jesse Hale Moore announces residency at Bourbon & Branch with Lizdelise, Settled Arrows and more

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Jesse Hale Moore | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Local favorite Jesse Hale Moore is taking over the upstairs stage at Northern Liberties’ Bourbon & Branch for a three-week residency packed with friends in the supporting slots. Beginning Thursday, March 2nd and running through March 16th, the keyboardist will welcome special appearances by Koof & Vessna, Heart Harbor, Lizdelise and more while (hopefully!) previewing his long-awaited debut LP.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kristin Hersh at Tin Angel, Jesse Hale Moore at Johnny Brenda’s, Square Peg Round Hole at Crane Arts and more

Kristin Hersh | via facebook.com/strangeangels

Alternative era favorite Kristin Hersh takes over the Tin Angel in support of her massive 2016 record Wyatt at the Coyote Place, a double LP bringing her left-of-center songwriting into tight focus for an engrossing set. The gig is 21+ and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Rosali, Jesse Hale Moore, and William H. Travis team up for a picturesque night of music later this month

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Rosali Middleman | photo by Alyssa Maloof Photography | courtesy of the artist

Hi5 Studio has been host to some pretty great nights of music recently. Tonight sees a rare appearance by Heyward Howkins (joined by Birdie Busch and Roomtone) at their recording space in Old Kensington’s Maas building, and now they’ve announced a show for November 18th with local standouts Rosali, Jesse Hale Moore, and William H. Travis.

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Help Johnny Brenda’s support Athletes for Cancer on December 15th with Jesse Hale Moore and others

Jesse Hale Moore | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Jesse Hale Moore | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Johnny Brenda’s is hosting a benefit on Thursday, December 15th in conjunction with the organization Athletes For Cancer, a program that aims to help cancer survivors rebuild their lives after they overcome the disease.

Johnny Brenda’s is just doing what they do best, hosting killer concerts, but this particular night has the potential to make a huge difference in someone’s life with whatever funds are raised. Continue reading →