Tonight, Philly staple Bitter Bitter Weeks plays its first gig in what seems like an eternity; this weekend, Center City Jazz Fest touches down on the Sansom Street Corridor; and next Monday, it’s a road-trip worthy gig from Deer Tick in State College. Here are 15 concerts to see in and around Philly this week. Continue reading →
Philly/Pittsburgh singer-songwriter Joy Ike heads out to Phoenixville for a show at Steel City Coffeehouse tonight. A few days ago Ike posted a newsletter update in which she announced news of a new album, her first in four years following 2013’s All or Nothing. Tickets and information for tonight’s set, which opens Lili Añel’s record release show, can be found here. Watch Ike perform “Walk” below.
Singer/songwriter Joy Ike will play World Cafe Live at the Queen tonight. Last month, she performed an intimate set at Burlap and Bean, and now, she’ll support Angela Burns at her CD release show. Check out a live performance of “Nomad” from last year’s Escape To The Lake Festival below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on the show. Continue reading →
Harlem rapper Cam’ron will headline a stacked bill at Ardmore Music Hall tonight with support from Kong, Jae Mansa, Smoke Bulga, Chill Moody, and Voss. His latest, Killa Pink, was set for a November 2016 release date, but he has recently announced that it will be pushed back to March of 2017. Listen to his new single “Oh Yeah” below to tide you over. Then head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →
Back on Tuesday the 19th of April, Bob Boilen and his team at NPR Music made a visit to Philadelphia for the first stop of their Tiny Desk Contest Road Show. The popular video / performance series opened itself up to submissions from across the country this winter, drawing in 131 entries from the Philadelphia music community.
Three of the standout submissions from Philly – as chosen by WXPN, NPR Music and Lagunitas – performed for a sold-out crowd at World Cafe Live upstairs on the 19th, beginning with singer-songwriter Joy Ike. Accompanied on percussion by her sister Peace – yes, their names are actually Peace and Joy – the duo played moving and catchy, piano-driven pop songs. Moments of the set recalled Fiona Apple and Leonard Cohen, and the mood ranged from contemplative to celebratory. Continue reading →
NPR’s All Songs Considered crew is taking their popular Tiny Desk Concert series on the road, landing in Philadelphia on April 19th at World Cafe Live for an evening of live music, free Lagunitas beer and food.
Host Bob Boilen will be on hand for an evening of local acts hand-picked by WXPN and the NPR Music crew from the submission box of this year’s TDC contest; you’ll see chamber pop group Tutlie, soulful pianist/singer Joy Ike and hip hop artist The Bul Bey. The event is free, but you must reserve your spot here. Continue reading →
Pittsburgh singer-songwriter Joy Ike comes to Burlap and Bean in Newtown Square tonight. In 2013, she released her third LP, All or Nothing – a collection of whimsical arrangements, pop melodies and personal lyricism that caught the ear of her local radio station WYEP as well as NPR’s All Songs Considered. Listen to “All or Nothing” below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Here’s another great artist you don’t want to miss at Make Music Philly this Friday: Joy Ike. This Pittsburgh singer-songwriter falls somewhere between Regina Spektor and Norah Jones. In January, she released her third LP, All or Nothing, an album of love songs approached from different people perspectives, stories and attitudes. Using everything from piano to cello to wurlitzer (and her powerful voice), Joy Ike is a gifted songwriter who crafts catchy melody after catchy melody. On Friday, she plays the Fleisher Art Memorial at 1:00. You don’t want to miss this afternoon show.
And, while we’re catching up on notable Philly-music-related events that happened earlier this week (while we were in Washington, D.C., for an NPR conference), Grandchildren released this new video for “Saturn Returns” via Spinner. (If you haven’t already read our interview with Aleks Martray, you can find it here; meanwhile, all of the praise we’ve recently heaped on the band can be conveniently found here.)