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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joy Ike at Steel City Coffeehouse, The Lawsuits at Johnny Brenda’s, Black Crowes Tribute at Ardmore Music Hall

Joy Ike performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Joy Ike performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joy Ike at World Cafe Live at the Queen, Shots Called at The Fire, Ben Arnold at World Cafe Live, and more…

Joy Ike performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Joy Ike performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cam’ron at Ardmore Music Hall, Endless Boogie at Kung Fu Necktie, Joy Ike at Burlap and Bean, and more…

Cam'ron | via his Facebook page
Cam’ron | via his Facebook page

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 →

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Watch singer-songwriter Joy Ike serenade the NPR Music Tiny Desk Road Show

Joy Ike performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | <a href=http://racheldelsordophotography.com target="_blank">racheldelsordophotography.com</a>
Joy Ike performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

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 →

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Celebrate Philly’s Tiny Desk standouts with Tutlie, The Bul Bey, Joy Ike and NPR Music at World Cafe Live

Tutlie
Tutlie | Photo by Morgan Smith | courtesy of the artist

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joy Ike at Burlap and Bean, Fursaxa at The First Banana, The Suffers at Boot and Saddle

Joy Ike | via joyike.bandcamp.com
Joy Ike | via joyike.bandcamp.com

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 →

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Make Music Philly Spotlight: Joy Ike

joy ikeHere’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.

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Grandchildren release new video; The Key continues to gush over the band like overjoyed grandparents

Grandchildren

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.)

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Musical Collage: Little Strike soaks up influence in the sounds of her surroundings

Little Strike | photo by Natalie Piserchio | <a href="http://nataliepiserchio.com" target="_blank">nataliepiserchio.com</a>
Little Strike | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN | nataliepiserchio.com

When you’re first presented with the idea of electronic world folk music, it may be an odd concept to wrap your head around. But once you hear the music of Middle Eastern born, Philly-based singer and songwriter Little Strike, the genre makes a lot more sense.

Tamar Dart, the force behind Little Strike, has been popping up on concert bills over the past few years – last year included a performance Pub Webb and a set at Apiary Magazine Issue 9 launch party. Her sound mixes charming, unhurried guitar melodies, beats made from found sounds, and cutting, introspective lyrics that relate to themes of travel, and world strife.

“I sort of approach that (music) kind of how I approach my visual art – it is a collage,” said Dart. “The collage will change depending on what’s around.” Continue reading →