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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Josh Lawrence at Pastorious Park, Lady Parts at Ortliebs & more

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Josh Lawrence | photo courtesy of the artist

Find a winning combination of outdoor venues, live jazz, and summer nights tonight over at Pastorious Park in Chestnut Hill. The Pastorious Park Summer Concert Series is the oldest running outdoor concert series in Philadelphia, and every show is free to the public. Tonight’s performance features Philly jazz musician Josh Lawrence, who has recently released his third solo album Color Theory. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Vita and the Woolf at Ortliebs, Dylan Jane at Kung Fu Necktie, Paolo Nutini at The Trocadero

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by John Vettese
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by John Vettese

Philadelphia’s newest electric soul-pop group Vita and the Woolf head to Ortlieb’s tonight for their EP release show. Frontwoman Jen Pague is expected to impress the crowd with her dynamic vocal range on tracks such as the passionate “Mary” and the circus-inspired “Slipping Hills,” both tunes off of their Fang Song EP, released on Tuesday. The eight-track record is result of Prague’s dedicated two years of writing. For tickets and more information head over to the XPN Concert Calender. Below, check out the eerie video for “Mary”, or click here to revisit their incredible Key Studio Session. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: A.M. Mills at Ortliebs, Dawn Hiatt at Tin Angel, The Warhawks at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Philly singer-songwriter A.M. Mills celebrated Record Store Day at AKA Music and tonight he plays at Ortlieb’s. Last month, he released a stellar track titled “Wreckin’ My World” which has a ’70s California-rock ballad feel to it (think Tom Petty). It’s simple, melodic and feels good all around. Check it out below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cults at The TLA, Communion Club Night featuring Rosco Bandana at Underground Arts, Myrrias at Ortliebs and more

Olivia Malone/Courtesy of the artist
Olivia Malone/Courtesy of the artist

Indie-pop duo Cults will take to the TLA stage tonight. The New York natives released their sophomore album Static in October on Columbia Records and it has impressed fans and critics. Bullet Magazine recently included “So Far” from the new record on their “Indisputable, Definitive Best 53 Songs of 2013” list. Get tickets to the show here and watch them perform “Always Forever” from their WFUV Session below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Amos Lee at Tower Theater, Oh! Pears at Ortliebs, Slackwater News at Chameleon Club and more

Amos Lee | Photo by John Vettese
Amos Lee | Photo by John Vettese

Philly’s own Amos Lee will take to the Tower Theater stage for a night of soulful folk tunes. Lee released his fifth album Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song on Blue Note Records last month and treated fans at World Cafe Live to a live set of new material at his Free at Noon concert. Get tickets to tonight’s show here and watch him peform “Chill In The Air” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Res at World Cafe Live, Fursaxa at Highwire Gallery, Great American Canyon Band at Ortliebs and more

Res |  Photo via www.facebook.com/ResFans
Res | Photo via www.facebook.com/ResFans

Singer and songwriter Res is celebrating the release of her new EP, Refried Mac, (a collection of Fleetwood Mac covers) tonight at World Cafe Live. The Philadelphia native first achieved mainstream success with her 2001 LP How I Do on which she captured listeners with her mix of indie pop, soul, and rock. Get tickets to the show here.

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Watch the surreal new video for “Speckled Hawk” by Aunt Dracula (playing Ortliebs Lounge on 11/1)

2013-08-11 22.12.51A soundtrack for the surreal, Aunt Dracula‘s Face Peel consists of experimental psychedelic songs that are not for the faint of heart. “Speckled Hawk” might be the softest on the album, but it is every bit as trippy as the other tracks. Echoing vocals, some guitar, a simple beat, and other unidentifiable sounds create an ambient soundscape that is nothing short of imaginative. The vocals switch back and forth between high and low, as well as between quick and slow, giving the song a strangely captivating dynamic. I actually found this spaced out dream-wave tune stuck in my head a few days after listening to it.

Check out the video for “Speckled Hawk” (directed by Logan Owlbeemoth) below, and listen to the entire album on bandcamp. Aunt Dracula will be performing at Ortileb’s with Jeff Zeigler and DJ Rob Kopki on November 1st; more info at the show’s Facebook event page.

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Spacin’ playing CD release party / welcome home show this Thursday 8/1 at Ortliebs

533658_415184435256551_1577637346_nPhilly lo-fi favorites Spacin’ will be back in town from their European tour for a combination CD release party/welcome home show this Thursday, August 2nd, at Ortileb’s Lounge. Tickets for the 21+ show are a mere 5 dollars at the door. Doors open at 9, and fellow locals Watery Love will open the show up at 10. Find more info at the event’s Facebook page here, and check out “Empty Mind”, off Spacin’s excellent 2012 debut, Deep Thuds, below.

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Juston Stens reissuing first album on vinyl, new album coming out in October (playing Ortliebs 7/6)

Philly’s Juston Stens released his debut solo album Trash or Treasure in March of last year, and as of this Tuesday, the record has been reissued on vinyl. Each copy comes with its own digital download code, and the first 100 pre-orders will come on limited edition gold vinyl. The album is also available to stream, via Stens’ bandcamp, here. Juston is already hard at work on his next solo album, Share the Road, which is due out in October, and he’ll be playing his hometown this weekend, headlining Ortliebs Lounge on Saturday, July 6th. Tickets and info can be found here, and check out the video for the Trash or Treasure track, “Lonely Lonely Night”, below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Benefit for Boston ft. Shorty Boy-Boy at North Star Bar, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell at Verizon Hall, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at MilkBoy, Chris Forsyth at Ortliebs Lounge

Shorty Boy-BoyShorty Boy-Boy brings his dance beat, guitar savvy, unique pop sound to the North Star Bar tonight in support of the Benefit for Boston. Sharing the stage with The National Rifle and Cruiser, each $10 entrance fee will be donated to The One Fund for Boston Marathon victims. Learn more about and find tickets to tonight’s 21 and over show here. Listen and download Shorty Boy-Boys single, “New Yng Cute,” below.

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