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Immerse yourself in good tunes and Colombian culture though Ryan Tennis’ tour video series

Ryan Tennis | via facebook.com/ryantennismusic

Philly’s Ryan Tennis recently returned from what looks like an amazing twelve city Colombian tour with percussionist, Joseph Keim. In case you couldn’t make the flight out there, the guys have graciously put together a video series detailing their vibrant musical experience for all to live vicariously through. Continue reading →

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FDR Park Music Jam brings Ginger Coyle, Ryan Tennis and more to South Philly this weekend

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Ginger Coyle | photo by J. Polenta

If the mainstream-leaning Made In America festival isn’t really your speed, maybe you’ll find something to dig down at the FDR Park Music Jam. Presented by Parks on Tap and Philadelphia Songwriters Project, the last-minute Labor Day Weekend festival will bring some of the city’s best musicians together for a free event in South Philly. Ease out of summer by sipping a beer and relaxing on a hammock while a slew of local favorites (including Ryan Tennis, Ginger Coyle, Ross Bellenoit and Andrea Nardello) perform during the two-day, all-ages festival.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Quilt at Johnny Brenda’s, Ryan Tennis at Milkboy, Selwyn Birchwood at Sellersville theater, and more…

Quilt | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Quilt | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Boston indie rock band Quilt will be at Johnny Brenda’s tonight with Weekender and Hello Shark. The band, fronted by vocalist Anna Fox Rochinski, formed in college at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and just released their new album, Plaza. More information here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Magnet 21st Birthday Party with Guided By Voices at The Trocadero, Ryan Tennis at Boot & Saddle, The Ghost In You at Vinyl Revival and more…

Guided By Voices | photo courtesy of the artist
Guided By Voices | photo courtesy of the artist
To celebrate its 21st birthday, Magnet Magazine is throwing a party at The Trocadero tonight with Guided By Voices, Surfer Blood and Titus Andronicus.  The Philly-based indie music publication has been a mainstay in the music news and interview world since 1993.  Also a mainstay in their world of post punk / indie rock, Guided By Voices have been active again in recent years thanks to a few reunion albums, including Cool Planet, which was just released last week.  Take a listen to “Ticket To Hide” below, read Kate Bracaglia’s overview of 21 GBV essentials here and pick up tickets to the 21+ show here.

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Ginger Coyle, Ryan Tennis, Tin Bird Choir and more performing at the Winter Doldrums Benefit Festival (happening at World Cafe Live on 2/15)

Ginger Coyle | photo via www.facebook.com/gingercoylemusic
Ginger Coyle | photo via www.facebook.com/gingercoylemusic

On February 15th, the Winter Doldrums Festival will bring twelve hours of music to World Cafe Live to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Twenty bands will donate their time and perform at the event, which was organized by local musician Michele Lynn of Kicking Down Doors in honor of her son David Eric Cohen.  With the help of Tin Bird Choir, A Fistful of Sugar, Ginger Coyle, Christine Havrilla, Ryan Tennis and a dozen other bands the Winter Doldrums Festival will raise funds for Cohen’s memorial fund through the AFSP.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Check out the full line-up here and watch videos of participating acts below.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ryan Tennis

Photo by Kate McCann | www.katemccannphotography.com

I knew as soon as I heard last fall’s Pack Light but Bring Everything that Philly’s Ryan Tennis would be recording in our studio in the not-too-distant future. What I didn’t know was how many folks he’d have in tow. I figured singer-songwriter, plus backing players, would equal what – three people, four tops? As we were swapping emails to coordinate plans, he sorta casually mentioned “Yeah, I’d like to bring in my nine-piece band, hope that’s cool.” NINE players?! Once the surprise wore off, and I got everyone loaded into our studio, I realized how essential the large group was. They’re called the Clubhouse Band, and it’s a testament to the community vibe of their South Philly HQ, the spot they have regular and freewheeling house concert group jams. These folks were riffing full-tilt on a rootsy chord progression with vocal harmonies, trumpet and bongo percussion before I even had all the mics plugged in. In our session we get a few different sides to Tennis’ crew – the quiet-to-exhuberant swell of “Madeline,” the contemplative “Walk On” the cathartic “Fight Song” – with local MC Max MilLionz spitting a verse – and the very introspective, pleading closer “Best for You.” Listen and download the tracks below, and look for more local live music from Tennis and the Clubhouse Band this summer.

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: Download “Coming Home” by Ryan Tennis

WXPN’s Twelve Days of Local Christmas continues today with the song “Coming Home” by singer-songwriter Ryan Tennis. Tennis recently released his first full length album, Pack Light but Bring Everything, produced by Pete Donnelly (The Figgs, Soul Asylum, Graham Parker). The 12 Days of Local Christmas compilation is curated by XPN mid-day host Helen Leicht and the songs will be played daily during My Morning Download on the Morning Show with Michaela Majoun and on Helen’s local pick of the day. Below, download the rootsy stomper “Coming Home” You can download the entire Twelve Days of Local Christmas compilation here. Tennis and the Clubhouse Band perform a free show tonight at Triumph Brewing Company in New Hope and a show at The Grape in Manayunk on Thursday, December 20th.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Stream Sonja Sofya’s new record Patterns We Know

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Sonja Sofya | artwork by Sarah Thielke | photo via Facebook

When we’ve met Sonja Sofya in the past, she was often accompanying one of several different local projects – Ryan Tennis’ Clubhouse Band or Ross Bellenoit, for example – on piano and backing vocals. But on the few occasions where she was front and center (like this Kettle Pot Tracks session), she stole the show. Now the Philadelphia musician is stealing the show again with her new Patterns We Know record, released today.

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