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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Womanspace Benefit at Rigby Mansion, Taiwan Housing Project at Johnny Brenda’s, Strange Parts at Ortlieb’s and more…

Resiliant | photo by Leeland McCartney
Resiliant | photo by Leeland McCartney | courtesy of the artist

Resilient and Vessna Scheff are just two of the artists slated to perform at Rigby Mansion this afternoon for a concert and cookout benefiting Womanspace. The nonprofit is a women-centric safe space, providing mental health services and shelter in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Proceeds will go towards renovations and essential items, while art donations will also be accepted. More information for the gathering can be found here. Watch Resilient’s recent video for “I’m Onto You” below.

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Attia Taylor releases new solo track, teases new album from Strange Parts

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Attia Taylor in Paris | via Facebook

Eclectic indie-pop artist Attia Taylor first came onto the Philly scene with her 2009 EP, Dear Universe. Since then, she’s transplanted to NYC and, along with her solo project, started up a band with Corey Duncan called Strange Parts. Though Taylor has been somewhat quiet for a while, she just smashed that silence by announcing a whole lotta cool news. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Downtown Boys at Everybody Hits, Laura Stevenson at Boot and Saddle, Strange Parts at Bourbon and Branch and more

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Downtown Boys | photo courtesy of the band

Providence revolutionary rockers Downtown Boys have been making a lot of noise on the underground level the past few years, and with a new deal on Sub Pop Records, this punk five-piece is poised to fight the good fight at a much bigger level. The band just released its latest single, “Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)” — which it told NPR was “a declaration of one’s ability to decolonize one’s mind, and the importance of fearlessly unlearning the ways white supremacy conditions people to think and exist.” Listen below, wait with baited breath (like us) to get word on Downtown Boys’ upcoming Sub Pop LP (no details are available yet), and check the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and information on the band’s headlining show tonight at Everybody Hits.
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Visit Trinidad with Strange Parts in a video for the beautifully raw “The Ukulele Song”

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Strange Parts | photo by Adam Haney | courtesy of the band

With the release of the instantly engaging Rainier Bedstuy Home Recordings earlier this week, multi-municipal duo Strange Parts complimented the short collection of demos with a music video for the aptly named “The Ukulele Song,” shot by singer Attia Taylor on her trip to the Caribbean country of Trinidad.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Strange Parts at Johnny Brenda’s and John Paul White at World Cafe Live

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Strange Parts | photo by Adam Haney | courtesy of the band

Tonight, Johnny Brenda’s welcomes indie-pop duo Strange Parts. They caught our eye at WXPN with the late summer release of their song “Asleep in the Flowers” and we are excited to see them playing more and more shows in Philly. Expect to be mesmerized by the dreamy layered tracks put forth by Strange Parts, as well as the headliner: neo-blues / rock artist Adia Victoria, who was named an artist to watch by WXPN. You can go to the WXPN Concert Calendar for more information on this 21+ show. Take a listen to Strange Parts’ whimsical track “Asleep in the Flowers” below. Continue reading →

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Listen to the atmospheric new Strange Parts single “Weatherby”

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Strange Parts | photo by Adam Haney | courtesy of the band

Indie pop duo Strange Parts is the new collaboration of two artists with Philly ties — Corey Dunan of Oh! Pears (who recently returned to Philly after a stint in his native Pacific Northwest) and Attia Taylor (a native Philadelphian who relocated to Brooklyn a few years back).

Together, the duo makes intricate and entrancing experimental pop; the sonics are left of center, but endlessly catchy. We were introduced to them late this summer when their song “Asleep In The Flowers” emerged with a distinctive mix of gritty percussion and dreamlike synthesizer textures. Their latest single, “Weathersby,” keeps that contrast going, coming off like a meeting ground between Can and Phantogram (especially the mantra-like repetition of “you’re my darling love” towards the song’s end). Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Strange Parts at Johnny Brenda’s, Elvis Depressedly at the First Unitarian Church, Mac Sabbath at Underground Arts

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Strange Parts | photo by Adam Haney | courtesy of the band

Two Philly expats joined forces this year for the infectious indietronic collaboration Strange Parts. The band, made up of Attia Taylor (now an NYC resident) and Corey Duncan of Oh! Pears (back in Philly after a stint on the west coast) will make their live debut tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The band’s first single, “Asleep in the Flowers,” premiered on these pages last month, and it’s a stirring mix of mechanical rhythms and organic dreamscapes. Listen below and get information on tonight’s free show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Strange Parts debut with “Asleep In the Flowers”

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Strange Parts | photo by Adam Haney | courtesy of the band

You’ll see some familiar faces in this band.

Attia Taylor, long-time Philly artist (currently based in Brooklyn) and Corey Duncan, frontman of Oh! Pears, began to slowly forge a creative partnership when they first met in 2007. Several years, a few big moves, and many emails later they bring us Strange Parts, a true meshing of styles and personalities that has some exciting things lined up.

First, though, we have the premiere of “Asleep In the Flowers.”

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Interview: Road warriors Kopecky Family Band talks tour, strange instruments and Star Wars

The Nashville sextet Kopecky Family Band managed to give their new LP Kids Raising Kids the rises and falls of a masterful mixtape.  The band – this month’s WXPN Artist to Watch – doesn’t write songs, it evokes emotion.  It captures the weightlessness of new love and the enveloping lows of loss with the same poignancy.  Kopecky Family Band have been touring pretty intensely for the better part of the last five years, and recently, with the release of their LP, are opening a lot more eyes and ears to their enlightened music and celebratory live show. We caught up with Guitarist and Singer Gabe Simon on their way back from a quick jaunt in Canada to talk about writing on the road, the future of Star Wars, and why coming home is like nothing else.

The Key: Do you have any favorite cities to play on tour?

Gabe Simon: I really like playing Chicago; it is sort of like our second home.  We also just played Phoenix, and it was a lot of fun, I love playing Phoenix, and I would love to keep playing Phoenix even though it is kind of far away. It is a great place to play.  Really cool music people and Arizona is absolutely beautiful.  There is also this place outside of San Francisco that is probably my favorite place I have every played. I like Philadelphia too, I am not trying to hate.

TK: We are looking forward to you coming back.

GS: We are really looking forward to it too.  The people are really cool and open and accepting.  We have had a really good experience there, being taken in by the city, so we really appreciate that.

TK: Do you write music on the road? 

GS: This trip we’ve been doing a lot of writing.  We have been really enjoying the Northwestern influences.  This is kind of the part of the country that you tend to write a lot of sad songs for.  We don’t usually do a huge amout [of writing] on the road, but this trip we’ve been doing a bunch of writing and it has been really fun.

TK: Do you have a certain place in the country where it is easier to write?

GS: You know, I am actually more of a weather guy.  It depends more on what is going on vibe wise.  Cause the weather changes the way your body feels and affects the way you write a song.  You write based on how you are feeling.  I feel cold, so I am writing what I think cold feels like, or rain, or what heat feels like. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Jesse Hale Moore at Johnny Brenda’s

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

Local singer-songwriter Jesse Hale Moore returns to Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of his recent debut LP Green End. The R&B-influenced musician is known for his captivating solo sets, and the chill vibes of JB’s should provide the perfect setting to take in the magic. Dark Rooms and Strange Parts open the show. Watch “Leave You Lonely,” from Moore’s recent World Cafe session, below. Find more information on the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →