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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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tennis at Underground Arts, The Only Ghost in Town at Studio Luloo, Sunn O))) at Union Transfer

Tennis | via the artist's Facebook page
Tennis | via the artist’s Facebook page

Indie pop duo Tennis will headline Underground Arts tonight with Rolling Blackouts and Coastal Fever. Their latest album Yours Conditionally dropped last Friday, featuring the feel-good, throwback single “In The Morning I’ll Be Better.” Check out the similarly vintage video for the track below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →

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

fdr park music jam
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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Stream Tennis’ new “Never Work For Free”

Photo via facebook.com/tennisinc
Photo via facebook.com/tennisinc

Indie-pop duo Tennis released their latest single, “Never Work For Free” as a free download late last week. The song comes from their latest LP, Ritual in Repeat, out September 9th, and was recorded with The Black Keys Pat Carney and Spoon’s Jim Eno.

Following their breakthrough single “Marathon,” Tennis recorded a session with the World Cafe. Last year, the band released Small Sound LP, where singer Alaina Moore explored different vocal styles. In “Never Work For Free”, the duo explore a more electronic-oriented approach; with the help of guitarist Patrick Riley’s interludes and a relentless drum beat from James Barone, Moore serenades the audience. In that sense, it’s closer to 2012’s Young and Old than anything else. However, the sound still has a distinct, sweet Tennis-like vibe to it.

The duo will be performing at Underground Arts with Pure Bathing Culture. Get more details here. Listen to the track below.

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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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Turning Violet Violet at Boot and Saddle, Communion Club Night featuring Tennis at Underground Arts, Dads at PhilaMOCA and more

Turning Violet Violet |  Photo via www.myspace.com/turningvioletviolet
Turning Violet Violet | Photo via www.myspace.com/turningvioletviolet

Philly pop-rock outfit Turning Violet Violet bids its final farewell tonight at Boot and Saddle. The band released its swan song single “Cherry Blossom” a few weeks ago on Bandcamp hinting that it was calling it a day; this was confirmed by drummer Brandon Gulish, who told us that this will be their last headlining show for the foreseeable future. Stream the song below and get tickets here.

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