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Ryan Tennis mixes a spectrum of influences into his new Two Days on the Fence EP

Ryan Tennis | photo by ryantennis.bandcamp.com

Philadelphia soul- and folk-influenced songwriter Ryan Tennis is back with the release of spirited 5-track EP Two Days on the Fence. The prolific artist, known for his passionate performances and foot-tapping tunes, claims influences from reggae and soul to roots funk and acoustic balladry, and the new EP is no exception — Tennis’ variety of styles blend seamlessly into a unique rhythmic experience that is wholly his own. Continue reading →

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Ryan Tennis and the Clubhouse Band pay tribute to rock great Tom Petty with beautiful rendition of “Wildflowers”

Ryan Tennis & The Clubhouse Band in “Wildflowers” – Tom Petty Tribute performance video

The world lost a rock legend three days ago when Tom Petty shockingly passed away at 66 years old. Musicians everywhere have been mourning his loss in the best way they know how: covering some of Petty’s best records.

This week, the WXPN studio hosted Ryan Tennis and his Clubhouse Band for a Key Studio Session we’ll release later this fall. After it was done, they played a gorgeous version of the Petty classic “Wildflowers.” Wildflowers the album was Petty’s second solo album and it gives a more well-rounded look his musical abilities in terms of instrumentation and higher-tech production. “Wildflowers” is a heartfelt, sing-songy love record that has always been begging to be covered and Tennis and his band do just that. In this studio session, the Clubhouse band consisted of seven musicians (including Tennis) playing a slew of instruments from electric guitar to a shaker, but all of the musicians add their own unique vocals to create a very pretty harmony that fits perfectly with the soft strumming chord progression of Tennis’ acoustic guitar. Continue reading →

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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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