Tonight’s Concert Picks: Noah and the Whale at the TLA, Birdie Busch at Ortlieb’s, Islands at Johnny Brenda’s and more

English rockers Noah and the Whale will rock the TLA stage tonight. The band released its fourth album, Heart of Nowhere, last month via Caroline Records (it came out in the UK back in May). Their melodic alt-rock anthems are memorable and easy to enjoy. Get a taste of what to expect at tonight’s show below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Leagues to MilkBoy, Adam and Dave’s Bloodline at Johnny Brenda’s, XPN Welcomes Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale to World Cafe Live


Leagues combines the talents of three Nashville rock scene veterans.  The group, comprised of Thad Cockrell, Tyler Burkum and Jeremy Lutito, recently released an EP of jangly pop rock.  They’ve opened for the likes of The Fray and Matt Kearny, but they’re headlining their own shows as they tour the country for the next month.  Tonight’s show at MilkBoy promises to be a dance party.  On the band’s website, it boasts music so joyous, it actually provokes laughter.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show are available here.  Below, watch the music video for their song Spotlight.

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Download a new track from Adam and Dave’s Bloodline (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 2/22)

Philly rockers Adam and Dave’s Bloodline are back with a new EP called 2 x 2 on Founding Fathers Records – a nod to the city’s Constitutional roots – and they’re celebrating it next month with a release party at Johnny Brenda’s. Set for next Friday, February 22, the lineup features St. James and the Apostles, Sleeping bag and Arrah and the Ferns. Find out more info at the WXPN concert calendar and download the lead single “Counting Backwards” – a nervous and caffeinated staple of the band’s live set if you’ve caught them in the past year and a half – in the player below.


A raucous night at Johnny Brenda’s with Low Cut Connie (photos, recap)

Here’s a quick anecdote about how dedicated Low Cut Connie is to their retro 50s rock stylings. Even though singer Adam Weiner can rock a fierce Jerry Lee Lewis piano-maniac persona without really trying, it’s not enough to merely do it with electronic keyboards and synthesizers. The band actually hauled an old upright piano up two flights of narrow stairs at Johnny Brenda’s last night, around tight corners, and up onto a three-foot stage for maximum effect.

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Tonight’s concert picks: Bonnie Raitt, Chill Moody, Keane, Toy Soldiers, Birdie Busch

Tonight’s concert picks include:

WXPN Welcomes Bonnie Raitt to the Academy Of Music with special guest Mavis Staples. 8PM; tickets are $45.50-$85.50

WXPN Welcomes Keane to the Merriam Theatre with special guests Mystery Jets. 8PM; tickets are $35-$45.00

Birdie Busch with Adam & Dave’s Bloodline at Morgan’s Pier. 5PM; the show is free but you must be 21+.

Goodnight Lights with The Quelle Source and The Bailey Hounds at Johnny Brenda’s. Doors at 8PM; Show at 9PM; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.

Chill Moody at The Fire. 9PM; tickets to the 21+ show are $10

Toy Soldiers at World Cafe Live. Doors at 7PM; Show at 8PM. Advance tickets are $10 + processing fee in advance; $15 + processing fee at the door.


See Birdie Busch for free at Morgan’s Pier this Saturday

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This just in from R5 Productions: Philly songstress and XPN favorite Birdie Busch will play the weekly free concert series at Morgan’s Pier this Saturday, June 16, at 5 p.m. Busch, who is in the midst of a Pledge Music campaign to raise money for her fourth album and a West Philadelphia music education charity, will be joined by local rockers Adam and Dave’s Bloodline.


Listen to the new single from Philly songwriter Daniel Ryan Belski (playing PhilaMOCA on June 29)

If you’ve been following our Key Studio Sessions, you’ve seen and heard Daniel Ryan Belski in action already. He was the charismatic redbearded lead guitarist in our video session with Arrah and the Ferns, and he also was a counterpoint player when Lady recorded their session last year. But Belski was a songwriter in his own right before getting involved with either of those bands, recording and performing first under the name The Divine Lorraine, and later under his own name. Now, the collection of songs he’s been toiling over for the past two-plus years is about to see the light of day in the forthcoming release They Always Haunt at Night, and we couldn’t be more excited for him. Below you can check out the EP’s first single, “Seems To Last Forever” – it begins as a folk-pop song with a slick bass groove, but adds sophisticated symphonic flourishes as the song progresses, ending up with a snappy three-and-a-half minute piece that’s tonally rich and has us itching for more. Thankfully we won’t have to wait long – Belski is throwing an EP release party at PhilaMOCA on Friday, June 29, with Key favorites Adam and Dave’s Bloodline and Lion Versus.