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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Junip with Birdie Busch at Union Transfer, Alessi’s Ark at Johnny Brenda’s, Jackie Paper at Ortlieb’s Lounge

Led by Swedish songwriter Jose Gonzales, the band Junip, is sharing the stage with Philadelphia singer Birdie Busch tonight at Union Transfer. Known for their soft, but invigorating sound, both musicians take their own spin on folk by mixing blues progressions with atmospheric, psychedelic breaths, soft rock riffs, and delicate lyrics. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s show here. Watch Birdie Busch’s “These Banks” from her PledgeMusic-funded album, The Greatest Night, below.

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Listen to Sam Amidon cover Tim McGraw’s “My Old Friend” (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 6/16)

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Folk singer Sam Amidon will make his Nonesuch Records debut on May 14th with Bright Sunny South, not long before he makes a stop in Philadelphia for a show at Johnny Brenda’sSouth falls in line behind the Vermont native’s 2010 album I See the Sign and includes a pair of covers (Mariah Carey’s “Shake It Off” and Tim McGraw’s “My Old Friend“) alongside shape-note hymns and other traditional compositions.  Amidon requested the production assistance of his long-time cohort Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett who, in addition to having worked with The National and Sharon Van Etten, also curated last year’s Burgundy Stain Sessions in New York City, which were featured on World Cafe.  Tickets for Sam Amidon’s June 16th concert with Alessi’s Ark go on sale tomorrow, April 24th, at noon.  More information can be found here.  Below, watch Amidon perform his cover of “My Old Friend” live, stream the album version and download “I See the Sign” from his Burgundy Stain Session here.