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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Houndmouth at Union Transfer, SHIFT Showcase at Underground Arts, Suburban Living at Bourbon and Branch and more

Houndmouth | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Houndmouth | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Based on their Free at Noon just a few weeks ago, Houndmouth’s live show game is strong right now. The Indiana roots rock crew dropped their album Little Neon Limelight just a few weeks back, and it packs an incredible, infectious punch. Watch the video for “Sedona” below and get tickets and more info on tonight’s show at Union Transfer at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Ginger Coyle brings Third S.H.I.F.T. Showcase to Underground Arts

Ginger Coyle | via Facebook.com/gingercoylemusic
Ginger Coyle | via Facebook.com/gingercoylemusic

The third annual S.H.I.F.T. Showcase is headed for Underground Arts on April 4. Started by local musician Ginger Coyle in 2013, S.H.I.F.T., which stands for “Super Human Indie Female Troubadours,” celebrates female musicians and artists while giving back to Girls Rock Philly, an organization that empowers young women through music. Continue reading →

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Season Two of CoverClub wraps up with Ali Wadsworth, Tutlie and Vita and the Woolf

Vita And The Woolf records at Cambridge Sound | Photo by Bob Sweeney
Vita And The Woolf records at Cambridge Sound | Photo by Bob Sweeney

Root Down in the Shadow‘s excellent CoverClub series now boasts its own fancy website, and today released a slew of videos to wrap up a productive second season.

The video blowout started around 10 this morning and continued hourly until the final video from Vita and the Woolf was released at 2. Along the way we heard Ali Wadsworth’s power-packed vocals covering The Districts’ “Stay Open,” with local rockers Satellite Hearts acting as her backing trio. Her own take is just as driven and distinct as The Districts’ singer, Rob Grote, and Sattelite Hearts accompanies with their own harmonies as well. Continue reading →

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Listen to Ali Wadsworth cover Big Star’s “Thirteen” on WXPN’s Like A Version

Ali Wadsworth | Photo by Marley McNamara
Ali Wadsworth | Photo by Marley McNamara

Philly’s Ali Wadsworth dropped by WXPN studios last night to chat with Dan Reed for the Like A Version segment and perform a solo acoustic cover of Big Star’s classic, “Thirteen.” As Ali noted on social media, it was her first time performing guitar and singing in public, but she pulls it off nicely, putting her own Wadsworthian spin on the songs by building each verse in energy until we hear her signature soulful belt by the conclusion. Give a listen to it along with (most of) the interview below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Ali Wadsworth cover Hozier’s “Take Me To Church”

Ali Wadsworth | photo courtesy of the artist
Ali Wadsworth | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly singer-songwriter Ali Wadsworth has been an integral part of the local music scene since moving to Philly from Vermont in the early Oughts. After performing with Dan Schwartz of Good Old War in their band Unlikely Cowboy for a couple of years, Wadsworth has since been performing solo and has been an indispensable back up singer. She’s a force of energy and singer that keeps a lot of bands sounding fresh and soulful, and she’s capable of singing everything from folk to rock, and jazz to blues. Continue reading →

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Listen to Jim Boggia and Ali Wadsworth perform live on the Leicht Lunch

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Photo by Helen Leicht

April 22nd was Earth Day and also the 50th birthday of the very talented Jim Boggia! Perfect reason to have Jim stop by my show on the Leicht Lunch to sing a song for Earth day!

Jim and Ali Wadsworth came in sang “Nature’s Way” by Spirit for Earth Day and an amazing cover of “Love Hurts” (the Graham Parsons and EmmyLou Harris version). Jim and Ali sang this song live at Steel City Coffeehouse on Saturday night and Jim was so excited he finally found the perfect person to sing this duet with him. Since it was his birthday he wanted to celebrate with XPN listeners. You can check out the song, and the entire performance on my show, below.

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TJ Kong go balkan in their Random Tea Sessions performance of “Dynamite”

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Bluesy roadhouse rock band TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb was featured in the Random Tea Sessions series today with a performance of ”Dynamite,” backed by Balkan ensemble The Only Band in Illyria.

The video was recorded outdoors, with the band surrounded by brick walls and Christmas lights. Singer Dan Bruskewicz’s voice maintains the whiskey-soaked rasp that’s become characteristic of Kong, and the arrangements Only Band in Illyria add a tender edge to the song.

The video comes in anticipation of TJ Kong’s EP, Kong, due out this Friday April 18. Their EP release party is happening the same night at Johnny Brenda’s, and T.J. Kong will be joined by Ali Wadsworth and Pine Barons. Find tickets and info for the EP release show here. Watch the video from the Random Tea Sessions recording below.

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Download Ali Wadsworth and Satellite Hearts’ live cover of Pearl Jam’s Ten

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photo via aliwadsworth.bandcamp.com

This past Groundhog Day, a lineup of Philly musicians paid tribute to classic 90s records, capped by Ali Wadsworth and Satellite Hearts doing Pearl Jam’s Ten from front to back. The record just showed up on Bandcamp as a name-your-own-price download; listen below, and take it home with you here. Ali Wadsworth backed by Satellite Hearts will open for TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb’s album release show on April 18th; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: 90s tribute with Ali Wadsworth, Hezekiah Jones, Foxhound at Boot & Saddle, Amy Correia at Steel City Coffee House, Into It. Over It. at Union Transfer and more

Ali Wadsworth photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaver.com
Ali Wadsworth photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaver.com

Flannel shirts and ripped jeans are making a comeback tonight at Boot & Saddle’s 90s tribute with Philly folk artists Ali WadsworthHezekiah Jones and Foxhound. Wadsworth, who released her soulful, twangy 10-piece self-debuted album in October, will tap into her inner-90s child to perform her renditions off of Pearl Jam’s Ten. Jones, who’s self-described as sounding like “post-apocalyptic White Album, as covered by Sufjan Stevens” will put his folky spin on Lemonhead’s It’s a Shame About Ray, while Foxhound will transition their usual Americana-folk sound into songs from Nirvana’s Unplugged, two days after Kurt Cobain’s birthday. Tonight’s homage starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here; check out some vintage recordings of each of these artists performing locally in the 90s below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Spirit Family Reunion at Ardmore Music Hall, Elizabeth & The Catapult at World Cafe Live, Ali Wadsworth at Ortlieb’s and more…

Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Lauren Slusher
Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Lauren Slusher

Folk / roots outfit Spirit Family Reunion bring their energetic performance to Ardmore Music Hall tonight.  With gospel, Americana and bluegrass influences coursing through their songs, the New York-based band kicks up the dust with expert fiddling and banjo playing, capped off by rousing foot stomping and hollering.  Tickets and information for the show can be found here.  Watch them perform “Green Green Rocky Road” below.

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