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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Katie Frank & the Pheromones at Bourbon and Branch, Alo Brasil at World Cafe Live, Rose Windows at Milkboy

Katie Frank and the Pheromones | Photo by Allie Wofarth
Katie Frank and the Pheromones | Photo by Allie Wofarth

Local countrified outfit Katie Frank & the Pheromones will be rocking out Bourbon and Branch tonight. The band, whose LP Counting Your Curses was released in March, have steadily been standing out as an artist to watch on the Philly scene, and will appear on the lineup of the Philadelphia Folk Festival later this summer. Information for tonight’s show is available on our concert calendar here, and below you can watch Frank’s smooth cover of Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock’n'Roll.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: mewithoutYou at Union Transfer, Bleeding Rainbow at Golden Tea House, Weathervane Benefit with So So Glos at Johnny Brenda’s and more

mewithoutYou | photo by Amie Stanavicca
mewithoutYou | photo by Amie Stanavicca

Upper Darby art-punk outfit mewithoutYou appears at Union Transfer tonight with post-hardcore group Touche Amore. mewithoutYou released their latest album, Ten Stories, in May of 2012. The 11-song album combines lead singer Aaron Weiss’ famously creative puns and plays on lyricism to construct a story plot as complicated as the guitar riffs and other instrumentation that make up the tunes. The songs tells the survival tales of a fox, elephant, bear and onion boy (hint: bonus track) – or more specifically, the circus animals and acts involved in a fictional train crash in 1878. Hear the band tell the creative story tonight. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $19 at the door.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Local Natives at Electric Factory, Anjuli Josephine at MilkBoy, Alo Brazil at Underground Arts

localnatives970600WXPN welcomes L.A. indie rock outfit Local Natives to the Electric Factory tonight. If you missed them on their summer tour, the band just released a video shot between performances completely on their phones put to the stimulating single “Ceilings” off of their latest release Hummingbird. Catch them on their Fall tour by finding tickets and information for tonight’s show here. Watch the new “Ceilings” video below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Blayer Pointdujour at Ortlieb’s, Alo Brasil at World Cafe Live, No Age at PhilaMOCA

blayer Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore are playing at Ortlieb’s Lounge tonight. The local eclectic, punk, hip-hop outfit recently released The Villain EP, featuring a collaborative piece with Philly experimental hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz called “Big Haiti’s Dream.” Find more information and tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here. Get ready for the set by streaming and downloading the entire EP here. Listen to “Big Haiti’s Dream” below.

Alo Brasil is heating up the dance floor tonight at World Cafe Live, and are sure to continue a great performance from this summer’s XPonential Festival. The twelve piece traditional samba band is celebrating Brazil’s Independence Day with their amazing dance beat sound and dazzling dancers. Join in the celebration and get tickets for tonight’s show here. Get excited for the performance by watching clips from their February show below.

LA dynamo duo No Age is playing at PhilaMOCA tonight. The experimental punk outfit has been touring in support of their recent release of their fourth studio album An Object; which can be streamed by Sub Pop Records here. Find details and tickets for tonight’s 8 p.m. show here. Prepare for the show with their KCRW performance of “C’mon, Stimmung” below.

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From The Districts to Dr. Dog, local artists shine at XPoNential Fest

Photo by Eric Ashleigh
The Fleeting Ends | Photo by Eric Ashleigh

Despite age, genre and prominence, local acts who played the 2013 XPoNential Music Festival showcased their best for a hometown audience, both on the stage and on the air.

For Aaron Brown, front man for Philadelphia-based rock and soul band Aaron and the Spell, kicking off the festival on Friday night made for an “absolutely fantastic” experience.

“For me and my music, its helping me to find an audience,” Brown said. “It’s really hard to break out there, it’s a lot of bands doing a lot of great work. It’s hard to get out there and get people to even know about you.”

Brown said he hopes playing the festival helped him come away with a few new fans, if not for him personally, than for any members of his talented nine-piece band comprised of all Philly musicians.

“I’m blessed and thankful that new people can find something in me and my band that they appreciate and, hopefully, want to follow, whether it’s the amazing background singers or the amazing horn players or the amazing drummer or guitar player,” he said. “Even if I’m at the bottom of the list, I don’t care.”

Though his soulful voice and sound is sometimes compared favorably to Stevie Wonder, Brown said he doesn’t mind getting constructive criticism from listeners.

“If you see music and you don’t like it and it’s bad, tell the artist,” Brown said. “Don’t be mean, but tell them so artists can get better, some critical thought there that artists can continue to improve. I appreciate that. People do that to me all the time, people tell me I suck non-stop. But you know what, it’s cool and it helps me out.”

Photo by Eric Ashleigh
The Districts | Photo by Eric Ashleigh

Lancaster-based bluesy rock band The Districts have had little time between playing Philly house shows and one of its biggest festivals, but didn’t falter during their first set for such a large crowd.

The four-piece band of 18- and 19-year-old musicians agreed that, aside from playing for new people, the best part of the festival was playing alongside some of their favorite national acts on the line-up.

“It’s coolest from like a fanboy stance,” said frontman Rob Grote (even though high-pitched screams from female fans echoed during their own set).

The Districts also cite Philly favorites like Dr. Dog, Man Man and Toy Soldiers as some of their biggest influences, and enjoy playing in the city because of the huge amount of other great acts.

“There are so many people to meet, so many places to go, and the connections between [bands], you find out they’re all connected somehow,” said guitarist Mark Larson. “So once you’re in, word just kind of spreads around. It’s a very music- accepting city.” Continue reading →

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XPoNential Fest: Alo Brasil makes the River Stage dance

Photo by Michelle Montgomery
Photo by Michelle Montgomery

Heating up the dance floor at the River Stage, Alo Brasil played at the XPoNential Music Festival today. With their feet stomping, hip moving, traditional samba sound, the percussion driven group featured 3 colorful dancers decked out in sequins, multi-patterned dresses, and blue and green feathered headdresses. Save the date on September 7th to join Alo Brasil in their celebration for National Brazil Day at the World Cafe Live. See photos of the performance in the gallery below, read the setlist after the jump, and listen to the set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).

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Get to know the Philly artists on #xpnfest in this Key Studio Sessions sampler

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The XPoNential Music Festival starts in afew hours, and to properly prepare, we’ve dug into our archives so you can get acquainted (or re-acquainted) with some of the local bands and musicians that will be lighting up the stages this weekend. Six of the Philly-based bands on the lineup have recorded Key Studio Sessions: Aaron and the Spell, The Districts, Alo Brasil, The Stray Birds, The Fleeting Ends, and DRGN King. Take a listen and download some of their tunes after the jump.

If you like what you hear, check out their set times this weekend. For full information on the XPoNential Music Festival go here. Continue reading →

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Listen to David Dye’s essential Sense of Place: Brazil classics

Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 8.18.23 AM This week on World Cafe, David Dye highlights the sounds of Brazil for the latest World Cafe Sense of Place: Brazil. While much of the action takes place in Rio, some of the featured interviews will include sessions with Os Mutantes, Seu Jorge, Samba Chula de São Braz, Do Amor, Sylvia Frago, and Philly’s very own Alo Brazil.. Videos, interviews, performances and photos for Sense of Place are here. Below, listen to a collection of some essential Brazilian songs, curated in a Spotify playlist by David, and watch a performance from Samba Chula de São Braz, recorded in Salvador. Listen this week to Sense of Place: Brazil all week long on World Cafe with David Dye at 2PM ET on WXPN.

Samba Chula de São Braz – “Ao Reconcavo” from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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Photos: Alo Brasil kicked off the City Hall Presents summer concert series

Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com
Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com

Last night, Philly-based Brazilian music ensemble Alo Brasil kicked off the City Hall Presents series of summer concerts with an hour-long set that got the crowd dancing. This summer they’ll be performing at the XPoNential Music Festival; tickets and information can be found here. The City Hall Presents series continues next Wednesday, June 5th with Cheers Elephant.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Uncluded at World Cafe Live, Black Horse Motel at Underground Arts, Alo Brasil at City Hall

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Touring behind their debut album Hokey Fright, The Uncluded stop by World Cafe Live tonight.  Quirky folk musician Kimya Dawson (The Moldy Peaches) and indie rapper Aesop Rock teamed up a few years ago to form The Uncluded, recording Fright over the course of a year and releasing it earlier this month on Rhymesayers Entertainment.  Tickets and information for the show with Hamell On Trial can be found here.  Watch their video for “Delicate Cycle” below.

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