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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Salad Days at URBN, Sun Ra Arkestra at Ardmore Music Hall, Richard Lloyd at John and Peter’s and more

Salad Days
Government Issue | photo by Jim Saah | http://jimsaah.com/
Mixing behind-the-scenes footage of the DC punk scene in the 90s and photography by Jim Saah, the new Salad Days documentary is a snapshot into the scene that gave us boundary-pushing artists Fugazi, Nation of Ulysses and more. The film screens tonight at the URBN Annex Black Box Theater, followed by a live set from Mumblr. Tickets and more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mason Porter & Chris Kasper’s Grateful Dead Tribute at the Ardmore Music Hall, Tei Shi at Milkboy, Toro y Moi at Union Transfer

Mason Porter
Mason Porter | photo by Lisa Schaffer

After a stellar midday tribute to the Grateful Dead a few weeks ago, Mason Porter and Chris Kasper bring the show to the Ardmore Music Hall tonight. Kasper and his band will perform American Beauty, the 1970 record that included “Sugar Magnolia,” “Truckin’” and “Box of Rain.” For Mason Porter’s set, he’ll do versions of “Uncle John’s Band,” “Casey Jones” and others from Workingman’s Blues. Tickets and information for the 21+ tribute show can be found here. Watch Mason Porter perform “Cumberland Blues” at the Free at Noon below.

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Tonight’s (Non-#KeyFest) Concert Picks: Spirit Family Reunion at Ardmore Music Hall, Milton at Hard Rock Cafe, Wild Orphan at Tin Angel and more

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

Okay, so #KeyFest night one was a smashing success last night, and it continues tonight with The Lawsuits, Rosu Lup and Dylan Jane. But I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight some of the other amazing live music happenings in the area tonight, beginning with Brooklyn folkies Spirit Family Reunion‘s gig at Ardmore Music Hall. They emerged in 2010 right around the music world’s fascination with folk, but unlike the big names that quickly went pop (you know who I mean), Spirit Family Reunion’s sound always leaned a bit more traditional, and they stuck with it over their ensuing albums – including the new Hands Together. Two years ago, their dance tent set was a Philly Folk Fest highlight; tonight, they bring the show to Ardmore Music Hall. Tickets and information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Listen to Saul Williams’ collab with Warpaint, see him at Ardmore Music Hall next month

Saul Williams | via Facebook.com/SaulWilliams
Saul Williams | via Facebook.com/SaulWilliams

Saul Williams is the definition of multitalented. The rapper/slam poet/musician/writer/actor’s latest project is an upcoming album, titled MartyrLoserKingproduced by Justin Warfield and set for release in July. Williams kicked off his tour last week in Cleveland, and he’ll finish it up in Philly on May 10 at Ardmore Music Hall.

We can get a taste of what the album has in store with the first offering, a track titled “Burundi” which features Warpaint vocalist/guitarist Emily Kokal. Continue reading →

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Chris Kasper to collaborate with Philly Dance Company, BalletX

Chris Kasper | via Facebook.com/ChrisKasperMusic
Chris Kasper | via Facebook.com/ChrisKasperMusic

Philly singer-songwriter Chris Kasper has embarked on a unique, collaborative project with Philly dance company BalletX for seven shows from July 8-12 at The Wilma Theater, where he’ll perform tracks off of 2013′s folk/soul Bagabones - tied into the residency is his Indiegogo campaign to create a music video with BalletX for the track “Raven and the Rose” and a spring tour in support of it, which kicks off tonight at Ballet X’s spring preview premiere party. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Brielle at Winterfest, Illinois at Johnny Brenda’s, PhillyBloco at Ardmore Music Hall

Brielle
Brielle | Photo by Reji B. | rejibphotography.com

North Philly’s Brielle performs at the final edition of The Key’s Fireside Sessions at Winterfest tonight. The North Philly singer-songwriter just recorded a Key Studio Session with a full band, giving full-treatment to songs from her recent effort The Rough Break-Up. A horn section, keys and jazzy arrangements give the R&B / hip hop songs a feeling of sonic exploration while her lyrics are emotionally exploratory. Listen to “Wait, Stop. GO!” below and get more information about the free show  with Paper Hearts here.

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Funky Philly seven-piece Darla makes an elegant entrance with Darla Forever

Darla | via facebook.com/darlaphilly
Darla | via facebook.com/darlaphilly

Seven piece funk band Darla make their entrance on the scene a memorable one. Last week the band released its second album Darla Forever! - a multifaceted instrumental blend – and played a lively show at The Fire. Mastermind Michael Morrongiello composes the tunes that evoke a desire to dance; in the track “Sooz Clues,” the guitars, bass and drums shape the structure of the song. Jake Fabian and Will Schade blend their saxophone melodies together groovily. The mixing of the song is done so elegantly; it resembles the retro funk sound. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Jazz June at Boot and Saddle, Seoul Delhi at Dobbs, Music For the Arts benefit at Ardmore Music Hall and more

The Jazz June | Photo by Michael O'Shea | michaelosheaphoto.com | via facebook.com/thejazzjune
The Jazz June | Photo by Michael O’Shea | michaelosheaphoto.com | via facebook.com/thejazzjune

Pennsylvania emo pioneers The Jazz June has their initial run from 1996 till 2004, then for the most part took the next decade off. They popped up here and there, playing a benefit for a friend who had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006, appearing on WPRB in 2007, and ultimately reforming to make After the Earthquake, released last year on Topshelf Records. Today the band plays two sets at Boot and Saddle: an early all-ages show featuring the awesome Jersey four-piece Prawn, and a late 21+ show featuring Field Mouse. Tickets and info for both can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →