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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John the Conqueror at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Hey Marseilles at MilkBoy, The Felice Brothers at Ardmore Music Hall

Spruce Street
John the Conqueror | photo courtesy of the artist

John the Conqueror will take over Spruce Street Harbor Park for the first installment of this summer’s monthly music series, curated by The Key. The Waterfront Sessions will bring local music to the beautiful park setting next to the Delaware River all season long. John the Conqueror are a band of “blues-rock rabble rousers” that just got home from a European tour. Welcome them back at the free show tonight along with Song Dogs; more information can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheerbleeders at The Fire, Dreamers at Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia Songwriters Project Finals at Ardmore Music Hall

Cheerbleeders
Cheerbleeders | photo via Facebook

Cheerbleeders play The Fire tonight. The punk band has been making a name for itself by doing things their own way, leading with rocking music and backing it up with some seriously confident attitude. The band got together at Connie’s Ric Rac in South Philly and is now gearing up to release their second effort, following up last year’s demo. Check out the band performing live below and get more information about tonight’s 21+ show here.

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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 →