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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Underwater Sounds at Underground Arts, Sheer Mag at Ortlieb’s, Wiki of Ratking at Ardmore Music Hall, and more…

underwater sound
Underwater Sound | photo by Samuel Markey Photography

Down Under: The Underwater Sounds take on Underground Arts for the last time tonight. The Philly reggae group has been together playing shows in the area for around six years now, so do not miss this last chance to see them. Everyone who attends the show will receive a copy of Visions Of Love And Light Part II. Also performing will be The Snails and The Rosemary Fiki Band. For more info, check out the link here. Continue reading →

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What about the band? Maceo Parker and crew do it to death at Ardmore

Maceo Parker | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Maceo Parker | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

There were a few recurring mantras when Maceo Parker hit the stage at a sold-out Ardmore Music Hall on Saturday, January 8th. One was “Make It Funky” – the veteran saxophonist’s theme song of sorts. As Shaun Brady discussed in his interview with Parker earlier this month, the man has worked under James Brown and George Clinton in his storied career, resulting in a unique blend of showmanship that launched with “Funky Fiesta” and rolled across two hours into “Soul Power.”

Then there was “What about the band?” – a phrase that Parker interjected at turns throughout the set whenever it came time to showcase one of the seven players joining him. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DRGN King at Bourbon and Branch, Weekender at Johnny Brenda’s, HighKick at Ardmore Music Hall and more

DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack
DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Philly indie rock faves DRGN King are going on hiatus for 2016 as its various bandmates and collaborators head into a busy year with a variety of other projects. Tonight, they play their last show for a while at Bourbon and Branch tonight with Mumblr and Mostly Only, and we’re expecting a full assortment of jams from 2014′s awesome Baltimore Crush and 2013′s equally awesome Paragraph Nights. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to “Hazy Memories” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Maceo Parker at Ardmore Music Hall, Thief, Steal Me a Peach at Kung Fu Necktie, Xiu Xiu at First Unitarian Church and more

 

Maceo Parker | photo by Philip Ducap | courtesy of the artist
Maceo Parker | photo by Philip Ducap | courtesy of the artist

Maceo Parker is a one-of-a-kind performer, but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t willing to borrow from the best. Playing saxophone in bands with both George Clinton and James Brown provided a pretty solid basis for how to get a crowd going and Parker has used this experience, as well as his own long solo career, to put together one of the most energized and exciting live performances going. Parker will be at Ardmore Music Hall tonight alongside Philly-natives Rugby Road; click here for more info. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eunoia (last show) at Siren Records, Belgrade at Ortlieb’s, Flightschool at Ardmore Music Hall and more…

Eunoia | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Eunoia | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Tonight’s free show at Siren Records is both a single release party and farewell show for Doylestown natives Eunoia. As posted on their Facebook page, several members of the indie rock outfit will be moving on to new projects. The group released its debut LP last summer, though the new “When the Light’s Long Gone” single marks its first truly collaborative recording. Listen to the song below and get more information for the free show here.

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Make It Funky: Sax icon Maceo Parker reflects on a career of party-rocking showmanship

Maceo Parker | photo by Philip Ducap | press photo approved by artist
Maceo Parker | photo by Philip Ducap | press photo approved by artist

Maceo Parker became famous as the target of James Brown frequent imprecation, “Maceo, blow your horn!” The saxophonist was an integral part of two of the most influential funk groups of all time: Brown’s backing band, The J.B.’s, in the 1960s, and George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic in the following decade.

Parker has focused on his solo career since 1990, performing a mixture of the funk classics he helped make famous, covers of a few favorites that he didn’t have a hand in, and a smattering of jazz standards. He’ll bring his band to the Ardmore Music Hall on Saturday, and we took the occasion to chat with him by phone from his hometown of Kinston, North Carolina. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: American Babies at Ardmore Music Hall, The Spring Standards at Arden Gild Hall, Boog at Steel City Coffeehouse

 Photo by Skylar Carfi courtesy of the artist
Photo by Skylar Carfi | courtesy of the artist

Philly guitarist and songwriter Tom Hamilton has worked with forward-thinking jammers Brothers Past, Disco Biscuits and Kurt Vile, and tonight he brings his long-running American Babies project to Ardmore Music Hall. It’s always been an eclectic group, drawing on the fringes of CSNY-esque folk to Built to Spill style indie rock. Its latest, An Epic Battle Between Light and Dark, comes out March 18th via Royal Potato Family, and tonight American Babies light up Ardmore Music Hall. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the new song “synth driver” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kiska at Boot and Saddle, George Clinton at Ardmore Music Hall, Martin Sexton at Sellersville Theater

Kiska photo by Easton Reynolds
Kiska photo by Easton Reynolds

Named after a volcanic island off the coast of Alaska, Kiska released their debut self-titled record last month, and it’s a powerful explosion of rock energy. Released on Spartan Records, the album is available digitally as well as on vinyl. The Philadelphia four-piece are headlining Boot and Saddle tonight for their record release show. Get tickets and show info at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to the full length below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: New Sound Brass at Boot and Saddle and Tom Hamilton’s American Babies at Ardmore Music Hall

Photo via facebook.com
Photo via facebook.com/NewSoundBrassBand

New Orleans by way of Philly by way of soul and R&B will be on display at Boot & Saddle tonight with Philly’s aptly named New Sound Brass Band. The band, which features members of 2 Street mummers, will bring the funk, soul and much more. To get tickets for the show go here, and make sure to check out their live performance below for a taste of what to expect. Continue reading →