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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 →

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will headline Ardmore Music Hall next month

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | photo by Kate McCann
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | photo by Kate McCann

Philadelphia-Brooklyn heritage indie-rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, just announced a show at Ardmore Music Hall on January 30. Discovered a decade ago in the world of music bloggers, the band built a fan base before even signing a record deal. Their fourth and latest full-length, Only Run, was released independently June 3.  Tickets for the 21+ show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lemuria at Boot and Saddle, HighKick at World Cafe Live, Liz Longley at Ardmore Music Hall and more

Lemuria | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Lemuria | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Buffalo-bred indie pop trio Lemuria return to Philly tonight for a headlining gig at Boot and Saddle. The band has been touring pretty hard in support of its 2013 outing The Distance is So Big, released on Bridge 9 records, so they’re likely due for a follow-up in 2015. Maybe they’ll introduce some new songs in their set tonight. In the meantime, listen to “Oahu, Hawaii” below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aspiga at Ortlieb’s, Jacqueline Constance at World Cafe Live, Hezekiah Jones at Ardmore Music Hall and more…

Aspiga
Aspiga | photo via Facebook

New Jersey punk group Aspiga celebrate the release of What Happened To You? at Ortlieb’s tonight.  The LP marks Aspiga’s second effort for Paper + Plastik records, following 2012′s Every Last Piece full-length.  On “My Little Eraser,” the first song shared from the new record, Aspiga hardens their pop-punk sound with an aggressive pace and a knack for brevity.  More information for the 21+ show with Thing Lips, By Surprise and Fo A Cha can be found on the Facebook event page here. Listen to “My Little Eraser” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Fleeting Ends at MilkBoy, July Talk at the First Unitarian Church, Parker Millsap at Ardmore Music Hall and more

The Fleeting Ends
The Fleeting Ends | photo by Emily Morgan | www.emilymorganphotography.com

Philly alt-pop power trio The Fleeting Ends are gearing up to release their first new music since 2013′s Our Eyes are Peeled. Their new Can’t Say No EP is due out November 25th, and its very catchy title track is already in rotation on XPN; you can check out the cover art and read the lyrics over at the band’s Facebook page, and keep your eyes peeled (ba-dum-bum) for a new music video really soon. The band is in residence all month at MilkBoy, and will have physical copies of Can’t Say No available on the final day, November 26th. But you don’t need to wait to hear the new songs; go to tonight’s installment of their residency and you’ll hear a mix of old and new in their setlist. Below, check out “I’m Like That” from their last album and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Twin Peaks at The Barbary, Spuyten Duyvil at Ardmore Music Hall, and Zeus at Ortlieb’s

Twin Peaks | via facebook.com/twinpeaksdudes
Twin Peaks | via facebook.com/twinpeaksdudes

Chi-town garage rock group Twin Peaks will be headline an all-ages The Barbary tonight The group of 20-somethings has gained recognition for their light-hearted and happy approach to classic garage rock, combining the styles the three separate singers/songwriters in their band. Twin Peaks touring in support of its August release, Wild Onion, and will be supported by Tweens, Public Access TV, and Slow Animal. Below, check out Twin Peaks’ “I Found A New Way” and get information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Beardos steal liquor from Ardmore Music Hall; Facebook commenters blame Nickelback

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A screengrab from Ardmore Music Hall’s security footage

Well, this sucks. Today, Main Line venue Ardmore Music Hall posted security footage on their Facebook page captured in the wake of last night’s funk spectacular with Turkuaz and Swift Technique. In it, we see three lanky long-haired people (at least one sporting a burly beard and dreads) stumbling around the venue and stealing from behind the bar.

“Here’s a shout out to these three scumbags who decided to rip us off last night,” the post read. “Way to tarnish a great night.” Continue reading →