Johnny Brenda’s is getting a taste of Bourbon Street tonight with headliners New Sound Brass. Expect ample doses of funk and soul with a touch of rock if they happen to perform one of their renowned covers of tracks by powerhouses like Black Sabbath and Bon Jovi to name a few. The Key was able to get up close and personal with these Philly musicians at a studio session at the end of September. Country/rock outfit Jim Mitchell and the Repeat Offenders are also scheduled to play tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. Check out the WXPN Concert Calendar for more information on this 21+ show, and listen to the audio from their session at The Key below. Continue reading →
On the heels of their seventh album, Southsiders, Atmosphere made a stop at the Electric Factory, warming up the show for Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. While the duo of rapper Sean Daley, AKA Slug, and producer / DJ Anthony Davis, AKA Ant, might not be household names in the same way Kanye is, if you have heard of them you will know how long they have been around. Since 1989, to be exact, and these Minneapolis heroes make hip hop sound like telling a bedtime story.
Slug comanded the fairly small audience, interacting with crowd members and turning regular stories into songs. His rhymes have always had well-defined lyrics; he focuses on real life situations like love and death and loneliness and last night he told the audience to “raise your hands if you’re happy to be alive.” I was definitely a happy camper when one of the final songs he performed was “Yesterday” from the 2008 record When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint that Shit Gold. He ended by thanking the audience for “puttin’ up with our shit.”
Check out a gallery of photos from the show below.
Cayucas will be playing tonight at Boot and Saddle. Named after Cayucos, California, the three-piece plays infectious, 60’s laced pop. Last year, Cayucas released its debut Bigfoot; “High School Lover” was featured on 2013’s excellent movie Drinking Buddies. They also did a session earlier this year with the World Cafe. Watch the video for “High School Lover” below. Get more information at the XPN Concert Calender.
Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! is embarking on a short acoustic solo tour, and she’ll be stopping by Milkboy tonight to play some new material. Against Me! is releasing their new record, Transgender Dysphoria Blues sometime this year, which explores a lot of the struggles Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) went through as a transgender woman. To preview the album, Grace will be making the True Trans 7″ available on tour. Check out a performance of the new track “True Trans Soul Rebel” below.
Fourth of July brought a present from hip-hop duo Atmosphere: a new song called “Bob Seger.” The tune dropped on July 2nd, but became available for purchase yesterday. Interestingly enough, the song comes out about a month after a Twitter exchange in which Flex Grossman said Seger’s song “Night Moves” reminded him of Atmosphere, and the duo responded “we are the bob seger of underground rap.” Whatever that means, this song is awesome.
“Most of us gettin’ lost in the night moves / the rest of us wanna watch from the front row,” Slug raps over Ant’s slowed-down funky beats. Atmosphere will be playing a co-headlining show with reggae-rock outfit Slightly Stoopid at Festival Pier on August 10th – you can find more information here. Meanwhile, check out “Bob Seger,” complete with trippy album art of the man himself.