Iconic Boston dream-pop outfit Swirlies return to Johnny Brenda’s tonight for a headlining gig. They’ve been running on and off for 25 years and have released seven LPs and an array of EPs and 7″ singles in that timespan. Joining them are like-minded locals Suburban Living and Spirit of the Beehive, carrying their sound forward for a new generation. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
A sold-out crowd witnessed Rhett Miller in fine form this past Saturday at World Café. With Old 97’s and solo material at his disposal, he rattled through the lives of his many colorful characters with their grit and grime in full glory. Raucous and pure fun, it was certainly a great way to welcome November.
Local country outfit Levee Drivers shared a video of their vocalist / guitarist August John Lutz II performing “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen. The video, filmed by Bob Sweeney with audio by Peter Joseph, was recorded at Break Neck Studios for the Root Down in the Shadow Blog‘s new feature Cover Club. The video series will bring Philadelphia musicians into the studio to record covers of their favorite songs by other Philadelphia musicians. Watch the promo of August John Lutz II’s episode below, followed by a solo acoustic take of his band’s new song “All Dolled Up In Red.” Levee Drivers have a few shows coming up in the area, including a set at The Fire on October 5th with The Gallerist and The Rivals. Tickets and information can be found here.
Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose got back from an overseas tour just in time to release her sophomore record The Stand In via ATO last week. Carrying the torch from her 2011 debut, The Stand In showcases Rose’s knack for writing personal, confessional style songs that are catchy and relateable, highlighting the melting pot of genres in the Nashville music scene. Lead single “I Was Cruel” was featured as a My Morning Download in January (grab a copy here). Tickets and information for Caitlin Rose’s 21+ show with Andrew Combs and August John Lutz II at MilkBoy can be found here. Watch Rose perform “Only a Clown” live in Bristol, UK below.
After celebrating the release of his RFM LP with a sold-out crowd at The TLA a couple of months ago, local hip hop artist Chill Moody comes to The Blockley for another celebration – this time a celebration of love. Moody will team up once again with Beano and Hank McCoy to perform the last installment in their Valentine’s Day mixtape Who Do You Love? in its entirety. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Below, watch them perform a track from the mixtape live in Love Park.
Our friends at The Swollen Fox just announced their latest showcase concert, which brings Philly roots-blues five piece Toy Soldiers to Kung Fu Necktie on February 15. The band its gearing up to release its Bill Moriarty-produced sophomore album The Maybe Boys in the spring, and plans to showcase a healthy selection of new material in the set. Also on the bill is the gritty North Carolina-based folk duo Goodnight Texas, as well as a solo appearance from August John Lutz II from The Levee Drivers. Tickets to the show are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; more information is available here. Below, check out a selection of videos from each act. Continue reading →