FRIDAY, JANUARY 20th
Ben Smith, leader of the West Chester-based chamber-rock group Missing Palmer West, was the subject of our November Key Studio Video Session. For the session, Smith brought in a string trio and drummer to perform the highlights off his debut solo album Crooked Earth, which was digitally released in the fall. Tonight, Smith celebrates the official release of the album. Two of the tracks from his session are below; you can listen to his full Key Studio Session and watch the video interview here.
Smith Ben Smith performs with Joe D’Amico at 8 p.m. at Milkboy Ardmore; tickets to the all-ages show are $8–$10.
Also Playing: Anthony Green + The Dear Hunter at Union Transfer (8:30 p.m., all ages, $17–18); “Matthew Gallagher Photography Exhibit” featuring Nothing + Creepoid at The Level Room (7 p.m., 21+, $8); Akron/Family + Bad Weather California, Dangerous Ponies at The Blockley (9 p.m., 21+, $10–$13); Archives Of Oblivion + North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Andrew Gray at Milkboy Philly (10 p.m., 21+, $8–$10); Steve Goldberg And The Arch Enemies + Catnaps, Pete From Creeping Weeds at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $8);
Photo by Sarah Fry / sarahmakesphotos.com
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21st
Last month, XPN2′s John Vettese brought the Philly electropop duo City Rain into the WXPN studios for one of our Key Studio Sessions, which we posted last week. After spending some time with the pair in the studio, Vettese wrote: “Ben Runyan and Jarrett Zerrer are serious balls of creative energy – and when they recorded their Key Studio Session last month, it became clear that the music they make suits them perfectly. ‘Creepin’’ phases up and down in Depeche Mode vibeyness, and then Runyan takes a 180-degree turn and vocally flips out on ‘Watch Out’ and ‘Don’t Stay Inside.’ He’s got an intense delivery, and actually loses his breath at one point, but what are you going to when you’ve got beats copped from Moby’s “Body Rock” goading you on?” You can listen to two of those tracks below; the rest are available here.
City Rain performs with Tygerstripe, Bad News Bears, and Mean at 9 p.m. at North Star Bar; tickets to the 21+ show are $8.
Also Playing: Man Man + Deathfix, NAH at Union Transfer (8:30 p.m., all ages, $15–$17); Wildlife + Adam And Dave’s Bloodline, Satellite Hearts at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $8); Sun Ra Arkestra + West Philadelphia Orchestra, Impressionist at The Blockley (9 p.m., 21+, $13–$15)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22nd
Twin Sister + Ava Luna at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10–$12); Cass McCombs / Frank Fairfield at Kung Fu Necktie (8:30 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT); Ports Of Call + Low Roar, Soporus (8:30 p.m., 21+, $8)