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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bird Watcher at Bourbon and Branch, Boy Wonder at World Cafe Live, Levee Drivers and more at Boot and Saddle

via facebook.com/wearebirdwatcher
via facebook.com/wearebirdwatcher

Julian Booker and Jesse Soifer AKA Bird Watcher are at Bourbon and Branch tonight along with Paperhaus and Auctioneer.  They recently played the Ardmore Music Hall along with Beth Sorrentino and Marco Benevenuto.  Their highly anticipated LP is due out this summer.  The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $10.  Full info here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Trust at Voyeur, Bird Watcher at Johnny Brenda’s, The Shackeltons at Ortlieb’s and more

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Robert Alfons, who goes under the moniker Trust, is bringing his spacey jams back to earth. The experimental artist started his project in 2009, but found success in 2011 when he toured for similarly ambiance-induced bands Crystal Castles and DFA1979. He released Joyland just in March – an 11-song LP loaded with synthy, hypnotic beats overdubbed with Alfons’ deep, calming voice. Check him out tonight at Voyeur along with Making Time. The show starts at 9 p.m. (and will last until 3:30 a.m.). The $10 tickets can be purchased here.

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Download two new songs from Bird Watcher, see them at Johnny Brenda’s on 4/12

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Bird Watcher, a local duo comprised of singer / songwriter (and new host of Sleepy Hollow) Julian Booker and producer Jesse Soifer, are bringing their indie rock / alternative Americana to Johnny Brenda’s on April 12th.

Over the course of the last year the band has released four singles, most recently “All You Suburban Mothers, I Depart Thee!” and “Okeh 03651.”  Keeping in step with the personal nature of the first two tracks, the new singles center in part around Booker’s travels during the summer of 2012 (“All You Suburban Mothers…”) and his affinity for both mid-twentieth century blues music and the Philadelphia Phillies (“Okeh 02651″).  Joined by a backing band of friends, the Bird Watcher recordings are an aural anthology for specific events and formational encounters in Booker’s life, mapping out the many parts that make a whole.

Stream and download the two songs below and stay tuned for a full-length coming later this summer.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Canon Logic can be found here.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. John the Couqueror, Ginger Coyle, Bird Watcher and more

Photo of John The Conqueror by John Vettese
Photo of John The Conqueror by John Vettese

This week’s best free mp3 downloads include a variety of different sounds. From birds to bears, there was something for everyone. Philly blues band John the Conqueror released its newest single through Rolling Stone this week. Before the band heads out on its European tour, download “Waking Up To You” off of The Good Life below.

Just before Christmas, Philadelphia singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse performed her own rendition of “Walking in the Air” from the 1982 film, “The Snowman” at Johnny Brenda’s. For those who weren’t there to see the performance themselves, Lohse has released it for download on her Bandcamp.

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Download Bird Watcher’s poignant new single “The Great West, or ‘Old Black on the Elk’”

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Local duo Bird Watcher has released a new single called “The Great West, or ‘Old Black on the Elk.’”  Written in tribute to a late friend of singer-songwriter Julian Booker and producer Jesse Soifer, the gentle Americana song borrows lyrics from letters written between the friends.  From Booker:

This song was written in the early spring of 2013 before visiting my friend Dave in the hospital. From 2008, 2009 until his death last year, Dave was a source of guidance and inspiration for me personally and musically, and his unwavering spirit and code of ethics has affected me profoundly, especially as a songwriter. The lyrics are taken from Dave’s own writing, personal correspondence between he and I, and references to Neil Young, whom I will always associate with Dave and for whom I would not have the appreciation that I do without him. I would like to think that Dave would approve of this one, and being able to play it for him in its infancy before his passing will always be one of the most meaningful moments of my life.

Stream and download the song via Bird Watcher’s Bandcamp below.  Tickets and information for the band’s upcoming shows at The Grape Room on February 7th and Tin Angel on March 8th will be available here.