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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Birdie Busch at Philadelphia City Institute, Grayscale at Ortlieb’s

Birdie Busch | via twitter.com/birdadoo
Birdie Busch | via twitter.com/birdadoo

Birdie Busch has kept a bit on the quiet side since relocating uptown from West Philly (where she lived for almost a decade) to Germantown. But she emerges every now and again, like a slot opening for Israel Nash at Johnny Brenda’s earlier this year, and tonight’s free show at the Philadelphia City Institute – the Rittenhouse Square branch of the Free Library. Last we heard from Bird, she was enjoying the trees up in the northwest, getting involved in some pretty right-on neighborhood activism and beginning to write her next album – which she told her email list was going to have a Nick Drake vibe to it. We are like 1,000,000,000% okay with that. Tonight’s free show starts at 6:30 p.m. at 1905 Locust Street, more information can be found hereContinue reading →

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That Dream Was Our Life shares latest in monthly series of EPs

James Cuartero | via thatdreamwasourlife.tumblr.com
James Cuartero | via thatdreamwasourlife.tumblr.com

South Philly folk singer-songwriter James Cuartero, aka That Dream Was Our Life, has released the 11th of 12 releases in his monthly series of EPs.

“It’s Not Too Late” holds four new songs, as well as a bonus track (a cover of Miguel’s “Sure Thing”).

The tracks were all written after Cuartero took part in the “Adventures In Songwriting” workshop at the Kelly Writers House, led by Philly’s own Birdie Busch. Continue reading →

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Philly Music 101: The basics everyone needs to know about the Philadelphia scene right now

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Philadelphia is a city of many wonders: a buzzing food scene, an established craft beer culture, and a parade of historical landmarks. But one aspect of our city that we are particularly passionate about is our magnificent local music community and all that is has to offer. Here at The Key, we often focus on the particulars of our scene – where artists will be playing each night, brand new local releases, etc. - so much so that we can forget how overwhelming it can be for newcomers to get their bearings.

So for those of you having trouble finding where to start, we are introducing this new Philly Music 101 series as your guide through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving members, from artists to venues to studios and more. It’s meant to help new fans navigate the scene as much as emerging musicians looking to break in and behind-the-scenes folks trying to get their start. We hope it will illuminate just what makes it so damn exciting for music lovers to live here. To kick it off, here is a by-no-means-complete overview of the different pieces of the Philadelphia music scene that have come together to make up its sturdy foundation. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ray LaMontagne at Susquehanna Bank Center, The Philly Opry with Birdie Busch at Johnny Brenda’s, Boyz II Men at Tower Theatre and more

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Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne will bring his folk blues to Susquehanna Bank Center tonight. His lastest album, Supernova, that was released this past April, has the signature grainy, husky vocals and folk roots, but with a psychedelic touch to it. Watch the music video for the single, “Supernova,” below and check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more information.

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Birdie Busch’s 4th annual Philly Opry at Johnny Brenda’s features Slowey and the Boats, The Sermon! and Victory beer

Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com
Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com

Birdie Busch has curated a mini music and arts festival called the Philly Opry for the past 3 years, and the 4th installment will be held on June 7th at Johnny Brenda’s. Today, the lineup was announced, and it has the host performing with her band Birdie Busch & the Greatest Night; joining her will be local act Slowey and the Boats, featuring steel guitar playing from Isaac Stanford (formerly of Townhall), and The Sermon!, a jazz / soul / funk revue from West Chester. The festival will cap off Philly Beer Week featuring special brews from Victory Brewing. Tickets for the event can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Birdie Busch at Boot and Saddle, Tedeschi Trucks Band at Whitaker Center, and The Districts at Sellersville Theater

Birdie Busch and The Greatest Night | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com
Birdie Busch and The Greatest Night | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com

Local favorite Birdie Busch is set to rock Boot and Saddle tonight with her dreamy folk tunes and magnetic appeal. Busch released her album Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night last year and has played tons of shows in the area, establishing her presence in the Philly scene. Watch “Far From the Tree” below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Birdie Busch at Boot and Saddle, Tony Trischka at Sellersville Theater, and Dream Safari at Kung Fu Necktie

Birdie Busch and The Greatest Night | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com
Birdie Busch and The Greatest Night | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com

Philly folk goddess Birdie Busch will play at Boot and Saddle tonight. Busch released her latest album Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night earlier this year, further illustrating her unique songwriting and dreamy vocals. Watch her new video for “Far From the Tree” below and get tickets here.

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Watch The Rivals cover “Be the Arrow” by Birdie Busch (playing MilkBoy on 12/19)

 

The Rivals | photo www.rootdownintheshadow.com
The Rivals | photo www.rootdownintheshadow.com

Local blog Root Down in the Shadow invited Philadelphia transplants The Rivals to University City’s Nomad Recording for the latest episode of Cover Club.  The band chose to tackle Birdie Busch’s “Be the Arrow” off of her latest LP Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night, turning the swirling psych-folk song into a modern roots rock anthem.  Busch’s music occupies a special place for the Ocean City, NJ natives – as RDS writes, “[she]represents the best of what they have experienced since coming to Philadelphia four years ago.”  Watch the video below, followed by Busch’s original.  Tickets and information for The Rivals’ show at MilkBoy on December 19th can be found here.

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Photos: The Walkmen, Sun Ra Arkestra, Spank Rock and more played Union Transfer to raise money for The Rail Park

The Walkmen | Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com
The Walkmen | Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com

Lest it be overlooked amid all the (well-deserved) attention paid to their final show, The Walkmen were just one of about nine acts on the stage at Union Transfer last Wednesday, from Spank Rock to Sun Ra Arkestra, all of who performed to benefit the first phase of The Rail Park. In case you weren’t aware, the project is a planned 3-mile linear park and recreation path along the former Philadelphia and Reading rail line, spanning some 50 city blocks and running through a diverse cross-section of neighborhoods. Organizers at The Rail Park were elated in the wake of the event, posting to their Facebook page:

We are still on cloud nine after Wednesday’s Rail Park fundraiser at Union Transfer. What a way to wrap up an incredible year for this project! Our deepest thanks and appreciation to all who helped organize the event, who brought their talents to the evening, and who came out in support of the project.

For more information on The Rail Park, watch a short video after the jump; below, check out a gallery of photos from the benefit, which also included Light Heat, Sharon Van Etten collaborating with Adam Granduciel of War on Drugs and Birdie Busch.

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Explore ancestry in Birdie Busch’s “Far From The Tree” video (playing Union Transfer 12/4)

Birdie Busch and The Greatest Night | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com
Birdie Busch and The Greatest Night | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com

Singer-songwriter Birdie Busch sings of rebellion and defying expectations on the whimsical “Far From The Tree,” a song from her 2013 album Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night. These themes turn visual in a new video where we see people showcasing their ancestry through photographs and other memorabilia. It illustrates the fact that they know where they came from, but are paving their own path. Busch will perform at Phase One: A Fundraiser for The Rail Park (hosted by our Michaela Majoun) this Wednesday night at Union Transfer. More details below and tickets here.

Birdie Busch :: Far From The Tree from Jesse Moore on Vimeo.

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