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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Stef Chura at Boot & Saddle, Femina-X at Kung Fu Necktie, Allah-Las at Union Transfer

Stef Chura | photo via stefchura.bandcamp.com

Though Stef Chura just recently released her debut studio album, Messes, with Urinal-Cake Records, Chura has been creating fun, ironic gritty-twang music as an active member of the underground Detroit DIY scene for some time now. Be sure to catch her tonight when she stops by Boot and Saddle. Find more concert info here, and watch the colorfully morbid video for “Spotted Gold” below. Continue reading →

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Laura Stevenson talks cover songs, creative streaks, constant touring and making a live record for Planned Parenthood

Laura Stevenson | photo by Kenneth Bachor | courtesy of the artist
Laura Stevenson | photo by Kenneth Bachor | courtesy of the artist

Laura Stevenson has been quite busy. Over the past year and a half, the punk scene songwriter fave released her excellent fourth LP, Cocksure, via Don Giovanni Records and went on several back-to-back-to-back laps touring the U.S. and abroad in support of it. She hit the festival circuit last summer, released a live album this winter, and appeared on the Don’t Stop Now covers compilation to benefit the ACLU. Somewhere along the way, she found a minute to marry her bass player, Mike Campbell.

Live At the Vera Club came out in December, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to Planned Parenthood. It captures a night at the storied club and community creative space in Groningen, situated in the North of the Netherlands. The crowd was small, Stevenson recalls in the album notes, and she couldn’t speak Dutch, so she wasn’t as chatty as usual, but the show rules — the band sounds tremendous, from the uppers like “Torch Song” and “Runner” to the slow burn of “Out With a Whimper” and “Renee,” and a delightful cover of “Alex Chilton” by The Replacements.

Stevenson and her band — Campbell, Alex Billig on accordion and keys, John Burdick on guitar, and Sammi Niss on drums – just headed out on an east coast tour that brings them to Boot and Saddle Thursday. When I caught up with Stevenson via phone from the Hudson Valley home she’s lived in for the past few years, she had just gotten back from a solo tour of Australia with the frontpersons of various down-under DIY acts: Iona Cairns of Shit Present, Lucy Wilson of The Sugarcanes and Wil Wagner of Smith Street Band. We began by discussing this photo of them cuddling a chill koala named Waffles at the Lone Pine Sanctuary in Brisbane. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jesca Hoop at Boot and Saddle, Mike Doughty at World Cafe Live, JD McPherson at World Cafe Live at the Queen

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com
Jesca Hoop | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

Singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop heads to Boot and Saddle for performance with Brooke Annibale. Her newest Sub Pop released record Memories Are Now finds a simplistic and intimate sound that would make Lorde jealous, posing the evening to be a wonderful anxiety-breaker. The show is 21+, and tickets/more information can be found on the XPN Concert Page. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queen of Jeans at Chameleon Club, Purples at Boot and Saddle, RFA at PiLam and more

Queen of Jeans
Queen of Jeans | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Out west, Lancaster’s Chameleon Club is blessed by a headlining set from Queen of Jeans. Their sweet, sweet 60s styled pop is a refreshing change of pace, squeezing some high-energy drumming between some throwback rhythms. The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Young Statues returns to the stage at Boot and Saddle in April

Young Statues | Photo by Sameer Rao
Young Statues | Photo by Sameer Rao

Seemingly out of the blue, Young Statues announced a headlining hometown show taking place April 28th at Boot and Saddle. After putting out a fantastic self-titled record in 2011 and another full length in 2014, the band went into some sort of slumber and haven’t released music since or performed since Man Overboard’s goodbye show at First Unitarian last year. Their emo has a little bit of a pop flair to it, an enjoyable combination that helped kickstart Run for Cover Records earlier in the decade. Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon, and the gig will be 21+ (more information can be found here). Below, watch the road trippin’ video for “Spacism” off of their first self-titled record. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Three Man Cannon at Boot and Saddle, Kississippi at Chameleon Club, Cuddle Magic at World Cafe Live and more

Three Man Cannon
Three Man Cannon | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Lame-O Record’s annual residency at Boot and Saddle ends with a bang, leaving with a headlining set by Three Man Cannon. Their relaxed indie rock is quintessential to Lame-O’s roster, and Katie Ellen and The Afterglows as support makes this a stacked local bill not to be missed. The gig is 21+, and all proceeds will be donated to the Philly ACLU; more information and tickets can be found here. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Sheer Mag, Tigers Jaw and more come to Boot and Saddle for charity “Peace and Noise” series in January

Boot and Saddle can always be counted on to host killer shows and bring together good people for good causes whenever the chance comes their way.

This January is no different: the South Philly music venue just announced a three- series in January called “Peace and Noise.” Each show will benefit a charity of the headliners choice. Tom May and Greg Barnett of The Menzingers open it up on January 11th, Sheer Mag continues on the 18th and an acoustic set by Tigers Jaw on the 25th. Continue reading →

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Listen to a wistful new / old ballad “Hearts” by Honeytiger

Honeytiger | photo via https://honeytiger.bandcamp.com
Honeytiger | photo via https://honeytiger.bandcamp.com

Local two-piece Honeytiger just dropped a wistful ballad called “Hearts.” In it, reverberant vocals mix with the gentle yet enduring notes of an acoustic guitar. Last January, they released their impressive debut Half Clean that mostly inhabited the realms of riff-rock with occasional pit stops in the land of pop. “Hearts” favors a trippy singer-songwriter dynamic that allows listeners a peek at another facet of the duo’s musical capabilities and willingness to explore new genres. Continue reading →

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Listen to Eliza Hardy Jones and Greg Jehanian of Geology live and acoustic on WXPN Local

Eliza Hary Jones and Greg Jehanian
Eliza Hardy Jones and Greg Jehanian | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly’s Eliza Hardy Jones and Greg Jehanian have been tight for years, going back to their time sharing the stage in West Philly art-pop outfit Buried Beds.

Jones has also performed with hard touring outfits Strand of Oaks and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, whole Jehanian was the longtime bassist for post-hardcore faves mewithoutYou until about a year ago. This Saturday, the two old friends will team up once again for a co-headlining show at Boot And Saddle — Jones performs material from her 2016 solo debut Because Become, while Jehanian’s band Geology digs into this spring’s Healers. Continue reading →