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The Key Studio Sessions: Madalean Gauze

Philadelphia singer and songwriter and badass rocker Madalean Gauze has been quietly making a name for herself for the past couple years. Last spring, she released the American War EP on Bandcamp. It was her first, but had quite a team behind it: recorded with Brian McTear at Miner Street Studio, it featured instrumental contributions from Dean Sabatino and Dandrew Stevens from Dead Milkmen; Pat Berkery from more bands than you can shake a stick at (most prominently The Bigger Lovers, Danielson and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah); and Dave Hartley from The War on Drugs. Let’s stop right there, though, and point out that while she had some heavy hitters working with her, Gauze could have made that EP with anybody and it would have been just as great – the strength is in the songs and the singing, and she’s a remarkable writer with a voice full of power and emotion. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chill Moody at The TLA, Little Strike at Bourbon and Branch, Cousin Brian at Boot and Saddle,

Chill Moody | Photo by Colleen Stepanian | colleenstepanian.com | via chillmoody.com
Chill Moody | Photo by Colleen Stepanian | colleenstepanian.com | via chillmoody.com

Philly hiphop favorite Chill Moody returns to the TLA stage tonight. Earlier this year, Chill released his latest album, TV Made Me Do Itfeaturing collabs with Jacqueline Constance, Boogieman Dela and more – plus a handful of skits cleverly dove up as commercial breaks. Check out “I Can’t Stay” featuring Jacqueline Constance and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: LVL UP at Union Transfer, Ortolan at Boot and Saddle, Failure / Hum at Electric Factory, and more

LVL UP | Photo via artist's Facebook
LVL UP | Photo via artist’s Facebook

Purchase, NY’s LVL UP open for Basement with Palehound and Adventures at Union Transfer this evening. The band most recently released EP Three Songs after the success of third full-length Hoodwink’d. Though they have not hit the “mainstream,” LVL UP excel in the quieter spaces of the music world – a must-see live act. Get tickets for the show here. Continue reading →

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A hardcore show of friends at Lithuania’s album release party

LIthuania | Photo by John Vettese
LIthuania | Photo by John Vettese

“What does everybody think,” Dominic Angellela asked Boot and Saddle last night. “Does Eric look like a member of Slipnot in that?”

“That” was a grey Dickies one-piece jumpsuit, and Eric Slick either did indeed look like a costumed nu-metaler last night at Lithuania‘s album release party – “Number 7!” says he. “Oh, you know their names?” says Dom – either that or possibly a gas station attendant.

Angellela on the other hand, was clad in a tie-died Lithuania t-shirt. Not his band’s shirt, mind you. A tie-died basketball shirt that fellow Philadelphia music dude Ron Gallo found while thrifting – he tweeted it at Angellela, who promptly asked him to purchase it. “The Grateful Dead sponsored Lithuania’s Olympic basketball team,” Angellela excitedly told me after the show. “How awesome is that?”

Sartorial choices aside, the show was really about two things – music and friendship. And maybe feeling comfortable enough in a room full of friends that you can goof on your bandmates’ outfits. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Terrible Friends at Bourbon and Branch, Royal Shoals at Boot and Saddle

Photo via twitter.com/terriblefriendz
Photo via twitter.com/terriblefriendz

South Jersey rock four-piece Terrible Friends plays Bourbon and Branch tonight. The band’s Beach House EP came out a year ago, and it’s a tight collection of booming anthems in the vein of Kings of Leon and The Black Keys. Listen to it below; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lithuania at Boot and Saddle, Neurosis at Union Transfer, Verbatum Jones at The Fire

LIthuania | Photo by Abi Reimold
LIthuania | Photo by Abi Reimold

Dom Angelella and Eric Slick’s long running side project Lithuania takes center stage this year with the release of Hardcore Friends, their long-in-the-works debut. The punk’d out frenzy of an LP is out this week on Lame-O Records and the band celebrates tonight with a headlining show at Boot and Saddle. Get there early for an opening set by Anomie, the solo project of Rachel Browne from Field Mouse. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Jam out to “God In Two Persons” below. Continue reading →

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Autre Ne Veut will bring Age of Transparency to Boot and Saddle this fall

Autre Ne Veut | Photo by Rachel Barrish
Autre Ne Veut | Photo by Rachel Barrish

Brooklyn’s Arthur Ashin, aka Autre Ne Veut, announced his new record Age of Transparency this week – a follow-up to 2013′s acclaimed Anxiety LP (not to mention his collaborations with the likes of Ghostface Killah, Flume, and Fennesz). With the news came an unnerving-yet-beautiful video for “World War Pt. 2″ directed by Allie Avital – watch it below, it’s got a definite Chris Cunningham vibe – as well as a run of tour dates that brings him to Boot and Saddle on Wednesday, October 21st.

Tickets for the show go on sale next Friday, August 14th, at noon; more information can be found at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: R. Ring at Johnny Brenda’s

R. Ring | Photo via facebook.com/rringsings
R. Ring | Photo via facebook.com/rringsings

A few years back, Kelly Deal of The Breeders and The Kelley Deal 6000 teamed up with Mike Montgomery of Ampline to form the new duo project R. Ring. Though their releases have been somewhat limited – it seems like they get together to write, record and perform when the mood strikes them, rather than forcing EPs and LPs out into the world – the energy is undeniable. You can hear traces of their respective bands, as well as forerunners like The Wipers and The Fall, and Deal and Montgomery’s urgent vocal harmonies carry it all. They’ve currently got a split single out with Detroit badasses Protomartyr and they perform tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tin Bird Choir at Burlap and Bean, Planes Mistaken for Stars at Boot & Saddle, Kishi Bashi at Musikfest Cafe

Tin Bird Choir | Photo courtesy of artist's Facebook
Tin Bird Choir | Photo courtesy of artist’s Facebook

Barn rock band Tin Bird Choir headline Burlap and Bean Coffee this evening. Though their latest album was released in the summer of 2013, they recently covered the Rolling Stone’s “Sway” and have promised an enticing setlist. Tin Bird Choir will be joined by Elspeth Tremblay & the Satellites and Ginger Coyle for a night of Philly area folk. For tickets to the Philadelphia Folk Society and Dull Dime-presented show, head over to the XPN Concert Calendar, and be sure to listen to their cover of “Sway” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mudhoney at Union Transfer, Bacio at Boot and Saddle, Spaceship Aloha at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Mudhoney | Photo by Joan Vandenbossche | via Mudhoney's Facebook page
Mudhoney | Photo by Joan Vandenbossche | via Mudhoney’s Facebook page

Grunge-era icons Mudhoney head up a ridiculously good bill at Union Transfer tonight. Mark Arm and his bandmates have been doing their thing on and off for almost 30 years and are perhaps most notable (a) for their junk anthem “Touch Me I’m Sick” and (b) for being an influence on some band called Nirvana. Joining them are an incredible pairing of Philly acts; the sardonic shredders Pissed Jeans, and the anthemic punk power trio Amanda X. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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