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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lia Ices at Boot and Saddle, Philebrity Awards at Johnny Brenda’s, Chris Zurich at 2nd State Lounge

Lia Ices | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Lia Ices | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Experimental pop singer-songwriter Lia Ices takes to the stage at Boot and Saddle tonight. Her third LP, Ices, was released last year and signified a sonic shift for the New England bred, SoCal based artist – a move away from haunting piano compositions and toward alluring electronic jams. It was highlighted on NPR Music at several points throughout the year, including a First Listen showcase and a session on World Cafe with David Dye. Watch a video of “Higher” recorded during the Cafe session below, and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Kicking Down Doors

In many ways, Philly-area country folk combo Kicking Down Doors got together by accident. Singer / lyricist Autumn Walden came across singer-guitarist Ernie Tokay at his Little Spiders Have Big Dreams Studio in Chester County; before they’d even known each other for a day, they’d already written a song together. The two musicians clicked so readily and had such a productive streak of writing music together that the project quickly became a functioning band; first a trio with bassist Michelle Lynn, and later a five-piece with Josh Steingard on drums and Stacy Weathers on banjo. Continue reading →

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Listen to the title track of Busses’ new LP Wizard of the Eye

Busses
Busses | photo by Josh Camerote

Philly prog-psych trio Busses are gradually making their way out of a long hibernation this year with the release of Wizard of the Eye, due out on February 17th. Back in December, we premiered the hard-hitting “Rain” from the record; back in June, we brought you the mellow-er “Overflow.” Today the band has unveiled the title track, and it’s a charging electirc rocker in the vein of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Spiritualized. Check it out below, and catch the band’s album release party at Johnny Brenda’s on February 14th; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Jazz June at Boot and Saddle, Seoul Delhi at Dobbs, Music For the Arts benefit at Ardmore Music Hall and more

The Jazz June | Photo by Michael O'Shea | michaelosheaphoto.com | via facebook.com/thejazzjune
The Jazz June | Photo by Michael O’Shea | michaelosheaphoto.com | via facebook.com/thejazzjune

Pennsylvania emo pioneers The Jazz June has their initial run from 1996 till 2004, then for the most part took the next decade off. They popped up here and there, playing a benefit for a friend who had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006, appearing on WPRB in 2007, and ultimately reforming to make After the Earthquake, released last year on Topshelf Records. Today the band plays two sets at Boot and Saddle: an early all-ages show featuring the awesome Jersey four-piece Prawn, and a late 21+ show featuring Field Mouse. Tickets and info for both can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Boot and Saddle, The Tressels at The Trophy Tavern, Lotus at the Electric Factory

Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese
Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese

A combination of the holidays and their “on tour forever” mantra bring psych four-piece Creepoid home to Philly this weekend for a headlining gig at Boot and Saddle. The band released its self-titled second LP on No Idea Records in March, and in late spring moved to its new home of Savannah, Georgia. It’s been in heavy touring mode since then, though, hitting the road with Against Me!, playing FEST in Gainesville and getting set to go out on an extended run with A Place to Bury Strangers in February. The new record took a more aggressive, punked-up turn, which creates an interesting contrast with the band’s drifting, dream-like early material. Tickets and information on the show tonight – which also features Key faves Amanda X – can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lemuria at Boot and Saddle, HighKick at World Cafe Live, Liz Longley at Ardmore Music Hall and more

Lemuria | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Lemuria | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Buffalo-bred indie pop trio Lemuria return to Philly tonight for a headlining gig at Boot and Saddle. The band has been touring pretty hard in support of its 2013 outing The Distance is So Big, released on Bridge 9 records, so they’re likely due for a follow-up in 2015. Maybe they’ll introduce some new songs in their set tonight. In the meantime, listen to “Oahu, Hawaii” below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Robert DeLong at Boot and Saddle, Fhloston Paradigm at Johnny Brenda’s

Robert DeLonge | Photo by John Vettese
Robert DeLonge | Photo by John Vettese

Pacific Northwestern EDM favorite Robert DeLong makes a return to Philly tonight at Boot and Saddle. Crafting a variety of alluring beats and textures, DeLong also makes an engaging frontman. He’s not the sort of DJ to holler at you between bass drops from behind an LED wall, he steps to the front of the stage, works the crowd with a quirky, Spike Jonze-ish persona, and pulls a few unique tricks from up his sleeve – like using old video game controllers to modify and modulate his songs. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Marian Hill turns up the heat at Boot and Saddle

Marian Hill | Photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaverphoto.com
Marian Hill | Photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaverphoto.com

Nothing brightens up a dreary day like a nice surprise. So, thank you Marian Hill for surprising the hell out of me. I listened to your EP online and I dug the sound. I love the minimal electro vibe, and the silky smooth, often soulfully sweet vocals. I was pretty excited for the show at Boot And Saddle, and was hopeful that the sound would transfer well over to a live set. I wanted to thank you for blowing those expectations out of the water. Continue reading →

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Work Drugs and Vita and the Woolf bring holiday cheer to Boot and Saddle

Work Drugs | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Work Drugs | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Last Friday, seasonal cheer arrived at Boot & Saddle early in the form of Work Drugs’ annual “Christmas Spectacle” show. Their brand of electro rock was just right for a Friday night boogie in South Philly. Santa hats, Christmas songs old and new (including a few of their own concoctions) and a balanced mix of guitar, keyboards and harmonies were received with open arms. Continue reading →