By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Brian Wilson at the Mann Center, Sondre Lerche at Boot and Saddle

Brian Wilson | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Brian Wilson | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Legendary Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson performs tonight at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. With a 2014 album called No Pier Pressure and a recent biopic called Love & Mercy, the 73-year-old Wilson hit the road with a stellar backing band to perform new songs as well as classics from all across his career. His set at NonCOMM back in May was an incredible trip down memory lane and it was only a half-hour long Free at Noon; expect tonight’s show at the Mann to be much bigger and filled with feeling. Rodriguez opens the show; get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jamaaladeen Tacuma at World Cafe Live, Mike Gordon at Union Transfer, Worriers at Boot and Saddle and more

Jamaaladeen Tacuma | Photo via facebook.com/JamaaladeenTacuma
Jamaaladeen Tacuma | Photo via facebook.com/JamaaladeenTacuma

Prolific Philadelphia bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma makes an appearance at World Cafe Live tonight, sharing the stage with Saxofour. He got his start almost 40 years ago in the Prime Time ensemble with jazz great Ornette Coleman, and released a string of boundary-pushing solo albums in the 80s and 90s that abstractly dabbled in a variety of styles, from abstract free jazz to funk. In the late aughts he teamed up with guitarist Vernon Reid of Living Colour and drummer G. Calvin Weston in the trio Free Form Funky Freqs. Tickets and more information on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jessica Pratt at Boot and Saddle, The Lawsuits at Pastorius Park, Blonde Redhead at Union Transfer and more

Jessica Pratt | Photo bu Colby Droscher | Courtesy of the artist
Jessica Pratt | Photo bu Colby Droscher | Courtesy of the artist

California singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt will take your breath away. Born in San Francisco, based in LA, Pratt’s minimal guitar meditations are easily comparable to Nick Drake and Karen Dalton. But even if you’re not familiar with those nuggets of 70s folk, Pratt’s music is still affecting. Her sophomore album On Your Own Love Again was released in January via Drag City Records and Pratt appears at Boot and Saddle tonight with XPN Artist to Watch Ryley Walker. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: D’Angelo at The Keswick Theater, Flounder Warehouse at Bourbon and Branch, Stranger Cat at Boot and Saddle and more

D'Angelo | Photo via facebook.com/dangelo
D’Angelo | Photo via facebook.com/dangelo

Modern funk / soul great D’Angelo brings his critically-acclaimed Black Messiah album to the Keswick Theatre tonight. The Second Coming tour features D’Angelo’s band The Vanguard, a star-studded roster of music industry vets: bassist Pino Palladino (who’s played with The Who), guitarists Jesse Johnson and Isaiah Sharkey, drummer Chris “Daddy” Dave, keyboardist Cleo “Pookie” Sample and vocalists Kendra Foster (of George Clinton’s P-Funk), Charlie “Red” Middleton and Jermain Holmes. Anchoring the group is D’Angelo on guitar, keyboards and vocals. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ibeyi at World Cafe Live, RVIVR at First Unitarian Church, Telepathic at Boot and Saddle and more

Ibeyi | Photo via facebook.com/ibeyimusic
Ibeyi | Photo via facebook.com/ibeyimusic

Experimental Parisian pop duo Ibeyi headline World Cafe Live tonight. The project of sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz released its self-titled debut back in February, an alluring set of R&B mixed with Afro-Cuban jazz, anchored by the duo’s harmonies. Their video for “River” is a haunting must-see, so check it out below if you haven’t already. They’re joined on the bill tonight by Philly’s Son Little; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Woods at Boot and Saddle, Clean Bandit at Underground Arts

Woods | Photo via Woodsist
Woods | Image via Woodsist

Boot and Saddle welcome folk pop group Woods tonight. The band began as a side project for Jeremy Earl of Meneguar and developed into a standalone endeavor as Earl and bandmates continued to produce more and more music. They are joined this evening by New York City’s Quilt. Listen to “Leaves Like Glass” below, and find tickets for the 21+ show here. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gene Ween does Billy Joel at Underground Arts, Port Arthur at Bourbon and Branch, Fine Motor at Boot and Saddle and more

via facebook.com/UndergroundArtsPhilly
via facebook.com/UndergroundArtsPhilly

This spring, Aaron Freeman resurrected his Gene Ween moniker for a series of tribute shows to piano man Billy Joel. He kicked it off in Woodstock, played Brooklyn Bowl last night and brings the show to Underground Arts tonight. According to a report on Jambase, the setlist reads like a Billy Joel greatest hits box set, and the Gener’s approach seems to on point and sincere – even on the softer, sensitive moments like “She’s Always A Woman,” that would be easy to skewer with irony. Nope, he’s clearly a devotee, meaning tonight’s show has great potential for a massive singalong love fest. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

By

Meet Fine Motor: A mysterious pop project from Philadelphia

tumblr_nn32clJf871ut1szao1_1280
Fine Motor | Photo by Daniel Morse

There’s a bit of mystique to Fine Motor, a new Philadelphia duo playing its debut show Boot and Saddle tomorrow night. The only existing photo of the band is the blurred window reflection you see above; their only music released to date is a haunting cover of “In Heaven,” aka the radiator lady song from David Lynch’s Eraserhead, which you can watch a video of below. While it might be fun to chase this elusiveness further into a rabbit hole of “nobody has seen their faces by the light of day” / “they record on guitars strung with the hair of ex-lovers” tall-tale band mythology, in reality Fine Motor is made up of two everyday, well-adjusted musicians from the Philly scene.  Continue reading →