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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dungen at Boot and Saddle, Chali 2na at Fillmore, Indigo Girls at Whitaker Center

Dungen | photo courtesy of the artist
Dungen | photo courtesy of the artist

Swedish psychedelic band Dungen heads to Boot and Saddle tonight. They released Allas Sak in 2015, their sixth studio album. Also on the bill are Purling Hiss (performing solo) and Shadow Band. Listen to Allas Sak track “Akt Dit” below and head over to the XPN Concert Calendar for everything you need to know about tonight’s show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: TJ Tindall Tribute at Underground Arts, Live From The Lot at Ardmore Music Hall, You Won’t at Boot and Saddle, and more…

T.J. Tindall
T.J. Tindall | Photo by Steve Acito | courtesy of the artist

Legendary Philly funk and soul guitarist TJ Tindall, who played on classic hits such as the O’Jays’ “Backstabbers” and the Trammps’ “Disco Inferno,” passed away back in January, and tonight Underground Arts will be holding a tribute concert in memory of one of the creators of the “Philadelphia Sound.” Performing at the tribute show will be Duke Williams & The Extremes, Freebo, and many more. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Blood Sound crafts spectral soundscapes on “Decade of Nothing”

Blood Sound | Photo courtesy of the artist
Blood Sound | Photo courtesy of the artist

Last we heard from Philly darkwave trio Blood Sound, they were getting ready to release their second record of 2015. Today, we bring you their first outing of 2016. Bassist and synth player Tristan McKeever tells us the new “Decade of Nothing” – which nicely recalls Pornography-era The Cure, and which you can hear for the first time below – will be included on an EP the band is assembling for release later this year. Continue reading →

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Delta Spirit frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez digs deeper at Boot and Saddle

Matthew Logan Vasquez | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Matthew Logan Vasquez | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

On Tuesday night, Delta Spirit frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez made a stop at Philadelphia’s Boot and Saddle, performing material from his new album Solicitor Returns. The new collection dives into a harder rock and roll aesthetic and is crafted with manic instrumentals. The album is also comprised of a few ballads that have a strong way of hypnotizing you, “Bound To Her,” being one of them.

Vasquez’s new music really seems to dig a little deeper, and that showed watching his solo performance at the Boot. The singer songwriter played his wailing hit “Maria,” telling the crowd it was a story about the devil. Later in the set we heard an energetic singalong of “Halfcoalt.” Vasquez even brought us back to his Middle Brother days performing the super group’s hit “Blue Eyes.” The night closed with a bunch of shirtless men moshing to the the tortured “Everything I Do Is Out,” Vasquez proving that he continues to be a prolific songwriter with his gritty rock anthems. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Abi Reimold at Johnny Brenda’s, MH The Verb at Underground Arts, Oldermost at Boot and Saddle, and more…

Abi Reimold
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

After its release back in January, Abi Reimold will be holding the record release party for her album Wriggling at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Joining Reimold (who will be performing with a full band), will be Loose Tooth, Jacqueline Constance, and Sarah M. Read The Key’s interview with Reimold here and pick up tickets to tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: J. Dilla Tribute ft Slum Village at Johnny Brenda’s, Liz De Lise at Kung Fu Necktie, Ben O’Neill at Boot and Saddle

The Kings Court Tour comes to Johnny Brenda’s tonight to pay tribute to the late J Dilla. Slum Village, Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, and Black Milk will be performing music to honor the memory of “one of the music industry’s most influential hip-hop artists.” For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pouty at Boot and Saddle, The Kills at Union Transfer, Milk & Bone at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

Pouty
Pouty | Photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist

Philly’s Rachel Gagliardi brings her four-piece punk outfit Pouty to Boot and Saddle tonight to open for Long Island’s Tender Defender (formerly Latterman). After spending a year and change in California when her first band Slutever moved across country, Gagliardi returned to Philly back in December, and brought a bit of a poppy West Coast sensibility with her, along with the new project, which she started as a solo project in LA. Joining her in the live band are Cat Park of Amanda X, Marisa Dabice of Mannequin Pussy and Evan Bernard of Superweaks. Also performing tonight is Podacter. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Harrowgrove at Bourbon and Branch, Quiet Life at Boot and Saddle, Deal Casino at MilkBoy

Harrowgrove
Harrowgrove | photo courtesy of the artist

Trip-hop rhyme-master Harrowgrove performs tonight at Bourbon and Branch. He just released a music video for his song “Sugar”, and plans to release the follow-up to Holy Broken Free Spirit next month. Also performing will be Milton and The Means. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →

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Watch Phil Cook cover Charlie Parr at The Current, see him at Boot and Saddle tonight

Phil Cook
Phil Cook performs in The Current studio | Photo by Nate Ryan / 89.3 The Current

Phil Cook has been around the block a bit. He got his start in Justin Vernon’s first band, DeYarmond Edison, and went on to perform with Megafaun and Gayngs. He’s also a frequent collaborator, as we see in his role of The Happiest Lead Guitar Playing Dude Ever in Hiss Golden Messenger’s 2014 World Cafe Session. (He also recorded with Hiss on the Cafe’s recent visit to Durham, NC – listen for it later this month.)

Last year, Cook released Southland Mission, his second solo album and an admirable blend of psychedelic twang and more traditional roots rock. Both sides of that coin can be heard in his cover of “1922” by Duluth, MN singer-songwriter Carlie Parr – a song he recently performed live during a stop at The Twin Cities’ radio station The Current. Watch video of the cover below, listen to Cook’s World Cafe session and see him play Philly tonight at Boot and Saddle. 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: Slingshot Dakota at Everybody Hits, Aphra at Bourbon and Branch, The Smith Street Band at Boot and Saddle, and more…

Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

Bethlehem indie-punk duo Slingshot Dakota released their new album Break earlier this month via Topshelf Records, and they will be throwing their Philly record release at Everybody Hits tonight. The bill will also include Petal, Hurry, and Mercury Girls. We also premiered the band’s Key Studio Session on Thursday. Tickets and more information can be found via the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →