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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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Wooden Sky at Kung Fu Necktie, Hollis Brown at Boot and Saddle, Alex Winston at MilkBoy

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The Wooden Sky | Photo via band’s website

Canadian indie folk band The Wooden Sky headline Kung Fu Necktie tonight, with Mail the Horse opening the show. Last year The Wooden Sky released their latest LP Let’s Be Ready to critical acclaim, and have since re-released the album in the U.S. This summer’s tour is in support of that re-release. Watch their video for “Saturday Night” below, and get tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here. Continue reading →

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Listen to Abi Reimold go trap on “Promise,” see her open for SOAK on Saturday

Abi Reimold | Photo via soundcloud.com/abireimold
Abi Reimold | Photo via soundcloud.com/abireimold

We know Philly’s Abi Reimold as a few different things. An ace photographer (she shoots for us sometimes). A crafter of moving folk songs and cathartic rock songs. A gripping live performer. We didn’t expect electropop diva to make its way onto that list, but hey, the unexpected evidently happens when you work with Rob Devious.  Continue reading →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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.

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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 →