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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Worldtown Soundsystem at Johnny Brenda’s, No Good Sister at Boot & Saddle, Rockers Galore at Milkboy and more…

Worldtown Soundsystem | Photo by Charles Shan Cerrone | courtesy of the artist
Worldtown Soundsystem | Photo by Charles Shan Cerrone | courtesy of the artist

Worldtown Soundsystem celebrate their 6th anniversary at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The world music / electronic outfit will be debuting all new material, following up last year’s self-titled EP with what is sure to be an electrifying collection of beats. Tickets and information for the 21+ dance party can be found here; check out “Testify” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kate Tempest at Boot & Saddle and Nancy & Beth at World Cafe Live

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Kate Tempest | photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN

Not only is Kate Tempest and insanely talented rapper, she’s also an incredible prolific spoken-word poet and writer. These talents all combine to form performances that leave audience’s hanging on to each word. You have a chance to witness this amazing talent tonight when Kate Tempest drops a whopping dose of realness at Boot and Saddle tonight, with support from Grimace Federation. Get info on tickets for the 21+ show here and have your mind blown by watching a live version of “Europe is Lost” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jesse Hale Moore at Johnny Brenda’s, Emily Wells at Boot and Saddle, Alexi Songs at JD McGillicuddy’s and more

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Jesse Hale Moore | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Jesse Hale Moore is ready to celebrate his debut record Green End, headlining over at Johnny Brenda’s to party with a bunch of friends including Rosali, Birdie Busch and more. We took at look at the record earlier this week, and my God is it something wonderful, so come on out to hear the future of Philly singer/songwriting. The show is 21+, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Psychic Teens share dark, introspective single, “SICKO”

Psychic Teens | photo via psychicteensnetwork.com

Moody atmospheric punks, Psychic Teens, just shared a single off their soon-to-be-released record HEX, and it’s some deep, dark stuff. Single, “SICKO,” is an echoey, slowed-building power track that bluntly calls out a narcissistic society.

The band’s gothy, noise-filled shoegaze is matched with the monotone yet biting lyrics: “No one cares about anything other than themselves / I see it everyday, it makes me want to end it all.”  Continuing on the narrative of the disgusted observer, the lines follow: “But I must go on / just to get my sick amusement / watching culture crash and burn.” Continue reading →

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Watch Juliana Hatfield’s one-woman dance party in video for “Short-Fingered Man”

Juliana Hatfield's cover art for Pussycat | courtesy of the artist
Juliana Hatfield’s cover art for Pussycat | courtesy of the artist

Juliana Hatfield‘s got a few words to share on the current political climate, and she’s not letting any go unsaid in her upcoming album, Pussycat. Case in point: her new single, “Short-Fingered Man,” in which Hatfield directly trolls Trump without ever needing to utter his name.

Hatfield’s video for the song showcases her dancing like a fearless hooligan in a narrow hallway. Filming all of the footage herself, the video serves as a lighthearted and funny, small victory dance against the current administration.  Continue reading →

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Interview: Jay Som mastermind Melina Duterte on the long road to the whirlwind of Everybody Works

Jay Som | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Jay Som | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

It’s still only March, but we’re already expecting Everybody Works — the sophomore LP from Oakland indie rock project Jay Som — to rank high in year-end lists come December. It’s an impressive showing from singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Melina Duterte, dabbling in brisk and reflective dream-pop as readily as full-throttle garage punk. Released via Bay Area indie imprint Polyvinyl, its sonic textures fondly recall the spirit of that label’s late 90s / early aughties roster — Ida, Matt Pond PA, Rainer Maria — but Duterte’s approach is very much her own, very much of the now.

She made a national splash last year, a whirlwind 12 months following a decade of studying music, and that activity was in part due to a solo tour in support of Mitski and Japanese Breakfast, as well as a run opening for Honeyblood as a four-piece band. The latter is how we’ll see Jay Som tomorrow night at Boot and Saddle, playing alongside The Courtneys. I caught up with Duterte by phone to talk about studying music from a young age, nerve-wracking solo gigs and the process of making Everybody Works. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Stef Chura at Boot & Saddle, Femina-X at Kung Fu Necktie, Allah-Las at Union Transfer

Stef Chura | photo via stefchura.bandcamp.com

Though Stef Chura just recently released her debut studio album, Messes, with Urinal-Cake Records, Chura has been creating fun, ironic gritty-twang music as an active member of the underground Detroit DIY scene for some time now. Be sure to catch her tonight when she stops by Boot and Saddle. Find more concert info here, and watch the colorfully morbid video for “Spotted Gold” below. Continue reading →

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Laura Stevenson talks cover songs, creative streaks, constant touring and making a live record for Planned Parenthood

Laura Stevenson | photo by Kenneth Bachor | courtesy of the artist
Laura Stevenson | photo by Kenneth Bachor | courtesy of the artist

Laura Stevenson has been quite busy. Over the past year and a half, the punk scene songwriter fave released her excellent fourth LP, Cocksure, via Don Giovanni Records and went on several back-to-back-to-back laps touring the U.S. and abroad in support of it. She hit the festival circuit last summer, released a live album this winter, and appeared on the Don’t Stop Now covers compilation to benefit the ACLU. Somewhere along the way, she found a minute to marry her bass player, Mike Campbell.

Live At the Vera Club came out in December, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to Planned Parenthood. It captures a night at the storied club and community creative space in Groningen, situated in the North of the Netherlands. The crowd was small, Stevenson recalls in the album notes, and she couldn’t speak Dutch, so she wasn’t as chatty as usual, but the show rules — the band sounds tremendous, from the uppers like “Torch Song” and “Runner” to the slow burn of “Out With a Whimper” and “Renee,” and a delightful cover of “Alex Chilton” by The Replacements.

Stevenson and her band — Campbell, Alex Billig on accordion and keys, John Burdick on guitar, and Sammi Niss on drums – just headed out on an east coast tour that brings them to Boot and Saddle Thursday. When I caught up with Stevenson via phone from the Hudson Valley home she’s lived in for the past few years, she had just gotten back from a solo tour of Australia with the frontpersons of various down-under DIY acts: Iona Cairns of Shit Present, Lucy Wilson of The Sugarcanes and Wil Wagner of Smith Street Band. We began by discussing this photo of them cuddling a chill koala named Waffles at the Lone Pine Sanctuary in Brisbane. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jesca Hoop at Boot and Saddle, Mike Doughty at World Cafe Live, JD McPherson at World Cafe Live at the Queen

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com
Jesca Hoop | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

Singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop heads to Boot and Saddle for performance with Brooke Annibale. Her newest Sub Pop released record Memories Are Now finds a simplistic and intimate sound that would make Lorde jealous, posing the evening to be a wonderful anxiety-breaker. The show is 21+, and tickets/more information can be found on the XPN Concert Page. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queen of Jeans at Chameleon Club, Purples at Boot and Saddle, RFA at PiLam and more

Queen of Jeans
Queen of Jeans | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Out west, Lancaster’s Chameleon Club is blessed by a headlining set from Queen of Jeans. Their sweet, sweet 60s styled pop is a refreshing change of pace, squeezing some high-energy drumming between some throwback rhythms. The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →