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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Big Thief at Electric Factory, Sheila E. in Cedar Park, Superfive at World Cafe Live, plus more

Big Thief | Photo: Shervin Lainez
Big Thief | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

It’s been a minute since Big Thief have been to Philly. The Brooklyn folk-rockers-who-can-totally-shred have since followed up their 2016 debut album Masterpiece with the comparatively downbeat and emotional Capacity, and now they’re bringing all your favorite tunes to the Electric Factory as part of the Project Pabst festival. Though it’s definitely worth heading over to the festival just to see Big Thief, other standout performers on the lineup include Speedy Ortiz, Thin Lips, and The Menzingers. More information can be found on Project Pabst’s website. Watch Big Thief perform “Paul” for The Key below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Full Bush at Kung Fu Necktie and Lilly Hiatt at Boot and Saddle

Full Bush | photo via fullbush.bandcamp.com

Philly four-piece Full Bush tore it up at last year’s First Time’s the Charm festival, and in the time since, they’ve continued kicking some serious butt in glorious punk style. Tonight they’ll be doing just that at Kung Fu Necktie alongside Geisha FacadeThe Psychodelics, and The Hell Hole Store. Find info on the show here, and listen to a live version of “Ray’s” below. Continue reading →

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Watch the The Weather Station stand unfazed against critics in new video for “Thirty”

The Weather Station | photo via artist’s Facebook page

About a month back, Tamara Lindeman, aka The Weather Station, released a new single titled “Thirty” along with news of an upcoming S/T album coming on the October horizons (the 6th to be exact.) Now, in addition to the song, we have a minimalist video as its company.

The video is sans-frill as it focuses on Lindeman through a black and white lens performing “Thirty” before a group of men. Standing in the shadows with furrowed brows and crossed arms, the men seem to be critiquing Lindeman as she’s cast in the vulnerable spotlight. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Verite at Boot and Saddle, Artists Against Islamophobia at Kung Fu Necktie, Brett Dennen at The Ardmore Music Hall, and more

Verite | photo by Eric Ryan Anderson | via artist’s Facebook page

I have a feeling that Brooklyn indie popster Verite is going to blow up very soon. She’s got the voice, electro beats that aren’t just homogenized recyclables, and an edgy weirdness that’s sorely lacking in mainstream pop today. And tonight she’s playing at Boot and Saddle. Don’t miss your chance to see Verite at a smaller scale space before her rise inevitably skyrockets. Tickets and info are available here; watch the video for “When You’re Gone” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slaughter Beach, Dog at Johnny Brenda’s, Hoots and Hellmouth at Boot and Saddle, plus more

Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Jake Ewald’s side project Slaughter Beach, Dog has been churning out a ton of material lately. From the Motorcycle.jpg EP to a new single off his upcoming record, to his recent rocking off of socks at this week’s The Key Studio Sessions — there’s a ton of music gold to delve into. Seriously, please feast your ears upon the drawn-out, jam-fest of a performance of “104 Degrees.” It’s just too gosh dang good. And if you’re as taken with these tunes as I am, go see them live tonight at Johnny Brenda’s as well as sets from Shannen Moser and No Thank You. Continue reading →

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Hear Hoots & Hellmouth’s gloriously grand new EP, Uneasy Pieces

Hoots & Hellmouth | photo courtesy of artist

When local rootsy blues rockers Hoots & Hellmouth released their fourth album In The Trees Where I Can See The Forest last fall, it raised the bar quite high for the four-piece. Their new EP Uneasy Pieces, however, seems to have no problem exceeding those lofty expectations.

The chilling title track opens up the EP with an atmospheric spookiness that just sounds big. Sans the eerie vibes, the rest of the songs follow in the same grand nature as Hoots & Hellmouth are large and in charge of their trademark passionate, lively sound. Single “The Down Part of Town” and “Oh The Bugs” bring the folky organ-searing soul, while last tune, “Soft and Lazy” slows things down for a self-condemning bluesy-gospel mix. Continue reading →

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Listen to Son Little call for guidance in “Demon to the Dark”

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Son Little | photo courtesy of the artist

Earlier this week, Philly’s Son Little released a new track called “Demon to the Dark,” and it’s an honest, ambient plea that cuts straight to the heart.

Moving, repentant lyrics call on a “Deacon Phillips” for help and forgiveness, who in a statement with NPR, is identified as the Gospel singer, and Little’s idol, Washington Phillips. With broken yet hopeful lines such as “Can I somehow be put together / sometime today ’cause life is short,” the song feels like you’re listening in on an intimate conversation or a prayer behind closed doors. Continue reading →

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Get emotionally sucker-punched by Florist’s new track, “What I Wanted To Hold,” see them at Boot and Saddle

Florist | photo via florist.bandcamp.com

You know those songs that just kind of sucker punch you with all of the feels? Indie folk / soft synth outfit Florist’s song “What I Wanted to Hold” is one of them. The NY band just shared the heartbreaking single in anticipation of their upcoming sophomore album If Blue Could Be Happiness, which is out on September 29th.

Opening with floaty acoustic strums and the sounds of a life in rewind, the song immediately conjures an intense nostalgia that rivals the likes of Bon Iver’s “Re: Stacks” or “Towers.” Its gentle, sweet chords grab your heart — piercing it with an ache that was nonexistent just moments ago.

And this is all before frontwoman Emily Sprague even opens her mouth. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Weather Station’s single “Thirty,” get ready for new self-titled album

The Weather Station | photo courtesy of artist

As a young woman, you quickly learn growing up that turning the big “three-oh” is basically the equivalent to getting the plague. Somehow, some way, you must escape this fate at all costs. Well, unless you’re a young Jennifer Garner character in a spectacular rom-com, that is. A magazine headlining “flirty, thirty, and thriving?” I scoff at such lies.

Canadian singer-songwriter, Tamara Lindeman, does too. She knows the binary routes society has set out for women approaching their third decade of life: “children and suburbia or some sort of cartoonish loneliness.” Working as her project The Weather Station, Lindeman delves into this sexist matter on new single “Thirty,” which will be included on her upcoming self-titled album out on October 6th via Paradise of Bachelors. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pkew Pkew Pkew at Boot and Saddle and The Hooters at Ocean City Music Pier

Pkew Pkew Pkew | photo via artist’s Facebook

Toronto’s Pkew Pkew Pkew is more than just an incredibly fun name to say. Despite their giggle-inducing title, these four dudes also rock pretty dang hard. You can catch their urgent, fast-paced jams at Boot and Saddle tonight. Check out their recent Audiotree session below; then find info on tickets for the 21+ show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →