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Load-In to Load-Out: Eliza Hardy Jones celebrates her breakout year at Boot & Saddle

Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

It’s a dark night in a city that knows how to keep it’s secrets. But on one of the first truly bitter days of December, as the wind howls down South Broad, there’s true warmth to be found inside Boot & Saddle. Hometown hero Eliza Hardy Jones is playing the Boot in a celebration of sorts. As the year ends, she’s commemorating the first year of making and playing music under her own name, a project entirely her own. After years as a crucial member of many other cherished Philly projects — you’re thinking of Buried Beds, Strand of Oaks, and Grace Potter’s band — this is her year. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bigness at Bourbon & Branch, Telepathic at Ortlieb’s, Black Horse Motel at Boot & Saddle and more…

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The Bigness | photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop Photography | http://www.bklphoto.com/

Local four-piece The Bigness are ready to bring their songs to Bourbon & Branch tonight. Led by Kristen Bigness, the indie rock outfit released its latest LP Time Traveler in the fall, a collection of songs steeped in the lineage of acts like Fleetwood Mac and The Breeders. Watch a video for “Run! Run! (Escape Anthem)” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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In Our Darkness, A Light Shines: mewithoutYou Celebrate 10 Years of Brother, Sister

mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

For a band that does an awful lot of protesting their own existence, mewithoutYou are doing pretty well for themselves, 15 years in. On Thursday night, they celebrated a record that begins and ends with “I do not exist,” turning 10 years old — no small feat when you think about it. This closed tautology of self-denial bookends indie punk classic Brother, Sister — and has become an anthem for those searching for something beyond the easy answers. While all of mewithoutYou’s work deals heavily in symbolism and clever turns of phrase, the album doubles down on philosophical questions and existential probing. Billed as “The Sun & the Moon Band,” mewithoutYou again shrugged off that troublesome self in order to play in secret at Boot & Saddle, a venue several orders of magnitude more humble than their usual digs for the special occasion. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Punk Talks Benefit at Everybody Hits, Tesselations at Bourbon & Branch, Spot Collins at Boot & Saddle and more…

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Grayling | photo by Kim Woodcock | courtesy of the artist

Grayling, Coping Skills, Curtis Cooper, and more team up at Everybody Hits tonight for a show that benefits Punk Talks. Founded in 2015, the Cincinnati-based organization supports musicians and music industry workers with mental health access and education while on the road and at home. Joining the headliners will be Harmony Woods (one of John Vettese’s top local discoveries of the year), the UK’s Parker Lee, Weller, David Bello of The World is a Beautiful Place, and Zoe Allaire of Kississippi. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Stream “Bidding War” by Grayling below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Work Drugs at Boot & Saddle, Hurry at Union Transfer, Annie Haslam at Sellersville Theater and more…

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Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Work Drugs present their 6th annual Holiday Spectacle at Boot & Saddle tonight. The tropi-pop outfit released Method Acting this past summer, a signature collection of songs that pair well with pool gazing and slow dancing. At the Holiday Spectacle, though, you can expect a festive mix of originals and Christmas covers like the one below. Pick up tickets for the 21+ show with RFA here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lower Wolves at Boot & Saddle, David Gray at Scottish Rite Auditorium

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Lower Wolves | photo by Lainie DeCoursey | via Facebook

Local R.E.M. tribute band Lower Wolves headline a night of covers at Boot & Saddle. Highlighting the early days of the classic college rockers, the tribute band has said they’ll be dusting off some songs they haven’t played in a while and trying out a few they’ve never covered before. Re Du, a Husker Du tribute, opens the show. Tickets and information can be found here; watch Lower Wolves play “Sitting Still” from R.E.M.’s 1983 debut Murmur below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diane Coffee at Boot & Saddle, Drive By Truckers at Union Transfer, Maxwell at Wells Fargo Center

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Diane Coffee | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

After a highlight of a set at the XPoNential Music Festival this summer, Diane Coffee returns for a show at Boot & Saddle tonight. The full-band project of Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming released its sophomore effort Everybody’s a Good Dog last year, earning acclaim for its glam rock-inspired aesthetic as well as the band’s theatrical live show. Watch them perform “Everyday” live at the festival below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mal Devisa at Boot & Saddle, The Baird Sisters at Johnny Brenda’s, Ruby the Hatchet at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Mal Devisa | photo via Facebook

Massachusetts multi-instrumentalist Mal Devisa performs at Boot & Saddle tonight. Touring in support of this year’s Kiid LP, Devisa will share her strikingly poetic and intimate songs alongside headliner Vita and the Woolf and Square Peg Round Hole. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch Devisa do her thing with “Everybody Knows” below.

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Eliza Hardy Jones announces headlining slot at Boot & Saddle

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Eliza Hardy Jones | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

Continuing to support her solo debut Because Become, Eliza Hardy Jones has announced a headlining show at Boot & Saddle for Saturday, December 10th. We’ve been enjoying the local singer-songwriter’s talents around town for several years now – she’s played with Buried Beds and Strand of Oaks, among others – but it’s been a real treat seeing her build momentum behind this solo project between touring duties with Grace Potter.

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Philly Jazz Guide: Top picks for live jazz in October

Jason Stein | photo courtesy of the artist
Jason Stein | photo courtesy of the artist

The jazz offerings in the city this month offer the opportunity to explore the music from a number of different perspectives. For a historical one, the ICA is hosting The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now through next March. The exhibition, which opened last year at the MCA in Chicago, tells the story of the influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and its intersections with the visual art and culture of the era. It’s a must-see, and also features a number of performances to coincide with the show. But aside from that, this month’s standout concerts provide a number of different angles.

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