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Listen to The Juliana Hatfield 3′s first album in two decades

Juliana Hatfield Three | Photo by Johnny Anguish
Juliana Hatfield Three | Photo by Johnny Anguish

Nearly two decades after their hit 1993 album Become What You Are, The Juliana Hatfield 3 have reunited and released Whatever, My Love, through Connecticut label American Laundromat Records. Though Hatfield herself has released an outstanding string of solo work over the years, some of her biggest hits (“My Sister,” “Spin The Bottle”) are from that album with The Three. And as we heard in the album – released last Tuesday and streaming on the American Laundromat website – it sounds like the trio hasn’t missed a beat. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mick Jenkins at The Barbary, Lightninging at Boot & Saddle, Paper Hearts at World Cafe Live and more…

Mick Jenkins
Mick Jenkins | photo by Robert Beckham

Chicago hip hop artist Mick Jenkins is at The Barbary tonight. He released a new mixtape called The Water[s] last summer, a progressive electronic hip hop record that expertly blends gritty and sublime elements to sound like Jenkins rapping over James Blake. Listen to “Jazz” below and get more information here.

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Listen to No Death, the new EP by experimental pop outfit A Sunny Day in Glasgow

A Sunny Day in Glasgow | via asunnydayinglasgow.bandcamp.com
A Sunny Day in Glasgow | via asunnydayinglasgow.bandcamp.com

Experimental pop outfit A Sunny Day in Glasgow spreads its members across three different cities in two hemispheres (including Philly). Last year they released their critically acclaimed Sea When Absent, and just followed it up with a new EP called No Death. Opening with a racing synthesizer sound, the EP transforms into fuzz pop mixed with a touch of ambient. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dogs on Acid at Boot & Saddle, Louds at Johnny Brenda’s, Jamaican Queens at Milkboy

Dogs on Acid
Dogs on Acid | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Dogs on Acid headline Boot & Saddle tonight, along with Quit and The Spirit of the Beehive. As Dogs wrote on their Facebook page, it’ll be a night of “friends in the same room doing the two things they love the most with the people they love to do it with.” The Algernon Cadwallader / Snowing spin-off is gearing up to release a new 7″ on Asian Man Records and you can hear “flushed” off of the effort below. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Natalie Prass at Boot & Saddle, Branford Marsalis at Zellerbach Theater, Jason Isbell at the Keswick

Natalie Prass
Natalie Prass | photo via www.facebook.com/natalieprass

Natalie Prass brings her debut LP to Boot & Saddle tonight. You might recognize her as the keyboard player on Jenny Lewis’s tour last year, but this first offering from the Cleveborn singer-songwriter shows her talents reach much further than piano. Her “Bird of Prey” single was XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week back in January, its playful yet self-assured arrangements of horns and strings buoying Prass’s up close and personal vocals. Listen to the song below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show with Lady Lady here.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bernhardt Family Band at Boot & Saddle, Joe Montone of Heat Thunder with Brian D.A. Strouse of The Lawsuits at Ortlieb’s, Communion Philly at MilkBoy

Bernhardt Family Band
Jerry Bernhardt and Kate Bernhardt | Photo by Bob Sweeney

Bernhardt Family Band performs at Boot & Saddle tonight with local friend Ross Bellenoit and South Dakota / Brooklyn’s Rachel Ries. Brother and sister duo Jerry and Kate have spent time on stage with Levee Drivers, The Get Real Gang and Toy Soldiers over the years, but they’ve recently been cultivating their own harmony-rich material. We first got a taste of their perfectly-balanced collaborations with a Cover Club session of “Tomorrow Today,” originially by Ron Gallo. Check out that video below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: JJL at Boot & Saddle, Marilyn Manson at the Electric Factory, Cee Knowledge at The Fire and more…

JJL
JJL | photo via Facebook

Local veterans JJL hit the Boot & Saddle stage tonight. The band has been making a ferocious comeback after a fire destroyed their rehearsal space and gear last February, coming together to record a six-track EP called The Tiger. It’s an amped up, hard-hitting collection of power-rock songs that are rooted in a sentimental and music-loving place. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Listen to “The Tiger” below.

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Listen to “Fake Conversations,” a somber singalong from Spelling Reform

Spelling Reform's "Fake Conversations" Cover Art
Spelling Reform’s “Fake Conversations” Cover Art

Spelling Reform, a four-piece indie rock/power pop group, is clearly ready to make a name for themselves.

After lead vocalist Dan Wisniewski (formerly of longtime Philly favorites The Quelle Source) decided to make moves in forming Spelling Reform this past summer, they released “Together Apart” in June, a feel-good tune and the musical debut for the new band with experienced members.

“Fake Conversations,” their latest release (available for free download via Bandcamp), shows the versatility of what they have to offer. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Son Little at Winterfest, Kicking Down Doors at Boot & Saddle, Nah at Cha-Cha’razzi and more…

Son Little
Son Little | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Son Little (aka Aaron Livingston) performs a Fireside Session at Winterfest tonight, continuing a series of monthly concerts curated by The Key. The blues / rock musician and Roots collaborator was just added to the line-up of SXSW where he’ll showcase last fall’s Things I Forgot EP. Livingston was also recently on World Cafe, where he sung his breakthrough track “The River” and filmed a live performance of “Joy.” Listen to the appearance here and watch the video below. More information for the free Fireside Sessions can be found here.

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