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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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tess Emma at Milkboy, Weyes Blood at Johnny Brenda’s, The Lawsuits at Boot & Saddle

Tess Emma
Tess Emma | photo via Facebook

Local singer-songwriter Tess Emma debuts her self-titled EP and a new full band at Milkboy tonight. The record chronicles a difficult break-up with four original songs and while the overall tone is dark and heartbreaking, a cover of The Ronette’s “Be My Baby” and the undercurrents of springtime chirps and buzzings leave the listener with a sense of hope and optimism for the future. Tess will be joined on stage with her newly formed band Lou, which features members of Modern Colour to flesh out her compositions. Listen to Tess Emma below and pick up tickets to the record release show with Ginger Coyle, Family Vacation and Ellen Siberian Tiger here.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Philly Drum Project open drum at Boot & Saddle

Philly Drum Project
Philly Drum Project | photo via Facebook

The Philly Drum Project kicks off its 2015 season with an OpenDrum session at Boot & Saddle tonight. The biannual event invites percussionists of all backgrounds, levels and styles to sign up for a ten-minute presentation slot and show off their skills, while fellow drummers and non-drummers enjoy some Beats, Brews and Banter in the bar and venue. More information for the free event can be found on the Facebook event page here. PDP hosted Brian Frasier-Moore’s homecoming drum clinic at UArts last month – check out a clip from 2007 of Brian talking about his kit below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Quiet Life at Milkboy, Marco Benevento at Johnny Brenda’s, The Holy Mess at Boot & Saddle

Quiet Life
Quiet Life | photo by E Ryan McMackin

Portland, Oregon’s Quiet Life headline Milkboy tonight.  The folk rockers just released a deluxe edition of their 2013 LP Wild Pack, featuring previously unreleased tracks and following this year’s Housebroken Man EP.  In the coming months Quiet Life will be working with Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken on new full-length.  As busy as they are with recordings, this is a band that lives off of the road.  They’ve toured with Hayes Carll, Dr. Dog and The Lumineers and have lived in New Jersey, Connecticut, California and now Oregon.  Listen to their new song “Big Mistake” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show with The Bailey Hounds and Mike Quinn here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Divers at Boot & Saddle, Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Keswick, Liz and the Lost Boys at Bourbon & Branch and more…

Divers
Divers | photo by Abi Reimold

Local outfit Divers headline Boot & Saddle tonight.  The dark-rock four-piece, comprised of Emily Ana Zeitlyn, Ross Bellenoit, Todd Erk and Tom Bendel, is finishing up a new record that was funded by fans through a PledgeMusic campaign.  Divers recorded a Key Studio Session in 2013; check out “Eggshells” from the session below and learn more about the new record here, which is set for a release on December 15th.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Residuels at Boot & Saddle, New Sound Brass Band at Underground Arts, Chuck Prophet at World Cafe Live

Residuels
Residuels | photo via Facebook

Residuels debut their new look as a four-piece tonight at Boot & Saddle. After drummer Pat Troxell dispersed for sunnier days in Georgia with his other band Creepoid earlier this year, frontman Justin Pittney thought the group was put to rest.  But a working relationship with Iggy Pop and some choice advice inspired him to charge on with a new line-up and new album, recorded at Uniform Recording with Jeff Zeigler.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Listen to “Maligned” below.

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Alvvays

Alvvays | Photo by Eric Schuman
Alvvays | Photo by Eric Schuman

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session takes us out of the studio and into one of South Philly’s new favorite clubhouses, the Boot & Saddle. Joining us for a live session/pre-show soundcheck is the Toronto quintet Alvvays. Get past the hurdle of their slightly perplexing name (it’s pronounced the same as “always”) and you’ll be rewarded with one of this year’s strongest debut albums. Alvvays’ self-titled record was released back in July and quickly became an Indie Rock Hit Parade staple. Jangly, melodic and occasionally noisy, Alvvays is the sound of a young band with both a firm root in the past and a distinct vision for the future. Continue reading →