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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Thin Lips, Sympathy and the Lion and more

Thin Lips
Thin Lips | Photo by Yowei Shaw

Thin Lips made their Key Studio Session debut this week. A spin-off of former Philly outfit Dangerous Ponies, Thin Lips refocuses the latter’s carnivalesque energy into high-octane punk. For this session they recorded two tracks from a 7″ called Gemini Moon. Catch the band playing new material at Johnny Brenda’s on New Year’s Eve with Hop Along and check out the title track to the 7″ below.

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As Intimate As You Can Get: Brandi Carlile plays the Perelman Theater unplugged and un-amped

Brandi Carlile | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.tumblr.com
Brandi Carlile | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.tumblr.com

Brandi Carlile’s performance at the Kimmel Center this Saturday was nothing short of inspirational.

Performing with her band and a string trio on the beautifully conceived “Pin Drop Tour”, Carlile et al. unplugged and dispensed with amplification, opting instead to trust in the theater’s beautiful acoustics and their own power to sustain us for the evening. It was an intimate distillation as embracing and as warming as any spirit, and with much more soul than I had prepared for. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Silencio at World Cafe Live, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo at Union Transfer, Brandi Carlile at the Merriam and Grandchildren at PhilaMOCA

The haunting, surrealist movies by filmmaker David Lynch always have the perfect moody musical accompaniment – and Pittsburgh ensemble Silencio picks up on that big time. The group plays World Cafe Live tonight, performing a selection of musical moments from Erasherhead to Mullholland Drive, from which the group borrowed its name. The giant red curtain at the back up the upstairs stage will probably make more than a few audience members think of Twin Peaks. Tickets to the show are $15 and available here; below, watch Silencio perform Eraserhead‘s “In Heaven.”

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WXPN Welcomes Brandi Carlile to the Merriam in October

Phot by Joe Del Tufo

WXPN welcomes Brandi Carlile to the Merriam on Friday, October 26th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 2nd at Noon. Brandi released her recent album, Bear Creek in June. Before the album came out, she made a stop at World Cafe Live to perform at WXPN’s Non-Commvention that you can listen to here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dave Matthews Band, Purling Hiss, Exitmusic, and Oh! Pears

Tonight there are some excellent shows going on in the city of Brotherly Love.

Although not quite in Philly, not too far away is the annual Dave Matthews Band concert series. There is no way to describe the incomparable group and the mass effect they have had globally, both with their music and their strong ambition to create a more peaceful world. Last year in the summer of 2011 they took a break from their yearly tour, instead celebrating their 20th anniversary by playing multi-day shows along with other artists for a Caravan Tour, one which took place in Atlantic City. This summer, DMB’s tour is back, the first of a two night residency is tonight at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Brandi Carlile opens for them; she played at our Non-Comm this year and you can listen to her live performance here. General admission tickets to the show can be purchased here, show starts at 7 PM.

Purling Hiss, the most recent Shaking Through all-stars, play at Johnny Brenda’s. You can check out their episode curated by The War on Drugs, Adam Granduciel, here and purchase tickets to the 21+ show here. Purling Hiss plays with The Young and Far-Out Fangtooth at 9 PM.

Over at Milkboy Philly, the electronic indie project, Exitmusic will be playing with Stagnant Pools and Lockets. Tickets to the 21+ show can be purchased here. Doors at 8 PM. Listen to the session WXPN’s Eric Schuman did with the band here.

PhilaMOCA hosts the weekly Tuesday Tune-Out, tonight featuring a local favorite, Oh! Pears. Show at 8 PM; tickets to the all ages show can be purchased at the door for $5.