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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: Jacob Snider at World Cafe Live, The Lighthouse and the Whaler at Johnny Brenda’s, Communion Philly with Darla at MilkBoy and more

Photo by Doug Seymour via facebook.com
Photo by Doug Seymour via facebook.com

XPN favorite Jacob Snider is a singer-songwriter whose music is both rich and full while remaining uniquely intimate. Tonight Jacob will be at World Café Live in support of Brooklyn-based Jean Rohe beginning at 8 p.m. For more information on the show head over the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Steve Gunn at PhilaMOCA, Kopecky Family Band at Union Transfer, and The Jawn at Bourbon and Branch

Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh
Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh

Brooklyn-based guitarist Steve Gunn will be playing PhilaMOCA tonight. Known for dabbling in different genres, Gunn has incorporated various styles into his eclectic sound including psychedelic, Gnawa and classical Indian music. He’s had a steady stream of new releases since his initial appearance on the scene and shows no sign of stopping, with this year alone producing three separate albums: a collboration with guitarist Mike Gangloff, Melodies for a Savage Fix; another with Mike Cooper, Cantos de Lisboa; and just this month, his solo album, Way Out Weather. Be sure not to miss this music maniac tonight! For more information, head to the XPN Concert Calendar. You can check out his NPR Tiny Desk Concert performance below. Continue reading →

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Listen to “Shadow,” featuring Trevor Young, from SOJA’s new album

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SOJA’s fifth album, Amid the Noise and Haste, is still about a month away from its release date, but you don’t have to wait that long to hear some new music from the reggae group. You can lsietn to the catchy reggae track, “Shadow,” featuring guitarist Trevor Young on vocals and has a laid-back beachy vibe to it. Catch SOJA live when WXPN welcomes The Soulshine Tour featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall to the Mann Center on July 22. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Download a free collection of songs from the Soulshine tour featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead, Brett Dennen, SOJA and more

Photo by Richard Gray @Rugfoot | via Facebook
Photo by Richard Gray @Rugfoot | via Facebook

Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen, and Trevor Hall are touring together this Summer on the Soulshine Tour. Following an afternoon yoga session from 4-5:30PM, a concert will follow at The Skyline Stage at the Mann starting at 7:30PM.

Below, download a sampler of songs from the artists performing at the Soulshine tour.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheerleader at Kung Fu Necktie, Schoolboy Q at The Trocadero, Robyn Hitchcock at Sellersville Theater and more

Cheerleader | photo via www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Cheerleader | photo via www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

Philly-based newcomers Cheerleader will bring their psych-pop to the Kung Fu Necktie stage tonight and judging by the demos up on their Soundcloud page, they’ve got something fresh to add to the local music scene. In a recent interview with Philadelphia Weekly, frontman Joe Haller says of the band’s mantra: “We try to be a little more light-hearted. We don’t want to take ourselves too seriously. We’re trying to create a friendly, happy atmosphere and get more people interested.” Check out “New Daze” below and get $5 tickets at the door. Show time is 8:00 p.m.

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Just Announced: Brett Dennen headlines Union Transfer on 3/3

Photo by Michelle Montgomery
Photo by Michelle Montgomery

Northern California roots-rock singer-songwriter Brett Dennen announced a winter tour today that has him headlining Union Transfer on the 3rd of March; tickets to the all-ages show go on sale this Friday, December 20th, at noon. Dennen made a splash this year in the XPN universe, playing a well-recieved Marina Stage set at the XPoNential Music Festival in July and a Free at Noon concert in November. Listen to his XPNFest set  here, and revisit the Free At Noon below.

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Brett Dennen keeps it fun, rocking and witty at today’s Free At Noon

Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

“You don’t have to clap for that,” singer and guitarist Brett Dennen told the audience after mentioning that he just celebrated a birthday. “You get it, it’s the first thing you get when you come into this world, is a birthday.” Dedicating the next song to the audience member celebrating one today, Dennen went on to say, “It’s a song about evaluating your life. And I’m not saying you need to do it, but you should… It’s a good thing to do on a birthday, is to reflect.”

Celebrating the release of his new album Smoke and Mirrors, Dennen packed the Free At Noon performance with a set of intimate, rocking and dance worthy tunes. With the audience calling out to keep him on his bare-footed toes, Dennen kept the atmosphere light, talking to some Drexel Hill Middle School students in the crowd about staying in school, but letting loose when you can. Check out the photo gallery, set list below, and listen to the session here:

Set List:
Sweet Persuasion
Out of My Head
You Make It Easy
Who Am I
Only Want You
Wild Child
Ain’t No Reason
When We Were Young

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XPoNential Fest: Brett Dennen twangs out on the Marina Stage

Photo by Michelle Montgomery
Photo by Michelle Montgomery

Playing the final show at the Marina Stage today, Northern California native Brett Dennen kept the crowd going with his light-hearted rock. The group opened with the romantic, “Sweet Persuasion” warming up the tired crowd. Everyone sang and danced along to “She’s Mine” and “Comeback Kid (That’s My Dog).” The set even included a number of songs off of his upcoming album Smoke and Mirrors, set for release October 22. These included, “When We Were Young” and the twangy jam “Wild Child.” Dennen ended with the crowd favorite “Blessed” leaving the audience yelling for more. See photos of the performance in the gallery below, read the setlist after the jump, and listen to the set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).

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Listen to Brett Dennen’s new “Wild Child” via Rolling Stone (playing XPoNential Music Fest 7/27)

brett-600-1373632381West-coast singer/songwriter Brett Dennen is gearing up for the release of his latest full-length record, Smoke and Mirrors, out on October 22nd, via F-Stop/Atlantic. The new LP, Dennen’s follow-up to his 2011 effort Loverboy, is “a return to form for Dennen, taking him back to his roots both sonically and aesthetically yet with more confidence and maturity than ever before.”

To get a taste of what the new record holds, check out the single “Wild Child” , which premiered today, over at Rolling Stone’s website. Dennen will be stopping in Wiggins Park, NJ, later on this month, as part of the XPoNential Music Festival, happening July 26th, 27th, and 28th. Tickets are on sale now, and more info can be found here. Watch the video for Dennen’s 2011 single, “Comeback Kid”, below.