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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Myrrias at Ortlieb’s, Legs Like Tree Trunks at Kung Fu Necktie, Brianna Cash at Underground Arts and more

Myrrias | Photo via myrrias.bandcamp.com
Myrrias | Photo via myrrias.bandcamp.com

Philly art-rock four piece Myrrias just finished tracking a record with producer Jeff Zeigler and kicks off tour tonight at Ortlieb’s. It’s a significant run for the band – which draws inspiration from Neu!, Broadcast and Electrelane – since it will be its final batch of shows with founding drummer Casey Bell, who moved to Nevada earlier this year. Tickets and more info on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; Zeigler and Mary Lattimore open with an ambient set. Continue reading →

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Love of My Life: The 8th Annual Roots Picnic celebrates a generation of innovative music

The Roots | Photo by John Vettese
The Roots | Photo by John Vettese

Every year, the Roots Picnic inches closer to Philly musical utopia. The pre-summer day fest is curated by local hip-hop heroes The Roots, the self-proclaimed hardest working band in America. True to their own innovative and barrier-breaking approach, the lineup is always a unique, eclectic and interesting trip. The setting and its vibe has historically been a bit rockier, beset by exponentially swelling crowds and typically sweltering heat beating down on the minimally shaded asphalt of Festival Pier.

But the eighth annual installment of the Picnic yesterday, while not perfect, was a tremendously positive event, with major improvements in the layout and organization of the festival and a trimming of the musical fat (for the most part). Continue reading →

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Other than The Weeknd and A$AP Rocky, 5 Artists to Catch at The Roots Picnic this Weekend

 

Donn T | Photo via Facebook.com/pages/Donn-T/105596011218?fref=photo
Donn T | Photo via Facebook.com/pages/Donn-T/105596011218?fref=photo

The 8th annual Roots Picnic is headed to Festival Pier this Saturday, May 30. Major names are set to perform at the all-day festival (The Weeknd and Phantogram, anyone?), but the lesser known artists will undeniably rock Penn’s Landing just as hard. The Questlove-curated lineup includes longtime Philly favorites and emerging young artists. Here are five not to miss. Continue reading →

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Listen to a soulful new collaboration between Brianna Cash and iLL Fated Natives

Ill Fated Natives performing live at The Fire | via facebook.com/illfatednatives

“Beautiful Energy” is the debut track from a collaboration between Brianna Cash and iLL Fated Natives. Cash has established herself in the Philadelphia scene as an up-and-coming R&B singer-songwriter, while the iLL Fated Natives have done similarly as a rock-and-roll trio. The song is a bluesy ode to any relationship borne of positivity and joy, and Cash’s brassy soulfulness brings the passion of the lyrics to life. Continue reading →

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Forget Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran, check out the real stars of this year’s Philly 4th of July Jam

photo via timothybloom.com
photo via timothybloom.com

By now, you’ve probably heard about this year’s Wawa Welcome America’s Philly 4th of July Jam on the Parkway. And if you’re like me, you’re less than enthusiastic about the big names performing. The lineup isn’t terrible – it features performances by The Roots, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran and more. It’s alright, for sure, but not super exciting.

But don’t write off the city’s free annual 4th of July concert too fast, because there are some underdogs. Aside from the main stage, there are two smaller stages: Global Music Stage and Questlove Stage. The lineups are made up of lesser-known (but spotlight deserving) artists that many people aren’t even aware are there. Well, I’m going to fix that. Here’s your guide to the real stars of the Philly 4th of July Jam:

Global Music Stage

El Caribefunk / via facebook.com/funkchoyelcaribefunker
El Caribefunk / via facebook.com/funkchoyelcaribefunker

As a Latin powerhouse, El Caribefunk will bring some reggae funk to the Global Music Stage. The Colombian band is spending its summer touring around the Philly area and filling the air with Afro-Caribbean music. El Caribefunk has a ton of energy and spirit not only in its music, but it’s stage presence. The band will have you up and moving when it takes the stage at 3:30 p.m. Take some time to listen to the band’s song, “San Antonio,” below. Continue reading →